After a traditional European Super Week, it was up to North America to show us the impact of the multitude of roster changes that occurred during the preseason. The results had a surprisingly European feel as teams all across the board took games against one another. For example, compLexity, despite ending the week in sixth place, took an unexpected win against Cloud 9. Similarly, Team Curse only took a single win over Dignitas who, in turn, beat Cloud 9 as well.
Cloud 9 HyperX
Cloud 9 taking their first consecutive losses since the beginning of their LCS career is arguably a sign of a new North American LCS. The clear favorites going into the split managed a decent 2-2 this week, but their losses left them visibly shaken. They had one of the more difficult weeks, but for a team that only lost seven games over the course of the previous two splits, the results of this Super Week are undoubtably a wake-up call. Whether Hai’s preseason health issues were the reason for their comparatively poor performance remains a question unanswered. Next week they’ll have their chance to claw their way back to first place by beating LMQ and a robust Team Curse.
Teams to play next week: Team Curse and LMQ
Dignitas made a good entrance that was reminiscent of last split. Beating Cloud 9 put them on a three-game winning streak, one that subsequently got broken by Team Curse. Dignitas’s week was a relatively easy one, however. They dodged the likes of Counter Logic Gaming, Team SoloMid and LMQ and found their only established opposition in last split’s champion. Whether they can keep up their positive record remains to be seen. Next week finds them facing Team SoloMid and LMQ, giving them a chance to prove that this week’s performance wasn’t just a fluke.
Teams to play next week: Team SoloMid and LMQ
Team SoloMid was one of three teams to face both compLexity and Evil Geniuses, widely regarded as the underdogs of the split. Their two tougher matches weren’t as solid as they probably would have preferred them to be: they took a loss against Cloud 9 in the very first game of the split while their win against Team Curse was a hard-fought one and everything but dominant. Overall, their showing this week didn’t manage to impress and they will undoubtedly have to work out a couple of issues if they want to stay in the race.
Teams to play next week: Counter Logic Gaming and Team Dignitas
The only team to come out undefeated was LMQ. Admittedly, they had one of the lighter weeks in only having to face off against compLexity, Evil Geniuses, Team Curse and Counter Logic Gaming. Nevertheless, they had consistent and convincing performances against all of them. Similar to Dignitas, they are having a tougher time next week as they’ll have to play against Cloud 9 and Dignitas.
Teams to play next week: Cloud 9 and Team Dignitas
Team Curse and Counter Logic Gaming
Team Curse and Counter Logic Gaming had comparable weeks. They didn’t come out on top by any means, but that was arguably a product of both of them having had considerably tough weeks to deal with. They were the only stronger teams going into the summer split who had to face neither compLexity nor Evil Geniuses. Moreover, they had to face off against each other, an encounter in which Counter Logic Gaming took the win. Both teams have shown vigor in their matches and, despite the current standings, are likely going to be a force to be reckoned with.
Teams to play next week:
- Team Curse: Cloud 9 and Evil Geniuses
- Counter Logic Gaming: Team SoloMid and compLexity
Evil Geniuses and compLexity
Evil Geniuses and compLexity, of all teams, had the most difficult weeks out of everyone. Though one could argue that this was the sole cause of their poor results, it was more likely a combination of that and generally questionable decision-making when it mattered most. However, compLexity did win their match against Cloud 9 despite everyone’s expectations. Whether that was a testament to their own potential or to Cloud 9’s current state is something the next weeks will have to reveal.
Teams to play next week:
- Evil Geniuses: compLexity and Team Curse
- compLexity: Evil Geniuses and Counter Logic Gaming
Taking the next step
It was an unconventional start for North America, and the exact name of this split’s game is yet to be determined. The first step for most teams to take is to solidify their team synergy and get comfortable with the new competitive climate. As is, despite looking as promising as it does, it seems like North America still has some work to do if it wants to be a true contender at the World Championship this year.
The LCS continues this Thursday in Europe at 18:00 CEST/09:00 PDT – tune in at lolesports.com to watch the matches live!