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The second week of the LCS gave us a lot of exciting things to talk about. We had multiple exceptional games, some close affairs, but in the end — not a lot resolved from week one. We did, of course, get a better understanding on all of the ten teams that are competing, whether or not they’re working on their in-game problems and how they’re approaching competitive play in a nutshell, but it’s still far too early to give out any concrete verdict.

Let’s take a closer look at a couple of important week three matches in order to see how each team is doing and what’s most likely to happen going forward.

Clutch Gaming vs. Cloud9

What can one say about Clutch Gaming. They’re still a complete mystery three weeks in. A lot of amazing play all-around, and then some confusing blunders just mere moments later. Incredibly inconsistent and volatile. They’re talented, that’s for sure, but they need more time before becoming an actual contender.

Cloud9, on the other hand, were able to take down TSM after an insanely hectic and close barnburner. They were far from perfect, that’s important to highlight, but their superior late game team fighting allowed them to best their perennial adversaries and make it a statement game. They’re still not ready to compete with the likes of Team Liquid, but they’re definitely a Top 3 team right now that has a ton of potential.

We’re going with the boys in black and blue for this one. That said, Clutch Gaming have the tools that are necessary in order to make this into a highly competitive scrap.

Winner: Cloud9, 1.55 (odds @ Betway)

Golden Guardians vs. Team Solo Mid

The Golden Guardians were finally able to get a win on the board — and that’s great. This time around though, they’re up against a game Team Solo Mid. TSM failed to take down Cloud9, but they looked relatively good in losing regardless. It was a slow game, a game of inches, and Cloud9 simply had the better tools for the late game.

It’s hard siding with the Guardians seeing how they’re still incredibly sloppy, out of sync, and their individual play is filled with errors. They’re just not good as a five-man unit yet, and even though they’re getting there they still need more time.

TSM, even in losing, managed to do things well. They kept things pretty competitive throughout the game, and they’re improving with each new game — regardless if it’s a win or a loss. Losing to Cloud9 is no shame, especially not after they managed to reach such momentous heights at the World Championship last year.

This match, in a nutshell, is fairly one-sided. While the Guardians might be able to make it somewhat competitive, seeing how they have ample talent within their five-man line-up, they shouldn’t be able to go blow-for-blow with Team Solo Mid. Not in the slightest.

In the end, the boys in black and white should emerge victorious. It probably won’t be particularly clean and dominant, seeing how they’re still forming their 2019 identity, but they should be able to get the win regardless.

Winner: Team Solo Mid, 1.32 (odds @ Betway)

100 Thieves vs. Counter Logic Gaming

One of the more exciting matches of the day for sure. Counter Logic Gaming are entering the game on a three-game win streak, whereas 100 Thieves are still fresh from taking Clutch Gaming down. Now, while that might not seem like a great achievement, you have to remember that Clutch were sitting on a very respectable 2-2 record. Now they’re tied with 100 Thieves.

Predicting the outcome of this game is downright impossible. We’ve seen a lot of good, and a lot of bad from both teams. Flashes of brilliance but also shows of despair and non-existing cohesion.

CLG, however, showed a bit more strength and bravado. They’re a veteran roster that’s infused with some young blood thanks to their new jungler, and they’re looking to continue their redemption story after a painfully mediocre 2018 season. They’re still not there yet, but seeing how 100 Thieves displayed far more problems in their first three weeks of competitive play, we have to side with Counter Logic Gaming.

That said, this should be an insanely close game. If you’re looking to bet, perhaps it’s best to skip it altogether. It can really go either way.

Winner: Counter Logic Gaming, 2.30 (odds @ Betway)

FlyQuest vs. Echo Fox

Echo Fox have the tools in order to make this a closely contested affair but the level of play that FlyQuest has displayed over the last couple of weeks is head and shoulders above anything that an out of sync Echo Fox squad can bring.

It might not be particularly one-sided, but after witnessing them go blow-for-blow with the likes of Team Liquid, there’s no reason as to why they shouldn’t be able to take down Echo Fox.

Winner: FlyQuest, 1.60 (odds @ Betway)

Team Liquid vs. OpTic Gaming

Yet another one-sided shellacking just waiting to happen. The situation OpTic find themselves in is a confusing one. So even though their “B team” played far above expectations, even though they managed to compete at the highest level, they were still subbed out (a portion of them, at least) in favor of the original five-man line-up.

But after seeing them play against Golden Guardians yesterday, it’s hard to give them the benefit of the doubt. They didn’t do much, overall. There were some glimpses of brilliance, but they were minute and negligible in the grand scheme of things. They were sloppy, out of sync, and they failed to mount an offensive from the get-go.

To make matters even worse, they’re up against the reigning champions Team Liquid. There’s simply no way around it — this should be a quick game, barring any exceptional mind-blowing gameplay from the OpTic side.

Winner: Team Liquid, 1.22 (odds @ Betway)