The North American League of Legends Championship Series intensifies with another double-round weekend. We take a look at some of the best teams to consider from the first round in the upcoming weekend.
Cloud9 have been, by a distance, the best team in the North American LCS. They are still unbeaten after 10 games, comfortably occupying the top spot in the standings. FlyQuest are in decent form, having won their last four matches, but they are no match for this Cloud9 unit. These odds are a little bit low for this contest because it’s closer than that, but Cloud9 should still win comfortably.
Team SoloMid (2.05)
TSM have been in fantastic form so far this split. They are cruising at third spot on the standings, with six wins in 10 matches. They have won three of their last five matches, which is steady considering the competition of this tournament. Team Liquid have some internal issues that are leaking into their game, it seems. They have managed to win just four games in 10 this season, currently occupying the penultimate position.
Golden Guardians (2.01)
Immortals are coming into this game on the back of three straight defeats – to Evil Geniuses, Cloud9 and Dignitas. They started the season in sprightly form, but have since tapered off, which is potentially lethal in the LCS. As a result, they have slipped now to fifth on the points table. Golden Guardians also lost both their matches last weekend, but had three successive victories prior to that. They are one win behind Immortals, which could be made up as soon as this round.
100 Thieves (2.12)
This is purely a strategic prediction. Hardly anything can separate these two teams. 100 Thieves and Evil Geniuses have both won four and lost six games this split. EG have won three of their previous five, while 100 Thieves have lost four in the same period. That could be the only key differentiator that handicappers had for this contest. But that also means bettors have an opportunity to capitalise on a characteristic that might not matter when things get extremely tight. The bigger payout for 100 Thieves is highly attractive.