The four last teams – a mixture of hungry newcomers and experienced veterans – have emerged from the ashes of the many League of Legends challengers of the NA LCS Season 8 to compete for this year's most important trophy in the semi-final of the Summer Split: a direct ticket to the 2018 League of Legends World Championship. After a whole week of additional preparations the two most successful teams of the regular split will finally step into Summoner's Rift so compete with their opponents, Team Liquid was even able to choose their upcoming antagonists for their semi-final duel. As expected the titleholders of the league decided for to play against the 100 Thieves, although Bjergsen gave his best in an interview to motivate Team Liquid to make another decision after Team SoloMid's quarter-final victory against Echo Fox. However, many experts consider the Cloud9 team currently the strongest team in the NA LCS after Licorice and his team-mates took second place in the regular season by recovering from last place after some critizised and border-genial roster changes by coach Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu in the second half of the split. The first semi-final of the 2018 NA LCS Summer Splits will start on September 1st at 18:00 CEST, we wish you lots of fun and excitement with the best-of-5 duels on Summoner's Rift.
LCS NA Season 8 – Summer Split Semifinals | Facts:
- Dates: 09/01/2018 – 09/02/2018
- Start Times: see schedule below
- Best-of-5 matches
- 2 matches
- Location: NA LCS Studio – Los Angeles (California)
- Patch: LoL 8.15
- Live stream for all matches
- Betting Odds for all LCS 2018 matches
- Match Preview and Predictions
- View Standings: NA LCS Summer Split 2018
- Hashtags: #LCS #NALCS #LCSNA
- Hashtag Best Plays: #LCSBigPlays
Schedule and Results – 2018 LCS NA Summer Split Semifinals
Contrary to the view of many experts, Team SoloMid beat Echo Fox 3-2 in the first quarter-final match and will now face Jensen and the rest of the Cloud9 team in the semi-final of the LCS Summer Split playoffs. Cloud9 – as the currently strongest team in the NA LCS – also have the opportunity to play off their full tactical finesse in longer best-of-5 duels with Svenskeren and Goldenglue as their backup plan. The Team Liquid players go into the duel against the 100 Thieves with a record of six victories and one defeat, if they take the victory over aphromoo and his team-mates again the team would be already qualified for the 2018 League of Legends World Championship.
NA LCS Summer Split 2018 | Playoffs – Semifinal | Day 1
Semifinal #1: C9 vs. TSM 3 : 2
September 1st, 2018: 02:00 PM PDT / 05:00 PM EDT / 23:00 CET
NA LCS Summer Split 2018 | Playoffs – Semifinal | Day 2
Semifinal #2: TL vs. 100 3 : 1
September 2nd, 2018: 01:00 PM PST / 04:00 PM EST / 21:00 CET
Substitutes and Roster Changes
No roster changes known for the 2018 NA LCS Summer Split Playoff Semifinals.
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Semifinal #1: Cloud9 vs. Team SoloMid
September 1st, 01:00 PM PDT / 04:00 PM EDT / 23:00 CEST
Only a few years ago Cloud9 and Team SoloMid were inviolable at the top of the North American LCS and a clash between these two bedrocks would not have been possible until the grand finals of a split but now the two opponents are already facing each other in the first semi-finals of the playoffs. For a long time it looked gloomy for both challengers, while Team SoloMid had to fight their way through the playoffs in the last rounds, the Cloud9 team even found themselves at the last place of the table. Many fans and all of reddit criticized Coach Reapered for his unpopular roster changes, with the exception of toplaner Licorice all positions of the Cloud9 squad were changed at least once in the 2018 Summer Split. The team's motivation skyrocketed galactically and with an impressive winning streak the team fought its way up to the second place of the standings. In addition to the new star toplaner, neo-jungler Blaber and veteran Sneaky were responsible for the reblooming of the team. On the side of Team SoloMid sports psychologist Weldon Green did a great job, the pressure on the North American stars shortly before the playoffs was enormous. Despite Team SoloMid's – at least on paper – strong individual players the team's chemistry suffers enormously in the 2018 Summer Split. It almost seems as if the players don't agree with each other on many moves on the Summoner's Rift and a real leading voice is missing. Moreover, Jungler Grig – apart from a few brilliant smite steals – has not yet really been able to assert himself in the NA LCS.
Prediction: Both botlanes are fairly constant and the midlaners both have the necessary ability to neutralize each other. The series will probably be decided by the 2-on-2 duel of the junglers and toplaners, I see some advantages on the side of Cloud9. Although Bjergsen can also decide games for his team against Jensen in exceptional cases, we will probably not see his new trademark champion Akali. In the first semi-finals of the 2018 NA LCS Summer Split I expect a close 3-2 victory for Cloud9.
Semifinal #2: Team Liquid vs. 100 Thieves
September 2nd, 02:00 PM PDT / 05:00 PM EDT / 21:00 CET
After the close quarter-final success of Team SoloMid against Echo Fox midlaner Bjergsen did his best in the winning interview to provoke Team Liquid to a semi-final challenge and a pick of his team – unfortunately without success. Doublelift and his team-mates decided to play against 100 Thieves in the second playoff semi-final and so the 2018 Spring Split final will be once more repeated. But even in this duel there were some heated Twitter provocations from the team owners: on Team Liquid Steve's question to 100 Thieves Nadeshot “How does it sleep after losing the Spring Split finale?” the former professional Call of Duty player answered with “A good eight hours every night knowing that it took six years for Team Liquid to reach the final once and the 100 Thieves made it in their first season.” If you take a look at the upcoming match two very experienced teams meet in this semi-final, both rosters consist of hardened veterans of the scene. Toplaner Ssumday was largely responsible for the success of his team during the season but will likely be neutralized in an exciting 1-on-1 by Impact. While the midlane duel offers slight advantages for Ryu I see the experienced Xmithie in front on the jungle position. But if you take a look at the botlane Doublelift and Olleh are usually clearly superior to their direct competitors. Also the strong lategame of the 100 Thieves can be matched by the experienced Team Liquid completely, a hard task lies ahead of aphromoo and his team mates.
Prediction: It is no coincidence that the previous record of these two top teams clashing is very much in Team Liquid's favour, it seems like Ryu and the rest of the 100 Thieves don't know how to play against the style of Team Liquid. The additional week of preparation time also plays into the cards of the current titleholder of the NA LCS, with a victory in this duel they would be prematurely qualified for the 2018 League of Legends World Championship. Although the 100 Thieves should never be underestimated, based on my experience I expect a clean 3-0 victory for Team Liquid.
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About The Authors:
Article and predictions by the esports-betting League of Legends team. Marius „vuehrjer“ Führer is studying at the TU Wien and misses just as few League of Legends matches as lectures at university. Daniel „Taith“ Aichinger is studying lectureship at the JKU Linz and teaches his enemies the meaning of fear on Summoner's Rift in his spare time. Contact them on Twitter (@vuehrjer, @TaithLoL) for questions. GG WP!