2018 NA LCS Summer Week 3 is finally upon us, and we might finally see the metagame stabilize if ever so slightly.
As more and more regions have played on the latest LoL patch 8.12, North American teams have had a chance to study how other teams played in this patch. The truth is also the other way around. In particular, a trend that we have observed is that mages with strong waveclear may become part of what is considered for the bottom lane.
This strategy works in a way that the mages could be left alone in the bottom lane while the support(usually a playmaker like Pyke) is free to roam and pressure other lanes. In my opinion, this is one of the more optimal ways to draft: having waveclear in most lanes is always safe, and kill pressure opens up the possibility for more objectives to take across the map.
Of course, despite the fact that mages are easier to pick up than bruisers, we might still see the same old marksmen. There has not been a long time for bottom laners to prepare other picks, and there has not been much time for them to assimilate themselves to the playstyle required to actualize the potential of these picks.
Having said that, here are our other predictions for 2018 NA LCS Summer Week 3.
2018 NA LCS Summer Week 3: Teams to Watch Out For
We have said time and again that Echo Fox is one of the most interesting teams to watch this split. And the main reason for this is their willingness to play around Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon. They have also shown a mastery for doing so, and notable examples are Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett roleswapping a top lane Rengar with Huni as a jungler on Taliyah, and Johnny “Altec” Ru swapping to a top lane Dr. Mundo with Huni on a bottom lane Yasuo.
This team usually counterpicks for Huni so staying on red side should be a priority for them. This is also a team that is willing to bring out riskier picks from time to time such as Nocturne, and their relentless aggression is a thing of beauty. Their weakness, however, is their bottom lane. Altec and Adrian “Adrian” Ma have always gotten either caught out or straight-up killed in the 2v2 lane. The current metagame could be seen to be shoring up a lot of their weaknesses due to all of the roleswapping and the unorthodox picks.
Echo Fox will be facing Team Liquid in day 1 and Cloud9 in the second day.
Losing to last place’s tenth-place team seems to have done it for Team Liquid. Since then, they have dominated the opposition and look to continue doing so in 2018 NA LCS Summer Week 3.
Liquid’s usual strategy is to win through their bottom lane. Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung and Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng often push small leads they get to the maximum. If they are set free from the bottom lane, they will make plays in other lanes in order to obtain more objectives. As long as Olleh and Doublelift maintain their form and synergy, they are easily the best bottom lane in the region.
If their bottom lane is having a problem, then Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong is a dependable player on the team. He will do his best to assist other lanes by roaming or teleport plays. Jake “Xmithie” Puchero is also a very smart jungler who tracks his opponent and is able to cover for lanes effectively. When their backs are against the wall, a Baron steal might be in the works.
Team Liquid’s first match is against Echo Fox and their second match will be against Clutch Gaming.
Counter Logic Gaming
CLG is one of the teams that are most difficult to make sense of. They lose when favored and they win when no one expects them to do so, often in a very convincing manner. But generalizations about this team aside, there have always been glimmers of brilliance from this team.
Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin is adept at tracking the opponent jungler and depriving him of resources. While people could say that aggression and gank-oriented jungling is more rewarded in this metagame, junglers like Reignover shine in metagames like this. This is so as they weaken the opponent’s capability to fight by setting them behind; in extension, contesting objectives such as the Rift Scuttler or Drakes would be difficult if they are behind in terms of gold and experience.
Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaya has been having a great split so far, getting solokills and making plays across the map. Whether it’s a carry or a tank, Darshan will be one less laner that the team has to worry about.
If Vincent “Biofrost” Wang is put on a playmaker like Bard or Thresh, then it can be fully expected that their wins will come easier for them.
CLG faces OpTic gaming and FlyQuest this week.
2018 NA LCS Summer Week 3: Match of the Week
Echo Fox and Team Liquid
We predict that Team Liquid will win. While Echo Fox will surely pull out a surprise pick or a roleswap, Team Liquid’s macro will reign supreme. One glaring mistake of Echo Fox is that while their aggression nets them more advantages, their setups for the objectives they can get are not that great. This is in contrast to Team Liquid’s excellent wave management and Baron setups.
Expect both teams to fight over Shen in this match. Impact is one of the best Shen players, and Echo Fox will want to have Huni playing a champion that can influence their bottom lane if Doublelift and Olleh put too much of a pressure.
Team Liquid should ban one of either Vladimir or Mundo and then pick the other to force Altec into a marksman. Echo Fox will almost surely not pick the lovers’ bottom lane of Xayah and Rakan, which means that it is a powerful pick on the side of Liquid. Altec is a great Kalista player, however, and lest we forget, she is in a good place in the meta right now.
Ultimately, expect this match to be the highlight of 2018 NA LCS Summer Week 3.
Which team do you think will be dominant in the 2018 NA LCS Summer Week 3? Do you agree with our prediction for the Echo Fox vs Team Liquid match? Let us know in the comments section below!