LCS NA |Season 4| 2014 – Week 6 Preview

Week 5 of the NA LCs has been filled with unexpected games and headscratching decisions. Much like their sister league in Europe, Week 5 saw some of the lower standing teams try to get the upper hand and rake in some wins. TSM continues to dominate the standings with 11 wins and only one loss. Aside from TSM, CLG has finally taken control of their fate as their roster is finally complete. They were able to dominate the team touted as unbeated in the past split but CLG was able to dismantle Cloud 9 in a methodical fashion. As Week 6 draws near, we take a closer look at how the teams fare well in the coming matches and how they are able to come up with a victory.

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Schedule and Odds – NA Week 6

Take a look at the schedule and odds for the sixth week of the ongoing LCS Spring Split 2014 provided by eSports betting Site eSportsventure. We will fetch the lines from Pinnacle Sports as soon as the are available. Please notice that the betting odds for the LCS may have changed in the meantime. You can take a look at the current odds by following the link below the schedule.

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Preview and Predictions LCS NA Week 6 Day 1

DIG vs EG (February 22, 12:00PST/ 21:00 CET)

EG showed dominance over their game against Curse in Week 5 with Snoopeh using Volibear. This enabled Innox to play Shyvanna with a more damage oriented build. Pobelter also broke out on Leblanc, a champion he has played for the first time since the start of the split. In fact, Pobelter has played a total of 10 champions since the start and have continued to break out more champions than any other player in the LCS today. With that, they can once again surprise Dignitas with a compelling team composition like Soraka-Urgot bot lane duo and have Pobelter play a different champion altogether. Dignitas should also be wary of this as the Evil Geniuses are known to change their composition during champ select.

Prediction: If EG can play solidly as their match against Curse on Week 5, they can easily take the win against Dignitas.

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

Coast is slowly getting it together. With their win in Week 5, they showed the NA region that they are still in it for the win. Zionspartan and Shiphtur are the only players that can carry the team and they know that which is why they picked hard carries in order to improve their standings. But, for long? The other lanes needs to improve and play up to Zionspartan and Shiphtur's level if they want to sustain their longevity in the LCS. With that, they will face another big hurdle this week when they face TSM. Watch out for Zionspartan and Shiphtur to get their A-game on.

Prediction: But, TSM is just a stronger team for Coast to beat.

CRS vs C9 (February 22, 14:00PST/ 23:00 CET)

With Zekent as a Coach and Saintvicious returning as the support player for Curse, they have solidified their lineup. But, there are still lapses with their strategy. Curse knows which strategy to implement as they go in to their match but when they get counterpicked, they usually fall down flat. The reason why they lost their match against EG was that they failed to adapt during champ select. They adamant about their strategy in winning the game with such team composition and they end up failing miserably. If Curse can adapt to the game especially during champ select then they can at least gain an advantage in this match against Cloud 9.

Prediction: If Curse attains that level of gameplay where they can adapt, then they stand a chance against Cloud 9.

CLG vs XDG (February 22, 15:00PST/ 24:00 CET)

With Bloodwater retiring, XDG is truly in a dire position. Since their Vulcun days, Bloodwater has been the angel in disguise that led the team to victory and a spot in the Worlds. Bloodwater has the excellent shotcalling that the former team did not have. But along the way, Bloodwater was not up to par with the current meta and his shotcalling have been headscratching as of late. When Bloodwater retires, XDG will need to find someone who can lead the team with the same level of shotcalling as Bloodwater. There are several other pro players that are currently trying out as Zuna goes from jungle to support player. As for this week, XDG will continue to struggle but it is a step in the right direction.

Prediction: Whether this action is a little bit too late as we head down halfway in the spring split, XDG is painstakingly slow in the process of improving their lineup.

Preview and Predictions LCS NA Week 6 Day 2

C9 vs EG (February 23, 12:00PST/ 21:00 CET)

Cloud 9 has always been a dominant force in the LCS but as of late, they are just there – existing at the second spot under TSM's shadow. They need to grab everyone's attention by surpassing TSM in the top spot but that might be a difficult feat knowing that TSM is a stronger team right now. However, they can still slowly climb to the top with this match against EG. EG needs to stick with what they know and how they are stronger during teamfights and laning instead of objective control. Watch out for Snoopeh picking a tankier jungler like Volibear once again and see where it goes from there.

Prediction: If EG can weather the storm that Cloud 9 brings then they can take this win. If not, Cloud 9 dominates from both early and especially late game.

TSM vs CRS (February 23, 13:00PST/ 22:00 CET)

TSM is bound to take this win no matter what. Voyboy might seem to be good at the mid lane but Bjergsen is far better mechanically. His shotcalling has been impeccable and that has led the team to numerous victories and dropping only one loss during their first match of the split. There is no clear shotcaller in Curse as well. IWillDominate should also try to expand his champion pool aside from Pantheon and Wukong which are slowly drawing out bans due to how strong these champions have become. All in all, TSM will surely take another point once again and extend their lead.

Prediction: TSM takes the Nexus



(February 23, 14:00PST/ 23:00 CET)

If there is one thing that CLG needs to fear in the lower brackets of the standings list, its Team Coast. Coast has the better top laner and a good midlaner. But, Coast also has the weaker bot lane duo and a seemingly non-existent jungler. Zionspartan and Shiphtur would once again have to carry their team in this match and it will be much harder considering they are now playing with a full roster CLG team. Dexter is finally here and they have shown great improvement once they were finally playing together as an official team. Coast needs to improve their laning phase especially in the bot lane where CLG can dominate with the Rush Hour duo of Aphromoo and Doublelift.

There is no pressure from CLG at this point considering Coast has a lot of weakness that they can exploit. Coast's bot lane has always been a problem and CLG's bot lane has always been their stronger lane. If Doublelift can bully and farm the heck out of their lane, then they stand an even bigger chance at getting ahead. Dexter needs to shut down both mid lane and top lane and focus more on getting kills for these lanes. If they are able to do that then CLG is going to dominate all the way.

Prediction: Coast is at a disadvantage at this point but if they pull out a stronger team composition and relieve pressure from both top and mid then they stand a chance.

DIG vs XDG (February 23, 15:00PST/ 24:00 CET)

If XDG finds a good player to replace Bloodwater that can provide good shotcalls for theam, XDG will surely get back into the groove. What the team needs is more cohesion. It is pretty evident that the team is in trouble since the role swaps. Xmithie needs to get back to the jungle in order for mancloud to rack up on kills. Zuna should just be a substitute and bring in new talent to the team. If they are able to do this, they revitalize the team and might have the chance to get back to Worlds at the end of this season. However before that could happen, XDG will still have a rough time in this match.

Prediction: Dignitas wins

Standings NA (before week 6)

Position Team Matches Played Wins Losses
1 Team Solomid 12 11 1
2 Cloud 9 12 9 3
3 CLG 12 6 6
4 Team Dignitas 12 6 6
5 Curse 12 5 7
6 Team Coast 12 4 8
7 Evil Geniuses 12 4 8
8 XDG 12 3 9

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