Week 1 – NA LCS Summer Split 2018

Finally the Summer Split of the 8th Season of the NA LCS is kicking off and the fans get to see their favorite pros compete against each other again. After a rather disappointing Mid-Season Invitational 2018, where Team Liquid didn't manage to advance to the quarterfinals after getting eliminated by their European counterpart Fnatic, all teams had a few weeks of preparation for the upcoming split. Everyone wants to get the chance to qualify for the League of Legends World Championship 2018, and while some teams might as well bury their dreams and hopes right away, others like Liquid, Team SoloMid or the 100 Thieves have good chances but still have a difficult position due to the immense competition in the North American league. After a weak Spring Split, FlyQuest have decided to adjust their roster and replaced everyone besides Flame and Wildturtle. The rest of the teams have made few to none roster changes. The first week will give the fans a great impression of the current strengths and weaknesses of the teams, keeping in mind that the meta has shifted dramatically through the last patches. We are excited for the start of the NA LCS on 16th of June and we hope you join us!

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Schedule and Results – 2018 LCS NA Summer Split Week 1

In the NA LCS there were some personnel changes compared to the spring, oldies like Hai or LemonNation were sorted out after a mixed spring split, the team of FlyQuest was completely reassembled except for Flame and Wildturtle. The final squads are not yet known to all teams, but we don't expect any more big surprises. The first week starts with the top duel 100 Thieves vs. Team Liquid, we are looking forward to it!

NA LCS Summer Split 2018 | Week 1 | Day 1 

Match #1: 100 Thieves League of Legends LoL Team Logo 100 vs. TL Team Liquid League of Legends LoL Team Logo     0 : 1  
June 16th, 02:00 PM PT / 05:00 PM ET / 23:00 CEST

Match #2: Team SoloMid League of Legends LoL Team Logo TSM vs. CLG Counter Logic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo     1 : 0  
June 16th, 03:00 PM PT / 06:00 PM ET / 00:00 CEST (the next day)

Match #3: Clutch Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo CG vs. C9 Cloud9 League of Legends LoL Team Logo     1 : 0  
June 16th, 04:00 PM PT / 07:00 PM ET / 01:00 CEST (the next day)

Match #4: FlyQuest League of Legends LoL Team Logo FLY vs. FOX Echo Fox League of Legends LoL Team Logo     0 : 1  
June 16th, 05:00 PM PT / 08:00 PM ET / 02:00 CEST (the next day)

Match #5: Golden Guardians League of Legends LoL Team Logo GGS vs. OPT OpTic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo     0 : 1  
June 16th, 06:00 PM PT / 09:00 PM ET / 03:00 CEST (the next day)

NA LCS Summer Split 2018 | Week 1 | Day 2 

Match #1: Team SoloMid League of Legends LoL Team Logo TSM vs. FLY FlyQuest League of Legends LoL Team Logo     1 : 0  
June 17th, 12:00 PM PT / 03:00 PM ET / 21:00 CEST

Match #2: Team Liquid League of Legends LoL Team Logo TL vs. GGS Golden Guardians League of Legends LoL Team Logo    0 : 1  
June 17th, 01:00 PM PT / 04:00 PM ET / 22:00 CEST

Match #3: Counter Logic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo CLG vs. 100 100 Thieves League of Legends LoL Team Logo     1 : 0  
June 17th, 02:00 PM PT / 05:00 PM ET / 23:00 CEST

Match #4: Clutch Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo CG vs. FOX Echo Fox League of Legends LoL Team Logo     0 : 1  
June 17th, 03:00 PM PT / 06:00 PM ET / 00:00 CEST (the next day)

Match #5: Cloud9 League of Legends LoL Team Logo C9 vs. OPT OpTic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo     1 : 0  
June 17th, 04:00 PM PT / 07:00 PM ET / 01:00 CEST (the next day)

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Substitutes and Roster Changes

No roster changes known for Week 1 of the NA LCS Spring Split 2018.

Betting Odds Comparison*

All major betting sites are already providing bets and odds for the upcoming matches of Week 1 of the LCS 2018 Summer Split, furthermore you can also bet your money on the overall winner of the Summer season. As always you will find a comparison of the most important League of Legends bets and betting odds of our renowned eSports betting providers right here. The betting odds listed below are always subject to change, just take a look at our LoL LCS 2018 betting odds site or follow the links to the betting sites for up-to-date information.

