Week 5 – NA LCS Summer Split 2018

The LCS Summer Split 2018 climbs in week 5 and at the solstice of the split, coaches and players will probably have to employ different strategies. No one has precious victories to give away in view of the upcoming League of Legends World Cup 2018. In general, however, one can observe in the EU and as well NA that so far there seems to be only black and white for the power picks: either the entire dynamics of the game focus around them, or they fall hopelessly behind and have to be carried by their mates through the game.

In the North American League of Legends Championship Series, the fog of uncertainty doesn't seem to want to clear up. A billowing bunch of teams in which no one can really assert themselves. 8 teams stand on 4, respectively 5 victories in the standings. Also in week 4 the underdog Golden Guardians managed to dominate against early favorites as Clutch Gaming and 100 Thieves. However, in NA things need to change urgently and if the teams don´t want to adapt to the new meta, the conventional way has to be taken with Ezrael and Lucian. Riot doesn´t seem to attend changing things soon… After all the criticism we are still looking forward to an exciting week 5, on July, 21. at 23 pm CEST – turn the livestream on!

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Schedule and Results – 2018 LCS NA Summer Split Week 5

The misery of NA LCS continues and no team really knows how to play to its strengths. In week 5 we look forward to the matches of the Golden Guardians against Counter Logic Gaming and Echo Fox. We'll see if the victory streak can continue after week 4. Still too many mistakes are made with the new or already old meta and the teams have to do their homework. At the end, everything remains exciting in NA and week 5 will hopefully bring a little profile in the standings.

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NA LCS Summer Split 2018 | Week 5 | Day 1 

Match #1: Echo Fox League of Legends LoL Team Logo FOX vs. 100 100 Thieves League of Legends LoL Team Logo     0 : 1  
July 21st, 02:00 PM PT / 05:00 PM ET / 23:00 CEST

Match #2: Cloud9 League of Legends LoL Team Logo C9 vs. TL Team Liquid League of Legends LoL Team Logo     1 : 0  
July 21st, 03:00 PM PT / 06:00 PM ET / 00:00 CEST (the next day)

Match #3: Team SoloMid League of Legends LoL Team Logo TSM vs. OPT OpTic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo     0 : 1  
July 21st, 04:00 PM PT / 07:00 PM ET / 01:00 CEST (the next day)

Match #4: Golden Guardians League of Legends LoL Team Logo GGS vs. CLG Counter Logic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo     1 : 0  
July 21st, 05:00 PM PT / 08:00 PM ET / 02:00 CEST (the next day)

Match #5: FlyQuest League of Legends LoL Team Logo FLY vs. CG  Clutch Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo    1 : 0  
July 21st, 06:00 PM PT / 09:00 PM ET / 03:00 CEST (the next day)

NA LCS Summer Split 2018 | Week 5 | Day 2 

Match #1: OpTic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo OPT vs. C9  Cloud9 League of Legends LoL Team Logo    1 : 0  
July 22nd, 12:00 PM PT / 03:00 PM ET / 21:00 CEST

Match #2: FlyQuest League of Legends LoL Team Logo FLY vs. 100 100 Thieves League of Legends LoL Team Logo     1 : 0  
July 22nd, 01:00 PM PT / 04:00 PM ET / 22:00 CEST

Match #3: Team Liquid League of Legends LoL Team Logo TL vs. CLG Counter Logic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo     1 : 0  
July 22nd, 02:00 PM PT / 05:00 PM ET / 23:00 CEST

Match #4: Clutch Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo CG vs. TSM Team SoloMid League of Legends LoL Team Logo     0 : 1  
July 22nd, 03:00 PM PT / 06:00 PM ET / 00:00 CEST (the next day)

Match #5: Golden Guardians League of Legends LoL Team Logo GGS vs. FOX Echo Fox League of Legends LoL Team Logo     0 : 1  
July 22nd, 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 5 of the NA LCS Spring Split 2018.

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You will find detailed predictions and analysis of the upcoming matches of the NA LCS Summer Split 2018 – Week 5 right before the first game of the week.

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Cloud9 League of Legends LoL Team Logo vs. Team Liquid League of Legends LoL Team Logo FlyQuest League of Legends LoL Team Logo vs. 100 Thieves League of Legends LoL Team Logo
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NA LCS Summer Split 2018 – Week 5 | Day 2 

NA LCS 2018 Week 5 OPT vs C9 Summer SplitMatch #1: OpTic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo OpTic Gaming vs. Cloud9  Cloud9 League of Legends LoL Team Logo

July 22nd, 00:00 PM PT / 03:00 PM ET / 21:00 CEST

And also Week 5 of the NA LCS in the 2018 Summer Split brings a new iteration of the Cloud9 team – with jungler Blaber in the new starting line-up all positions except toplaner Licorice have already been exchanged at least once. However, the current roster iteration seems to work a little better as the Spring Split champions have already been swept out of Summoner's Rift on the first matchday of the week. The neo-jungler already has one advantage over his predecessor Svenskeren: his much more aggressive playing style. Although the Danish superstar can score with a varied repertoire of experience, the mixture of experienced veterans and hungry newcomers seems to inspire the game of the North American bedrocks. Not too late because in order to reach the playoff phase of the Summer Split Jensen and Co should make a triumphant victory march in the second half of the summer season. OpTic Gaming can also be found ex aequo in last place in the standings together with Cloud9 and PowerOfEvil and his team mates successfully started into Week 5 with a victory over Team SoloMid. But the team's performances are far too inconsistent, especially the toplane offers a big target for many opponents and AD-Carry Arrow shows many weaknesses this season.

