LCS 2020 Spring Week 4 Review

LCS Spring 2020 Week 4 Review

As the 4th week of the LCS comes to a close we finally some some solid separation in the standings with Cloud9 running away from the rest of the table and CLG falling too far behind probably to contest for a playoff spot. If you missed any of the games from last week make sure to check out our Week 3 Review or if you’re new to the tournament make sure to check out our Event page here to learn more about the LCS Spring Split!

LCS Week 4 Matches

Team Liquid  vs Immortals

IMT win

Broxah finally started for the TL roster and his much anticipated start was quickly turned around as Hakuho and Xmithie read his counter Jungle in the early game for a quick first blood. This eventually snowballed Xmithie’s Sejuani into a position that Broxah’s Lee Sin couldn’t answer, and the Immortals squad methodically picked away at everything Summoner’s Rift had to offer. It did take 2 Barons for IMT to close out the game in 33 minutes but even when TL was putting up a fight it was never enough to trump Immortals.

Cloud9 vs Team SoloMid

C9 win

In another pre 30 minute victory the Cloud9 squad gave up another first blood and won, I’ll go back and find the ratio of FB to Victories the C9 squad have and post it in the Week 5 Preview but it’s at least 50% of their games so far. Coming into this match it was wildly considered to be Cloud9’s last chance to lose before sweeping the first Round Robin. TSM looked leagues below their opponents though and ended up losing every objective, but first blood.

Counter Logic Gaming vs Golden Guardians

GG win

A major turning point for the Golden Guardians, sure they were favorites coming into this one but they still showed up in a big way. Winning in 27 minutes after taking almost every objective. CLG came up with an interesting draft with Crown on Neeko and Wiggily counter picking Sejuani with Trundle but it proved inefficient. CLG doesn’t have much more room to play with moving forward and for their sake I hope they find a win or two in the second Round Robin.

100 Thieves vs Dignitas

DIG win

100 Thieves decided to int draft all week but the Lee Sin pick into Olaf turned into a terrible time for the 100T squad. Meteos has been seriously underperforming and while i still consider the squad to be better than they’ve shown it’s hard to deny their faults. DIG on the other hand played the Ornn mid really well and Huni on Soraka didn’t disappoint either. Grig somehow managed to steal the show however and there is a little doubt in the community that he has actually improved at all over his TSM days.

Dignitas vs Golden Guardians

GG win

This was the true telling match of the week, GG went 2-0 on the weekend and Dignitas showed some true colors. In a 34 minute bout Golden Guardians lost teamfights that FBI managed to save with the Aphelios damage and this is where the Grig doubt started to seep through. Goldenglue is making some really good plays with Closer controlling the map really well and it’s getting harder and harder to place this team as a whole, but this is what we really wanted, a competitive Golden Guardians squad.

Counter Logic Gaming vs Team Liquid

TL win

This is generally the nail in the coffin for CLG as a win here was a long shot but needed all the same. That being said TL won in 23 minutes in a bigger stomp than C9 gave them week 1. As much as I want to say, expect big things from TL come the second Round Robin it is hard to see a world where a 3-5 team buck up and win out with a 5 game difference between them and first place.

Team SoloMid vs FlyQuest

FLY win

TSM had full control over the game, up until the first Elder Dragon came around and TSM lost a fight they could have won with better positioning. Kobbe came up really short this game on Aphelios which really speaks to the abilities of the TSM Bot Lane. When FLY secured the second Elder Dragon it was all she wrote for TSM and they had the first real Throw of the season in a key match for standings.

Evil Geniuses vs Immortals

EG win

Funny enough after TSM throwing the previous game, Immortals essentially ran it down in the first two minutes of this game with a botched level 1 invade. Nobody thus far has chosen to counter the Yuumi pick with an effective Bot Lane duo and overall looks better than it probably is because of that. Kumo showed up in a big way for the EG squad as did Jizuke, Immortals would have been the clear second place team here if they hadn’t handed the win over to EG.

FlyQuest vs 100 Thieves

FLY win

This is the match where Meteos truly underperformed to the point that it hurt to watch. He tried the Sejuani pick out and was ultimately destroyed by the Trundle counter pick from Santorin and FLY. Fly out played 100T in every aspect of the game and it should be back to the drawing board for 100T coming out of an 0-2 week that they arguably should have gone 2-0 in.

Evil Geniuses vs Cloud9

C9 win

No surprise here but C9 decimated another team in the first Round Robin, considering their only opponent left is CLG it’s safe to say the C9-0 Memes will come into full effect next week, that being said Zven died for the second time this split meaning he will unfortunately fall short of the KDA record previously set by DragonX’s Chovy. As far as storylines go, the C9 vs C9 2.0 match went the way of C9.

LCS Week 4 Standings

  1. Cloud9 (8-0)
  2. FlyQuest (5-3)
  3. Immortals (5-3)
  4. Team SoloMid (4-4)
  5. Golden Guardians (4-4)
  6. Team Dignitas (4-4)
  7. 100 Thieves (3-5)
  8. Evil Geniuses (3-5)
  9. Team Liquid (3-5)
  10. Counter Logic Gaming (1-7)

While the games went a little differently from originally predicted, it’s business as usual for the LCS. The only things that are certain are C9 is number 1 and CLG is number 10. With a 3 game lead over second place Cloud 9 has a nice cushion and assuming they beat CLG as they should, the best anyone can hope for is a tie with C9. Most of the standings are separated by current head to heads which means the middle of the pack is separated but each game is worth so much more from here on out, make sure to look out for our Week 5 Preview to get an early look into the next week of games.

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Cameron Carr

20 February 2020

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