LCS NA Summer Split 2014 – Week 4 Preview & Predictions

Week 3 came in as a surprise as top dog Cloud 9 was defeated by Evil Geniuses. Evil Geniuses showed Cloud 9 that they are still in this game after EG took control of their fate teamfight after teamfight. Meanwhile, LMQ was able to bounce back from their 2 defeats in the second week and Dignitas and CLG each grab a win and loss. Meanwhile, Curse has been cursed lately with 0-2 in the last two weeks sending them to the bottom of the split. Week Four of the NA LCS approaches fast and the teams are prepping well into what seems to be another great weekend full of full-on action in the Summoner’s Rift.

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Schedule and Betting Odds – LCS NA Season 4 Summer Split Week 4*

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Preview and Predictions LCS NA Week 4 Day 1

TSM vs C9 (June 14 12:00 PDT/ 15:00 EDT/ 21:00 CEST)

(TSM 0-1 against C9)

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Cloud 9 can immediately tell that TSM is not in a good position this time. TSM has been playing for the fifth spot since the start of the split. After acquiring Amazing, they were under attack left and right. The main problem with TSM right now is that they reveal too much of their composition early on in the pick and ban phase. Teams know that Amazing is an amazing jungler with Lee Sin, Elise, and Evelynn and so they target ban him all the time. Now, Amazing has to use cheese champions like Volibear in hopes to surprise their opponents. Amazing’s Volibear play from a few weeks ago came out short and it didn’t help him put a dent on the enemy. This is one of the few major problems that TSM is facing right now. If Amazing is not able to come up with new jungle champions then teams like Cloud 9 will seriously take advantage of target banning him out of the game and grab the victory.

Prediction: If Cloud 9 bans Elise, Evelynn, and Lee Sin, TSM is in great trouble.

EG vs LMQ (June 14 13:00 PDT/ 16:00 EDT/ 22:00 CEST)

(EG 0-1 against LMQ)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team EGLogo of LCS NA Summer Split Team LMQLMQ admitted that they were overconfident during the second week of the LCS which led to their demise of having 0-2. After learning from their mistake, LMQ pounced their way back to the top spot with a 2-0 score. XiaoWeiXiao once again grab the MVP of the week with a KDA of 29 and an amazing 461.15 gold per minute in a game on average. This goes to show that XiaoWeiXiao knows how to farm and when to destroy his enemies. EG will have to compensate well by ganking his lane frequently and Pobelter needs to grab champions that can match XiaoWeiXiao’s gold in the game. Ziggs might be a good champion to play against the tough LMQ player but it would not be enough if Snoopeh will not camp the mid lane. Even so, LMQ has other weapons in their arsenal if XiaoWeiXiao is shut down in lane. Vasilii and Mor’s duo has been on a roll last week with Vasilii rising to the top with a KDA of 6.7 and a 15k gold average per game. It looks like EG will be in trouble this week but that’s what people said last week during their match against Cloud 9.

Prediction: So far, LMQ has what it takes to beat down EG.

 

DIG vs CRS (June 14 14:00 PDT/ 17:00 EDT/ 23:00 CEST)

(Curse 0-1 against DIG)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team DignitasLogo of LCS NA Summer Split Team CurseAnd speaking of a beat down, no other team in the NA LCS has experienced a beat down like Curse had. For two weeks now, they have not seen any form of victory even with Xpecial coming over as their new support player. Xpecial is known to be the shotcaller down at the bottom lane and sometimes, when he gets on a Leona or Thresh, he shotcalls the entire game. The problem now is that the meta has moved away from early game dominance to late game disengage support champions like Nami and Zyra. Cop is consistent with his team as he has had a good 6.2 KDa lead way above other AD carries like Sneaky and WildTurtle. Curse is simply lost right now with no way of telling whether they can move pass this one. Curse needs to quickly adapt to a new strategy much like Dignitas had last split and ride out the momentum.

Prediction: That is if they are able to defeat Dignitas this time.+

 

CLG vs COL (June 14 15:00 PDT/ 18:00 EDT/ 24:00 CEST)

(COL 0-1 against CLG)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team CLGLogo of LCS NA Summer Split team complexityThere is a huge amount of difference between Complexity and CLG as a team based on their stats. Complexity has 1.56 against CLG’s 3.24 KDA as a team. Complexity has 8.88 average champion kills while CLG has 12.13. As a team, CLG is a much cohesive team than Complexity. They are able to survive the laning phase through constant lane swaps and rotations. These rotations are meant to catch certain members of the enemy team off guard and destroy the lane as early as possible. CLG’s Aphromoo is far better at setting up kills for Doublelift than Bubbadub does for ROBERTXLEE and it greatly shows as Doublelift has an average amount of champion kills at 4.63 while ROBERTXLEE suffers with a 2.75. There isn’t much to say about this match up though as CLG will most likely bring the big guns for the bigger teams in the LCS.

