The LCS returns this weekend with the start of the summer split. Here is a breakdown of two matches that you could consider on Picklebet.
Team SoloMid (2.19)
The LCS starts off with a delectable fixture between two of the best teams in North America. Team Liquid have continued to perform to their lofty expectations, which is a testament to their depth and excellence. Let’s look at their spring stats. Team Liquid finished third with a 12-6 regular-season record. However, TSM had an identical record despite losing their mid and bot laner to retirement. That also shows us how deep that TSM roster is, with offensive firepower across lanes. There is no reason why TSM can’t win this, which is additionally compelling because of these odds.
In the regular season of spring, TSM were reliant on Lost for offensive production, and he delivered. He led the team with 4.61 kills, 2.06 deaths and 4.5 assists per game. PowerOfEvil was solid in the middle lane, as you would expect from a player of his calibre, with 3.61 kills per game along with 4.39 assists at a KDA of 3.6.
Evil Geniuses (1.66)
Evil Geniuses have had a tough time in the LCS in the last few splits. That will change as they start gaining some confidence and fluency in the lanes. They are coming into summer on the back of a decent performance in spring, which included 10 wins in 18 games. Although they aren’t really challenging the top four, in terms of strength and ability to win splits, there is still enough in that roster to put away middling teams like Dignitas. In spring, Dignitas finished one position higher than EG. On paper, however, this EG team has the edge in several matchups, including personnel and offensive capability.
In spring, it was Deftly that led the offense for EG. He had 4.17 kills along with 5.33 assists with just 1.67 deaths at a KDA of 5.7. He was the most influential player in Summoner’s Rift. That will leave bot laner Jiizuke quite hurt. He had a kill participation rate of over 10 but he should have had significantly higher kill numbers. He averaged just over four kills per game.