LCS NA Summer Split 2014 – Week 2 Preview

The North American LCS Summer Split kicked off with high octane action brought to us not by the veteran teams of the LCS but with the new ones. LMQ and Complexity brought their A-game during the first week with LMQ winning all four games of the Super Week. After getting through to the Promotion Tournament, everyone was looking for LMQ to be on the top 4 team from the start but no one expected them to climb all the way to the top in just the first week. LMQ has flawlessly made their way to the number one spot this week as they faced off with powerhouses like CLG. But, LMQ will have to sharpen their skills further as this week, they will face off with TSM and Cloud 9.

Meanwhile, EG finally bids goodbye to Yellowpete and will welcome Altec as their new starting AD carry for this week. Dignitas also started off strong like they always do during the first few weeks of the split but will continue their momentum until the end or will they falter once more just like last split? Check out our LCS Newsfeed for more info on the this weeks line up changes!

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Standings and Stats LCS NA before Summer Split Week 2

Team Wins Losses Avg. KDA Avg. Gold / Minute
LMQ 4 0 6.83 1836.68
Team SoloMid 3 1 5.16 1689.61
Team Dignitas 3 1 4.94 1784.97
Cloud 9 2 2 3.53 1711.65
Curse 1 3 2.81 1516.39
Counter Logic Gaming 2 2 2.72 1629.76
Evil Geniuses 0 4 2.37 1482.56
compLexity 1 3 1.22 1441.54

Schedule and Odds – S4 Summer Split NA Week 2*

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Preview and Predictions LCS NA Week 2 Day 1

CLG vs TSM (May 31 12:00 PDT/15:00 EDT/ 21:00 CEST)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team CLGLogo of LCS NA Summer Split Team TSMCLG's addition of Seraph further solidified their team as a powerhouse this week but not without bumps in the road. CLG specifically Seraph had a bad game during their match up against Cloud 9 where he went 0-7-5 with his Irelia. CLG, although finishing a sloppy fifth place with 2 wins and 2 losses, had a good start last week, it was not their best week. Ultimately, there are still some kinks that need to be ironed out before they can resume to being a great team that they were meant to be. In fact, their star AD carry Doublelift did not seem to gather enough kills as his KDA ratio was a mere 3.27 compared to the likes of Vasilii's 17.67 and Imaqtpie's 5. On the other hand, Link tried to balance it out with his amazing 7.2 but still not that great compared to Shiphtur's 21.5.

TSM got themselves to a good start at 3 wins with 1 loss but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. Amazing has proven himself to be a very competitive jungler and leads the team with a 10.2 KDA ratio. This time though, TSM can only hope to further solidify their strategies further as they buckle up to face LMQ in the coming weeks.

Prediction: So far, TSM looks to be a more solid team as Seraph is still finding his groove in the LCS stage. Dyrus can easily beat him in lane which can cause a stampede over during teamfights.

COL vs EG (May 31 13:00 PDT/ 16:00 EDT/ 22:00 CEST)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split team complexityLogo of LCS NA Summer Split Team EGFrankly, both teams have failed to meet expectations during and after the Promotion Tournament. EG looked to be stronger once they had Altec in their starting lineup but so far, they need to have better results in their games. Their AD Carry, Yellowpete had a measly 1.5 KDA ratio – a total bummer for a carry that needs to farm up and rack up kills during teamfights and skirmishes. It would seem like EG had made a good decision in subbing Yellowpete this time. Meanwhile, EG's solo laners still have a lot of problems that have carried over since last split but it will take even more time for them to clear up these problems. Pobelter just seems to be too complacent with his lane while Snoopeh needs to pick up on newer champions. And although Altec will start off his LCS career this week, it is still a wild card on how he gels well with the team. On the other side Complexity's Midlaner PrOlly will be replaced by Mancloud during week 2 of the North American LCS. (Read more about both Subsitutes in our LCS Newsfeed)

Prediction: Complexity looks a lot stronger compared to Evil Geniuses in this match up. But, there is still a slight chance that Altec will be able to carry the team to victory especially if Mancloud fails to adept to the team strategy of Complexity.

