The League Championship Series Summer began on June 17, and has been underway for two weeks, with five stages of the round robin featuring 25 action-packed games already.
Spring split champions Evil Geniuses take on TSM in the first of week three’s fixtures. Going by past form EG are the clear favourites, but considering the league has already thrown up a few surprises, just two weeks in, this is hardly set in stone.
TSM vs Evil Geniuses Match Prediction
The Evil Geniuses have continued their stellar form since they surged to a historic maiden victory at the championship this past spring split. They’ve won four out of five from the first two weeks of summer, and are second on the standings behind Counter Logic Gaming.
In the opening game of the split they defeated Cloud9, whose underwhelming performances this year will warrant a long hard look at their process. Jojopyun and Danny ended up dealing more damage than C9’s entire roster, finishing with a combined stat line of 14 kills, nine assists, and four deaths between the two players. The next day EG were pitted against the runners-up of the spring split 100 Thieves, in what was essentially a rematch of the LCS summer final.
The result was the same – EG defeated them in just under 30 minutes, an aggressive face-off that saw 27 kills in total. They brushed past FlyQuest, but their sole loss this season has been at the hands of the resurgent Counter Logic Gaming. So far, they’ve defeated the top teams in the league and look well on course to defend their spring championship.
TSM, however, are on the opposite end of the spectrum. Currently they stand eighth on the split rankings, and have won two and lost three of their games. Their first week of the split was disappointing. Though TSM put up strong showings against the tournament strongmen 100 Thieves and CLG, they fell apart after the first twenty minutes to succumb to back-to-back in the first week.
They did, however, manage to round off their week one with a victory over the beleaguered Immortals. They drew some positivity from that win because next week, they pulled off a shock victory over star-studded Team Liquid. Absolutely no one would have given TSM a chance, but their new mid laner Huang “Maple” Yi-Tang found great synergy with their star jungler Spica to blow past a team that looked disorganized and uncoordinated.
TSM had a rough spring split, to say the least – they finished ninth of the rankings, the lowest they’ve ever fallen in the history of the league. They’ll be looking to rectify that, and have already begun the summer on a more positive note than they did the spring, where they had to wait over two weeks to secure a single victory. The win over EG will give them when they take on the tournament favourites on Sunday.