We’re down to the final four teams standing in contention for the 2018 NA LCS Summer Championship and it’s shaping up to be a true clash of the titans.
After the conclusion of last week’s matches, Team Liquid selected 100 Thieves to be their semifinals opponent, thus leaving Team SoloMid to faceoff against Cloud9. The selection was poetic in a sense; it rekindled the old C9/TSM rivalry and set the stage for the next chapter in a much newer rivalry, TL/100T.
But who will reign supreme and advance to the finals? Let’s jump into our semifinal matchups and make some predictions.
- Cloud9 vs. 5. Team SoloMid
In order to fully appreciate the battle between these two old guard teams, it is necessary to understand the history between the two organizations.
C9 and TSM have met in playoffs seven times over the past five years and TSM have won five of those meetings, cementing their historical dominance over C9 in domestic tournaments. The last time C9 was able to snatch up a win over TSM in a best of 3 series was all the way back in the 2014 spring finals. The score was 3-0. Since then, it’s been all #Baylife.
Despite the one-sided history, times look to be changing in the North American League of Legends landscape. C9 and TSM have both executed when it counted at the end of this past summer split, but C9 have been more dominant and more consistent in their play.
TSM seemed to struggle mightily in their dramatic 3-2 win over an inconsistent Echo Fox team in the quarterfinals last weekend. They not only need to come into today’s match with an excellent game plan, but their execution must be flawless. It’s going to take a lot to bring down this red-hot, C9 team.
Despite the advantages C9 appear to have, it is incredibly unwise to count out a dangerous TSM team. What makes this prediction difficult is that it all comes down to which TSM shows up today. Will we have a decisive TSM with a rampaging Bjergsen? Or a floundering TSM that is unsure of how to close out the game?
Players/Matchups to watch:
C9 Jensen/TSM Bjergsen (mid lane)
C9 Blaber/TSM Grig (jungle)
Prediction: Cloud9 3 – 1 Team SoloMid
- Team Liquid vs. 3. 100 Thieves
In this matchup, we get to see former teammates duke it out on the rift. TL Doublelift and 100T Aphromoo used to be one of the most synergistic and fun to watch ADC/Support duos in the NA LCS on Counter Logic Gaming. Now that they’ve gone their separate ways, they both mean business in their own quests for glory.
TL have history on their side in this matchup. They have a 6-1 all-time game record versus 100T including a 3-0 shellacking during last spring’s finals. 100T have not beaten TL since the first meeting between the two teams.
Despite winning their quarterfinal match against Flyquest in a seemingly convincing 3-0, upon closer inspection 100T still looked shaky in their games despite the strong scoreline.
TL are the defending champions and I feel that they are going to make a statement today against 100T. TL specifically chose 100T because they are extremely confident that they have a winning strategy against this lineup. It’s hard to argue with their results.
There is still a chance for 100T and there are ways for them to find a win in this series, but I just don’t have faith in them pulling this incredible feat off. Their best hope is to get Aphromoo on a playmaking support champion and to get Ryu ahead early on a hard-hitting assassin to threaten Doublelift. Can 100T make it happen? I say no.
Players/Matchups to watch:
TL Impact/100T Ssumday (top lane)
TL Doublelift/100T Cody Sun (ADC)
Prediction: Team Liquid 3 – 0 100 Thieves
The semifinals will be streaming live on https://www.twitch.tv/riotgames. The first series 2. Cloud9 vs. 5. Team SoloMid will be streamed today at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT. Our other series 1. Team Liquid vs. 3. 100 Thieves takes place tomorrow, Sunday, at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT.