Both NRG Esports and Counter Logic Gaming have had an extremely underwhelming run this split. Both teams have had extremely high expectations coming into this split with CLG being the previous North American champions and NRG undergoing significant roster changes (for the better of course). Disappointingly, these teams are now placed 7th and 8th and only picked up victories against teams that are seeded lower than them.
From a mechanical perspective, the lanes should be pretty evenly matched in terms of what they are capable of. But when you include factors such as team synergy, shot-calling, dragon control and lane swaps; CLG outclasses NRG in rotational play. CLG has a much better early game rating compared to NRG, who have the tendency to fall into a gold deficit before the 15-minute mark.
I feel as though both teams are showing a great deal of weakness at the moment. NRG Quas has failed to take upon the role of this top lane carry that we had hyped him up for, GBM has also been a little rusty, especially against the quality of mid laners this season and the NRG bot lane has been slipping against their counterparts. CLG too, is not as aggressive and overpowering as they were last split. For the most part this is a combined effort of their team mates that have caused them to be placed so poorly in the ladder.
Overall, CLG is obviously favourites, however I feel as though this can be anyone’s game given the poor performances by both teams.
Predictions: 45% NRG eSports | 55% Counter Logic Gaming (Maybe a 2-1 upset by NRG)