LCS NA Summer Split 2014 – Week 5 Preview

In this week of the LCS, the North American LCS will play first to make way for the European LCS which will be held in London this weekend. NA teams have little to no time to practice further as the games will start early this week. Will this heavily affect the teams with new members like Evil Geniuses and Complexity? Or will it be their advantage knowing that other teams are not familiar with the newcomers? Last week, we saw the debut of Helios, the Korean star player, play for EG. Helios brought a lot of things to the table and watch out for an in-depth study on his play down below.

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Standings and Stats LCS NA before Summer Split Week 5

Team Wins Losses Avg. KDA Avg. Gold / Minute
Team Dignitas 7 3 5.36 1720.42
LMQ 7 3 3.85 1696.17
Counter Logic Gaming 7 3 3.74 1695.21
Team SoloMid 6 4 4.76 1651.00
Cloud9 6 4 3.31 1691.16
Curse 3 7 3.32 1532.97
Evil Geniuses 2 8 3.49 1551.82
compLexity 2 8 1.41 1476.24

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Preview and Predictions LCS NA Week 5 Day 1

CRS vs C9 (June 19 12:00 PDT/ 15:00 EDT/ 21:00 CEST)
(Head to Head in Summer Split 2014: CRS 0-1 against C9)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team CurseLogo of LCS NA Summer Split Team Cloud9Curse seems to be on the up and up last week by winning one game against powerhouse team LMQ. And if they continue the same amount of pressure in lane against Cloud 9, they will surely have the advantage to win this game. The problem with Curse's game against LMQ was that XiaoWeiXiao had a very questionable pick of Pantheon in the middle lane against a heavy scaling Kassadin. Once again, this proves that LMQ is willing to test the waters against a weaker team in order to surprise them but Curse was ready for them. This time though, Curse needs to provide a solid laning phase against Cloud 9. Cop takes center stage in this game as he needs to dominate Sneaky in the laning phase. Cop has an amazing KDA of 6 against Sneaky's 4.56. Cop has a far superior positioning skills than Sneaky. During Cloud 9's match against TSM, Sneaky was nowhere near the enemy team in every teamfight. He was either quickly picked off, too afraid to get into the fight, or out of position. This should be an advantage for Curse especially during teamfights which is why an Elise or a Leona pick would do wonders for Curse. With Cloud 9's slow descent from the bracket, expect more teams to exploit the team with their weakness.

Prediction: Cloud 9 might seem to be on the losing end but if they do great at the laning phase and get Sneaky into a good position during teamfights, Curse is poised to lose this match.

TSM vs DIG (June 19 13:00 PDT/ 16:00 EDT/ 22:00 CEST)
(TSM 0-1 against DIG)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team TSMLogo of LCS NA Summer Split Team DignitasTSM's Amazing learned a thing or two from last week and decided to take matters to his own hands this week. Amazing has had an “amazing” weekend after stealing a page from Crumbzz playbook. His Elise was enough to set up good ganks and still be able to protect his jungle from the enemy. It was noted how his Elise picked up a sightstone during his game against Cloud 9 which further expose Cloud 9's soft spot. Now the real test is when he is matched up with another jungler who likes to ward a lot in the enemy jungler. Things would begin to heat up as the mid game objective fights begin and it is crucial that both junglers need to protect the objectives. Between Amazing and Crumbzz, Amazing has far more explosive KDA with 6.06 thanks to his Elise and an average kills of 2.7 against Crumbzz 1.3. With that, TSM has the edge this time if Amazing continues to play like he did against Cloud 9.

Prediction: TSM might get the upper hand if Amazing recounts what he did right.

