Week four of League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) 2020 Spring Split has finally arrived. There are a lot of really great LCS games to look forward to this weekend.
This is just about the halfway point in the split and several teams are beginning to hit their stride. Meanwhile, others are still looking for answers. The mid-season always creates an interesting dynamic between all the teams, and it makes for some really interesting LCS games.
These are the three games to watch this week:
Team Liquid vs. Immortals
The beloved prince finally arrives home!
Yes, Mads “Broxah” Brock-Peterson is finally back. It will be really interesting to see how he shakes up this Team Liquid (TL) lineup that seems to be struggling all across the map. While most TL hopefuls are claiming that the problems stem from the lack of Broxah, TL seems to have much bigger issues. They are still four-fifths of their championship-winning all-star roster, and yet they remain 2-4. Jeong “Impact” Eon-Yeong has been struggling in lane. Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in have been failing to create their trademark dominance in the current meta, and Jensen has looked hot and cold at best.
This game is important because its the Team Liquid roster fans have been waiting to see all season long. Their opponents aren’t any slouches either. Immortals certainly haven’t looked like the best team in the league, but their games have been explosive. Sitting at 4-2 and tied for second place in the league, Immortals are coming into this game with something to prove against the defending champions. Will IMT employ more backdoor base sneaks in the game against TL? Only time will tell.
Cloud9 vs. Team SoloMid
Whenever the first and second place teams go up against one another, everyone should be watching.
Cloud9 (C9) comes into the weekend as the kings of the stat charts. They are still undefeated, sitting at 6-0, and have defeated every other team towards the top of the standings with exception of TSM. On the opposite side of the rift, TSM seems to be on the upswing with most analysts ranking them as currently the second-best team. Similar to last week for Dignitas and FlyQuest, TSM will be looking to prove not only that they are a contender, but that they can be the team to finally take down the undefeated C9.
Watching these perennial rivals battle out at the top of the standings for the who-knows-how-many-th time should make for an incredibly spicy game!
Team Dignitas vs. Golden Guardians
A story of two teams.
Dignitas seem to be a team on the downswing. After starting the season off strong with three wins in their first three matches, they have subsequently lost their next three. With a .500 record DIG will be looking to return to their week one form and show. The most important thing that needs to be seen from DIG is some flexibility in the draft, it seems to be where they win or lose every game. A team with some big names that need to be able to pick up important wins against lower bracket teams like Golden Guardians (GGS).
For GGS on the other hand, this game is their chance to find their way into the top half of the bracket. Sitting at a 2-4 record GGS beat TL in a dominating fashion in week three and seem to have finally found a playstyle that works for them (especially the struggling Yuri “Keith” Jew.) GGS needs to hone their newly discovered playstyle of hard-engage supports and aggressive Jungling against teams that have begun to struggle in the mid-season, like DIG.
This game has huge implications for the rising Golden Guardians, should they win, and it’s make-or-break for DIG.
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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.