The LCS Summer split continues, and week 4 had tons of actions and changes in its aftermath. Let’s see where the teams stand before week 5.
This might be the weirdest and most eventful LCS split we have ever had. Not because of results or the action we are seeing on Summoner’s Rift, it is the exact opposite. We are 4 weeks in and LCS teams have not wasted a week without roster changes or major news coming out from an organization in the league.
The latest news was Team Liquid parting ways with Joshua “Jatt” Leesman, Head Coach of Team Liquid’s League of Legends, and Jonas “Kold” Andersen taking his place. In addition to that, Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer is taking a break to recover from health issues. Meanwhile, moving forward to Dignitas, who let go of Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett following reported attitude issues and unacceptable behavior.
Moving from all that, let us dive straight into the results for week 4, standings’ changes from week 3, and what is to come for each team in the LCS.
100 Thieves: back on top
Rank: Tied 1st
Rank Change:+1 place
After a short stint in 2nd place, 100 Thieves have found their way back to the top. The team has been in form since the start of the LCS Summer split, and they continue to prove they are true title contenders. 100 Thieves managed to go on a 3-0 week, cementing their number one spot for now.
They took down both Dignitas and Immortals, but their most important victory came against Cloud9. Considering the standings, 100 Thieves now have the upper hand against the team right on their tail. It is an incredible confidence boost for them as well to know you can beat the team who is competing with you directly, and the LCS Spring champions. Week 5 sees them go up against Team Liquid, an interesting matchup that could potentially spark a flip in the table.
TSM FTX: Trading sideways
Rank: Tied 1st
Rank Change:+1 place
TSM FTX managed to hold on to their 1st place spot, but will have to share it with 100 Thieves for now. The team went 2-1 during week 4, winning against FlyQuest and Team Liquid but failing to overcome the dangerous Evil Geniuses. It is reassuring to see multiple stars shining through whenever the team wins. TSM FTX Huni and Spica were head and shoulders above the competition in their respective roles.
One of next week’s matchups for TSM FTX is Cloud9, which will surely be a spectacle and the highlight of the week. Prior to them meeting up, they will have to go through Dignitas and Immortals for day 1 and 2 respectively. They have a big week ahead of them, and TSM FTX needs to start pumping but generally there is a bullish sentiment for the team.
Cloud9: The demise continues
Rank: Tied 3rd
Following an abysmal week 3 where Cloud9 went 0-3, the team were in a tight spot where they just had to win the majority of their upcoming games to stay relevant in the title race. Cloud9 snatched wins off of Golden Guardians and Counter Logic Gaming, but failed to overcome 100 Thieves.
The team looked better than before at least, even during their loss. Cloud9 finally look like their older selves, with cross map plays and their risky fights. However, they are starting to finally put a cap on themselves on how much is too much risk. Week 5 sees them against Immortals, Team Liquid, and TSM. All of which they need to win or they will slowly find themselves in an uncomfortable situation.
Team Liquid: Right where they are
Rank: Tied 3rd
Team Liquid had a 2-1 week, with their loss coming against TSM FTX. Tactical was almost unplayable during their win against Evil Geniuses. This was followed by Armao presenting a strong performance against Counter Logic Gaming. The jungler steps in for Santorin for the meantime while he recovers from his health issues.
Team Liquid has an incredibly challenging week 5 with 100 Thieves, Cloud9, and FlyQuest on their schedule. Two of them are within the top three, while the latter in the list are trying to find their rhythm again to get back to winning ways.
Evil Geniuses: Explosively dangerous
Evil Geniuses had a solid week this week in the LCS with a 2-1 week. EG started off week four with a tough loss to Team Liquid. Next, it was the return of Contractz to the LCS, the former Cloud9 jungler has been dominating in the academy scene this season and earned the right to start against TSM. Contractz spent little time leaving his mark as he dominated Spica and the rest of TSM with a 6/0/12 game on Diana. EG’ final win came against Dignitas to stay in fifth place.
One of the biggest problems for this EG roster has been consistency. Next week is a chance to prove they have that in their locker. Evil Geniuses face the three worst teams in the league in CLG, Golden Guardians, and FlyQuest.
Dignitas: Attitude check
Rank Change:-1 place
With Dignitas letting go of Dardoch following the reported behavioral issues, good results and outstanding victories weren’t exactly expected from the organization during this week. They managed to snatch a win off of FlyQuest to close out their 1-2 week.
Week 5 might be an opportunity for them to set things straight, and kick off a good run of form. They take on TSM on Friday, followed by Golden Guardians and Immortals. Dignitas can see themselves slip into dangerous territories if they don’t pick it up.
Immortals: Mortals after all
Immortals is slowly becoming a stable side in the LCS despite their negative regular season record. As far as the summer split goes, they have been solid sitting at 7-5. They are beating the teams below them in the standings and are losing to the teams at the top of the standings. Immortals went 2-1 this week with another solid showing.
If Immortals are to get a higher seed in the standings, then next week is going to be important, IMT goes up against Cloud9, TSM, and Dignitas. At the very minimum, IMT should be going 1-2 this week, beating Dignitas and losing to the two teams above them.
FlyQuest: A turnaround is needed
Rank: Tied 8th
FlyQuest are on a downward spiral and it would not be surprising to see them finish last in the LCS. The side are on a seven game losing streak and it is unclear when they will pick up their next victory. Week three was a tragedy for FlyQuest, their final game being the sorest. FlyQuest decided to make some changes in their final game, subbing in some of their academy players. The game started well with FLY dominating the kills over DIG. One crucial teamfight saw DIG take over the game and close it out.
Counter Logic Gaming: Cindrella falls flat
Rank: Tied 8th
In true CLG fashion, the LCS team went from looking a brand-new side, to the same old CLG. CLG went 0-3 this week with disappointing showings across the board. Teams have started to showcase a counter to the dive compositions CLG have been running the past couple of weeks.
Fortunately for CLG, they are still in with a shot at securing the eighth and final spot in the playoffs. With FlyQuest similarly struggling, everything is to play for and every win matters for CLG. Next week is going to be a tall order with EG, 100T, and GGS on the docket.
Golden Guardians: Something has to change
Golden Guardians are still in with a puncher’s chance of reaching the playoffs. The LCS side has managed to win at least one game in three out of the four weeks. This is vital for their chances of making the playoffs, they are only two games behind CLG and FlyQuest who are equally struggling at the moment.
Next week is an important one for the Golden Guardians as they go up against Counter Logic Gaming in their first match of the weekend. A win here would put them even closer to that important eighth spot, a loss would virtually signal the end of their hopes. While the CLG game is important, the match versus DIG has the same value, they are struggling heavily at the moment and an upset could very well be on the cards.