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Once again we are back with another preview of some upcoming NA LCS matches. This time we provide betting tips for Counter Logic Gaming vs Immortals and Echo Fox vs PHOENIX1. Both matchups will be played in a best of three series which means that a team needs to win 2 games in order to win the series.
If you happen to be an average fan of Immortals, then you might think that swapping out Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett for Jake “Xmithie” Puchero was a bad decision, but they came out guns blazing as they defeated one NA LCS powerhouse after another. The side of Immortals will be eyeing first place in the league after a record of 5-1. This objective of a podium place finish is quite realistic for the side.
Meanwhile their opposition, Counter Logic Gaming, has stirred up quite a storm in the Summer Split. The side still has the quality and composure that got them the 2nd place finish at the MSI, which also complements them in the Summer Split. They can very well go on to be this season’s finalists, as long as they keep on making wise decisions.
With the recent exceptional performances, it is fair to say that Lord Lee “Flame” Ho-Jong is back on his throne with an 8.7 CS per minute and 4.3 KDA. The mechanical skill set of the player has developed extraordinarily and he has displayed great coordination with his teammates, which adds fuel to the fire.
But on the other side, Counter Logic Gaming’s Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaya has also improved in recent matches, with 7.4 CS per minute and a 3.8 KDA. The split pushing capabilities of the player make him a strong threat to the opposition.
It sounds rather puzzling to see these junglers playing against each other as enemies, but at the end of the day, things played out well for both of them. With 4.0 CS per minute and a 3.2 KDA, the playmaker of Counter Logic Gaming, Dardoch, is in great form at the moment, and to back him up he has a solid team support.
His counterpart, Xmithie of Immortals, has settled in with his new team. His 3.8 CS per minute and 2.9 KDA reflects that the player has a selfless playing style and he is there to sacrifice himself for the team.
The mid lane will see players who have recently exhibited some exceptional plays. With 8.3 CS per minute and a 3.8 KDA and a few surprising picks in his recent games, Counter Logic Gaming’s Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun has cemented his place in the lineup. After last week’s strong performances, Huhi looks to bring that prowess into this week four matchup.
Immortal’s midlaner, Eugene “Pobelter” Park, is back from the grave with 8.8 CS per minute and 4.7 KDA. He has developed a strong bond with the new jungler Xmithie and has proved himself in the lane with great solo combos.
This great 5-1 record of Immortals can be attributed to the improvement of the bottom lane duo. Cody “Cody Sun” Sun is no longer a rookie and has the stats to back him up with 9.1 CS per minute and a 4.1 KDA in recent matches. Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung, the support for Immortals, has also transitioned well into a fine playmaker for the Immortals lineup.
Unfortunately, everything Immortals’ bot lane can do, Counter Logic Gaming’s bot lane can do better. Sporting a 6.2 KDA and 8.7 CS per minute, Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes is a team fighting monster while Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black (2.9 KDA) can finally use his playmaking instincts and abilities to the fullest potential in an aggressive support meta.
If Immortals want to claim the top rung of the ladder, now is the time to prove it. Even if Immortals weren’t behind in player strength, they would still have to somehow out-macro their opponents, and that’s a tall order when facing one of the best strategic teams in the NA LCS. Immortals’ best bet is to hunker down and capitalize on their opponents’ mistakes, but unless that happens, Counter Logic Gaming will walk out of the series with a 2-1 score.
The dark times are upon Phoenix1 as they are sitting dead last in the Summer Split. And to put salt on the wound, they have not managed a single win in the season. They are definitely struggling to establish the great form they had last season, which can be seen in the recent poor match performances. It is fair to say that their League of Legends team doesn’t have the same execution as before.
In an effort to make some useful changes to the side, they are replacing their current rookie support, Jordan “Shady” Robison, with the addition of former Dignitas support, Alex ‘Xpecial’ Chu, in the starting lineup.
It’s no secret that Echo Fox wants to draw out the slugfest to farm their power carries up in Yuri “Keith” Jew and Henrik “Froggen” Hansen. In the last three matches, the performance charts of the team have dipped heavily. These two players need to come out firing fast for Echo Fox if they wish to push their team to victory in the upcoming matches. Although their opposition is winless, the stats on paper are a thing of the past once the game starts. So, it will be a much-needed match for both sides that could shape the rest of the season for them.
Echo Fox has swept Team Envy with a 2-0 series win, but the poor performance of the side in the last game against TEAM DIGNITAS raises some questions. If Echo Fox can force the game to slow down, and capture the right team fight or rotation, they can prevent Phoenix1 from getting the first win of the Split, and put the Cloud9 nightmare behind them.
Echo Fox should win 2-1 over Phoenix1.
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