LCS Spring Split 2019 Week 6 signals the beginning of the second round robin.
Now that more than half the split is over, some questions entering the season have been answered. However, there are still questions as to how this split would end, especially when it comes to which teams would end up going to the playoffs.
Heading into the LCS Spring Split 2019 Week 6, we’ve seen the current meta develop even further for the teams at the LCS. The LCS team’s interpretation of the patch has not been the same as that of their counterparts over at the LEC, LPL, and LCK. For example, where other regions prioritize Jayce, LCS teams seem to take their Jayce priority even further. In fact, LCS teams are the only ones running Jayce in the jungle. Also, LCS teams seem to know how to play Sylas more effectively compared to the other regions.
Finally, one of the biggest difference in the LCS is the average match duration. Matches in the LCS are significantly longer, sometimes going long enough for a second Elder Dragon to spawn. This is perhaps also the reason why LCS teams seem to favour scaling team compositions over early-game based lineups.
But, that’s enough of the meta for now.
Here is our power ranking of the LCS teams based on their performance just before the start of LCS Spring Split 2019 Week 6
1 — Team Liquid (Current Record: 9-1)
Team Liquid got back up after suffering a rather debilitating loss against Team SoloMid last weekend. With hard carry performances from their bottom lane of Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in on Ezreal and Tahm Kench respectively on both days, Team Liquid is always sure to get the maximum out of any advantages it gets its hands on.
They have the best mid to late game transitions out of any team in North America, and they have shown the proficiency with a plethora of styles as of the moment. Whether they put together a 5v5 team fighting composition, a poke-heavy, siege-oriented one, or a 4-1 split push, Team Liquid will be sure to be able to play it perfectly domestically. The best thing about Team Liquid, however, is their vision and macro play: once they get the aforementioned advantages, they would slowly choke their enemy out of any chance to stage a comeback victory.
As Team Liquid is mostly uncontested in the areas where they are strong at, they would surely remain at the top of North America.
2 — Cloud9 (Current Record: 8-2)
Cloud9 has been more consistent in the regular season than in the last few ones. They currently hold sole possession of second place in the League of Legends Championship Series. This is because of their retained capacity to take any fight and turn it into their favor. In addition, head coach Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu has been putting up some rather impressive drafts, capable of outsmarting the opposing drafting coach. The team has been the only team capable of unleashing the full potential of Sylas, whether it is with Yasin “Nisqy” Dincer in the mid lane or Eric “Licorice” Ritchie in the top lane.
Their bottom lane has been no slouch either: Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi has been the force behind most of their wins in recent weeks, and Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam’s initiation and general shot calling has appeared to have improved over time. While they are not expected to be monsters in the laning phase, they have been instrumental in their skirmish and team fight victories.
3 — Team SoloMid (Current Record: 6-4)
Team SoloMid followed up their dominating win over Team Liquid by setting an LCS record in their game against Counter Logic Gaming. TSM was able to take all 15 turret plates in the laning phase without letting CLG take even one, and they had a 7.6 thousand gold lead at fifteen minutes. Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen was an entire Infinity Edge’s worth of gold ahead of his opponent at this time. This lead was made mostly at the back of Andy “Smoothie” Ta on what could be called the best Thresh performance of his career, landing several hooks resulting to kills in the laning phase.
In their game against FlyQuest, TSM displayed an understanding of how their team composition was supposed to play out, and they played towards their win condition. They did so by showing a lot of restraint around objectives, only taking them when it was certain that they have the capacity to do so without being contested.
If TSM can keep this up in LCS Spring Split 2019 Week 6, they may contest for second, or even first place in the LCS.
4 — FlyQuest (Current Record: 5-5)
FlyQuest seems to be a rather solid fourth place team. FlyQuest seems to be relying on their team fighting and skirmishing in the later stages of the game, but at times they leave themselves exposed in the earlier and middle stages, which opponents can punish. When they make mistakes in the earlier stages of the game, they seem to become rattled and become reluctant to make decisions that could possibly turn the tides of battle into their favor.
FlyQuest is still a rather solid team, but a few more lapses in the early game and they might find themselves even lower in the standings.
5 — Golden Guardians (Current Record: 4-6)
Golden Guardians may have had only a 1-1 week, but they are now within playoff contention for the first time in the organization’s history. While it is undeniable that the squad put together for the 2019 has the talent to make it to a postseason, it has mostly been an issue of general cohesion within the team. While it looks like Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung and Matthew “Deftly” Chen have looked out of sync with the rest of the team at times, but Henrik “Froggen” Hansen’s prowess on control mages such as Viktor is enough to make all the difference in the later stages of the game. At times, Juan Arturo “Contractz” Garcia’s aggression causes him to get caught with rather aggressive pathing in the earlier stages of the game.
If Golden Guardians can reliably channel the talent in the roster, they may have not much problems in closing out the split.
6 — OpTic Gaming (Current Record: 4-6)
The team converted its weakness into its strength. The roster swaps that the team has been criticized for has been the force behind their 2-0 weekend. In their game against 100 Thieves, with William “Meteos” Hartman, OpTic was behind for most of the game, but they played the later team fights excellently, resulting in them getting the chance to end it. Against Clutch Gaming, they swapped Meteos out for Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett. Against Clutch Gaming, Dardoch is immensely valuable as he was previously Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon and Tanner “Damonte” Damonte’s teammate in Echo Fox, and Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin’s teammate in Team Liquid.
