Week 7 of the NA LCS approaches and here is the exclusive Esprts.com preview for Day 2’s matches. Will Impulse be able to take down NRG? Will TSM reign supreme over Liquid? Or will Echo fox be able to dethrone Immortals?
Check all the match previews bellows.
Team Impulse vs. NRG Esports – NA LCS 2016 – Week 7 – Day 2 – Preview
Team Dignitas vs. Team Solomid are matched up against each other for the North American League of Legends Challenger Series to be held Sunday February 28, 2016 in Day 2, Week 7 of the competition.
Feng : Impact
Procxin : Moon
Pirean : GBM
Mash : LOD
Gate : KonKwon
NRG have been slipping down the standings recently, and need wins to keep them in the playoffs. They should be looking at a win here, as they have superior laners. However, with a new AD carry in LOD, they are bound to lack some synergy and experience, meaning they could perform slightly worse than before.
For TIP, their bot lane has been performing well, and has the capacity to carry them if they have an advantage. Procxin should focus his time and resources towards them in order to snowball any lead they can get.
Overall, NRG are the better team, even if they are sliding in the rankings, but they should be able to pull out the win here.
Chance of victory: Team Impulse: 40% : NRG Esports: 60%
Cloud9 vs. Counter Logic Gaming – NA LCS 2016 – Week 7 – Day 2 – Preview
Cloud9 vs. Counter Logic Gaming are matched up against each other for the North American League of Legends Challenger Series to be held Sunday February 28, 2016 in Day 2, Week 7 of the competition.
Balls : Darshan
Rush : Xmithie
Jensen : Huhi
Sneaky : Stixxay
Hai : Aphromoo
The battle of 2nd place, both CLG and Cloud9 are looking to be the second team in NA. It is likely that whoever wins this game will come second place during the split, based on the rest of the teams that C9 and CLG face being roughly equal strength.
For C9, Hai’s shotcalling, as well as the play of Jensen and Balls, will be very important as to how the game plays out, if they misposition during a late game fight, it could all be over. Rush’s aggressive style should allow him to take over Xmithie’s jungle, especially if he can get onto a champion like Nidalee or Elise.
On CLG’s side, Darshan and their lane swap game is one of the best in the league, and allows both Darshan and Stixxay to get lots of gold from pushing towers down, and that allows them to gain an advantage, through Darshan’s 1v1 capability, and Rush’s aggressive style lets him get into Xmithie’s jungle and ward up and counter jungle.
Overall, due to Hai’s shotcalling, and the current form of their players, I think they can beat CLG, potentially by using late game fights, and baron to secure the win.
Chance of victory: Cloud9: 55% : Counter Logic Gaming: 45%
Team Liquid vs. Team SoloMid – NA LCS 2016 – Week 7 – Day 2 – Preview
Team Liquid vs. Team SoloMid are matched up against each other for the North American League of Legends Challenger Series to be held Sunday February 28, 2016 in Day 2, Week 7 of the competition.
Lourlo : Hauntzer
Dardoch : Svenskeren
Fenix : Bjergsen
Piglet : Doublelift
Matt : Yellowstar
Team Liquid really need a win here to stop them from falling out of playoffs to teams such as Dignitas or Impulse. For TSM, they need to catch up to CLG and C9 in second place.
For Team Liquid, they need to support Lourlo more in the top lane. If he is targeted by enemy junglers, and the rest of the team is not winning their lane hard enough to counteract the deficit caused by Lourlo getting behind and possibly dying. However, if Dardoch is able to create leads elsewhere, for Piglet or Fenix, he could allow them to snowball and go on to carry.
On TSM’s side, Hauntzer is extremely good in a 1v1 situation, so if Svenskeren allows him to get a solid lead onto Lourlo, he could exploit that and create an even larger lead for himself. If the rest of TSM ward up, and play a 4-1 or 1-3-1 composition that lets Hauntzer splitpush, he can create opportunities for towers to go down, and gain a gold lead. TSM also have both Bjergsen and Doublelift, both able to carry well, as long as they are able to position well, they can output consistent damage, allowing them to win fights and push towers down.
Overall, the star players of TSM outshine TL, so if they can get rolling, it will be very hard for TL to catch back up.
Chance of victory: Team Liquid: 40% : Team SoloMid: 60%
Renegades vs. Team Dignitas – NA LCS 2016 – Week 7 – Day 2 – Preview
Renegades vs. Team Dignitas are matched up against each other for the North American League of Legends Challenger Series to be held Sunday February 28, 2016 in Day 2, Week 7 of the competition.
RF Legendary : Billyboss
Crumbz : Kirei
Alex Ich : Shiphtur
Freeze : Apollo
Hakuho : KiwiKid
Both teams need wins to either escape auto relegation, or to get into playoffs respectively. This game is very important for both teams, as if Renegades can get the win, they boost themselves up while dragging a team near to them down, whereas for Dignitas, this is one of the easier games they will play, giving them the best chance of getting a win.
For Renegades, they should focus on shutting down Shiphtur and Apollo, as Billyboss is likely to play a tank like Malphite, who can land an ultimate and still be useful, whereas shutting down Apollo or Shiphtur delays them from carrying, and allows them a way into the game.
On Dignitas’ side, they need to shut down Freeze, as he is the main (only?) carry threat from Renegades. Crumbz has been performing poorly recently, and Alex Ich, while consistent, isn’t up to the high standard of other EU mid laners.
Overall, based on the team standings and rosters, Dignitas is better suited to the current meta and playstyle, allowing them to get the win.
Chance of victory: Renegades: 30% : Team Dignitas: 70%
Immortals vs. Echo Fox – NA LCS 2016 – Week 7 – Day 2 – Preview
Immortals vs. Echo Fox are matched up against each other for the North American League of Legends Challenger Series to be held Sunday February 28, 2016 in Day 2, Week 7 of the competition.
Huni : kfo
Reignover : Hard
Pobelter : Froggen
WildTurtle : Keith
Adrian : Big
Echo Fox are the new up and coming team, with Froggen and Keith back in the roster, they’ve been playing extremely well. Immortals are, of course doing amazingly well, even getting Huni a Penta kill last week.
For Immortals, shutting down Froggen and Keith will be the clear objective, as they are the main damage dealers on the team. Huni will likely be put onto a carry champion, and allowed to splitpush and gain an advantage with Reignover to back him up.
On Echo Fox’s side, Keith and Froggen, as damage and shot callers will be the main focus of Hard in the jungle, snowballing them will open up chances for them to carry the rest of the team. Froggen’s large champion pool (from years of experience) and Keith’s mechanical skill will allow them to be a big threat to Immortals, and letting kfo and Big play tanks or engage champions rounds out the team composition.
Overall, I think Immortals should take the win, but Echo Fox could definitely cause a surprise win if they can gain an early game advantage, and snowball it into a victory.
Chance of victory: Immortals: 60% : Echo Fox: 40%
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