Week 3 League of Legends Recap

June 30, 2015

As the beginning of the League of Legends Champion Series (LCS) fourth week approaches, we are going to take a look back at what happened in the last week of play in the North American (NA) scene. With the standings surprising most North American League of Legends fans, we are going to take you through the reasons why the standings are looking the way they are.   

First off, everyone is wondering if Cloud9 (C9) is going to make it to the 2015 summer split finals. With their 2-4 record to start off the first 3 weeks of the split, C9 is currently fighting to get back in the top half of the NA LCS. As a team that has shown so much dominance in the League since first entering it, people are surprised that they are playing so poorly.

To start off, this is the first time they have had a new lineup since entering the NA LCS in the 2013 Summer split. This is a tough challenge as their synergy is simply not there. Not only is their new Mid-Laner (incarnati0n) back in the competitive scene after a long break, he has had to overcome working with a team that has always been on the same page. If C9 can figure out how to work out these kinks, they have the potential to rise back to the top; but as week 4  approaches, so does the middle of the split and C9’s comeback is becoming harder each week.

When looking at the top tier teams in the LCS, you have Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) and Team Liquid (TL) at the top with a record of 5-1. Right below them fighting this week for the number three position are Team Gravity (GV), Team Dignitas (DIG) and the fan favorite Team SoloMid (TSM). With TSM losing in week 3 to team Dignitas, there is a lot of uproar in the NA League community.  

TSM has been underperforming this split. Their keen ability to control the map is apparent as well as their ability to win their lanes. Where they are currently lacking is their team fight. Whether that is because of bad positioning by their ADC Jason “Wildturtle” Tran and their Mid Lane MVP Søren “Bjerg” Bjergsen, or the timing of their fights, TSM has not been able to get it done in the mid to late game.  

As DIG comes into stride this season, they are proving that they have worked out the kinks from their new team changes in the last split. When looking at their performance in the last three weeks, it is apparent that their team is comfortable fighting together and their ability to carry their solo lanes is another factor that puts DIG in the middle of the pack.

Things to watch out for in week 4: With day 1 having a lot less crucial matchups then day 2, the match to keep an eye on is Team Liquid vs Team SoloMid, as TSM looks to work their way into the number two spot this week. Another fun match to look out for on the first day of week 4 is Team Impulse vs Team Dignitas. Both teams look to make a push to the top and contend for the 2015 Summer Split championship. On the second day of play we are going to see many good games throughout the day. These include: Team SoloMid vs Team Gravity, Counter Logic Gaming vs Cloud 9 and Team Liquid vs Team Dignitas.

Of these games the best one to watch will be the CLG vs C9 game. CLG is a team that is known for falling off in the mid to late season. With a new mid laner and a different game mentality, CLG looks to keep up their hot streak this split. While C9 is still looking to work out the kinks that they have struggled with the first couple of weeks. C9 is known for having some of the best map control as well as one of the better, if not the best, team fight in North America. Lets see if they can pull it together and show why they are known as one of the best teams in the NA scene. With an easier day 1 for both CLG and C9 lets see how they prepare for their big matchup on day 2. This also leaves big potential for upsets on day 1. All around this should be a great week for the North American LCS.

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