While multiple regions are starting their Summer Split this weekend, the LPL is wrapping up their second week. Today’s article will wrap up the last two days of Week 2, and venture into the first five days of Week 3.
Week 2: Day 6
Match 1: LGD vs Victory Five
LGD and Victory Five are kicking off Saturday’s matches. Victory Five are so far the biggest surprise of Summer Split, currently sitting at 2-0. While they made multiple roster changes, few were expecting them to find such success. LGD also started their split off well with a 2-1 victory over eStar, last split’s pleasant surprise. After losing Game 1, LGD brought in LangX in the top lane, and the team looked much better.
Since it is the beginning of the split, there isn’t much to go by, as far as predicting the victor of this match goes. LGD is a bit more of a known quantity, so they would be the safer bet, although Victory Five has shown that they clearly shouldn’t be underestimated.
Match 2: OMG vs EDG
The second match of Saturday will feature EDG and OMG. Neither team had the start to the split they were hoping for. OMG lost to RNG 2-0 and then lost to Victory Five 2-1. EDG lost to Team WE in a 2-1 series. The rough part for EDG is that they had a sizeable advantage in Game 2, while they were already up 1-0. But a series of misplays and bad choices brought WE back into the game and they took the series.
On the other hand, OMG looked poor against RNG and while they looked a bit cleaner against Victory Five, they still lost. Their bot lane in particular raised many questions, with Cold continuing to underperform, and Smlz getting caught out quite often.
Week 2: Day 7
Match 1: Suning vs Invictus Gaming
Another team that really impressed in the first few games was Suning. After a commanding victory against LNG, Suning took down team WE. In their third match they fell against JDG, but they had multiple advantages throughout the series, but failed to take it all the way. With no changes made to the starting roster, not many expected Suning to have such a good performance.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about IG. They had a single series and it was a loss against Team WE, the same team that Suning had previously defeated. Not only that, but it was a clean 2-0 victory, and IG were heavily outgunned. While IG may have some of the best players in the league, their performance has been shaky.
Match 2: JD Gaming vs TOP Esports
The last match of week two is a rematch of the Spring Split finals. Both teams started the split off with victories, even if they weren’t as convincing as fans would have hoped. JDG faced Suning in their first match of the split. And in both games, they fell considerably behind. If it wasn’t for a series of throws and misplays from the side of Suning, JDG would have probably lost the series.
And on the other side of the rift, TOP had a harder than expected first match as well. Facing Rogue Warriors, they nearly lost game one. Rogue Warriors were a single auto attack away from securing game one, but Knight’s Kassadin denied ZWuji the final auto. In Game 2, once again it was the Knight show, as he took over the game, this time on Diana.
Week 3 : Day 1
Match 1: Bilibili Gaming vs eStar
The first match of Week 3 is between eStar and BLG. While eStar started the split off with a loss against LGD, they quickly bounced back against DMO. Even in their match against LGD, eStar had an okay performance. Wink and ShiauC continue to have solid performances, and now Fenfen brings a level of experience that the squad didn’t have before.
Bilibili, on the other hand, have had a bad start to their split. After losing to Vici Gaming 2-0, they lost to FunPlus Phoenix 2-0 as well. While the argument exists that these are both potentially top of the table teams, neither of them looked impressive in their other matches. BLG still doesn’t seem to have a team identity, and should struggle against eStar.
Match 2: Vici vs Team World Elite
Team World Elite and Vici gaming will close out the first day of games of Week 3. Team WE are off to an interesting start, defeating EDG, losing to Suning and defeating Invictus Gaming. They are still the all out aggressive team, with Teacherma and Morgan leading the brawls. While their over-aggression may lead to punishment, like it did against Suning, they can often run away with games, like they did against IG.
Vici is another team off to an interesting start. After taking down BLG with little to no adversity, they got smashed by RNG. The team still seems to coin flip every decision, and jungler Leyan still hasn’t stepped on to the rift. Many fans are saying that maybe it’s time to reunite Leyan and Forge.
Prediction: Team World Elite
Week 3: Day 2
Match 1: LGD vs DMO
LGD and DMO will start off Tuesday’s matches. Dominus hasn’t had a good showing yet in the Summer Split. After falling 0-2 to Victory Five, they fell 0-2 again against eStar. While mid laner Twila continues to look good on Cassiopeia and Zilean, he still doesn’t have the same impact on other picks. Mitsuki, their new support, continues to struggle on the main stage, as it seems like the team isn’t able to help the rookie out.
On the other side of the rift, Xiye sits with LGD. On DMO last split, Xiye should know how to play against three of his former teammates. Quite the capable Cassio player himself, expect a high priority pick or ban on the snake lady.
