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Little debate: NA LCS Week 6 staff picks

by theScore esports staff Jul 8 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Riot Games/lolesports / NA LCS Summer 2016 / Riot Games

theScore esports' League of Legends experts have tapped into their inner oracle for the sixth week of the North American LCS Summer Split and offer up predictions for each of the games.

2016 NA LCS Summer Season Records: Kelsey Moser (36-14), Emily Rand (37-13), Tim Sevenhuysen (36-14).

FRIDAY RAND MOSER SEVENHUYSEN
TSM vs. C9 TSM TSM TSM
nV vs. IMT IMT IMT IMT
SATURDAY RAND MOSER SEVENHUYSEN
NRG vs. APX APX APX NRG
P1 vs. FOX FOX FOX FOX
TL vs. IMT IMT IMT IMT
NV vs. CLG NV NV NV
SUNDAY RAND MOSER SEVENHUYSEN
APX vs. TSM TSM TSM TSM
NRG vs. C9 C9 C9 C9
CLG vs. P1 CLG CLG CLG
TL vs. FOX TL TL TL

Team SoloMid vs. Cloud9

Rand: Cloud9 gave TSM a good fight in their first outing and I expect the same from this match. In order to best NA's strongest team, C9 will have to find their proactivity — something that has eluded them for their past few series. If C9 continues to play so reactively, I expect a 2-0 for TSM. Of all NA teams, I think Immortals and C9 have the best shot at handing TSM their first series loss, but for now I'm still betting on TSM until proven otherwise.

Moser: When CLG struggled in the LCS, Cloud9 rose to become TSM's true rival. Pendulums in swing, C9 is once again climbing with CLG taking a step back. Yet last week, C9 revealed they have major flaws in how they play with Impact in lane swaps. Impact often gets sacrificed in C9's games, which could make him an easy target for TSM to take advantage of just like teams did in Week 5.

Sevenhuysen: I can’t wait to watch Bjergsen vs. Jensen, which is probably the most compelling head-to- head matchup in North America right now. I just wish Jensen was coming off a stronger week than he and his team had in Game 5. As it is, Cloud9 will have to be much better than their recent form if they want to threaten TSM, and it doesn’t seem likely that TSM’s unbeaten streak will end here.

EnVyUs vs. Immortals

Rand: A few weeks ago this would have been much more difficult to call. As it stands now, I think Immortals have continued to improve and their macro play is far superior to nV's, despite the latter's focus on neutral objectives. Additionally, Procxin will have to step up significantly in order to go toe to toe with Reignover, which isn't something I'd bet on happening.

Moser: The shine is officially off the nV apple. Immortals have played lane swaps well and have been able to pressure advantages extremely efficiently. Reignover should be able to get complete control of the jungle against one of nV's largest weaknesses.

Sevenhuysen: The EnVyUs methodical, controlled style versus the Immortals forward-moving aggression has all the makings of a fascinating matchup. Or it would be if the Immortals didn’t have a talent advantage in every role and a six-series win streak going, while EnVyUs have gone 1-3 in the last two weeks. In Week 3, the Immortals beat EnVyUs 2-0 in 1:37:56 of play time. This time it will probably go much faster.

Team Liquid vs. Immortals

Rand: This matchup should be a closer test for Immortals, especially since Team Liquid actually have a playmaking jungler. That being said, Immortals understanding of the map and when to fight is still superior to TL's. The series will be close, and likely a 2-1, but I still see Immortals coming out on top.

Moser: The horse is on the rise. While that's excellent news, Immortals are still the complete package and TSM's most likely rival, if they are to have one domestically. Liquid might give Immortals an unexpected struggle as they continue to look more like a team, but Immortals have been doing what Immortals do for almost a year now, and that's difficult to run up against as Liquid transitions from a bottom lane-centric style.

Sevenhuysen: Dardoch is hard to handle. Just ask Meteos and Procxin, both of whom he out-classed last week. But Reignover has repeatedly bottled Dardoch up and limited his effectiveness. Team Liquid look much better lately, but they’re not yet good enough to take down the Immortals, because Reignover is the only jungler in North America who can consistently shut down Team Liquid’s strongest weapon.

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