2018 EU LCS Summer Week 4 is finally here, just as we were starting to feel bored with the EU LCS.
Or, maybe, perhaps, that’s just exactly how Rift Rivals EU-NA made us feel, because for all the good that the EU LCS has been, it was just way better than what we’ve seen so far from anything this year. But, all in all, we’re content with what went down, because EU came out on top and that’s all we really care about.
In all seriousness, though, we will be looking at the matches as precursors for what we believe is going to happen in the 2018 EU LCS Summer Week 4.
2018 EU LCS Summer Week 4: Takeaways from Rift Rivals
Splyce Is Back in the Game
So far, we’d been deeply disappointed by Splyce. They were supposed to be the third best team in the region. However, they weren’t even close to living up to their name. Whatever they’d managed to do during the previous split seemed to have never happened. Splyce were a new team this time around, and a much worse one at that. To gain some perspective, even the Unicorns of Love were able to win from Splyce, which was extremely telling of how far they had fallen.
This was perhaps the worst way possible to enter Rift Rivals, and for good reason. Splyce were the only reason Europe had any setbacks during the matches. G2 and Fnatic were holding their own relatively well. However, Splyce was in a major slump, just like they were during the regular split. However, due to G2 and Fnatic, both sides were able to enter the playoffs on an even footing. We could see Splyce members being disheartened due to their performance.
What changed was Splyce coming through at the last moment. What should have been an easy win for NA went over to Europe. Team Liquid, arguably the strongest contender for NA, was beaten by Splyce, and were a key component in Europe’s victory at Rift Rivals this year. This is important, because this is exactly the sort of moral boost that Splyce needed. We can safely assume they’ll be a new team coming in this week.
Fnatic Are Just as Strong Without Rekkles
Remember when we said Fnatic’s entire comp worked around Rekkles and they’d be nothing without him? Scratch that. They’re doing fine, and almost better than fine. They showed the world during Rift Rivals that they can hold their own no matter what. They’ve shown that they’re unstoppable. We can expect their winning spree to continue during the upcoming weeks, and perhaps even then some. As for G2, they’ve been highly consistent for quite some time now, and are already one of our favorites for the split finals.
2018 EU LCS Summer Week 4: Team of the Week
Don’t forget about Misfits. While we were busy looking at how well our teams were doing at Rift Rivals, we almost neglected the top performing team in the region. Misfits have been on a straight rampage for the past 3 weeks, and we don’t think they’re planning on stopping anytime soon.
As we’ve seen from Hanwha Esports, a week of scrimming can do wonders. Misfits are the last team to waste this time given to them, and we think they’ll be even more dominating than before. Come this week, we think Misfits are going to pull through with a 2-0 score.
2018 EU LCS Summer Week 4: Must-Watch Matches
Misfits vs. G2 Esports (Day 1)
Prediction: Misfits win
Odds: 1.69 (G2) – 2.09(Misfits) via arcanebet.com
This, in our opinion, is the match of the week. The flagship team of the EU LCS during Rift Rivals versus the top performing team of Europe will go head to head. These teams are no longer friends, and are fighting for the Summer cup and a chance to go to Worlds 2018. Misfits did a great job last year, and we’re sure they’ll do likewise this time. They have to reach Worlds first, though.
We strongly believe that Misfits will completely sweep this match, because they’ve been in EU, and have far more practice than G2. G2 have been dealing with NA solo Q which may have addled them temporarily. This could be exactly what Misfits need, and judging by their performance so far, we aren’t anticipating any mercy for G2 Esports.
Vitality vs Misfits (Day 2)
Prediction: Misfits win
Odds: 2.46 (Vitality) – 1.49 (Misfits) via gg.bet
Vitality have a strange trend of making shockwaves during the first two weeks of the split, and then absolutely crashing to the ground. They’ve done it once, and they’re in the process of repeating this a second time. However, they’ve shown themselves to be diligent and intelligent. If this team is anything like we think them to be, we’re sure they’ve got a backup in mind. On the other hand, the team they’re fighting are the titans of the region. Misfits are relentless right now, and we really think they’ve got the upper hand in this battle.
Regardless of the results, this match will be interesting because it’ll develop the dynamics of the EU LCS even further.
Regardless of how most of the teams perform, the general gist of the region is Fnatic, G2 and Misfits being on top. This week doesn’t look like that’s about to change. While we’d appreciate any surprises, we don’t expect this dynamic to change. At least, not right now.
What do you think of analysis? Do you think Misfits will be as dominant as we do? Let us know in the comments below!