LCS: Week 1 Is Over
The League Championship Series has started and the first week already showed us sixteen incredible games from all around the world.
LCS North America
It isn’t surprising that Curse Gaming is in the lead – with CLG and TSM closely behind – after the first week of the LCS. Counter Logic Gaming looked really strong against Team SoloMid and it was a comfortable win for them in what was probably the most exciting game on day 1. Curse Gaming have proven that they can perform under pressure as they went into the tournament as the favorites after plowing through many other NA teams in the recent past. The North American group looks like expected with the best teams being at the top and the new organizations Team Vulcun and Good Game University fighting for their first points in the back of the group.
Three teams share the first place and almost every single team scored at least some points during the first week – the European group is very open and more even-matched than the North-American. FnaticRC didn’t disappoint when they started with two straight wins. The only disappointment were Gambit Gaming who got stomped by Evil Geniuses in the first game they played, though they tried their best to make it up to their fans with the unexpected Volibear pick in their second game against FnaticRC and eventually winning it. The greatest match award nevertheless goes to SK Gaming vs. Evil Geniuses. It looked grim for EG after SK locked in Shen and Olaf during the champion select, but they managed to fight their way back into the game with a quick push for the mid tower and an overall dominant early game. Several mistakes of EG kept SK in the game and it wasn’t until the late game before Kev1n started to shine on Olaf, which eventually led to a close victory for his team.
Featured matches next week
15.02.2013, 01:00 – Team Dignitas vs. Team SoloMid
16.02.2013, 21:00 – Evil Geniuses vs. Sk Gaming
Will TSM be able to defend their place in the group stage by winning the rematch against Team Dignitas? We’ll see in the upcoming match on Thursday night. On Saturday, SK Gaming and Evil Geniuses face each other again and from what we have seen in the first game this is going to be a really exciting match. SK Gaming, who regard themselves as the strongest team when it comes to the laning phase of the game, have shown some problems with the late game recently. Evil Geniuses on the other hand maintain a steady level throughout the whole game and then stomp their opponent during the late game when they least expect it, so this should be a real nail-biter.
Nothing beats a strong desire for revenge, so these two rematches are something you really shouldn’t miss and for the first time in this tournament Team MRN, compLexity Gaming and DragonBorns and aAa will show us what they are capable of. The question is whether the remaining teams of each group are able to stir up the hornet’s nest by stealing points from the teams in the front.
Do you think that Curse Gaming can defend their lead and what will happen in the Euorpean group when aAa and DragonBorns finally step in? Share your thoughts in the comments!