The story of Kanavi
Kanavi has made his name known tho whole world despite drama around Griffin and his contract.
The 8th week of the LCS was played online for the first time ever and for the most part, it finished as we expected it to! The whole broadcast team did a wonderful job keeping technical difficulties to a minimum and they made the transition from live arena play to online stream style play almost seemless. It’s been awhile since our week 7 Review so if you’re trying to catch up on all the action make sure to check it out, and if you’re new to the LCS make sure to check out our Tournament page here!
We started off this week's matches with a pretty simple game. In 30 Minutes TSM found a lead, held it, and ended the game with it. Golden Guardians looked to be at their worst while TSM clearly looked at their best. GG will most likely miss out on playoffs here but with CLG on the docket next week anything is possible for this squad.
Cloud9 struggled this week but it wasn’t the same struggle as other teams may find themselves in. C9 experimented a bit and in the off week spent most of their time role swapping in a charity league. 100T got their foot in the door but couldn’t force it open as C9 swiftly found their form and slammed the door in 100T’s faces
This hurt TL fans everywhere. Evil Geniuses didn’t just win the game they forced TL into bad fights, awkward rotations, and bad plays. I wont say Evil Geniuses played flawlessly but they have shown this week that they have the star power, and maybe my power rankings will be validated after Week 9.
CLG put up a fight this week. They are down and out of the playoffs but there are still some signs of life from the squad and that might bolster their finish in summer if they keep it up. That being said Akaadian was one of the best players to play this weekend and DIG really needed this win to get back in the playoff running.
If you joined the Esports Vikings Podcast Saturday morning you would have heard me say how much IMT and FlyQuest don’t deserve a playoff spot and this was a pretty good argument. Both teams clashed at full strength and while I went with the safe prediction and it paid off, this could have been a different story on a different day.
This win, if for nothing else, will have truly lit the fire under the TL squad. Going 1-1 this week could have been even more detrimental than it was all things considered. The GG squad will need a miracle to make it into the playoffs, but I would argue their chances are better than Team Liquids when you consider next week’s schedule.
C9 locked in first place weeks ago, and that gave them the advantage of being able to try new things and get some extra stage experience with weird picks. CLG almost beat them. It would have done nothing for the standings if CLGF won, just as it didn’t do anything for the standings with C9 winning, but it made for a really entertaining LCS match.
Here was one of the biggest surprises this weekend, as there were only 3 games predicted incorrectly by yours truly this week. Immortals beat TSM last time around and though TSM has grown more as a team and rose higher up in the standings, TSM played scared all 40 minutes of this match. IMT bullied Dardoch and Broken Blade and the rest of TSM fell flat in comparison. This is the match that makes me question whether or not TSM is truly a top 3 contender when this is all said and done next week.
100 Thieves picked up a good upset win right after Immortals managed to grab theirs. The major difference between the two upsets was that this was a much closer game of League of Legends than the last. 100 Thieves played an amazing Macro game and shut out FLY from any possibility of claiming neutral objectives, but still faltered in some of the teamfights before finally closing out the match. Maybe it wasn’t as close as I thought it was when watching it, but it felt like 100T could have thrown at any given point.
A new challenger approaches! With an EG win here the team move up the ranks and are now fighting with FLY and TSM for the second place seed. How crazy is that? EG proved to everyone that their star studded roster can play like a star studded roster, or was it just Jizuke? I think Kumo and Jizuke were the non Cloud9 best 2 players on the rift this week and feel free to argue but Kumo managed to beat Huni and Impact this week, convincingly, while Jizuke ran away with the games in style. When the dust settles, maybe it will be two Clouds battling it out in the skies after all.
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As things heat up and the fate of 8 teams in the LCS rests on the final 10 games of the season, you just can’t miss out on the action. Make sure to check back later in the week for our Week 9 Preview and come back next week for our review if you happen to miss out on all the action!
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