Esports: Top Teams Heading Into LCS This Week
In the League Championship Series starting July 2, Riot Games will host 10 franchise teams, all aiming to qualify for the League of Legends World Championship.
The League Championship Series (LCS) is the top professional League of Legends (Lol) in North America. This weekend, Riot Games will host this league of 10 franchise teams, all competing for a spot in the League of Legends World Championship.
The LCS is separated by two splits between the Summer and Spring. We’re currently heading into Week 4 of the Summer split, Friday, July 2 to Sunday, July 4.
Currently tied for first in the LCS standings are Team SoloMid (TSM) and 100 Thieves. Let’s look at the top teams now heading into the second weekend of July in the LCS.
Team #3 100 Thieves
100 Thieves probably put together the best off-season heading into the Summer split. The team hired former LEC mid-laner Felix “Abbedagge” Braun, but also the former head coach of Cloud9 Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu. Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho became a resident, which gives 100 a new import slot they could fill.
This roster is surely an upgrade compared to Spring, and with Reapered’s guidance, it might be what the team needs to make a run at North America’s best team. A major contender for the championship, 100 Thieves is oozing with potential.
Team # 2 Team Liquid
In the Spring, Team Liquid was close to winning the championship. However, it fell short to Cloud 9, which had a better strategy. Jungler Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer will want to redeem himself following the health issues that made him sit out the final. He’s back now, and is definitely motivated to make up for the time he missed in the Spring.
Team Liquid is a well-balanced team with top players in every role and a high-level coaching staff as well. We wouldn’t be surprised if Team Liquid took home the championship this year.
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Team #1 Cloud 9
The winner of the Spring split, Cloud 9, is our No. 1 team heading into this weekend, although it’s currently third in the LCS standings. Cloud 9 had a inconsistent showing at the MSI, where they fell short in the Rumble stage. That said, Cloud 9 is still one of North America’s best teams.
The team’s current roster is strong, and it feels as though their biggest opponents at times are themselves. They’re a talented team, and they can compete with some of the best on the world stage. For a while, they had some consistency issues, which they addressed by sending Zven over to the Academy team and promoting Calvin “K1ng ” Truong as the main ADC. Although, they’re currently sitting at third in the LCS, you can expect Cloud 9 to make it to worlds. They’re still a heavy favorite to win the championship this season.