TOP Game LCS NA Week 5

LCS NA Summer Split Team LMQ - all 5 membersCLG - NA LCS TeamLMQ vs CLG (June 19 14:00 PDT/ 17:00 EDT/ 23:00 CEST)
(Head to Head: CLG 0-1 against LMQ)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team LMQ vs. Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team CLG

7 Wins 7
3.85 KDA 3.74
1696 GpM 1695

CLG has come quite a lot last week with their problems in Seraph. After knowing that Seraph has a vulnerable time at the top lane especially during the early and mid game phase, the team try to help him out by ganking his lane. This puts quite a whole lot of pressure on the other side of the map but fortunately, you have a solid duo at the bottom lane which secures the entire game for CLG. This is why CLG is taking the risk with Twisted Fate at the midlane so he can teleport up top to help Seraph relieve some pressure on his lane meanwhile the enemy thinks that Twisted Fate would be focusing more at the bottom lane. Link has the highest KDA amongst the team with 5.63 as he prefers to either be passive with his Nidalee pick or teleport here and there with his Twisted Fate. With LMQ, CLG will have to recreate what they have done in their match against TSM but this time, providing more effort at the mid lane instead of the top. Seraph needs to tighten up his early game or simply try to outwit the enemy top laner in order to gain a lead and sustain it. XiaoWeiXiao and Vasilii will have to be the team's main focus which is why Seraph needs to farm up well in order to take the bulk of the damage for the team. Seraph still needs help though since Ackerman is much more farm oriented than Seraph. He has an average of 360.87 gold per minute against Seraph's 319.94 while having an average of 2.5 champions killed per game. There is still a long way to go for Seraph to be able to get ahead of Ackerman but with the help of Dexter either on Lee Sin or his Jarvan pick, things will be better for the top lane.

Down at the bottom lane, Doublelift and Aphromoo are getting comfortable against Vasilii and Mor. Vasilii is more of a farming player bulking up for the late game while Doublelift intends to do the same but with a few kills along the way. This is what makes Doublelift a better AD carry than Vasilii although mechanics-wise they are equal. Doublelift tends to have more champions killed in game on average with 5.4 against Vasilii's 4.6 while still maintaining a gold lead behind the Chinese player with 416.59 against Vasilii's 383.67 per minute. However, the kills that fuel Doublelift's late game power does not equally translate to a better KDA for him as he is below Vasilii's 5.69 with a 5.05 KDA ratio. There is no doubt the lane to watch is the bottom lane. With Link, Dexter, and Seraph helping each other out in their lanes in order to give Seraph the boost he needs, Doublelift and Aphromoo are left to fend for themselves at the bottom lane. It is probably time for Aphromoo to pick up a heavy sustain support champion if this happens but even on Thresh or Morgana, they are still able to survive heavy ganks from LMQ. This will be a match to look out for come the LCS.

Prediction: It can go either way.

EG vs COL (June 19 15:00 PDT/ 18:00 EDT/ 24:00 CEST)
(COL 0-1 against EG)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team EGLogo of LCS NA Summer Split team complexityEvil Geniuses debuted Helios from South Korea as their starting jungler. Unfortunately, they were up against stronger teams. EG came up short once again but this time, the utter dominance of their jungler was very visible. Helios spent no time ganking lanes where he is supposed to. Helios is a jungler that is very adept at ganking lanes wherein he is able to snowball the solo lanes. It was apparent during which Innox was Jax. Helios knows that Jax needs to get a gold lead in order to splitpush and outduel anyone in the late game. With that, EG was able to get the gold lead during their match against LMQ and CLG. This is where inexperience comes to play. EG is fond of making visible plays but are not able to close out games properly. The fed Jax was floundering around late game and was simply afraid of splitpushing. Innox's inexperience in splitpushing was obvious at this point. Innox is more of a tanky champion player unlike Zionspartan and Quas but his inability to adapt quickly to certain situations led the team to their demise. Adding Altec to the lineup was a good call, grabbing Helios in the jungle was even better but if the team continues to flounder around without any form of shotcalling then this game is for them to lose.

Prediction: Although there are still blatant issues that EG needs to solve, they have Altec and Helios on their side to edge out a win against Complexity.

