NA LCS 2018 Spring Split – Week 4 Preview, Betting Tips & Odds
February 10th, 2018
We’re off to the fourth week of the North American LCS. Things are going by incredibly quickly and teams have finally played enough games to give us a fairly concrete sample size so that we can judge their level of play.
Going forward, things are fairly similar to last week, with a three way tie for the number one spot between Echo Fox, Cloud9 and Team Liquid. Teams are also getting somewhat into place in regards to the standings. There aren’t a lot of surprises other than the fact that Echo Fox is playing so incredibly well with so little time to practice. Teams like TSM and Counter Logic Gaming are also improving at a staggering pace as the weeks go by so they’re climbing up as well.
Without any further ado, let’s focus on the games at hand!
Team Solo Mid vs. Clutch Gaming – For the first game of the day we have an exciting clash between two “middle-of-the-pack” teams, at least momentarily. Clutch Gaming are in a somewhat confusing state right now. They’re showing a lot of great things but it’s obvious that they still need time to further develop team cohesion. They’re not on the same page, LirA has been fairly unimpactful so far and Apollo and Hakuho haven’t really been that strong either. They had a fairly strong early game last week but it’s always a bad call or sloppy teamfight in the mid game that seals their fate. The same happened against 100 Thieves last week – they held the gold lead for the entirety of the game but it was all in vain.
As for TSM, they finally managed to string two victories last week albeit against the Golden Guardians (which doesn’t go by much these days) and a confusing, badly executed draft from 100 Thieves (other than a couple of good early game plays). Regardless, individually they all stepped up and perhaps most importantly MikeYoung looked focused and was highly impactful in both of their games.
TSM should be able to take this game. They have the better players and they’ve shown improved synergy last week so they shouldn’t have too big of a problem handling Clutch Gaming. That said, it’s not going to be easy for the NA titans.
Winner: TSM, 1.06 (odds @ Betway)
Cloud9 vs. Team Liquid – This is where things get incredibly interesting. Cloud9 are currently looking like a very solid top team (tied for first) much like last split however last week all that convincing. They took down a highly questionable OpTic Gaming team (led by questionable draft choices like Akaadian’s Nunu and zig’s Urgot) and even then they struggled in the early and mid stages of the game. They were more clean against Clutch Gaming however it often seems like they manage to survive by the skin of their teeth. They’re rarely clean in their execution which is forgivable, they’re still gelling with Licorice and Svenskeren.
That said, they’re fighting against Team Liquid this time around. Taking down a game Team Liquid squad is a tall task for any team, let alone for one that is still gelling and that is having more than a couple of issues in the early game. It’s tough seeing them competing with Liquid as they simply have superior synergy at the moment, and quite frankly they have better players in almost every position.
This should be a Team Liquid win, however expect an insane game filled with tons of skirmishing.
Winner: Team Liquid, 1.72 (odds @ Betway)
Optic Gaming vs. Counter Logic Gaming – CLG finally looked somewhat cohesive last week and not just because they ended 2-0. Their macro was on point, they rotated on the map consistently and even managed to take down the feared Echo Fox squad. Reignover utilized Jarvan IV to perfection, and paired with a great performance from Darshan as well as their bottom lane, it seems like CLG can be counted out no more. Luckily for all CLG fans, their momentum won’t come to and end here as they’re fighting against a struggling OpTic Gaming that has so far barely managed to win just a single game. While they do pose a certain threat, CLG should be ready for anything OpTic has in store.
Winner: Counter Logic Gaming, 1.45 (odds @ Betway)
100 Thieves vs. FlyQuest – The Thieves are fairly similar to Clutch Gaming in the sense that they still haven’t fully developed. They made multiple errors against Clutch Gaming however they persevered, they took whatever they could on the map and waited their turn. When the late game came, they had the superior team comp and they simply executed to perfection. Against TSM however they started inversely – strong in the early but it all fell flat as they got outscaled and eventually stomped in just over forty minutes. As for FlyQuest they were completely powerless against an incredibly aggressive Team Liquid roster that utterly dominated
If the Thieves draft well, if they fix their early game problems and play the game with a more clearer game plan in mind they should be able to take the game. That said they have a ton of issues so FlyQuest could be able to exploit it quite a bit however the individual experience within the 100 Thieves roster should persevere and emerge victorious when all is said and done.
Winner: 100 Thieves, 1.36 (odds @ Betway)
Echo Fox vs. Golden Guardians – Even though they lost to CLG last week, Echo Fox is entering the fifth week of the NA LCS with the same momentum they had prior. They’re an incredibly dominant team that is feared across the League and with good reason. It doesn’t matter what they come out of the gates with, they should be able to take care of the Golden Guardians with relative ease as the Guardians really haven’t been playing on a high level ever since they entered the LCS. They’re winless and if they’re aiming for a rebound, it’s not going to be against a beastly roster such as Echo Fox.
Winner: Echo Fox, 1.15 (odds @ Betway)