Prediction: Both teams can be found in the lowlands of the NA LCS table but the Cloud9 team with experienced veterans like Jensen and Sneaky are once again expected to shake up the table. A victory for OpTic Gaming would take a brillant game from jungler Akaadian – he should take advantage of his opponent's inexperience to gain advantages for his team. However, not even veteran Xmithie managed to achieve this on day 1, so I expect a clean 0-1 victory for Cloud9.

NA LCS 2018 Week 5 FLY vs 100 Summer SplitMatch #2: FlyQuest League of Legends LoL Team Logo FlyQuest vs. 100 Thieves 100 Thieves League of Legends LoL Team Logo

July 22nd, 01:00 PM PT / 04:00 PM ET / 22:00 CEST

Prediction: An interesting constellation can be found in the North American LCS standings: five different teams share second place at the moment while the 100 Thieves alone are enthroned at the top of the table. The 100 Thieves are perhaps the most consistent team in the league – both in classic strategies and funnel combos – and Cody Sun and his team mates leave a strong impression. FlyQuest have also won three out of the last four games but few experts expect Keane and Co to be at the top of the table. I see slight advantages on the side of aphromoo and his team mates and expect a narrow 0-1 victory for the 100 Thieves.

NA LCS 2018 Week 5 TL vs CLG Summer Split

Match #3: Team Liquid League of Legends LoL Team Logo Team Liquid vs. Counter Logic Gaming Counter Logic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo

July 22nd, 02:00 PM PT / 05:00 PM ET / 23:00 CEST

Prediction: After a weak start into the season the Counter Logic Gaming team has gradually worked their way up the table and – together with four other teams – currently occupies second place in the standings. Team Liquid can also be found in this field of top teams but both challengers suffered a bitter defeat on the first matchday of the week. Identifying a favorite for this duel is difficult, AD-Carry Doublelift is still not playing mage champions like Vladimir at LCS level and Counter Logic Gaming still has big problems in the later stages of the game. A close match-up, I expect a wafer-thin 1-0 victory for Team Liquid.

NA LCS 2018 Week 5 CG vs TSM Summer Split

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

July 22nd, 03:00 PM PT / 06:00 PM ET / 00:00 CEST (next day)

Prediction: These two teams also share a 7th place in the NA LCS standings, with four victories and five losses Team SoloMid has an unexpected negative record after the first half of the Summer season. Especially Midlaner Bjergsen is under the water at the moment, the dominance of the last years is missing and also Hauntzer and Zven are not able to decide games for their team on their own. The whole team seems insecure and only waits for mistakes of their opponents to capitalize on – the proactivity in the games of Team SoloMid is completely missing. Clutch Gaming relies on midlaner Febiven to carry his team for most games, jungler Lira has had a weak season so far and has not been able to match the performances he had while wearing the EnVyUs jersey. Despite the poor performance I expect a 0-1 victory for Team SoloMid.

NA LCS 2018 Week 5 GGS vs EF Summer Split

Match #5: Golden Guardians League of Legends LoL Team Logo Golden Guardians vs. Echo Fox Echo Fox League of Legends LoL Team Logo

July 22nd, 04:00 PM PT / 07:00 PM ET / 01:00 CEST (next day)

Prediction: The Golden Guardians have been underestimated by many experts but Mickey and Contractz in particular have already won several games for the team. The Echo Fox team is also still among the leaders, although toplaner Huni is currently at the bottom of his career. On the first matchday of the week Echo Fox suffered a bitter loss against the leaders of the 100 Thieves but against all the odds these two teams are currently at eye level. The Golden Guardians' wave of success has already brought them three victories in a row and I also expect in the duel with Echo Fox a narrow 1-0 victory for the Golden Guardians.

