LCS 2020 Spring Playoff Review

2020 LCS Spring Playoff Review

The 2020 Spring LCS is now officially over with the conclusion of the finals on April 19th. Cloud9 managed to win 3-0 over FlyQuest making them the most dominant team to ever win the LCS with a total season game score of 29 wins to 2 losses over the course of the entire season! In this review we will go over the second and the final week of the LCS Spring Playoffs for anyone who missed out on the action. It is also worth mentioning that for the first time ever, the LCS playoffs were aired on ESPN 2! Looks like we’re moving up in the world! If you are new to the LCS make sure to check out our Tournament page here!

Week 2

Cloud9 3-1 Evil Geniuses

EG made themselves known as the second and final team to take a game off of C9 this in this series and the game they won was fairly convincing, unfortunately for them they couldn’t convince themselves to work up an upset but no one expected them to. Svenskeren and crew set out to stir up the pot but came away pretty lackluster. The series overall was good with many aggressive plays coming out of C9 and some real energy in the match being matched by EG. C9 proved their dominance yet again however, even if it were a bit more competitive than the regular season.

FlyQuest 3-2 Team SoloMid

The series of the playoffs was certainly this one. TSM did wonderfully in bringing this series to a game five but ultimately Solo proved to be the true signing of the split, even if he didn’t come in for FlyQuest until week 7. I feel as though TSM can be proud of their first split this year considering the recent spiral of some of the other top teams and them having three relatively new players to the team. If you find yourself with some down time and happened to miss this series, it was action packed and story driven and I highly suggest you watch it through. FlyQuest proved their worth again and again this split and come Summer, expect them to have a higher Power Ranking position.

Final Week

Evil Geniuses 1-3 FlyQuest

Something didn’t sit right with EG this series as they ran some interesting Pick/Ban phases. Part of me wants to say that FLY got away with this series but each match was a fun watch with EG clearly knowing what was at stake. FLY got the better of them by the end of it with a convincing Game 4 victory where the only threat on the EG was Jizuke’s Azir. The Pace of the match was set by Fly just as the series was and they eventually won out and moved on to their first ever Finals appearance, unfortunately to face the team fresh off the most dominant run the regions ever seen. 

Cloud9 3-0 FlyQuest

While FLY may have been this season's biggest overachievers they could not stand up to the might of Cloud9 and their monstrous run. The series was good, FlyQuest won most of the Early games even with C9 losing the first 10 minutes of the games only to find themselves at a 5k gold lead almost every time. Wildturtle was often found to be missing from the mid/late game action and was the worst player of the series, not to say he underperformed way below expectations, just that on the day he, or arguably Ignar, was the worst player. The team should certainly still be proud of their accomplishment and while some would have hoped to see a Game 5, internationally we saw G2 3-0 Fnatic and if we want to match other teams on the international stage, we need our finalists to be truly dominant. 

I want to reiterate that while Turtle or Ignar could be considered the worst players on the day, they proved to be crucial to FlyQuests success in the regular season and playoffs run up to this point. The team that is FlyQuest has a solid 6 man roster that could very much prove to be a top 3 team come Worlds, and one I would be happy to send to the international tournament. Their Finals appearance alone was enough to shut me up about how overrated they were.

Cloud9, after six years and a controversial offseason, managed to win another title in the best run North America has ever seen. With TSM, 100T, EG, and FlyQuest (sorry Golden Guardians) all in this split’s playoffs, they could have dropped a series anywhere and been forced to fight for their lives. They instead overpowered every team they faced with ferocity and if they can do this again in Summer they could…. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Well done Cloud9, your 2020 LCS Spring Split Champions!

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Cameron Carr

23 April 2020

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