Week 9 of the NA LCS approaches and here is the exclusive Esprts.com preview for Day 2’s matches. Will Cloud 9 overthrow Liquid? Does Impulse have any chance against Immortal? Or TSM triumph over NRG Esports?
Check out all our Week 9 day 2 previews below!
Renegades vs. Echo Fox – NA LCS 2016 – Week 9 – Day 2 – Preview
Renegades vs. Echo Foxare matched up against each other for the North American League of Legends Challenger Series to be held Sunday March 20, 2016 in Day 2, Week 9 of the competition.
Seraph : kfo
Crumbz : Hard
Ninja : Froggen
Freeze : Keith
Hakuho : Big
Chasing a better seeding for the relegation tournament, Renegades will need to pick up as many wins as they can in the last week of the regular split. They have shown very good early play in recent weeks, but have lacked the mid/late game macro play to extend their lead into a win. With Seraph and Ninja in the team, they have very strong solo lanes, which have the potential to snowball if they get an advantage. Freeze has also shown that he is actually a very good AD carry, and has the potential to win team fights for Renegades, if he has the right resources, and is able to stay safe. All in all, their roster is actually quite strong now, and they could surge up a few places in the standings if they have a good performance in their last two games.
For Echo Fox, they are on the brink if making it into playoffs, which would be a great achievement after not having their full roster for about half of the split. They have shown great teamwork and macro play, due to Froggen having great game knowledge and experience, as he truly is a veteran player. Keith is also a great AD carry, from playing on TSM and TL, he has experience and is able to flourish on another great team. If they don’t make it into playoffs, they should be happy with 7th place (which they’re likely to get) and prepare to come back for the summer split as an upcoming team ready to take the NA LCS by storm.
Overall, Echo Fox has the better roster, and standings, and so is more likely to win this, but Renegades can desperately upset them, as they did against TSM, if they get an early advantage, such as more towers or kills.
Chance of victory: Renegades: 35% : Echo Fox: 65%
Team Liquid vs. Cloud 9 – NA LCS 2016 – Week 9 – Day 2 – Preview
Team Liquid vs. Cloud9 are matched up against each other for the North American League of Legends Challenger Series to be held Sunday March 20, 2016 in Day 2, Week 9 of the competition.
Lourlo : Balls
Dardoch : Rush
Fenix : Jensen
Piglet : Sneaky
Matt : Hai
Team Liquid are on the lower end of the playoff’s group, and need to pick up wins in the last week to cement their place. Their roster has been somewhat mediocre, sometimes beating teams above them, such as CLG last week, but losing to teams lower than them, like Renegades in week 1, and Echo Fox in week 6. Their roster seems strong on paper, but without a solid, experienced shot caller, it seems as though their macro play isn’t as strong as other teams, which is why they’re at the middle of the table. If Dardoch can get on an early game champion, like Lee Sin, then he has the capability to make plays that get his team ahead, and can snowball from there.
For C9, they are looking to take 2nd place for themselves. Their head to head with CLG, who are also in second is currently at 1-1, meaning if both teams tie for 2nd, there will be a tie breaker to be played. C9 can avoid this by winning both games this week and CLG losing just one, then C9 will finish 2nd. Their roster is very strong, with threats from all lanes, and Hai’s legendary shotcalling is literally second to none. Their macro play is very strong, and Hai always knows what to do, in every situation.
Overall, C9 do have the better team, as reflected in the standings, meaning they should, in theory take this game, but TL could always upset them, and take the win.
Chance of victory: Team Liquid: 30% : Cloud9: 70%
Team Impulse vs. Immortals – NA LCS 2016 – Week 9 – Day 2 – Preview
Team Impulse vs. Immortals are matched up against each other for the North American League of Legends Challenger Series to be held Sunday March 20, 2016 in Day 2, Week 9 of the competition.
