2017 NA&EU LCS Semifinals: Preview and Predictions

The quarterfinals of both Western regions certainly delivered! We had a few matches that felt one-sided and a few others that were very competitive. But will the Semifinals deliver just as much? Here are some predictions heading into the matches.

 

Fnatic vs Misfits

 

 

We’ll start off with the easiest series to predict. Although Misfits showed up big time against the Unicorns of Love, pulling off a massive upset, it’s doubtful they can do the same against Fnatic. Ever since their return from Rift Rivals the Unicorns stagnated and didn’t really change or improve in any way. Misfits improved enough to smash their Quarterfinal opponents but can they achieve the same result against Fnatic? More than likely that’s not going to happen. Fnatic is a much tougher opponent than the Unicorns. From their pick/ban to their in-game play and their strategy, Fnatic is going to be a tough hurdle for the Misfits if they want to win the EU LCS. Is there any way they can do it though? Yes there is but it seems like a very unlikely thing to happen. If Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian is able to outperform Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen so incredibly hard that it messes up with Fnatic’s game plan, that could give Misfits an opening to pick up the win. The problem with that plan is that it has to happen three times for Misfits to get the upset win. Maybe they can win a game but expect Fnatic to pick up the win here either 3-1 or 3-0.

 

G2 Esports vs H2K

 

 

In their victory against Splyce the G2 squad looked very shaky to say the least. That gives off the impression that surely H2K will get the win here…right? The 1st place team from Group B is known for choking in big games and losing matches they are expected to win if there’s a lot on the line. Will the same happen? Quite possibly.

Realistically speaking though this series should be heavily H2K favored. Despite losing to the Unicorns of Love they have looked dominant throughout most of the split and their ability to close out games with leads is very impressive. G2 hasn’t been very good at early game ever since their slump started so assuming nothing crazy happens, H2K should be the winner in this one. It will be a close series but a 3-2 win for H2K would be a safe bet.

 

Immortals vs Counter Logic Gaming

 

 

The big question about this match-up is, can Immortals finally reach the finals or will they stumble in the semis again? Although their line-up is almost fully different from the 2016 line-up, CLG isn’t exactly a team that won’t put up a fight. Immortals can definitely lose this match if they prepare poorly or if they simply don’t play well enough on that exact day. Very unlikely that it will happen though.

In their 3-2 victory against Team EnVy the former NA LCS champions CLG did not look all that great. While they showed that they are clearly better than their opponents, they made a lot of mistakes that would have been punished by a tougher opponent. Omar “OmarGod” Amin doesn’t seem to be synergizing well enough with the team as they would want him to and his inexperience is definitely starting to show. Assuming Jake “Xmithie” Puchero continues to perform at the incredible level he has shown this split, a 3-1 victory for Immortals seems very likely. CLG has what it takes to win a game but the end result will most likely be Immortals attending their first NA LCS final.

 

Team SoloMid vs Team Dignitas

 

 

Dignitas looked incredibly in their 3-1 victory against Cloud9. Their bottom lane performed super well and even Lae-Young “Keane” Jang in the mid lane was able to keep up with Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen despite being heavily camped and pressured. The question now is if Dignitas can do this against TSM. Can they prevent TSM from attending an NA LCS final for the first time in their history? Probably not.

Team SoloMid may be a very unstable team when it comes to international performances. But when it’s all about their home region, TSM always steps up and reaches Top 2. Even in their weakest split of Spring last year, TSM still reached the finals as a 6th seed. Are the chances of them not making finals higher than ever? Absolutely! But it’s still unlikely that it happens. If Dignitas wins it will most likely be in a similar way to their previous victory, the bottom lane will do well and Keane will hold up against his lane opponent. That being said the most logical prediction is for TSM to win the series 3-1 or 3-2.

 

The semifinals are very exciting this split and even though the end results may not be surprising, the matches themselves should be very good!

 

Photographs taken by Riot Games

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