There is plenty of hype to go around this week in League of Legends as Longzhu looks for the runback against SKT, a pair of struggling NA squads face off, and the best from each EU LCS group decide whether maniacs (err, fanatics) or Unicorns run the region. Plus: an anime-style jungler showdown!
Longzhu Gaming vs. SK Telecom T1
- When: Thursday, July 20, 4 a.m. ET
- Why: Is this the year of Longzhu?
Longzhu's hot start has not just been a short-lived trend. They are 9-3, as are their opponents, SKT.
SKT got the better of Longzhu when the two teams last met in Week 2, but Longzhu still managed to take a game in that match. Can Longzhu overcome SKT, or is it time to return that novelty LCK calendar that replaced the year "2017" with the words "Longzhu Gaming"?
Cloud9 vs. Phoenix1
- When: Friday, July 21, 6 p.m. ET
- Why: Both teams had 0-2 Week 6 performances but should look to rebound here
Cloud9 faced both Immortals and Team EnVyUs in Week 6, and took a game only from IMT. Their slide to a 6-6 record means that a both Dignitas and nV sit above them in the current standings: a fact that seemed unlikely at the start of the split.
Phoenix1 went 0-2 in Week 6 with losses to Team SoloMid and Dignitas. Though the team appeared to catch fire before Rift Rivals, their homecoming has been less than triumphant. There's an obvious joke about phoenixes here but it feels like that ground has been sufficiently trodden.
Unicorns of Love vs. Fnatic
- When: Saturday, July 22, 2 p.m. ET
- Why: The top teams from both EU groups will clash
The Unicorns took their Week 6 match against Misfits despite some apparent jitters at Rift Rivals, but they now have their sights on the Group A behemoths known as Fnatic.
This is UoL's second match of the week, with their first coming Thursday against ROCCAT. As a result, it is likely that both Fnatic and UoL enter this match with 7-1 records, and the winner would earn the EU LCS' best record of the split to this point.
Counter Logic Gaming vs. Immortals
- When: Sunday, July 23, 6 p.m. ET
- Why: Both start the week 9-3 and tied for first place, and also there's the inevitable jungler anime rematch
These two teams swapped junglers at the beginning of the split, but both have prospered in Summer. Immortals took the first match between these teams, but this second encounter is sure to be filled with fireworks.
In their last four games, Immortals are 2-2 while CLG are 3-1. Can CLG even the season series, or will Immortals claim victory?
Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor at theScore esports. You can follow him at Twitter.