LCS NA Spring Split Week 2 Preview

Live Audience at the LCS Studio in California holding up signs with "Raise your Dongers"The NA LCS Superweek kicked off with a blast when Cloud 9 opened up the Season 4 LCS by picking up Teemo against TSM. Everyone was caught by surprise with the Teemo picked and by the end of the day, Cloud 9 showed them that Teemo is a viable pick in the LCS. However, not much can be said for the other teams as Evil Geniuses, Dignitas, and XDG all had a difficult week. EG and XDG landed at the bottom of the list after the Superweek while Dignitas barely clinched in the middle of the pack.

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  • 01/25/2014 – 01/26/2014
  • 8 Matches
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As Week 2 draws near, the Pro-teams certainly have a clearer view on what type of strategies they need to develope in order to exploit the other team’s weaknesses. It will definitely be an exiciting week with a total of 8 matches (4 matches on each day).

Schedule and Odds NA Week 2

8 action packed matches await in Week 2 of the North American LCS Division. You can take a look at the schedule and the betting odds by eSportsventure at the chart below. The approximate start times of each match are listed in our detailed match previews along with our predicitions below. Check out – there is a Bonus for your esports bets.

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Preview and Predictions LCS NA Week 2 Day 1

DIG vs XDG (January 25, 12:00PST/ 21:00 CET)

Dignitas has a lot to proving coming in the second week of the NA LCS. With their recent losing streak only to be broken by a sudden blindside win against Cloud 9, Dignitas will surely take the win against C9 as a chance to get back into the game. However, if they continue to play poorly with their rotations as well as their teamfights, they will lose their match against a team that has been known to have good teamfighting skills. For XDG, it is also their time to prove to the audience that they have what it takes to get back to Worlds have a devastating 1-3 in the first week. If Dignitas is smart enough to ban out Olaf from Zuna and a few target bans to XDG’s mid player then they have what it takes to win this match as we all know that Scarra can carry his team if gets ahead of his lane match up.

Prediction: Dignitas will take the lead if they play it smart during the pick and ban phase.

CST vs CRS (January, 25 13:00 PST/ 22:00 CET)

Coast barely made it out alive with their last match up against the Evil Geniuses. At that game, their new marksman Wizfujin was stomped so hard during the early stages of the game that it needed Zionspartan and Shiphtur to carry the game harder for their team. Fortunately, the game itself lasted long enough for both the top and mid laners to farm up and rack up some kills. If Coast continues to rely on their mid and top laners to get ahead of the game, they are in some serious trouble.

Curse on the other hand needs to come up with a new and unexpected strategies to take the control of the game to their side. Coast loves to play by the meta and by shifting things around, it will lead to disarray. Curse needs to widen their champion pool and pick unusual champions like the one they did with Akali mid and Karthus top. They dominated that game and that is what Curse should do in this match up.

Prediction: Curse will take the score if they go for the unusual picks. Curse should target ban Coast’s mid and top lane if they do choose to stick with the meta in order to win.

TOP GAME OF THE WEEK

EG vs DIG (January, 25 14:00 PST/ 23:00 CET)

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This will be one of the toughest games to predict. Evil Geniuses have been back and forth with their recent showings in the first week of the LCS. The same goes with Dignitas. There is no right way to predict which team will excel in this matchup since they are both on fair ground. Evil Geniuses need to expand their champion pool in order to be able to counter Dignitas. Dignitas also needs to coordinate well during teamfights as they rarely excel at that aspect of the game.

Nevertheless, Evil Geniuses have seen game dominance with their match up against their former sister team Counter Logic Gaming. At that game, they were able to methodical break down CLG. The entire team moved as a single unit and knew when to take down towers and when to grab objectives. CLG clearly learned from their mistake later on. Dignitas on the other hand needs a bit more cohesion with their teamfighting abilities. It is already a given that the team will have some bumpy road ahead considering they have a new player on their team and with Kiwikid becoming support for ImaQtpie. But, the same goes for EG however, EG has the edge since three of them already have the synergy they need to carry them game.

