EU LCS Week 10 Preview
EU LCS Week 10 Preview
Super Week Looming
Back in Week 3, LCS fans experienced an extended Super Week, where each team played five games with an extra day of competition thrown in for good measure. Not only did it give fans more to watch, it tested teams’ endurance. With the second Super Week looming for the EU teams, after this past weekend’s matches they will only have three days to prepare for another marathon of action.
Compared to the first Super Week, more is at stake, as well. With two teams currently tied for first and sixth, respectively, numerous combinations could make for heated contention in those spots. While the former, Fnatic and Gambit BenQ, will not face each other, the latter, Ozone GIANTS and Against All Authority, will.
Battle in the Bottom
This means that while one matchup may not be settled – hypothetically, Fnatic and Gambit can win and lose the same amount, ending up where they started – the battle for sixth will come to its ultimate conclusion this weekend. Both GIANTS and aAa will be fighting their hardest, as avoiding relegation is of the utmost importance.
This last matchup is made more intriguing by the nature of the tie. As aAa are up 2-1 against GIANTS in their lifetime matchup, an aAa win in their match this week would extend the lead, and assure them a higher spot in the event of a tie record coming out of Super Week. If GIANTS win against aAa and an overall tie still happens, a sudden death playoff will determine sixth place.
Despite only having one game last week, SK made it count with a convincing victory over Gambit BenQ. Their match was a lesson in aggression, and considering that Gambit had made their name by being the definition of that play style, seeing it turned around on them was a bit odd. SK’s consistent layering of crowd-control and superb ganking by ocelote certainly turned some heads, and it will be interesting to see if they draw some very specific bans to make sure they don’t repeat their successes.
SK’s potential during Super Week is immense, as they will be facing teams lower in standing to them, with the exception of the powerhouse Fnatic. If they conquer aAa and Dragonborns while keeping up their winning record against Evil Geniuses, they may find themselves in contention for one of the top two spots, depending on how Gambit and Fnatic do.
The question remains, though: if they were able to take a game off Gambit by using their own strategies against them, what’s to stop SK from doing the same against Fnatic?
Rematches: Have Teams Learned?
For many teams, this Super Week represents a lot of possibility. Against All Authority are especially under the gun after their spectacular game against Gambit BenQ last week; though they lost, they amazed many of the spectators in the fight they put up. They will have the opportunity for a rematch against the Russians on Sunday, and hope to use their experience from their last meeting to their advantage.
Another team to watch will be EG Raidcall. Even though their performance has been inconsistent as of late, their hard-fought victory over Fnatic last week showed that they were still capable of taking games off the best in the region. Like Gambit and aAa, Fnatic and EG will meet again this week give the victors the chance to prove that their burst of brilliance was not a fluke.
Regardless, spectators will have more than their fair share of LCS action to end the Spring Split. With All-Star Week looming, most teams’ attention is now split: one large part focused on this week’s games, while another may start wandering to what they will have to do to keep their LCS dream and League of Legends careers alive.