Week 3 of the Summer Split is approaching, and the warmer weather is being accompanied with some firey matches. We at theScore esports have handpicked the must-watch matches of the week as teams jockey for their place at Worlds.
Samsung Galaxy vs. KT Rolster
- Where: OGN
- When: 7 a.m. ET, Thursday, June 15
- Why: Will Samsung stay undefeated against their nemesis?
Once upon a time, Samsung had a brutal record against KT Rolster. The former world champions were beaten by their KT counterparts 19 games in a row, but had the last laugh as they turned it around in the 2016 Regional Finals to secure a spot at the Season 6 World Championship. Since then, the two have traded series in the 2017 Spring Split, and Samsung looks to be back to worlds finalist form. Expect this to be the most high-level and serious LCK match this week due to the amount of history behind it.
G2 Esports vs. Misfits Gaming
- Where: EULCS1
- When: 11 a.m. ET, Friday, June 16
- Why: Will G2 get it together?
When G2 took second at MSI, the whole world expected them to continue their dominance in the EU LCS. After a shaky Week 1 where they still took a victory with subs, G2's second week was a tepid affair, losing awkwardly to Fnatic by giving them comfort picks. Against an oddly inconsistent Misfits, who possess a similar record, they need to get back to their dominating form or face precarious circumstances as we begin to enter cross-group play.
FlyQuest vs. Cloud9
- Where: NALCS1
- When: 6 p.m. ET, Sunday, June 18
- Why: Friends become enemies again, and Cloud9 must make their mark
This version of "Cloud9 White" against "Cloud9 Blue" is a little different in expectations than the last. Whereas both teams were riding the waves of good form in Spring, here we see a FlyQuest that is limping along with a new AD carry and a Cloud9 that has been losing to top teams and crushing bottom teams. If anything, another Cloud9 stomp is likely given the teams' form, but how they play and to what degree they twist the knife on former comrades will be something worth watching.
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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