Week 4 of the Summer Split is upon us, and teams are starting to cement themselves into tiers of strength. For all of the teams below, these games are pivotal to them securing top spots and consideration as top teams in their regions.
Immortals vs. Counter Logic Gaming
- Where: NALCS1
- When: 6 p.m. ET, Friday, June 23
- Why: Both are top 3, and Dardoch and Xmithie face their old teams
Add this to the plethora of examples that proves that transfers aren’t a zero sum game. Both Counter Logic Gaming and Immortals are thriving after they swapped their junglers, and though they both are rising to the top of the NA LCS, only one can come out on top in this scrappy affair.
In terms of style, Immortals and Counter Logic Gaming are also a good match. With carry-oriented top laners, stable mid lanes, and explosive playmaking bottom lanes, we should see many contested picks and even more early game jockeying. Both teams will have a point to prove to show that they were the real winners of the trade.
Fnatic vs. H2K
- Where: EULCS1
- When: 2 p.m. ET, Thursday, June 22
- Why: Europe’s rising teams duke it out
Though this week features a rematch of the 2017 EU LCS Spring Split finals, it pains me to say that the massive slump of G2 may make that game not worth watching. Instead, we take our attention to the cross-group match between the top of Group A and top of Group B.
Both Fnatic and H2K have looked resurgent since the season started, with particular strategies and players in form. These teams are also bloodthirsty and aggressive, which may lead to some entertaining games as a result.
SK Telecom T1 vs. Jin Air Green Wings
- Where: LCK1
- When: 4 a.m. ET, Tuesday, June 20
- Why: Can Jin Air punch above their weight?
One of the surprises of the LCK season has definitely been the Jin Air Green Wings. Once a team that gifted us with 50 minute snoozefests off the back of scaling picks such as Gangplank and Graves, the team now sports lower average minutes played and has a swift style that compliments Lee “Kuzan” Seong-hyuk and Park “Teddy” Jin-Sung.
However, they’ve had one of the easier schedules in the LCK thus far. Will the Green Wings fly too close to the sun, or will they ascend to the top tier of Korean League of Legends? This match and their match next week against Samsung Galaxy will let us know whether we can start to use gladplane or sadplane.
Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a news editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.
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