LCS 2020 Spring Week 9 review

LCS Spring 2020 Week 9 Review

We wrapped up the Spring split of the LCS for 2020 last weekend and have our first look at the playoffs. Team Liquid failed to qualify for playoffs after a very close series against Cloud9 but more on that later! If you missed Week 8 make sure to check out our Week 8 Review and if you’re new to the LCS make sure to check out our Tournament page here!

This Review will be a bit different, we will look at the Playoff Qualified teams and talk about their path to get here instead of going over each match individually.

LCS Spring 2020 Playoff Teams

Cloud9

Cloud9 locked in their first seed about 5 weeks ago, a little over halfway through the split they looked dominant and nobody could stop them, except TSM. This week though they played Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid and were able to scrape by a comfortable 17-1 season. They struggled mostly due to some experimental drafts and their opponents turning up their power levels a notch in preparation for the playoff race. Cloud9 were unstoppable, and stopped Team Liquid this week in the most exciting game of the whole season. While heartbreaking for TL and their fans, that match proved to many that they can play at the level we all thought they could, oh well, maybe next split.

Evil Geniuses

Coming in as the number 2 seed is… Cloud9 v2! The Evil Geniuses squad had a shaky first round robin but managed to pull off some extremely important victories in the final 2 weeks opf the split. Kumo is looking way better than he did at the beginning of the split and Svenskeren seems to have his drive back. Their most impressive player by far in the second half of the round robin has been Jizuke though and expect to see them challenging C9 in the playoffs. Their win over Immortals was key to the playoff race in week 9 and they pulled through for TL, GG, and DIG.

100 Thieves

Well well well, here we are, 100 Thieves took a nice 3rd seed after tiebreakers and almost took the second seed from EG. This team is arguably a dark horse in the playoffs and with the new system in place they may not even have to beat C9 to make the Finals! Meteos and Ssumday have shored up their weaknesses a bit and Ryoma is a promising Mid laner with his future looking bright. The real MVP though, and one of the few non C9 players I’d consider a front runner for the MVP vote, Cody Sun. If 100T had secured a stronger position for themselves, they could have been real contenders to win playoffs outright.

FlyQuest

FLY may have lost their long held second seed after an abysmal week 9, but I have to admit to myself that they are a strong contender against Cloud9. They may have taken 4th in the standings but the addition of Solo has been amazing for the team and I think overall I’d still place them above 100T as far as odds to win it all go. Week 9 can’t be ignored, losing to Golden Guardians and then falling to 100T in the tiebreakers really lowered this team's stock on paper. They will have to face EG with their first life in the playoffs but even considering C9 chose 100T over them should tell you that they are strong opponents on a normal day.

Team SoloMid

They also gave up a top 3 seed with a shaky week 9, losing to 100T and Dignitas. TSM hasn’t had the best start to their year but really, give this squad time to grow and they very well could take it home in Summer. Dardoch is working well with the team looking from the outside in and the only reason I don’t consider them a favorite to take it all this split is because of the way the team drafts. They fail every time to activate their star player and while it isn’t all on Bjerg, if they put him in a position to carry the game and spent less time Top lane the team might be able to get away with a few wins in a series.

Golden Guardians

Wow, they’ve done it. They won't get any further but look, GOLDEN GUARDIANS MADE PLAYOFFS!  They outperformed themselves in week 9 and beat Counter Logic Gaming, upset FlyQuest, and beat Dignitas in tiebreakers to make it. Closer fell off in the second half of the split but he was a monster the first, while Hauntzer and the Bot lane steadily increased in ability, Goldenglue stayed true to his name helping the team secure their wins to get here. It’s nice to see them in the playoffs just because everyone kind of has a soft spot for this team and even though they subbed out Keith for Huhi, he still looked a lot better than many people expected him to.

The four teams who missed out on playoffs were, Team Liquid, Immortals, Dignitas, and Counter Logic Gaming. We more or less expected CLG to be out but for Golden Guardians to make it over Immortals or Team Liquid was quite the surprise. Dignitas flopped and most of us probably expected that but with some minor roster adjustments they should be able to put up an even bigger fight in Summer. This was a fairly fun Split to watch but not the best by any means. I have a strong feeling that Summer is going to be absolutely nuts. We finished 45-45 in predictions for the regular split matches so hopefully, we can do a bit better next split! Playoffs begin Tomorrow April 4th at 1pm MST with FlyQuest vs Evil Geniuses! 

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Cameron Carr

6 April 2020

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