This Labor Day weekend, we will witness the crowning of the North American LCS champions. After two weeks of playoffs and winnowing the field, we have an amazing Finals ahead of us.
At stake is a world championship, with a place in worlds and a permanent banner in the League of Legends arena.
Lest we forget, there’s also a third place playoff game on Saturday. World Championship points are still up for grabs. This game will determine the seeding for the Regional Qualifiers taking place after the Summer Finals.
With Immortals and Team SoloMid both looking unstoppable, we’re in for a heck of a North American Finals. Meanwhile, frail looking Counter Logic Gaming will be hoping to stop their slide into oblivion by beating the wounded Dignitas.
Third Place Game
Counter Logic Gaming once stood above the crowd as first place in the North American League. Just a few weeks from the seasons end they replaced their star Jungler Dardoch due to attitude problems.
Omargod replaced Dardoch and faced a baptism of fire. Despite some outstanding games, it’s fair to say the rookie hasn’t matched Dardoch’s performance. Communication looks rough and CLG’s star has faded.
Meanwhile, old stars Aphromoo and Stixxay have also struggled. They’ve looked like a B team when up against other solid bottom lane duo’s and will need to sort out their problems if they wish to make amends for past mistakes.
On the flip side, Team Dignitas really started to gel after the halfway point of the season. Their bottom lane duo of Altec and Adrian have looked absolutely incredible. They’ve beaten CLG soundly this season and definitely look to be in better form despite the loss to TSM in the Semi Finals.
Shrimp in the jungle has a high level of kill participatio,n and his communication with the Dignitas bottom lane has been incredible. Both teams will need to be at their best if they hope to take home third place and the championship points that come with it.
TSM are no strangers to the NA Finals and the spotlight of fame. Doublelift is finally starting to perform and the team has few weaknesses for Immortals to exploit. Whether he’s on Kogmaw or Tristana, he’s looked unbeatable as of late.
Bjergsen continues to draw the most bans of any mid laner in the NA LCS. He turns out performance after performance to prove he’s still the best. It remains to be seen if Pobelter can reign him in.
Speaking of Pobelter, he has looked seriously impressive in the Playoffs. His games on Cassiopeia really put the final nails in CLG’s coffin during the semi finals. Watch for him to draw his own bans during the best of 5 against TSM.
Perhaps the battle that everyone wants to see though, is Olleh and CodySun against the TSM duo. Expect explosions and plenty of ganks as each team tries to get the upper hand.
Don’t be surprised if this goes all the way in a 3-2 battle royal extravaganza.