The LCS & LEC are the two premiere franchised leagues in Western League of Legends, we analyse both each week in our LCS & LEC Power rankings.
What are the League of Legends LEC and LCS?
The League of Legends European Championship and the League of Legends Championship Series are the game’s European and North American domestic leagues.
Each league features 10 teams and is played over two “Splits”: Spring and Summer. At the end of each Split, the top six teams qualify for the Playoffs which decide the eventual champion. The top teams from each division will eventually battle it out in playoffs in hopes of qualifying for the biggest tournament of the year - the World Championships.
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LEC 2020 Spring
The odds below represent the head-to-head matchups for teams on Friday 03 April in the LEC 2020 Spring. Find our dedicated section to the LEC here.
We already knew who the top six teams would be in the LEC but the seeding has been confirmed. Unsurprisingly, G2 Esports confirmed the top-spot with wins over Schalke and Misfits though those games didn’t tell us much considering their players opted to have some fun with off-meta picks like Bard top and Aatrox bot. The same can be said about Fnatic who managed to lose to Team Vitality but did so in probably the biggest clown fiesta of the split.
But one game we did learn from was Origen vs MAD Lions as the latter caused yet another upset to secure an important spot in the top four. The young squad has looked very strong in the last few weeks and the rookies won’t be at the usual disadvantage of having to deal with the pressure of playing best-of-fives on stage.
The battle between Fnatic and Origen is set to be fierce in their Bo5 clash in Round 1 on of the Playoffs.
Yet, G2 still decided to face MAD in the opening round. Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski explained they believe Origen will have a higher skill ceiling in Playoffs, making reference to the experience and overall quality that Origen holds in its ranks.
That just leaves fifth and sixth seeds Misfits and Rogue who will clash this week in a series in which only one of them can advance. Other than Fnatic, Rogue is the only team to win both of their games against Misfits which should give them an advantage. However, Rogue also bottled their chance to take fourth after appalling losses to both SK Gaming in Schalke; presenting Misfits with an excellent chance of progressing.
Though Misfits themselves aren’t in amazing form either. If it hadn’t been for the win against Vitality in the final week, the squad would be on a five-game win-streak. That’s what makes this series so exciting, nobody quite knows what will happen.
What to expect from the LEC Playoffs
The LEC is kicking off the Playoffs with three very exciting best-of-fives. The aforementioned Rogue vs Misfits series will act as a large turning point for one of those two teams but will spell the end of the split for the other. Meanwhile, G2 vs MAD should be an explosive series as both teams’ aggressive philosophies will clash on the rift. Matyáš "Carzzy" Orság has proven his diverse champion pool with the likes of Kalista and Syndra so it will be fascinating to see if that comes into play as draft plays a huge role in these series. And finally, there’s Fnatic vs Origen, one of Europe’s most legendary rivalries. The best-of-five should make for immense entertainment as the two star-studded rosters push each-other to the limit. Fnatic will be the slight favourites but you never quite know what will happen once teams move away from best-of-ones.
Find a full list of odds for the LEC 2020 Spring here.
LCS 2020 Spring odds
The odds below represent the head-to-head matchups for teams on Saturday 04 April in the LCS 2020 Spring. Find our dedicated section to the LCS here.
LCS 2020 Spring Playoffs Power Rankings & Predictions
Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room, Team Liquid did not qualify for the LCS Playoffs. In fact, the reigning North American champions finished ninth following a loss to top of the table Cloud9 in a heartbreakingly close game. It astonishingly took four tiebreakers but the top six has finally been decided.
In quite the surprising turn of events, Golden Guardians went on an excellent run of three consecutive wins to secure the final Playoffs spot. Many thought this GG squad was a shoo-in for 10th place but the likes of Greyson Gregory "Goldenglue" Gilmer and Can "Closer" Çelik stepped up to the occasion.
The Golden Guardians make the Playoffs after winning three consecutive wins in the final week of the Regular season.
And another result most people didn’t expect, Team SoloMid will have to go through the loser’s bracket if they want to reach the Playoff finals and secure the organisation’s first LCS title in almost three years. The team was looking extremely strong as the only squad that was able to defeat Cloud9 this split but the former NA champions went on a three-game losing-streak with disappointing losses to Immortals, Dignitas and 100 Thieves.
And the news for TSM fans gets even worse as they will likely have to take on the high-flying squad of 100T once again. Out of the top four, FlyQuest is quite clearly in the worst form but C9 interestingly opted for 100T in what is likely a bid to end TSM Playoff hopes early.
Though 100T are beatable as we saw in the final tiebreaker thanks to yet another strong performance from Evil Geniuses. EG has completely turned its season around, going from all the way from outside the top six to finishing second in the regular season. The individual talent in the squad is finally shining with Daniele "Jiizuke" di Mauro and Bae "Bang" Jun-sik outclassing the majority of the league. It will be fascinating to see how the squad fairs in best-of-fives.
What to expect from LCS 2020 Spring Playoffs
Next week marks the start of the Playoffs with two big best-of-fives in Cloud9 vs 100T and EG vs FlyQuest. C9 will be the clear favourites but it will offer 100T a good opportunity to showcase how much they have developed this split. Likewise, EG will be heavily favoured but for a while, FlyQuest themselves looked like the best team in the LCS behind C9 so they shouldn’t be underestimated.
Find a full list of odds for the LCS 2020 Spring here.
* Odds are subject to change.