After securing their first 2-0 weekend of the Summer Split, Team Liquid are back atop the LCS. Their current 4-2 record has them tied with five other teams after three weeks of play. Stumbling through the first two weeks certainly wasn’t part of the game plan, but they’ve gathered some momentum heading into Week 4.
Week 4 Match-Ups
Team Liquid will have another competitive weekend ahead, but if they play anything like they did during Week 3, they’ll do just fine.
Day 1 will kick off with TL playing Golden Guardians, another team in the hunt for first place. Team Liquid have taken the victory in both of their previous two meetings, but GGS are a much better team these days. Since losing in the first round of the Spring Playoffs, they’ve improved on many different levels. Now, Golden Guardians are a respectable opponent that Team Liquid will have to prepare extensively for.
One thing to keep an eye out for in this match-up will be the showdown in the Mid Lane. Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen of Team Liquid has been a top talent since joining his new team, but Henrik ‘Froggen’ Hansen of GGS will be looking to prove his worth. Froggen has led his team in kills to this point, whereas Jensen has struggled. Both will have their minds locked in as two of the best teams in the LCS battle each other.
Day 2 should fare a bit easier for Team Liquid, as they take on Clutch Gaming. Clutch have looked much better this split, but their 3-3 record puts them in seventh place overall. Despite their success, they dropped both of their matches against Team Liquid during the spring. There were many negative factors for CG, but TL held advantages in experience and overall talent. The case remains the same for their upcoming match.
There’s no doubt that Team Liquid have been trending upwards in recent weeks, but many members have fallen victim to burnout. This usually means that there’s a lack of motivation and desire, which can drastically impact performance on the rift. Whether burnout becomes a bigger factor or not, Team Liquid will always be expected to come out on top.
The only thing standing between Team Liquid and success is themselves, so after gaining momentum during Week 3, they should handily take another 2-0 weekend in Week 4. A slower start was expected, but strong performances from Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng and Yong-in ‘CoreJJ’ Jo in recent matches mean that things are shaping up.
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