This weekend marks the beginning of the two biggest western League of Legends leagues. We will see both LCS and LEC opening rounds and see how teams did prepare for the upcoming season. This time, we will focus and analyse two LCS matches that will be played on Sunday.
Evil Geniuses @ 1.58
This is maybe the most interesting match of week 1 as both teams are newcomers to the LCS this season. Dignitas played in the LCS before but the last split they played was in 2017. After that they withdrew from the LCS and were away from the league for 2 years until now. Evil Geniuses have a similar situation. Do you remember when EG played in the LCS? I can remember it barely, it was in the 2013 - 2015 seasons. So their last season was 2015, and they have been missing from the LCS for 4 years. They have never played in the new LCS franchise with the new system. Two new organizations, two new rosters, two new styles and two fanbases.
Dignitas will be represented by: Huni, Grig, Froggen, Johnsun and aphromoo. All those players except Johnsun are coming from some of the other LCS teams. Johnsun is a newcomer and relatively unknown player. We will see how the big stage will affect him. On the other side, EG are represented by: Kumo, Svenskeren, Jiizuke, Bang and Zeyzal. Jiizuke is a newcomer to NA, he is coming from the European LEC, while Kumo is coming from Cloud9 Academy who played in the lower tier of American LoL. It is a very interesting lineup with a lot of potential. Can Svenskeren and Bang carry them to the top positions at LCS? I think yes. On paper, Evil Geniuses lineup looks better, and I think they will show that in opening rounds. In this match I will give a slight edge to Evil Geniuses. Please keep in mind, LCS matches are BO1 series. So only 1 map will decide the winner. Which can lead to some big upsets and surprises, which makes LCS exciting and interesting.
TSM @ 1.36
We all know who TSM is. The biggest and most accomplished League of Legends team in the USA. They are always one of the favourites to win the splits. They have been participating in LCS from the beginning, from 2011, and they have never skipped a season. On the other side, Immortals are coming back from a one year pause. They skipped the 2018 LoL season and they disbanded their LoL team after they couldn’t acquire a North American LCS slot for the upcoming season.
In the LCS 2020 season, TSM will be represented by: Broken Blade, Dardoch, Bjergsen, Kobbe and Biofrost. Pretty good lineup, especially if you know your captain is danish superstar Bjergsen, one of the best players in LCS. Having 3 new players in the lineup for this season is a big difference compared to last season. Immortals will be represented by: sOAZ, Xmithie, Eika, Altec and Hakuho. A completely new lineup for Immortals led by a french superstar and one of the most experienced players in western League of Legends, sOAZ. I can’t wait to see them in action. The season is long, and these teams are ready for that. In this match I’m expecting a pretty even match, even though odds are not showing that. Slight advantage for TSM here, and I think they are the stronger team overall, and I think that the TSM organization made some good decisions with their new lineup here. You can’t count TSM out. My prediction here is clear: TSM for the win.