It’s finally time for the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) to make its return. After a slightly interrupted Spring Split due to COVID-19, some surprises hit the league when 2019 Champions Team Liquid finished in 9th place. It did lead to some big changes at the top, as Cloud9 reclaimed the title which they haven’t held since 2016. Elsewhere at the top Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves, and Cloud9’s Week One opponent FlyQuest secured the other 3 top 4 spots as we head into Summer Split.
Below we’ve selected three of our top pick matches from Week One that you won’t want to miss.
100 Thieves v Evil Geniuses
Week One gets off to a flyer with the battle between 2nd and 3rd place in Spring Split. Evil Geniuses looked the real deal going into summer, with star players Jiizuke and Zeyzal coming good as the side pushed through playoffs.
The team also splashed out on star top laner Huni which should see the side push on again for top billing in playoffs and a possible Worlds appearance. You can pick them up as favourites to topple 100 Thieves as
4/7 favourites. 100 Thieves are not completely down-and-out, they’ll be looking to improve, and the organisation is certainly not one to go down without a fight. We have them at
13/10 to pick up the series win as slight outsiders. If they can take down Evil Geniuses, however, it would make a big statement ahead of Worlds.
Cloud9 v FlyQuests
The second game of the weekend will see Spring Split Champions Cloud9, who go into the LCS Summer Split as clear favourites as they take on FlyQuest, the surprise 4th place finishers in spring. The team enters the split unchanged, after making big changes to their bot lane at the start of the year, after long-standing player Sneaky retired from the game.
Cloud9 go into the series as
1/5 favourites, and it’s hard to see the fixture going any other way. FlyQuest won’t go in hopeless, however, they’ll have a lot to prove but at
16/5 going into the fixture, they’ll have their work truly cut out if they want to fly on cloud nine.
Team SoloMid v Team Liquid
Lastly, on the opening day, we have a battle of legends. Team Liquid has dominated the LCS for the past few years, as former Champions Team SoloMid fall by the wayside — as they struggle to live up to their past achievements. Team Liquid goes into the split with everything to prove and having lost their star ADC Doublelift to Team SoloMid — a player they signed from Team SoloMid in controversial fashion in the first place.
The series looks like it could be the closes of the weekend, with Team SoloMid just hedging the odds at
20/23 with Team Liquid coming in at
10/11. The favourites are probably going to be Team SoloMid, with so much pressure likely to fall on Team Liquid’s new ADC Tactical, who will not only be playing his first fixture for the side but also facing off against the man he replaces in the role.
You can catch the action live this weekend over at action over at lolesports.com. The first set of matches will get underway at 2 AM on Saturday, June 13th while the TSM v TL fixture will also play out on the Saturday at 10 pm.