The 2019 LCS Summer Split will be taking a break this weekend, allowing Rift Rivals to be the main spectacle. There will be a number of tough competitors at this year’s event, including the reigning LCS champions: Team Liquid. They’ll be accompanied by Cloud9 and Team SoloMid from North America, whereas G2 Esports, Fnatic and Origen will be representing Europe. It’s expected to be a very exciting weekend, especially for Team Liquid.
Matchups and Games of Interest
Before the finals get underway this Saturday, the teams will compete in a Round Robin to determine any advantages. Things will kick off with four matches on Thursday, along with another five on Friday to finish out the Group Stage. Like every other team, Team Liquid will be playing three matches, however they’ll only play once on Day 1.
TL will begin the weekend with a game against Fnatic on Thursday at 4:30 P.M. EST. This will showcase a great match-up in the Bottom Lane between Peter ‘Doublelift’ Peng of TL and Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larrson of FNC. Both are renowned ADCs with immense amounts of talent, but the two haven’t played much against each other. This weekend will give them the chance of proving who’s better on an international level.
Later on, Team Liquid will be scheduled to face Origen on Friday at 6:30 P.M. EST. This will be the second to last match of the Group Stage, right before TSM play Fnatic an hour later. It should be exciting to see TL take on another top talent of Europe, but there is one match in particular that both NA and EU fans have been waiting for: the rematch between Team Liquid and G2 Esports. The long-awaited MSI 2019 rematch is scheduled to take place Friday at 3:30 P.M. EST. There’s been a lot of trash talk from both sides, but that’s expected after such an interesting finals from MSI this year.
Since Team Liquid have found themselves on a hot streak these past two weeks, it shouldn’t be far off to expect a great performance at Rift Rivals. Surely the competition will be more intense, but it won’t be anything new for them.
Despite their shaky start to the Summer Split, TL are still the most sound unit in the LCS. They haven’t played like it recently, but with the right preparation and execution, Team Liquid can continue to roll this weekend. They’re 4-0 in their last four matches and the burnout from MSI seems to be wearing off. With the help of other top teams like Cloud9 and TSM, this weekend should be all North America.
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