Is the race for the Championship already over? – LCS Week 7

Like all the other major regions, the LCS is also entering the final stages with week 7. Evil Geniuses and 100Thieves have already locked their LCS Championship spot, followed by TL, C9 and CLG tied in 3rd place.

With only 2 weeks left, the top 6 seem pretty much done and dusted. Which two teams from the bottom 4 will join the LCS Championship?

Let’s break it down.

Bwipo TL

TL vs FLY

Team Liquid and FlyQuest will face off in one of the most important games of the split. TL is still hoping to get the top 2 and losing against FLY, who’s right behind them, might mean that it will be over. The team has had ups and downs in the last few weeks, beating the lower-ranked teams but losing to their nearest competitors. With such a stacked roster on paper, the results are not good enough for a team like TL. Bwipo, despite dying a lot more often, has been the greatest contributor in terms of damage output, showing how important he has been for the team.

On the other hand, FLY have had a solid split compared to their expectations. The toucouille pick-up was great in the end and the team is delivering well despite not having the best individual players. Their early game is not one of the greatest, but the team fighting is quite solid.

Last time out, FLY found great advantages in the early game, but their comp got outscaled in the late game. After a complete round-robin, I think that TL has a much better overall execution during the game and they shouldn’t have problems in beating FLY. Below you can find some of the most interesting odds of this match, offered by GG.BET:

  • Winner: TL (1.4x)
  • Race to 5 kills: TL (1.53x)
  • First Blood: FLY (1.99x)
  • Total dragons slain: over 4.5 (1.66x)
  • Map duration: over 31.5 (1.94x)
  • Total kills: over 22.5 (1.83x)

CLG vs C9

Counter Logic Gaming have been the greatest surprise of this LCS Summer Split. With basically a roster of domestic talents (plus Luger), the team has put together a really strong split so far. Jungler contractz has been the main protagonist, with his high early game presence to create leads on the map. Palafox has taken up the carry role and has been playing decently despite really fierce competition.

With that being said, Poome is the one that has surprised me the most. His KP% is really high and it goes to show how impactful he roams and overall presence is on the map. Definitely, someone to watch out for in the future.

Just like CLG, Cloud9 has performed strongly in the last few weeks. Coming into this series, they have beaten some of the nearest contenders, including TL. Now that the roster has been locked with Berserker and Zven as the starting bot lane, C9 are finally delivering and I think they might be the ones that can fight the top 2 the most coming into the LCS Championship.

For this reason, I’m expecting C9 to come out on top. While CLG has had a strong split, this might be their peak potential. C9, on the other hand, might still have some cards to play.

  • Winner: Cloud9 (1.5x)
  • Race to 10 kills: C9 (1.65x)
  • First Blood: CLG (1.96x)
  • Map Duration: over 31.5 (1.67x)
  • Total kills: under 24.5 (1.92x)
  • C9 total kills: under 12.5 (2.43x)