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08/21/2018 00:00 100 Thieves 1.44 FlyQuest 2.62
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You will find detailed predictions and analysis of the upcoming matches of the NA LCS Summer Split 2018 – Week 1 right before the first game of the week.

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100 Thieves League of Legends LoL Team Logo vs. Team Liquid League of Legends LoL Team Logo Team SoloMid League of Legends LoL Team Logo vs. FlyQuest League of Legends LoL Team Logo
Team SoloMid League of Legends LoL Team Logo vs. Counter Logic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo Team Liquid League of Legends LoL Team Logo vs. Golden Guardians League of Legends LoL Team Logo
Clutch Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo vs. Cloud9 League of Legends LoL Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo vs. 100 Thieves League of Legends LoL Team Logo
FlyQuest League of Legends LoL Team Logo vs. Echo Fox League of Legends LoL Team Logo Clutch Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo vs. Echo Fox League of Legends LoL Team Logo
Golden Guardians League of Legends LoL Team Logo vs. OpTic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo Cloud9 League of Legends LoL Team Logo vs. OpTic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo

NA LCS Summer Split 2018 – Week 1 | Day 2 

NA LCS Summer 2018 Week 1 TL vs GGS

Match #2: Team Liquid League of Legends LoL Team Logo Team Liquid vs. Golden Guardians Golden Guardians League of Legends LoL Team Logo

June 17th, 2018: 01:00 PM PDT / 04:00 PM EDT / 22:00 CET

Team Liquid's Spring Split Champions immediately showed in their first game of the week that they also have big plans for the summer season. They also proved that even with a traditional team composition you could still succeed in the current meta, because Doublelift obviously did not want to go without his critical chances and therefore chose Xayah for himself. Up to minute 20 the match seemed very balanced, but then the good scaling of TL's champions started to work and the teamfights clearly turned out in their favour. With the Golden Guardians a supposedly easier opponent awaits on the second day of the week. In the opening game the GGS had to admit defeat against Optic Gaming, which was mainly due to bad decisions and individual mistakes. For half an hour the Guardians had control of the game and a slight gold advantage in their luggage, but an unsuccessful fight in a situation in which one should simply have focused the turret brought the enemy two kills and Baron Nashor. After all, the team showed that they had prepared for the meta and developed their own strategies. Against Team Liquid, however, the Golden Guardians will not get as many chances as on the first day, as Liquid has three very strong lanes, all of which are able to advance early and not let the opponent come into play. Doublelift will probably use a classic marksman again, with Lucian, also his signature champion, being currently absolutely viable and a good option for him.

Prediction: The signs are set for David vs. Goliath, because the start of the two teams in the split could not have been more different. It seems that the dramatic change in meta has not changed the strength of the teams so far, so Team Liquid is still one of the favourites for the LCS title. The Golden Guardians will have to keep to the lower end of the table as they will be 0-2 after this week. Clearly, I expect a 1-0 victory for Team Liquid.

NA LCS Summer 2018 Week 1 CG vs FOX

Match #4: Clutch Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo Clutch Gaming vs. Echo Fox Echo Fox League of Legends LoL Team Logo

June 18th, 2018: 03:00 PM PDT / 06:00 PM EDT / 00:00 CET

As expected, both Clutch Gaming and Echo Fox emerged victorious from the first day of play. CG only needed a minute in their match against Cloud9 to send their opponent Bot Lane back to base. (As a reminder, Cloud9 decided to exchange their best players Jensen and Sneaky for players from the Academy Team.) Especially Clutch Gaming's jungler LirA made a strong impression on the first day and gained a huge advantage over his opponent Svenskeren by stealing both buffs and putting pressure on him again and again. Echo Fox, on the other hand, is a very well-coordinated team and will not offer their opponents as many opportunities. Echo Fox also proved in their first match that they can surprise even in the current meta. Not only the selected champions were exceptional, but even the players themselves swapped roles. AD-Carry Altec switched to Top Lane to let Huni play Yasuo on Bottom Lane. This was an answer to the opponent's Xin Zhao, who is particularly strong against ranged fighters, so Echo Fox decided to play only melee fighters, on the other hand Dr Mundo is currently one of the most resistant tanks and certainly not a champion that Huni wants to play. Perhaps this match was a milestone in the opening of the predetermined roles, so that in future players will often change roles to be able to play their favourite champions in a different position. We will see what surprises Echo Fox has prepared for the match against Clutch Gaming.