LMQ vs DIG (May 31 14:00 PDT/ 17:00 EDT/ 23:00 CEST)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team LMQLogo of LCS NA Summer Split Team DignitasLast week, both teams looked strong as Dignitas were able to defeat Cloud 9 and LMQ looked great from any point of view. LMQ looked strong even from the time they were still in the Challenger Series and EG, Curse, Complexity, and CLG discovered it the hard way. After closing the first week with 4 wins, LMQ is the king of the hill. XiaoWeiXiao leads the MVP last week with his amazing 8.83 KDA. So, how will LMQ fare against Dignitas? It will all boil down to the midlane as well as the bottom lane. XiaoWeiXiao is a strong contender against Shiphtur but Shiphtur knows he cannot back down on the Chinese import. Although Shiphtur has a whooping 21.5 KDA against XiaoWeiXiao's 8.83, the Chinese still edges over Shiphtur with his amazing plays. Shiphtur also proved to the audience as well as to the community that he earned his spot in Dignitas' roster by making a pentakill during the first game. The midlane matchup will surely be a blast for both Dignitas and LMQ fans alike.

Meanwhile at the bottom lane, long time team mates Imaqtpie and Kiwikid have found each other's tempo and began a solid duo. LMQ also has a solid bottom lane duo but it would most likely come down to who has the better pick during pick and ban phase. Knowing how LMQ has a better pick and ban phase, Dignitas will be in trouble if they give Vasilii his Twitch or even Lucian. In fact, last week Lucian was one of the most highly contested champion at the bot lane when he was picked 13 times and was banned only twice. He also has the highest win rate for any AD carry during the first week with 77 percent. If Dignitas decides to give LMQ Twitch then Lucian is a good choice for Dignitas. All in all, LMQ has the edge in bot lane when both stats are being compared. Vasilii has an average champions killed per match of 7 against Imaqtpie's 2.25. This was also evident that LMQ puts more effort in subduing their opponents in lane rather than farming up when Vasilii has a lower gold per minute and minions killed than Imaqtpie but the Chinese import has a better KDA ratio of 17.67.

Prediction: LMQ takes another win if they leave bot lane unchecked. Imaqtpie and Kiwikid needs to ramp up their aggression if they want to slow down LMQ's bottom lane. Dignitas can manage to pull a win if they manage to get Crumbzz to gank successfully at bot lane while Shiphtur and Zionspartan get the best out of their lanes.

C9 vs CRS (May 31 15:00 PDT/ 18:00 EDT/ 00:00 CEST)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team Cloud9Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team CurseIt was unfortunate for Cloud 9 to have played badly in last week but they will surely bounce off with this game against Curse. Although Curse has acquired Xpecial from TSM, they seem to still have problems especially with rotations and shotcalling. Their game against LMQ proved that they can turtle their game to their advantage only to lose in a teamfight with minimum decision making skills.

Prediction: Cloud 9 bounces back from their standings from last week with this win.

Preview and Predictions LCS NA Week 2 Day 2

TOP Game LCS NA Week 2

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June 1st 2014

12:00 PDT/ 15:00 EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Logo of LCS Na Summer Split Team LMQ vs. Logo of LCS Na Summer Split Team Cloud 9

4 Wins 2
6.83 KDA 3.53
1837 GpM 1712

The game of the week goes to two of the best teams in North America right now – LMQ and Cloud 9. Cloud 9 has had a bad week last week. Based on their stats, the team had a low 3.53 KDA ratio which landed them the fourth spot while getting the third spot for gold farmed. This ultimately translates to Cloud 9 farming more often than getting kills during the laning phase. It is worthy to note that Cloud 9 lost two games in the first week alone – a first for them. In fact, Cloud 9 has never suffered that much defeat in the last two splits since they qualified for the LCS. Hai, Cloud 9's midlaner suffered greatly in their matchups as he only had a 2.58 KDA ratio and if compared to LMQ's XiaoWeiXiao, Hai would be buried alive with the gap between both players. Cloud 9 needs to be more aggressive during their laning phase espcially down at the bottom. Cloud 9 knows how to acquire objectives and excel at teamfights but their laning phase is their current problem. They dwell too much on farming and if they are up against a team like LMQ who loves aggression early on and are not afraid of tower diving then they will most likely lose this match. Cloud 9 needs to be extra careful during the pick and ban phase. They should run a disengage composition against a hyper-aggressive team like LMQ. It is high time that Hai needs to pick up Nidalee and LemonNation gets a grip on Nami in order to provide a good poke and disengage for the team. Balls and Meteos can provide a good tank while Sneaky is able to dish out damage with his Twitch or even Lucian.