Prediction: CLG takes a win.

 

Preview and Predictions LCS NA Week 4 Day 2

TOP Game of the Week

C9 vs DIG

(June 15 15:00 PDT/ 18:00 EDT/ 24:00 CEST)

(C9 0-1 against DIG)

 

Both Dignitas and LMQ have secured the top spot in the current NA LCS standings. But, Dignitas has a lot to build up than LMQ. Dignitas has been in the middle of the pack last split but this time, they are playing to get themselves back to the their proper form – a world class team in League of Legends. Crumbzz have significantly been better this split. His warding has drastically improve which helped the team with playing more aggressively or more defensively. In fact, Crumbzz was able to place more wards than the entire LMQ team in one game. Comparing Crumbzz to Meteos, the Dignitas jungler is far more successful at counterganking and aiding his solo laners in particular as evidenced by his 5.25 KDA ratio against Meteos’ 3.72. Although Meteos is practically farming up the jungle with 320.62 gold on average and a 155.38 average minions killed, Crumbzz comes out the clear winner of the two since he is better at giving out kills to his solo laners to snowball the lane. Meteos hates having his jungle warded and he is very particular with pink wards. This might come as a heavy task for Crumbzz who is attempting to ward the enemy jungler especially a good jungler like Meteos. This is why the players to watch in this match would have to be Crumbzz and Meteos. Watch out for them trying to outplay each other in terms of warding, counterjungling, and ganking.

Another set of player to watch out for are Balls and Zionspartan. Both players love to duke it out at the top lane but when it comes to one on one sparring, Zionspartan gets the upper hand as Balls will most likely take a tanky champion like Shyvana or Trundle while Zionspartan loves to prolong his farm with Jax or even an Irelia. Based on their KDA, Zionspartan is far ahead of Balls. Zionspartan has taken Jax to the Rift for several times and it has been known that Jax is a beast in late game with his splitpush and dueling potential. Balls on the other hand wants to be the team’s tank which requires him to farm up not to get damage items but for defensive ones. In the end, Balls has far lesser KDA than Zionspartan. In a meta where late game prowess can mean victory, Dignitas is fares better than Cloud 9 this time.

Prediction: Cloud 9 closes out the week with a loss.

 

CRS vs LMQ (June 15 15:00 PDT/ 18:00 EDT/ 21:00 CEST)

(CRS 0-1 against LMQ)

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It’s a no-brainer that the top team will surely stomp the bottom team in the standing. Curse just does not have the right tools to prevent LMQ from getting another 2-0 this week.

 

Prediction: It’s already clear where this is heading. LMQ wins.

COL vs TSM (June 15 13:00 PDT/ 16:00 EDT/ 22:00 CEST)

(COL 0-1 against TSM)

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Day 2 of the NA LCS might be one of those days wherein most of its matches will be one-sided. From the first one down to the third game of the day, games will be one-sided. It would take a miracle for Complexity to be able to beat TSM in this matchup. Banning out Amazing’s champion pool will also hurt Complexity as Brokenshard has the same champion pool as Amazing.

Prediction: TSM wins.

 

CLG vs EG (June 15 14:00 PDT/ 17:00 EDT/ 23:00 CEST)

(EG 0-1 against CLG)

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The third match would likely be as predictable as the first and second one but this time, there might be a chance that EG will take this game if they play as flawlessly as they had against Cloud 9. Evil Geniuses uses the same strategy as CLG. They build their team composition around their AD carry. Altec was perfectly safe most of the time with Krepo during their game against Cloud 9. Cloud 9 had a composition that was able to engage towards the back line but Evil Geniuses were able to peel for Altec very well. If EG can play the same strategy then it would be a fair game for them. It will all go down during the early game as to who has the upper hand. CLG will try to out-rotate EG this time and if Snoopeh can’t provide them with proper warding and control of objectives, it will be a problem for Evil Geniuses this time.

Prediction: CLG takes the win but not without a few hiccups from EG.

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*.) Odds may have changed by now – no guarantee! The predictions are the opinion of the author.