Evil Geniuses’ Pobelter and Innox need to perform better if they want their team to come out on top. During their matchup against Coast, Innox and Pobelter were seemingly invisible during the entire stage of the game and it cost them a lot having been able to dominate the early stage and stomped at the last few minutes of the entire game. With that, EG and Dignitas need to act more as a team instead of a group of players. There is no telling which teams will come out on top instead, the team with the most teamwork and the team that learned the most from Week 1 will surely grab this game.

Prediction: Can go either way for both teams which makes this matchup more exciting.

TSM vs CLG (January, 25 15:00 PST/ 00:00 CET)

The battle of the originals. Two of the oldest teams in League of Legends get to meet again in this match up. The problem is, only one team was able to learn a lot from the new meta and acquired a new midlane player – TSM. Team Solo Mid knows how to play and adapt to the meta of the game which makes them a formidable foe. CLG on the other hand, though quite formidable themselves have sunk low with their standing during Season 3. In fact, CLG is a team made up of AD carries only the others are placed in other positions. This makes them difficult to work with as a team since most of them play the same role. This problem has been plaguing CLG for several months now and if they are not able to change their lineup or be comfortable with the role they are given then it is only a matter of time before CLG implodes.

Prediction: TSM wins. No contest.

Preview and Predictions LCS NA Week 2 Day 2

XDG vs EG (January, 26 12:00 PST/ 21:00 CET)

XDG and EG both stumbled during the first week of the NA LCS each with 1 win and 3 losses. XDG hopes of making it back to the top 4 would be for Zuna to get in top shape in the jungle and for Xmithie and the rest to perform well. EG also need to perform well by making their mid and top laner crucial to teamfights. Pobelter and Innox needs to be more in tune with the rest of the team. Yellowpete needs to be more aggressive and be in sync with Krepo who has been known to love making plays with his Thresh and Leona. All in all, if both teams improve, we will see a fair fight but if one team continues their current strategy, it will be a stomp.

Prediction: Can go either way. If one team improves, that team will beat the other.

CST vs TSM (January 26, 13:00 PST/ 22:00 CET)

Coast is a team that does not have an indentity yet. The team flounders around in mediocrity. This was evident during their promotional series when they nearly got beat out by their contenders. It was even more apparent during their match against EG when their bot lane was heavily under pressure. In defense to Coast, they pulled it off and was able to breathe after taking a deep nose dive in the early phase of the game. If they continue to get caught out especially with teams as dominant as TSM, they will continue to lose. TSM on the other hand needs to continue their winning streak and let Bjergsen do all the shotcalling.

Prediction: TSM will dominate if they can shove the lanes and take a methodical approach.

C9 vs CRS (January 26, 14:00 PST/ 23:00 CET)

Cloud 9 nearly had a perfect first week but Dignitas had to spoil it for them. Cloud 9 has always been known to be the dominant and unstoppable team in the NA LCS but their game against Dignitas showed the cracks in the team. If Curse can study that specific game and know what went wrong, then they stand a chance to beat C9 at their own game. Overall, Curse still has the chance to beat Cloud 9 but if Cloud 9 has learned from that slight mishap from last week they will continue to stomp all other teams in the LCS.

Prediction: Cloud 9.

DIG vs CLG (January 26, 15:00 PST/ 00:00 CET)

CLG came off strong with their last match and played a more methodical approach to the game. This is where CLG truly shines. When they are playing a careful and controlled game, they excel and it is assured that they will win the game. But, if they lose themselves to chaos, chances are they will finish the game with another defeat. CLG needs to completely control objectives and lanes in order for them to win. They need to be perfectionists in every game they play. Fortunately, they are matched up this week against Dignitas. Dignitas can play the laning stage of the game but they are horrible during teamfights which CLG can capitalize on barring they have a good laning phase.

Prediction: CLG this time around.

Standings before LCS NA Week 2:

Cloud 9 – 3 Wins 1 Loss

TSM – 3 Wins 1 Loss

CLG – 2 Wins 2 Losses

Curse – 2 Wins 2 Losses

Dignitas – 2 Wins 2 Losses

Coast – 2 Wins 2 Losses

XDG – 1 Win 3 Losses

EG – 1 Win 3 Losses

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