Team Liquid is Accelerating towards Playoffs
After a shaky regular season where Team Liquid went 1-1 for 5 weeks, they have finally picked up a 2-0 week and they are starting to look like the superteam we all were waiting for. But it’s still a weird feeling, because the way they are winning their games seems to be a bit inconsistent. It’s not crazy to think that a team with the likes of Bjergsen and Hans Sama would feel more comfortable playing around late-game scaling compositions, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
If we take their last game against Evil Geniuses as an example, we can determine that Team Liquid is a multi-dimensional team. Picking Sett in the current meta is almost like digging your own grave, because Sett as a champion only works best during the early game and ends up being useless in the later stages of the game. But Liquid had the perfect plan for this pick and were constantly diving Impact in the top lane, amassing an 8k gold advantage by the 20th minute mark, and never gave EG a chance to come back into the match.
But that doesn’t seem to work every time. After all, TL only wins 63% of their games when they are ahead at 15 minutes, which is strange considering the caliber of their players. They still have one of the highest kill to death ratios in the league (1.47) and they have the highest gold difference @ 15 (1751), which only raises the following question: How is Team Liquid losing their games?
Well, it’s mostly due to their inability to transition their early leads into a stable mid game. But none of that matters when they absolutely curb stomp their opponents and get HUGE gold leads 20 minutes into the game. Their recent wins over EG, FQ and TSM demonstrate this. Even if the meta doesn’t seem to fit TL’s playstyle, they definitely have found a way to execute their playstyle to the maximum efficiency.
The 100 Thieves Formula is Working
100 Thieves is the hottest team in the LCS, holding a 7-game winning streak and the 1st place in the league tied with Evil Geniuses. There is this notion that the Thieves weren’t doing that great in the earlier stages of the regular season, but that’s not really true. Throughout the first 3 weeks of the split, they only dropped 2 games (vs EG & C9). Since then, they have only lost to FlyQuest, and it was a very uncharacteristic game from them.
The strongest thing about 100 Thieves is that they have so many tools available for them. It’s hard to deny that Abbedagge is the best mid laner in the league, and this team sure knows how to make the best out of it. With Closer’s aid, Abbedagge doesn’t have any issue taking over the central part of the map and using his lead to help the side lanes.
This team doesn’t risk much in their games, they have one of the most solid lineups in the entire lol bets and it’s hard to exploit any of its parts. Ssumday is definitely having one of his best splits so far, and he is a huge part of their success. 100 Thieves are on the right track to finish 1st in the regular season. They do have a tough schedule ahead as they’ll face FlyQuest, CLG, and Team Liquid all in the same week, which means they are probably bound to lose at least one of those games.
Team Liquid vs 100 Thieves Game Information
- Date: Sunday, August 14
- Time: 5:30pm ET
- Team Liquid vs 100 Thieves Live Stream: Twitch.tv
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Team Liquid vs 100 Thieves Predictions
The last week of the LCS is going to be a very important one, especially for all the top teams as they are looking for the best possible seeding heading into the playoffs. Whichever teams end up securing 1st/2nd place will save themselves from playing in the very first round of playoffs, which gives them even more time to prepare themselves for their future opponents.
Team Liquid and 100 Thieves already secured a top-6 finish, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t be trying their hardest in the superweek. I expect both teams to play to their fullest potential, which is why I think that Team Liquid might have an edge this time.
Sure, 100 Thieves have a solid roster and all of their players have been playing well, but that won’t be enough. It’s no secret that 100 Thieves is not the most proactive team in the league, and just by looking at how Team Liquid completely dominated Evil Geniuses, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them doing the same against 100 Thieves.
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