The last week of the North American LCS spring split is upon us, and there is still a lot to be decided. Team SoloMid still have first place to be won, and hopefully their game against each other is as fun to watch as their April Fool’s Ultra Rapid Fire match. If they end up tied, Cloud 9 will be the number one seed as they have the tie breaker.
As for the rest of the seeds in the playoffs, the teams are set but the order is not. Counter Logic Gaming is locked in as the three seed, Team Dignitas, Curse, and Team Coast are playing for post season positioning. Barring an 0-4 week from either Curse or Coast, XDG and Evil Geniuses are playing for who is last place. These two teams have stamped their tickets to play in the Promotion Tournament and face relegation, so it will be interesting to see if they have any life left in them to pull off an upset or two this week.
Below I will attempt to predict the games again. I went 4-4 last week, so hopefully with more games to pick from I can get more right. There are a total of 16 games this weekend, all of which can be viewed online on Twitch or LoL Esports. Instead of a paragraph for each game, I’ll write a sentence about each if there is anything exciting or key to watch. The predicted winner will be in bold.
Cloud 9 HyperX vs XDG
-Cloud 9 went 4-0 in the last split (as did TSM). Look for them to get off to a fast start here.
Team Coast vs Curse
-The battle for the four seed begins here, and this game is all about Shiphtur (Coast) in the mid lane.
Counter Logic Gaming vs Cloud 9 HyperX
-This one was tough to pick and will be a close game. Cloud 9’s team play will pull them to the victory.
Team Dignitas vs Curse
-Unfortunately for Curse, I see them starting 0-2 to start the last week before the playoffs. I expect a big game from Imaqtpie.
Evil Geniuses vs Team SoloMid
-Like Cloud 9, expect Team SoloMid to get off to a fast start against the bottom of the standings.
XDG vs Team Dignitas
-Hopefully XDG can put up a fight, but DIG scores the win here.
Team SoloMid vs Team Coast
-The Bjergsen-Shiphtur match up in the mid lane will be good, and key if Coast wants to have a chance to win. TSM is better overall, however. They get the win.
Curse vs Counter Logic Gaming
-Tough luck for Curse. It’s hard for me to pick against them this much, but the matchups don’t look to be in their favor this week.
Team Dignitas vs Team Coast
-The ZionSpartan-Cruzerthebruzer battle in the top lane will decide this one. I have not been impressed with Cruzer lately. Coast gets the win.
Counter Logic Gaming vs Evil Geniuses
-Counter Logic Gaming is looking at a solid week up to this point. Not so solid for EG.
Team SoloMid vs Cloud 9 HyperX
-This is the game of the week right here. TSM lost last week to CLG, and I expect Cloud 9 to try and use some of the same tactics. Look for Bjergsen to be the first target in team fights, or even kept away from them. Sneaky has a big game, Cloud 9 with the win.
Team Dignitas vs Counter Logic Gaming
-CLG comes through and gets a well played win over DIG to finish the week strong.
Evil Geniuses vs Curse
-May not be a good game, but the win Curse needs.
XDG vs Team SoloMid
-Back to the easy games. TSM has it pretty easy besides the Cloud 9 game this week.
Cloud 9 HyperX vs Team Coast
-I almost thought about picking the upset here, but with how well Cloud 9 is playing the only game they possibly lose is TSM.
XDG vs Evil Geniuses
-This pick is assuming Krepo is back for EG. If not, XDG is the only one of these two with a win this week.
Each day starts at 3 pm Eastern, playoffs are April 18-20. Look for my posts next week, where I plan on having a bracket that you can use a la March Madness to predict the winner. But until then, there is still plenty of action to watch.