The most consistent performer in this squad, however, has been Lee “Crown” Min-ho. What has stricken me so far is how his Zoe is not consistently banned. Him on this champion was responsible for taking Gen G to Worlds. With Crown appearing to be on form for this year, he is capable of bringing the best out of whichever jungler he is playing with.
7 — Echo Fox (Current Record: 4-6)
Lee “Rush” Yoon-jae’s streak of never going 0-2 is over. The fact that it took this long for Echo Fox to even get a 0-2 weekend despite having glaring weaknesses has been rather impressive. Rush’s rather unorthodox style of jungling has not been paying off for the team. Without much pressure from the jungler, the laners will need to do their best to be the source of their overall map pressure. Unfortunately, this is not what the Echo Fox laners are known to do.
With no clear direction nor gameplan, Echo Fox should only continue to struggle in the future.
8 — 100 Thieves (Current Record: 3-7)
This team looks uninspired, to be perfectly honest.
Despite having superstar carries with Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho and Bae “Bang” Jun-sik, the team fails to put them into a position where they can carry the team. While they have been showing promise in their early games, which is already a huge improvement to last season’s performances, their mid game transitions have been looking particularly susceptible to attacks.
Good performances from their South Korean imports hasn’t helped much either as it’s the North American residents that are to blame for the team’s struggles.
The team will have to make a lot of changes soon to fully unlock Bang and Ssumday.
9 — Clutch Gaming (Current Record: 3-7)
The talent in this team is undeniable, but a lot of it seems to be mismanaged. The team seems to be having issues in the drafting phase, and the team appears to not be playing towards the win conditions that their drafts dictate. A good example is Piglet and Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme’s Lucian and Braum bottom lane duo in one of their matches: they should be a high pressure bottom lane. However, the enemy bottom lane was able to pressure them into their turret.
Clutch Gaming needs to iron out the errors in the drafting phase, and need to focus on developing the discipline needed to net victories in the highest level of competitive play.
10 — Counter Logic Gaming (Current Record: 4-6)
This team looks like a fish out of water.
This team is just plain bad. The drafting and the depth of champion pools seems to be far from what this meta demands. In addition, when not able to accrue advantages in the laning phase, the team seems to lack the kind of proactivity required to make it back into a favorable position. Their macro play also leaves a lot to be desired as the team often looks lost and rather easy to take advantage of after the laning phase ends.
While they are technically still within playoff contention, they may not be soon enough.
Matches To Watch in LCS Spring Split 2019 Week 6
Clutch Gaming vs 100 Thieves
This is the battle for last place… which sounds surreal as they both have Korean superstars in their respective rosters. Lane dominance and early aggression should ideally be what the Clutch Gaming would look to do, as indicated by the roster that they are fielding. However, they have not been playing properly around their aggression in the laning phase. On the other hand, 100 Thieves should rely on more dominant solo lane performances and having their bottom lane as an insurance policy.
The bottom lane should play a huge factor in this matchup.
With Bang and Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black against Piglet and Vulcan, aside from the fact that both AD Carries formerly played for SK Gaming, they have rather conflicting styles. Bang is more of a safe laner that scales late in the game. Meanwhile, Piglet is a dominant laner and often draws pressure for the team.
If Clutch Gaming retains their characteristic aggression in the laning phase, 100 Thieves may capitalize and they may be caught out quite often, and they can snowball from there.
Betting: 100 Thieves to win vs Clutch Gaming at 1.71 odds via 10bet.
Cloud9 vs Team SoloMid
This is a classic rivalry, even across different iterations of the teams’ rosters. Cloud9 is a skirmish-heavy team, looking to have the numbers advantage in any fight, and properly leveraging their fighting strength as some sort of vision control. Team SoloMid has been shedding their old playstyle of picking compositions that simply scale into the late game— they have been playing more proactively in the early game, and have been more willing to fight and push their advantages close to the maximum.
The solo lanes will heavily determine the outcome of this matchup. If Sergen “Broken Blade” Celik could stand up to Licorice, and if Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg can neutralize Nisqy’s roaming potential, then they can prevent Cloud9 from forcing fight after fight and from snowballing the game.
Nevertheless, the odds are against Team SoloMid and Cloud9 should walk away as the victors here.
Betting: Cloud9 to win vs Team SoloMid at 1.64 odds via 10bet.
As the LCS Spring Split 2019 Week 6 kicks off, each team still has a chance to make a mid-season push for the playoffs.
Teams who are struggling still have a chance to make it to the playoffs, especially because the next patch will likely bring in more changes to the game. Because of this, we should expect more upsets in the coming weeks. However, even so, in the end, it’s still the teams who can find a way to win consistently regardless of the meta that should make it to the postseason.
How differently do you think the standings will look like after LCS Spring Split 2019 Week 6? Do you think the bottom dwellers will propel themselves up the standings? Or will the current top teams retain their spots? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.