With week three of the 2020 League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) season right around the corner, there is a lot to be excited about.
The teams so far have overall looked scrappy, and the competition is tight for the most part. But, unless you’re a true hardcore fan of the LCS, you probably aren’t going to be able to catch every game. That being said, here are the three biggest games to watch this weekend and why.
Cloud9 vs. FlyQuest
Cloud9’s matchup with FlyQuest is an important one for both squads. C9 is coming into the weekend looking like by far the best team in the league. They have yet to lose a game, and they have yet to even be behind in a game. But, other than a week one opening match against Team Liquid, C9’s schedule has been fairly easy going throughout the first two weeks. Going up against the two 3-1 teams in the same weekend is going to be Cloud9’s first real test to see how far ahead of the rest of North America they are, if at all.
On the other side of the rift, if FlyQuest can match up against C9 they will cement themselves as one of the contenders for the spring split. Lukas “Santorin” Larsen and Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage have clicked well to start the season, and their mid-jungle synergy looks excellent, but C9 aren’t pulling their punches. Across the entire map, C9 looks to be a threat. Both teams will be going in with something to prove.
It’s worth adding that C9 vs. Dignitas will be an important game for the exact same reasons. However, with FlyQuest’s win over DIG on Monday Night League, this seemed like the better matchup to highlight.
Team SoloMid vs. Dignitas
Oh, TSM. They went 2-0 last week over a struggling Evil Geniuses and a flat-out bad Counter-Logic Gaming, so we’ll see how the team stacks up against some of the better teams this week. TSM’s form seemed pretty strong in those two games, making proactive plays across the map after playing extremely passive in week one. Along with that, now that Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg is feeling better TSM claim to be “back on form.” Going against Dignitas will finally give us a glimpse into seeing if TSM is the real deal or not this split.
Their opponent, Dignitas, seems to be one of the early contenders this split. With 3-1 already on the board DIG will be hoping to bounce back from a hard loss to FlyQuest and increase their gap over the mid-pack teams. It’ll also be interesting to see how rookie Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen fairs against the new and improved TSM bottom lane.
Immortals vs. 100 Thieves
What? This isn’t the game you were expecting?
Okay, okay. Obviously, neither of these teams look very good, but that is exactly why this game is important. These are two teams that are both even at a .500 record, but with a lot of sloppy play on both of their parts. Both teams have gotten their wins over other struggling teams so winning this game could have large implications for the rest of the season.
The most interesting part of this game is that it really is a coin flip between who takes it. Both teams have looked incredibly shaky in their mid-game macro play. This leads to both teams taking very close victories in long games but looking completely overwhelmed in their losses. This game shouldn’t be any exception.
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Nicholas Kanan is a student, writer, gamer, and human being. In that order. Nick has been an avid follower of esports for the better part of a decade, beginning with Starcraft II in 2011 and switching focus to League of Legends since 2013. He is a regular viewer of the LCS and makes it social, introducing friends and family into the world LoL Esports. Check out my Twitter for more of my thoughts.