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NA LCS Summer Split 2018 – Week 5 | Day 1 

NA LCS 2018 Week 5 FOX vs 100
Match #1:Echo Fox League of Legends LoL Team Logo Echo Fox vs. 100 Thieves 100 Thieves League of Legends LoL Team Logo

July 21st, 02:00 PM PT / 05:00 PM ET / 23:00 CEST

Echo Fox will encounter the 100 Thieves in the North America League of Legends Championship Series in the first game of the evening. Both teams won and lost in week 4, matching the general up and down of the individual NA team performances, both teams deserve praise and criticism for one of the two games. Let's take the unfortunate defeat of Echo Fox against CLG on day 1 week 4: But really nothing should come out of Echo Fox Meta: With Fox – Mundo-Graves-Yasuo-Heimerdinger-Fiddlesticks the team should have dominated early. The team apparently also led the game and secured considerably more objectives with 2 drakes and 2 towers. Interesting, however, is the choice of the counter-matchup from CLG, which have opted for a conventional CLG – Varus, Rakan Botlane. The meta ended finally in a fiasco when FOX got involved in team fights and jungle fights with a still relatively badly equippten Botlane. Of course, the strong opponent Darius also had a big impact, but in my opinion the meta should have been played correctly and Heimerdinger/Fiddlesticks should not have sacrificed themselves so early. Almost all deaths happened around the herald or baron pit…
Almost ironically, therefore, that 100 Thieves, who lost against the Golden Guardians in week 4, played without a chance against  GGS – Heimerdinger – Fiddlesticks botlane. The 100 Thieves were unrecognizable, on the defensive since minute 2 they gave up piece by piece map control. In only 25 minutes Heimerdingers purple cannons smashed the blue nexus.
In the encounter between the two favorites, I expect an exciting pick- and bann phase, which will probably already reveal a lot about the outcome of the game. I see an advantage and therefore 0:1 victory for 100 Thieves. 

 

NA LCS 2018 Week 5 C9 vs TLMatch #2: Cloud9 League of Legends LoL Team Logo Cloud 9 vs. Team Liquid Team Liquid League of Legends LoL Team Logo

July 21st, 03:00 PM PT / 06:00 PM ET / 00:00 CEST (the next day)

Cloud 9 encounters Team Liquid right at midnight hour in Central Europe. Both teams left the field, like so many in NA, once as winners and once defeated. Two unpleasant opponents meet here as well, since Team Liquid lost its Mage-Bot against Fly Quest in week 4 in an unpleasant stomp for the spectators, but could score with the classic botlane on day 2. For Cloud 9, things went the other way round, and too easy the Lucian, Rakan Botlane was gifted to the opponent, who cost Cloud 9 the victory in the late league game. Nevertheless, I estimate that both teams will arrange themselves in this game with the classical role distribution. Cloud 9 is clearly ahead and I see a 1:0 victory for Cloud 9. 

NA LCS 2018 Week 5 TSM vs OPT

Match #3: Team SoloMid League of Legends LoL Team Logo Team Solo Mid vs. Optic Gaming OpTic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo

July 21st, 04:00 PM PT / 07:00 PM ET / 01:00 CEST (the next day)

In the third game of the evening Team Solo Mid encounters Optic Gaming. Team Solo Mid went through the dreaded double defeat and the team lost against 100 Thieves on day one, followed by a more bitter defeat against Echo Fox on day two.  Optic Gaming also looks back grudgingly on week four, as they lost to an overpowering TL botlane on day one and were unable to take advantage of their chances on day two against Clutch Gaming. I guess both teams don't want to take any risks, but TSM remains the clear favourite. But experience has shown that TSM is only beaten by new moves, as the team's error analysis is still outstanding. So I see the clear 1-0 victory for TSM. 

NA LCS 2018 Week 5 GoldenGuardians vs CLG

Match #4: Golden Guardians League of Legends LoL Team Logo Golden Guardians vs. Counter Logic Gaming Counter Logic Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo

July 21st, 05:00 PM PT / 08:00 PM ET / 02:00 CEST (the next day)

The Golden Guardians will encounter Counter Logic Gaming on day 1, and if the Golden Guardians have recovered from celebrating their week 4 double win in time, they will have trained hard at headquarters to continue the spree. Both with the dreaded Mage-Botlane Heimerdinger fiddlesticks and with Jhin-Soraka, the team left no doubt about its abilities. In both games, the team dominated right from the start and steadily expanded its gold advantage. GGS should focus on their mid-game victories as they play an almost perfect game in the first 25 minutes. Counter Logic Gaming has also scored two victories in week 4 and will fight hard for the game. It will be one of the most exciting games on day 1, but there is little doubt that the Golden Guardians won´t win 1-0.

NA LCS Spring Split 2018 Week 5 FLY vs CG

Match #5: FlyQuest League of Legends LoL Team Logo Fly Quest vs. Clutch Gaming Clutch Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo

July 21st, 06:00 PM PT / 09:00 PM ET / 03:00 CEST (the next day)

Fly Quest encounters clutch gaming in the last game of the evening. Both teams also won and lost each in week 4. Fly Quests stomp about Team Liquid should have produced a lot more ingame footage; in only 23 minutes the nexus of the Summer Split favorites was ridiculously destroyed. I also wish Fly Quest more continuity and a more considerate pick and ban phase, as the potential of the team is definitely there. Clutch Gaming doesn't seem to want to come out of its low right now, but on day 2 of week 4, the team managed to win against Optic Gaming at least. It will also be a close game, but I see the Fly Quest currently ahead and predict on a 1-0 victory of Fly Quest.

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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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