Week 8 of the NA LCS approaches and here is the exclusive Esprts.com preview for Day 1’s matches. Can Renegades triumph Cloud 9? Can anyone beat Immortals? Or will Impulse break TSM?
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Renegades vs. Cloud9 – NA LCS 2016 – Week 8 – Day 1 – Preview
Renegades vs. Cloud9 are matched up against each other for the North American League of Legends Challenger Series to be held Sunday March 12, 2016 in Day 1, Week 8 of the competition.
Seraph : Balls
Crumbz : Rush
Ninja : Jensen
Freeze : Sneaky
Hakuho : Hai
With two roster changes, and two weeks worth of practise, Renegades may have a few tricks up their sleeve for this game, Seraph is a very good top laner, and could cause an upset by challenging Balls. Freeze is also an exceptional AD carry, but unfortunately his team hasn’t been up to standard, which means that he hasn’t been able to carry as well as he possibly could.
On the other side, Cloud9, in third place, are desperate to gain the playoff bye spot, meaning they will strive for every win they can possibly get. They should target this game as a win. Sneaky has been very good on Jhin, the newest champion, and could either cause a target ban, freeing up the rest of his team, or he can use it to great effect in game. Jensen has also performed very well, gaining many kills and assists, meaning he is a great fantasy pick up, and is able to deal significant damage for his team in fights.
Overall, it is likely that Cloud9 will win this, due to their skills and synergy being greater than that of Renegades.
Chance of victory: Renegades: 25% : Cloud9: 75%
Immortals vs. NRG Esports – NA LCS 2016 – Week 8 – Day 1 – Preview
Immortals vs. NRG Esports are matched up against each other for the North American League of Legends Challenger Series to be held Sunday March 12, 2016 in Day 1, Week 8 of the competition.
Huni : Impact
Reignover : Moon
Pobelter : GBM
WildTurtle : Altec
Adrian : KonKwon
After losing one game to CLG, Immortals are going to want to prove that that was a mistake that won’t happen again. With two weeks of practise they should have patched up their early game mistakes and ensure that they can play around the Huni/Reignover duo, and let Pobelter and WildTurtle carry them in the late game.
NRG have been slipping in the ranks recently, due to losing careless games, and making disasterous mistakes. To win this game, GBM will need to make big plays, and Impact is going to have to crush Huni in lane, punishing any mistakes he makes. Their botlane is a point of concern, and could easily be targeted by Reignover, but if they can protect them and get Altec to a 2/3 item spike, they can carry in fights.
In general, Immortals should win this game, as they are generally superior in all lanes, and have much better shotcalling and macro play.
Chance of victory: Immortals: 70% : NRG Esports: 30%
Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Liquid – NA LCS 2016 – Week 8 – Day 1 – Preview
Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Liquid are matched up against each other for the North American League of Legends Challenger Series to be held Sunday March 12, 2016 in Day 1, Week 8 of the competition.
Darshan : Lourlo
Xmithie : Dardoch
Huhi : Fenix
Stixxay : Piglet
Aphromoo : Matt
CLG have looked strong in recent weeks, beating both Immortals and Cloud9, their two closest contenders. Darshan’s splitpush pressure, along with Xmithie’s new champion pool increase causes a lot of chaos in their games, and forces their enemies to make careless mistakes and give up objectives when they don’t need to. Huhi and Stixxay have been consistent in the mid lane, and have been a good source of damage in their team fights.
For Liquid, Lourlo has stepped up in recent weeks, being able to avoid getting ganked and farming well, he has provided a mix of damage and utility, allowing his team to succeed. However, Liquid’s shotcalling has been questionable, and has lost them many late game situations. If they can work on creating a plan on the fly, they can definitely surge up in the ranks, looking towards playoffs.
Overall, I expect CLG to win, but Liquid could definitely cause a surprise if they can create an early game lead and snowball it hard.
Chance of victory: Counter Logic Gaming: 65% : Team Liquid: 35%
Team SoloMid vs. Team Impulse – NA LCS 2016 – Week 8 – Day 1 – Preview
Team SoloMid vs. Team Impulse are matched up against each other for the North American League of Legends Challenger Series to be held Sunday March 12, 2016 in Day 1, Week 8 of the competition.
Hauntzer : Feng
Svenskeren : Procxin
Bjergsen : Pirean
Doublelift : Mash
YellowStar : Gate
TSM are looking to catch up to the top teams in NA, wanting higher playoff seeding, or potentially a bye if they get lucky. They will want every win they can get in order to make their way through playoffs as smooth as possible. They had a somewhat strong showing at IEM, with their only issue being shotcalling and communication. With a week to practise and fix these problems, I can see TSM having a strong showing in the game, to send a message that TSM are on a surge.
TIP are currently tied in 7th place, and will want to get into playoffs, or at least clinch that 7th place, safe from the relegation spot. It will be crucial for them to win every game in order to do so, as Echo Fox, whom they share 7th place with, have been on a recent win streak. I feel like their roster is very mediocre, but has great synergy, meaning if they can get an early lead, they could snowball that into something more, eventually leading to a victory.
Overall, TSM should be able to outpace TIP, with mechanics and, if they’ve worked on it, communication, and should clinch the win here.
Chance of victory: Team SoloMid: 70% : Team Impulse: 30%
Echo Fox vs. Team Dignitas – NA LCS 2016 – Week 8 – Day 1 – Preview
Echo Fox vs. Team Dignitas are matched up against each other for the North American League of Legends Challenger Series to be held Sunday March 12, 2016 in Day 1, Week 8 of the competition.
Kfo : BillyBoss
Hard : Kirei
Froggen : Shiphtur
Keith : Apollo
Big : KiwiKid
Echo Fox have been dominating recently. After getting both Froggen and Keith back into their roster, they have won most games, and climbed back into playoff contention. Only two wins behind 5th place, they can definitely make a run for it. As long as Froggen’s shotcalls aren’t over shadowed by Big’s loud and erratic vocals, they should have a clear game plan, as they do have the raw mechanics to execute their plans.
For Dignitas, they are playing for 7th place, or a higher seeding going into the relegation tournament, their team has been performing well, but not quite well enough to clinch victories, and as a result they are down in 9th place. However, if Apollo and Shiphtur are able to get leads, they could definitely snowball them into something which could be transitioned into a win.
Overall, I expect Echo Fox to win this, based of Keith and Froggen being better in general that Apollo and Shiphtur, as well as the rest of the team being more consistent in their plays.
Chance of victory: Echo Fox: 65% : Team Dignitas: 35%