Match 2: TOP Esports vs OMG
In a match featuring past stars vs current stars, OMG takes on TOP. The split so far hasn’t bee kind to OMG, with the team returning to past struggles. Icon and H4cker still struggle to have a consistent performance, and Smlz and Cold are only a shadow of their 2017 selves. While they managed to get it together in spring, the Summer Split seems like a different beast.
On the other hand, TOP are still looking good. While yes they had a shaky performance in game one against Rogue Warriors, they managed to bounce back. Game two was back to business, with a full takeover from the side of TOP. They still look like the team that won the Mid Season Cup.
Week 3: Day 3
Match 1: Invictus Gaming vs Rogue Warriors
Wednesday’s first match should be a very telling one. As mentioned before, Invictus Gaming hasn’t been looking great. They’ve struggled from the start of the draft to when the nexus explodes, and they haven’t won a single match since taking down LNG in April, nearly two months ago. Their opponents are expected to be a middle-to-bottom of the table team. If they fail to defeat them, then it might be time to change a few pieces on the side of Invictus Gaming.
Rogue Warriors, on the other hand, also have a lot to prove in this match. Many stated that they would be a bottom of the table team, middle at best. However, Game 1 against TOP showed that this team has the potential to be better. Should they defeat IG, maybe fans will begin to see Rogue Warriors in a more positive light.
Prediction: Invictus Gaming
Match 2: EDG vs Suning
Wednesday’s second match should be just as interesting as the first. EDG had a quiet Spring Split, stating themselves as a above average team, but unable to contest against the heavy hitters. Moving into summer, the team remained mostly the same, but this time, without losing players due to the lockdown. However, their opening match of the season didn’t go as planned, as the team threw away a win against Team WE, costing them the series.
Suning also made no changes to their starting five for summer. Due to a mediocre performance in spring, many thought they would have similar results. However, the team looks much better, playing as a cohesive unit and not five lone stars. Playing at that level, the sky is the limit for Suning.
Week 3: Day 4
Match 1: Victory Five vs Bilibili
Thursday’s first match is between BLG and Victory Five. V5 have had an impressive split so far. Weiwei is holding up well in the jungle and Mole seems to back at the top of his game. However, the standout so far is the bot lane. SamD and Ppgod, both of which are rookies, have looked incredible so far. In both of their matches, they were up against duos that have played together for a while, and three of their four opponents are veteran players. Nonetheless, they stood strong, helping carry V5 to victory.
Curiously, BLG’s strength so far has also been their rookie carry. Despite the team not having a good performance, Wings played well so far. Sadly for him, the rest of the team isn’t on the same page, and BLG are sliding back into the slump that plagued them during spring.
Prediction: Victory Five
Match 2: JD Gaming vs RNG
Before the matches played this morning, the hype for this match was unreal. While JDG struggled against Suning, they are the current LPL champions and as such demand respect. On the other hand, RNG looked incredible in the split so far. They smashed OMG in their first match, and did the same against Vici in their second match.
However, this hype started to die down as RNG fell to LNG in a clean 2-0. While LNG did take down FPX earlier this week, most fans viewed it as a FPX loss instead of a LNG win. To prove them wrong, LNG took to the rift again, this time against RNG, and systematically took them down. While game one was on a knife’s edge, with three elder drakes needed to close it out, game two was nothing short of a landslide.
Prediction: JD Gaming
Week 3: Day 5
Match 1: eStar vs LNG
Speaking of LNG, they will take on eStar on Friday. After a poor performance in their first match of the split, LNG bounced back, taking down FPX and RNG. Mid laner Maple seems to finally have found his ground to stand on, and it’s been paying off. Without having to worry so much about mid lane, Xx can focus around dragons and the bottom lane. Rookie Chenlun17 continues to have solid performances, rounding the team out well.
Their next test will be against eStar. In spring, eStar was one of the hottest looking team in the round-robin. Moving into summer, the team lost mid laner Cryin, but picked up the experienced Fenfen. So far, the team seems to have adapted well, as they are looking to continue in their spring form
Match 2: FunPlus Phoenix vs Team World Elite
The final match to be covered in today’s article will be between FPX and Team WE. FPX started the split off with a loss, and against LNG, who looked terrible in their first match. Their second match was against BLG, and game one looked a lot more like the FPX from last year. Game 2, however, was a lot scrappier, and while it did result in a win for FPX, they had to get down and dirty to come out with the win.
And when it comes to getting down and dirty, few teams can do it better than WE. So far in 2020, this team has shown that they don’t shy away from fights, and love to go all in. With Teacherma having a similar playstyle to DoinB, the mid lane matchup will decide this series. In this fight to keep up with the top of the table, a bloodbath is guaranteed.
And that concludes the preview of the remaining matches of Week 2 and the first five days of action of Week 3. Be sure to come back next week to talk about the last two days of action of Week 3, and to kick off Week 4.
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