All in all, LMQ has everything to win and Cloud 9 has everything to lose in this match up. LMQ, despite their sometimes crazy aggression early on, do have some problems and it is only fair that they get to match up against Cloud 9. This match will be a spectacle to watch as both teams will surely bring everything to the table.

Prediction: Cloud 9 might have the capabilities in winning this match but LMQ will beat them with a stronger lineup and strategy.

CRS vs EG (June 1 13:00 PDT/ 16:00 EDT/ 22:00 CEST)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team CurseLogo of LCS NA Summer Split Team EGWith Pobelter finally graduating from school, EG will finally be able to solidify their place in the LCS. This is good news for EG fans who have been disappointed since last split because of how the team is still unable to gather enough wins to avoid relegation. EG knows that they are not top tier LCS material but they also know that they deserve to be in the LCS. This time though, EG has showed great promise now that Pobelter can finally move in with the team and with the addition of another talented player with Altec, EG is on the road to repairing the damages. As for now, Altec is their only hope but will it be enough?

Prediction: Curse manages to get a win but EG gives out yet another good fight only to come up short again.

COL vs CLG (June 1 14:00 PDT/ 17:00 EDT/ 23:00 CEST)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split team complexityLogo of LCS NA Summer Split Team CLGComplexity won't be playing with pr0lly this week and will be replaced by Mancloud. With that, Complexity once again gets the short end of the stick with this match against a very solid CLG. Will Complexity find its groove back once pr0lly is back on the team the week after? Or will they continue to gain losses after each week? Only time can tell.

Prediction: CLG takes another win.

DIG vs TSM (June 1 15:00 PDT/ 18:00 EDT/ 00:00 CEST)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team DignitasLogo of LCS NA Summer Split Team TSMThe last match of the week 2 of the North American LCS Summer Split is also one of the most hyped matches. Dignitas has shown great promise when they were able to acquire Zionspartan and Shiphtur from Team Coast. Shiphtur was able to prove to the world that he is top caliber when he was able to score a pentakill during their first match of the split. Zionspartan continues to be the carry top laner with his Jax. When compared against Bjergsen, Shiphtur provides more kill for the team with his 21.5 KDA ratio. Although both players reach the same amount of gold per minute per game with 402.06 for Shiphtur and 403.04 for Bjergsen, the difference is their minions killed per game. Shiphtur does 266.25 against Bjergsen's 377.75. This means that Shiphtur has a more aggressive approach to getting gold than Bjergsen does. While Bjergsen is off farming his lane, Shiphtur is roaming around looking for kills. This ultimately led to Dignitas scoring a lot of wins this week and if TSM is not aggressive enough to put Shiphtur in his place, there will be problems later on in the game.

And while both carries have the same amount of champions killed with 2.25 average. There is still a difference on how Imaqtpie is able to reach a KDA of 5 against Wildturtle's 2.8. Imaqtpie has 411.95 gold per minute but with only 292.25 minions killed per game which strongly suggests that he has a more kill potential lane than Wildturtle. This can be a problem for TSM if they continue to become complacent with their laning phase. TSM is playing it too safely in the laning phase and hope that they can farm up well for the big teamfights. And although it may be a good strategy if they are up against Complexity or even LMQ, it is not a good strategy for Dignitas now that they have Zionspartan and Shiphtur in the team.

Prediction: TSM needs to avoid playing too safely against Dignitas if they want to win this match.

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