This coming Friday the LCS Summer Split 2020 will get underway with ten of the best US-based teams competing against each other for vital World Championship qualifying points and the chance to call themselves the latest LCS winners.
While a place in the League of Legends World Championships is very much at the forefront of each team’s mind, the chance to be named the LCS Winners is an equally appealing prospect and you can be sure that the ten teams competing will be going all out to try and stake a claim to be the best League of Legends team in North America.
Our last set of LCS Power Rankings ahead of the Spring Split proved just how competitive that tournament was with our tip for the top, Team Liquid, finishing in a lowly ninth place in the Spring Championship, missing out on the Playoffs altogether, while fourth-ranked Cloud9 romped to success with a 17-1 record in the Spring Season before beating 100 Thieves, Evil Geniuses and FlyQuest to claim be dubbed the LCS winners for Spring in emphatic fashion.
The latest LCS odds suggest that punters and bookmakers feel that Cloud9 are the team to beat once again as they have been installed as the favourites to win the Summer Split. There’s no doubt esports betting fans will be clamouring to enjoy betting on the LCS tournament, as well as a number of LCS Fantasy esports events run by companies such as DraftKings.
However, there have been some big changes to different LCS team rosters in the run-up to LCS Summer Split 2020 and that could well entice a few more esports betting fans to back one of the teams seeking to take over from Cloud9 as the latest LCS winners.
Team SoloMid Revamp Roster
After finishing fourth in the Spring Split Playoffs, Team SoloMid have undergone some radical surgery to their roster in an attempt to make them much more competitive this time around. The team that have been the LCS winners on six separate occasions have re-signed their former star and the most decorated LCS player of all time, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng to team up with his old teammates Bergsen and Biofrost.
The last time the trio were on the same Team SoloMid team together was back in 2017, when the ended up as LCS winners and went on to compete at the World Championships later in the year.
Despite losing Doublelift to Team SoloMid, Team Liquid are expected to improve upon their disastrous 9th place finish in the Spring Split. Their roster contains much more talent than that ninth-placed finish suggests and having had more time to gel, this should be a much stronger team that will push Cloud9 hard, especially if Tactical can come in to fill Doublelift’s role in the team adequately.
Other teams that the bookmakers feel stand a chance against Cloud9 include the two teams that finished second and third in the Spring 2020 playoffs, FlyQuest and Evil Geniuses, with FlyQuest player Ignar promising that they won’t be a team that Cloud9 can roll over easily in the summer.
With so many talented teams, whoever comes out as the LCS winner in Summer 2020 will undoubtedly have earned that accolade and, most likely, a spot in the World Championships too.