Feng : Huni
Procxin : Reignover
Pirean : Pobelter
Mash : WildTurtle
Gate : Adrian
Desperatley going for the 7th place safe spot, TIP will need to win both their games, and have Echo Fox lose both, as they do lose their head to head with Echo Fox. However it is very unlikely that this happens. However, in past weeks Immortals have come close to losing against lower ranked teams, meaning that if Team Impulse can identify what mistakes Immortals made, and force them to reproduce them, they could put themselves in similar situations to Team Dignitas, and Renegades, who both came close to winning against Immortals. A strong early game is a must, if they can gain game tempo, allowing them to take an extra tower or get a neutral objective over Immortals, they could use that to extend a lead. They will also have to play flawlessly themselves, with plenty of communication and foresight to help themselves not get behind.
For Immortals, they just need to keep playing as they have done for 15 games this season, snowballing Huni early on, then allowing Pobelter and WildTurtle to pick up the remains if the game goes late. It’s a working strategy that only CLG have seemed to break, and as long as they don’t get complacent, and do their homework on each team they face, they could go 17-1 this split, which, while isn’t a flawless split, is pretty close!
Chance of victory: Team Impulse: 5% : Immortals: 95%.
Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Dignitas – NA LCS 2016 – Week 9 – Day 2 – Preview
Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Dignitas are matched up against each other for the North American League of Legends Challenger Series to be held Sunday March 20, 2016 in Day 2, Week 9 of the competition.
Darshan : Billyboss
Xmithie : Kirei
Huhi : Shiphtur
Stixxay : Apollo
Aphromoo : KiwiKid
CLG are currently tied for 2nd place, and will want sole position so that they can get the first round playoff bye. They can target this game as somewhat of a simple win, as long as they do their homework and don’t get complacent. Darshan should be able to go toe to toe with Billyboss and win, meaning that as long as he has enough warding and communication from his team, he can splitpush to his heart’s content, as long as he is in a winning match up. The rest of the team can then siege down towers in other lanes, or back out and play around Dragon or Baron, with Darshan teleporting in to help if a fight breaks out.
For Team Dignitas, they showed that against Immortals, they have the capability to have a real impact and force their way into the game, through an early lead, they pushed Immortals almost to their nexus, before going too far and letting Immortals back into the game. If they can do the same, but chance their late game play, then they definitely look to have a chance against CLG.
Chance of victory: Counter Logic Gaming: 80% : Team Dignitas: 20%
Team SoloMid vs. NRG Esports – NA LCS 2016 – Week 9 – Day 2 – Preview
Team SoloMid vs. NRG Esports are matched up against each other for the North American League of Legends Challenger Series to be held Sunday March 20, 2016 in Day 2, Week 9 of the competition.
Hauntzer : Impact
Svenskeren : Moon
Bjergsen : GBM
Doublelift : Altec
YellOwStaR : KonKwon
Chasing 3rd place if either CLG or C9 slip up, TSM are looking for the highest possible seeding for playoffs, so that their route to the finals is as smooth as possible. With an amazing roster, their shotcalling has been their downfall, from baiting Baron poorly, to fighting too much when Hauntzer could simply be splitpushing. YellOwStaR is a great shotcaller, as he has years of experience and knows what to do, and when, but there are rumours that Bjergsen, after being TSM’s shotcaller for around 2 years, is still commanding the voice comms. If he can pass the mantle onto Yellowstar, then he can focus on his individual skill, and can become the best mid laner in NA again, like he was for the past two years or so. The rest of the team are mechanically very good, they just need to arrange their pieces in the right way to get the win consistently.
For NRG, only 1 win behind TSM, they could also go for that 4th place spot, but have been inconsistent in their play. GBM can easily make plays form the midlane, and if they can shut down Bjergsen, while snowballing GBM, NRG could be looking at a great game from there on in. However, their bot lane has been rocky, and could lose hard to that of TSM. They could attempt a lane swap game, to trade towers and skip the early game, putting them into the mid game skirmish section of the game, where the chaos playstyle they use seems to work best.
Overall, I think this game could go either way, depending on if either team really shows up on the day, but I’d give the edge slightly to TSM.
Chance if victory: Team SoloMid: 60% : NRG Esports: 40%