NA LCS Week 9, Day 1 – Match predictions
Going into Week Nine, Cloud 9 and Echo Fox remain the two top teams according to their wins/losses and ladder rank. Closely trailing behind them are 100 Thieves and Clutch Gaming, the equal third placed teams in the split, one win behind the top two. Sitting on equal fifth, a win below 100 and CG are Team Liquid and Team SoloMid.
The last two weeks have shown the teams in upper parts of the league are actually much closer than many analysts expected. Recently, Echo Fox has definitely dropped off, failing to adapt to the rising performance of the other teams. Week Six, Seven and Eight saw Echo Fox losing 4 games, 80% of their losses throughout the entire split. On the other hand, Team SoloMid has made an amazing come back, from one of the bottom lurking teams in earlier weeks, to a prime contender entering the NA LCS Spring Playoffs.
100 Thieves vs. Clutch Gaming
The Thieves and Clutch Gaming are currently equal third. The winner of this match will almost receive a guaranteed entrance in the NA LCS Spring Playoffs. There is no doubt there’ll be immense pressure on the two teams, this’ll be an action-packed game, especially since the two are so close. CG are definitely a contender for the top spot in the split, having beaten Echo Fox while the Thieves too are underdogs in the split.
Prediction: 100 Thieves 45% | Clutch Gaming 55%
FlyQuest vs. Echo Fox
Echo Fox should be able to stomp FlyQuest. While FQ use to be one of the better mid-tier teams, it is clear they still lack against the better teams, falling to TSM, CG and CLG. Echo fox on the other hand, while they have slowed down, they remain a top tier force.
Prediction: FQ 27% | FOX 73%
Team Liquid vs. Cloud 9
Both these teams have a good chance in entering playoffs. However, if Liquid drops the match here, at best, they’ll enter playoffs as one of the lower teams. TL are fairly inconsistent, with wins and losses being traded extremely often amongst other mid-high tier teams. Cloud 9 too have been inconsistent lately, making predicting this match extremely hard.
Prediction: TL 40% | C9 60%
Golden Guardians vs. Team SoloMid
While the Golden Guardians have shown signs of improvement, there is no way they can stand against Team SoloMid, one of the league’s most experienced organisations. Team SoloMid are returning back to form as one of the league’s best teams, a power the Golden Guardians have yet to approach.
Prediction: GG 30% | TSM 70%
Counter Logic Gaming vs. OpTic Gaming
CLG are popping off, winning their past four games, two of which were against Cloud 9 and Echo Fox, the top teams in the league. OpTic on the other hand are not so fortunate, still lurking around the bottom ends of the ladder with no signs of come back. CLG has a small shot to get in playoffs, Optic has no chance even if they win both their games.
Prediction: CLG 75% | OG 25%