We came into the first week of action in the LCS struggling to figure out who was matching up as the best team in the league. With strong performances at Worlds to end the season and amazing roster additions during the off season, weighing up each team was harder than ever before.
100 Thieves Downfall
This time last year 100 Thieves were competing in League of Legends for the first time and started the year strong. They even went on to finish in 1st place of regular season in the Spring split.
During the off season they signed Bang as their ADC and brought in Huhi for mid lane, these changes on paper undoubtedly make them a much stronger team and coming into the split they were being rated as a top 3 team.
They had a tough start to this Split facing off against TSM and Cloud9 in the opening week. They failed to get anything going in both games, with Huhi making multiple small costly mistakes and Bang looking like the only player truly prepared for action. They finished the week with an incredibly disappointing 0-2 record.
Business as usual for Liquid
In 2018 Team Liquid were the best team in North America, winning both Spring and Summer finals. However, at Worlds Cloud9 made history by being the first NA team to reach semi-finals. This set up a rivalry coming into the season as the two would surely battle it out for the #1 spot.
To make this rivalry spark even more, they played each other in their first game of the split with Team Liquid taking the spoils. Liquid moved into Sunday with confidence and defeated CLG, making them tied in 1st place with a 2-0 record.
A potential underdog?
FlyQuest caused a bit of a shock this past weekend. Last year they were by no means a bad team, just incredibly inconsistent and not many favoured them to be fighting for first place this season. They signed Pobelter from Team Liquid to enforce mid lane dominance and it worked a treat.
They faced off against Golden Guardians and Optic Gaming, taking both series convincingly and propping them up tied for first place alongside Team Liquid and Clutch Gaming.