The Mid-Season Invitational is already done and forgotten and the LCS Summer Split is in full effect.
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Standings as of Monday, June 24th
No.1 – Team Liquid with 18 Points, 6 wins, 2 less
Tied for No.2 – Cloud9 with 15 points, 5 wins, 3 losses
Tied for No.2 – Optic with 15 points, 5 wins, 3 losses
Tied for No.2 – TSM with 15 points, 5 wins, 3 losses
No. 5 – CLG with 15 points, 5 wins, 3 losses
No. 6 – Clutch with 12 points, 4 wins, 4 losses
No. 7 – Golden Guardians with 12, 4 wins, 4 losses
No. 8 – 100 Thieves with 9 points, 3 wins, 5 losses
No. 9 – Echo Fox with 6 points, 2 wins, 6 losses
No. 10 – FlyQuest with 3 points, 1 win, 7 losses
Monday’s match with OpTic facing Echo Fox shows the team that is tied for second as moderate, -250 favorites against the ninth-place squad. So, the books are definitely keyed into momentum.
One almost surprising thing is to see 100 Thieves back in 8th place. That said, they made some big moves after the MSI, picking up Amazing as their new jungler. We expected this to be a cohesive change that would up the ante for 100 Thieves, but so far they haven’t been able to put a winning record together.
For the last ranked FLyQuest, V1per has to up his game and help lead this team to some victories. He earned his spot during the Spring Split, but since then, the team has plummeted to the bottom of the LCS. If he truly wants his name to be mentioned with dominant top-laners, V1per will need to show more consistency moving forward.
For the top of the LCS, Team Liquid is doing just as we would expect them to do. CoreJJ is holding it down with his phenomenal feats supporting in the bottom lane. He’ll have to avoid any slips to give Liquid the best chance possible on the international scale, but so far it is looking like they are set to dominate in the LCS once more. They did come in second at the MSI, which is pretty amazing. This is thanks to spectacular play as a unit, especially by players like Jenson and Xmithie.
For Cloud9, can they hang on to that number two spot? Or will a tough OpTic squad pass them by as the Summer Split progresses? They do have a chip on their shoulder as they were ousted early from the playoffs by TSM. So far they are hanging on, but they can’t seem to shake that TSM bug … Even though they were able to take down OpTic and CLG recently, on the 16th of June, TSM got the better of them again, dominating with nine towers to one, and racking up 15 kills. If the Cloud9 wants to hand on, they are going to have to find a way to beat TSM on some sort of a regular basis. Otherwise, they will fall in the standings and see another early exit from the Summer Playoffs.
One thing is certain: it’s going to be a tight race for second, third, and fourth. And this split is going to be as exciting as ever!