The first week of LCS regular season is back in full swing and with that, all ten teams are anxious to get started on a good note with super week upon us. This week, each team plays three games instead of the usual two to kick off the year. FlyQuest looks to bring back some hype to their team roster with the professional debut of Josedeodo to the starting lineup.
TSM hope to start their road to redemption arc with a rematch game against Cloud9 in which will surely add another chapter to their rivalry. This week, we assess the odds and provide the most value picks across the board with best-of-ones making a return to North American League of Legends.
TSM vs. FlyQuest (Friday)
While TSM have a lot of making up to do for a less than stellar run through LCS lock-in, their strength of schedule this week opens up the opportunity for upset. TSM prepare for Cloud9 on their Saturday game, and if they’re not fully prepared for a FlyQuest winning strategy they could very well lose the first game of the season if not careful.
The main players to watch out for on FLY will be Licorice and Josedeodo. While Licorice hasn’t had many career-defining carry games like Huni, he is the epitome of consistency in top lane for NA. With the right pick and supportive pressure from his jungle, FLY could make this game extremely difficult for Huni in this series.
When Huni is off the rails, the chance for a comeback becomes nearly impossible. This is FlyQuest’s best opportunity for a 1-0 start given their clear advantage on that side of the map.
Pick: FlyQuest to the moon
Betting Site: GG.Bet
Dignitas vs. CLG (Friday)
Dignitas did not enjoy a fruitful start to the preseason given their run of form during groups. However, this game against CLG is a perfect opportunity to bounce back from a deficit and get started on the right foot.
Dardoch will need to be the difference maker for the team in this match. With CLG’s Broxah still missing due to visa issues, he will be facing off against Griffin of CLG Academy. This matchup in jungle could spawn the difference maker for the team as well as Finn’s recent addition to the CLG starting lineup. There will be a lot of kinks to iron out before CLG get to a winning start, and it doesn’t appear to happen just yet.
FakeGod and Soligo have been given plenty of praise for their resilience as North American talents in an import heavy league. Performing at a high clip this game against Pobelter and Finn will do wonders for their confidence going forward.
Pick: Dignitas (by way of Dardoch destruction)
Betting Site: Luckbox
FlyQuest vs. Evil Geniuses (Saturday)
This week we’re bullish on the potential of FlyQuest as other teams have games they are more focused on in prep for super week. While the top lane matchup is a little more difficult to topple over for FLY, this will once again be their barometer for victory as they attempt to shut down Impact from being a force in the game.
Elsewhere, the bot lane of Johnsun and Diamond has a lot more to show from their dismal outing during groups. Against Deftly and IgNar, this is the exact kind of competition they need to overcome in order for FlyQuest to become a legitimate playoff threat.
While most teams are overlooking FlyQuest and their lack of star power, betting on the synergy of the underdog to secure some sneaky wins early on this season has worked before, and this may be the route once again.
Pick: FlyQuest do it again
Betting Site: Luckbox
Team SoloMid vs. Cloud9 (Saturday)
In a classic North American rivalry on day two of the super week, TSM faces off against C9 in what will surely add another layer of intrigue to the rivalry. C9 proved they have many tricks up their sleeve in the mid and late game, and that will surely become a factor once again if TSM don’t get off to an early advantage.
However, C9 showed their fair share of weaknesses during the tournament on the top side of the map. TSM have taken a game off C9 once before with this new roster, and the possibility for an upset is still there given Fudge’s current form.
As previously mentioned in the FLY vs. TSM breakdown, TSM are a much scarier team when Huni is on a confident champion and player pick. This is the type of lane that Spica can exploit in order for his team to achieve the victory. Don’t expect much from TSM this week overall, but this game? Their chances are much higher.
Pick: TSM as a good value bet.
Betting Site: GG.Bet