Prediction: Both teams had initial difficulties in their first match and could only fully turn up after a good 20 to 30 minutes. So it could well be that we have a longer game ahead of us and the teams want to fall back on classic AD-Carries. I see the teams on the same level at the moment and can hardly decide on a winner. Nevertheless, I expect a 1-0 victory for Clutch Gaming.

NA LCS Summer Split 2018 – Week 1 | Day 1 

NA LCS Summer 2018 Week 1 TSM vs CLG

Match #2: Team SoloMid League of Legends LoL Team Logo Team SoloMid vs. Counter Logic Gaming Counter Logic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo

June 17th, 2018: 03:00 PM PDT / 06:00 PM EDT / 00:00 CET

The first day of the NA LCS Summer Split will bring an absolutely classical match. TSM and CLG are the only two teams to have been in the North American League since its foundation. In the past, the fight for first place in NA LCS was often a duel between these teams, only in the last Spring Split could this dominance be broken by Team Liquid, while Team SoloMid and Counter Logic Gaming both delivered disappointing results. The winter signing of the Bottom Lane Zven and Mithy from TSM could not fully justify the trust placed in them, many had expected more from the two former G2 players. Jungler MikeYeung also didn't seem to fit into the team, but the people in charge at TSM will have worked hard on the teamwork over the past weeks and perhaps the new meta will also bring more momentum to the team. CLG only reached the disappointing 7th place in the Spring Split and missed the playoffs for the first time in the history of the organisation. The current meta could also cause the team some problems, Jungler Reignover is a typical tank player, and Stixxay has also chosen AD-Carrys like Caitlyn in the past and could now have problems with his champion pool. However, we will soon see exactly how the two teams have prepared for the upcoming split.

Prediction: Team SoloMid can also rely on strong names in the new season, especially Bjergsen could also convince in spring. Bot Laner Zven may have settled in North America in the meantime and is finally ready to perform as he had hoped. If TSM is strategically well prepared by their coach in this game, I think CLG will have no chance. So I expect a 1-o victory for Team SoloMid.

NA LCS Summer 2018 Week 1 CG vs Cloud9

Match #3: Clutch Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo Clutch Gaming vs. Cloud9 Cloud9 League of Legends LoL Team Logo

June 17th, 2018: 04:00 PM PDT / 07:00 PM EDT / 01:00 CET

In the second top game of the evening, Clutch Gaming meets Cloud9, the “newcomer” from spring against the crowd's favourite. But a few days before the game Jack Etienne (founder of C9) and the headcoach Reapered announced in this video their decision to compete in the first week without the three stars Jensen, Sneaky and Smoothie in the roster. While the players themselves reacted rather calmly on social media, the big fan base in particular is outraged, because Jensen and Sneaky have been an important part of Cloud9 for many years, both as players and as crowd pullers. The fact that all three players in the Spring Split also achieved great performances and were the main reason why Cloud9 entered the playoffs at all makes the decision all the more questionable. Another factor is that Jensen will be replaced by Goldenglue and Sneaky by Keith, with both Goldenglue and Keith having been active in the LCS for a rather long time but never being able to keep up with the high level of the league. Also the rumours that the degradation of Jensen and Co. was a punishment for toxic behaviour was proved untrue. On the contrary, the people responsible at C9 simply no longer seem to be convinced of the efforts of the three players. Compared to the new squad from Cloud9, Clutch Gaming is therefore well cast, after all the team fought for 1st place in the Spring Split for a long time and even made it to the semi-finals in the playoffs. Of course, the change in Cloud9 can also be a reaction to the new meta, and no one can yet judge how well the teams have really prepared for the Summer Split.

Prediction: Under normal circumstances I would have expected Cloud9 to win 8 out of 10 games against CG here, but with the announcement of the new squad I don't think they would win any of the games. Even many Cloud9 fans wish themselves a short and painless 0-2 in the first week to see their favorite players again in the second week. I was anything but convinced of Goldenglue and Keith in the past, so I expect a 1-0 victory for Clutch Gaming.

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Article and predictions by the esports-betting League of Legends team. Marius „vuehrjer“ Führer is studying at the TU Wien and misses just as few League of Legends matches as lectures at university. Daniel „Taith“ Aichinger is studying lectureship at the JKU Linz and teaches his enemies the meaning of fear on Summoner's Rift in his spare time. Contact them on Twitter (@vuehrjer, @TaithLoL) for questions. GG WP!

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