This week may bring forth a new leader as two teams, each with their respective chances to knock the mighty Counter Logic Gaming off the throne, go to battle. As we pass through the midseason point, three teams are starting to dominate the scene, and with one of these teams coming off a hot Rift Rivals victory, the no. 1 seed may have to share or lose its’ spot for the first time in weeks.
Vying for the lead we have: Counter Logic Gaming (CLG), Team SoloMid (TSM), and Immortals. On the less favorable end, we have: Cloud9, Team Dignitas, Team Envy, EchoFox, FlyQuest, Phoenix1, and Team Liquid, in that order.
All eyes are on TSM this week. Coming off an astonishing victory in the NA/EU Rift Rivals Tournament, TSM showed the world its’ strength as they crushed through the competition, losing only one out of five games. Now tied with Immortals for 2nd place this week, they are looking to continue their hot streak and take advantage of a comparatively easy schedule, facing only Pheonix 1 and Team Liquid at the bottom of the pack. If they are able to win these next matches, they will hold a 9W-3L record. In combination with CLG’s and Immortals’ comparatively tougher schedules, it seems inevitable that TSM will end this week in 1st or 2nd place.
The Immortals, whom currently tie for 2nd place with TSM, face a defining match that may make or break their season. Facing off with No.4 Cloud9 this week, they cannot afford to lose before their match-up with CLG next week. To stay competitive in the top three, it is imperative they bounce back from their loss to Phoenix1 last week and extend on CLG’s win against Cloud9. Doing so will put much wanted distance between Immortals and Cloud9 and give Immortals the momentum they may need to face CLG. On the other hand, Cloud9’s season hangs in the balance. If they fail to win, they will fall to (at least) 5 losses, and in combination with the boost it will give Immortals, it may obstruct all chances of them winning the LCS.
With CLG likely to win both their matches this week, we probably will not see them drop from their no.1 seed. Even if they lose one match this week, they will tie with TSM for first place, assuming TSM wins its’ matches. However, what this week does mark, following TSM’s Rift Rivals victory, is what could prove to be a standoff between CLG and TSM. This standoff for 1st place could reach its final resolution in the final week 9 of the summer split, when CLG plays TSM. If these teams keep up their consistency and dominance, the entire series could come down to this single match.
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Friday, July 14, 2017 – Day 1
Saturday, July 15, 2017 – Day 2
Sunday, July 16, 2017 – Day 3