Preview and Predictions LCS NA Week 5 Day 2

DIG vs COL (June 20 12:00 PDT/ 15:00 EDT/ 21:00 CEST)
(COL 0-1 against DIG)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team DignitasLogo of LCS NA Summer Split team complexityComplexity will have another difficult time this week as Brokenshard's spot has been filled by Kez for the rest of the split. Brokenshard's visa issues have left him unable to play and will continue to do so around week 9 until the end of the split. Complexity has made the decision to oust Brokenshard from the jungle and let Kez play for the team. Since the inclusion of Kez, Complexity has had good outings so far. He is able to provide and relieve pressure from lanes but this will come out to be a very difficult game for Kez as Crumbzz is good at warding the enemy jungle and gank from then on. Kez needs to revert back to protecting his jungle before Complexity can begin ganking. Based on statistics alone, Crumbzz has the upper hand with a 4.29 KDA against Kez's 1.93 but Kez has far more champions killed than Crumbzz with 1.3 average champions killed. This goes to show that Crumbzz is more effective in snowballing his solo laners than Kez. The game also focuses on Zionspartan and Westrice this time. However, Westrice is playing a losing game against a more aggressive Zionspartan. Now that Jax is the flavor of the month, Zionspartan is even better in this meta. And it shows with his amazing 4.27 KDA when compared to Westrice's 1.15 alongside 364.41 average gold per minute against 316.98 for Westrice.

Prediction: Based on statistics, Complexity has everything to lose in this game if they do not push themselves to be better at the game.

TSM vs EG (June 20 13:00 PDT/ 16:00 EDT/ 22:00 CEST)
(EG 0-1 against TSM)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team TSMLogo of LCS NA Summer Split Team EGWith the sudden rise of importance from the junglers to step up their game, TSM and EG will have to duke it out in the jungle. Watch out for Amazing as he takes on Helios in the jungle. Both are prone to ganking in lanes than protecting their jungle but Amazing has brought it upon himself to continually adapt to the current situation. Evil Geniuses will need to play well together and pick up a good shotcaller this time. It was blatantly clear during their first two games with Helios that they need a better shotcaller. Helios might be the one to do that as his call were perfectly executed but the team was not able to follow up on his plan.

Prediction: EG's chances at winning this game has increased with the addition of Helios to the team but it will all boil down to late game decision making for the team. TSM has more solid decision-making skills especially during late game.

CLG vs CRS (June 20 14:00 PDT/ 17:00 EDT/ 23:00 CEST)
(CRS 0-1 against CLG)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team CLGLogo of LCS NA Summer Split Team CurseCurse had a very rough summer split so far and it will only get worse. Fortunately for them, they got a new strategy with the help of their new support Xpecial. During their match against LMQ, they forced the enemy out of their comfort zone by banning out their comfort picks. This is one way of getting CLG to play out of sync and one in which Curse has everything to gain. Curse needs to zone in on who makes the most damage in CLG and get him out of the comfort zone. Link and Doublelift are two of the most frightening damage dealers in the game and this is where Curse needs to focus their pick and ban phase on. Get Doublelift to play a champion like Ezreal or even a Graves while banning out Ziggs and Twisted Fate or Nidalee on Link and he will revert back to Orianna.

Prediction: With this type of strategy, Curse can only hope it will work on their favor.

C9 vs LMQ (June 20 15:00 PDT/ 18:00 EDT/ 24:00 CEST)
(LMQ 0-1 against C9)

Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team Cloud9Logo of LCS NA Summer Split Team LMQLMQ seemed to struggle this week when they were matched against EG and their new jungler. If Cloud 9 is smart enough to pick up the pace that Helios left under Cloud 9's jungle then LMQ will suffer in the early game. Meteos needs to emulate Helios' style of lane ganking while maintaining the ward game just like Amazing and Crumbzz has for the past few weeks. Meanwhile, everyone needs to focus on XiaoWeiXiao's excellent farming as well and it would be better that Hai pick up the pace to match LMQ's gold. XiaoWeiXiao has never left the top five for having the top GPM. Even at a game where they lost, XiaoWeiXiao still tops the rest of the team with the amount of gold he has farmed up. This can give Cloud 9 an intense headache come late game especially when he is on a snowball champion like Leblanc or Nidalee.

Prediction: If Cloud 9 can shut down both XiaoWeiXiao and ban out Vasilii then they can once again regain control of the game.

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