The regular season of the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split is in the books and what an exciting one it was! This is possibly the closest regular season that has ever taken place in NA LCS history with all teams fighting to the end. Let’s reflect on the final week of the Spring Split and look at what’s in store for us going forward.
Team SoloMid barely finishes in first place
In classic TSM fashion the team lost 1-2 to the 9th place Team Liquid. One thing became apparent in this series and it was that Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng is hungry for the ADC spot on TSM and he will be fighting hard to regain it. In lane the TSM bottom duo was heavily outclassed against Doublelift and Matt “Matt” Elento. Although it’s only one series, Jason “WildTurtle” Tran struggled heavily and wasn’t able to gain a lead in any of the games. Definitely a poor showing from the TSM ADC and it will surely draw a lot of heat towards him from the community. That being said despite suffering a loss they shouldn’t have gotten, TSM was able to easily dispatch of Phoenix1 in a quick 2-0 victory which secured their first place finish heading into playoffs.
Team EnVy and Team Liquid are heading to the promotion tournament
In NV’s case it was quite clear they would most likely be one of the teams to attend the promotion tournament. Despite having the strongest early game out of all LCS teams, this didn’t change the fact that they finished in 10th place and failed to fix their mid to late game mistakes. Definitely a tough pill to swallow for them but in terms of the promotion tournament, their strong early game will be a huge benefit for them. Not to mention that their weak mid and late game won’t be so easily exploited by the two Challenger teams.
For Team Liquid avoiding relegations was very much possible, especially after their impressive upset victory over TSM. However the team could not pull through against FlyQuest and lost 1-2 in disappointing fashion. Similarly to Team EnVy it doesn’t seem like they are in too much danger of losing their LCS spot with the improvements they’ve made.
Bittersweet ending for Echo Fox and Immortals
Despite showing so much promise at the start of the split, Echo Fox was unable to qualify for playoffs. In the end their win condition was always Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham. In almost every game where he was shut down or didn’t gain an early lead, Echo Fox ended up losing. He was the enabler for the team and the person whose performance Echo Fox relied on the most. Henrik “Froggen” Hansen and Jang “Looper” Hyeong-seok are good laners but they were rarely able to transition any leads they would gain into advantages for the team as a whole. This is what lead to Echo Fox’s disappointing finish.
The story of Immortals was somewhat different. Although they started off super shaky with poor performances from pretty much every player on the team, they continue improving week by week. In the final weeks of the regular season they looked impressive and it was expected that they would probably take one of the playoff spots. Alas that was not the case as they lost 0-2 to Team Dignitas in a match that was expected to be closer than what it was. Things are looking good for Immortals heading into next split however their journey takes a halt for now.
Team Dignitas look impressive heading into playoffs
What a turnaround it has been for Dignitas. After an abysmal start in the first weeks of LCS and constant loses, the team brought in David “Cop” Roberson as their new coach and completely turned things around. Not only did Cop bring to the table drafts that catered towards the players’ needs, he also created a fresh and positive environment for the players which benefited them greatly. With a playoff spot on the line they were able to defeat Immortals 2-0, proving a lot of their doubters wrong. The next step for them will be to translate their play into a more high-pressure match. They will be facing off against the impressive Phoenix1 who despite finishing third, had a rough Week 9 losing to both Cloud9 and Team SoloMid. Dignitas certainly has looked impressive recently however beating P1 will be no easy task for them. If Lae-Young “Keane” Jang is able to continue performing at a good level, Dignitas will have a good chance to cause some upsets in playoffs.
It was a great regular season for the NA LCS but it’s time to look forward towards playoffs. With CLG facing off against FlyQuest and Dignitas up against Phoenix1, we’re in for some awesome matches!