As the NA LCS Spring Split draws to a close, the race for the six coveted playoff positions remains about as tight as it could possibly be. With no teams mathematically eliminated and only two assured a spot, it will all come down to the final two weeks to determine who’s in, and who is left out. As we weigh up the eight teams competing for the four remaining spots, here’s how CLICKON eSports predicts the standings will pan out.
A playoff spot in the Spring Split is an extremely valuable acquisition. While many try to downplay the significance, qualification to the twilight stages of the split provides your team invaluable experience and provides an opportunity to earn crucial Circuit Points. A look to last season reminds us of the importance, as Counter Logic Gaming was still able to secure a spot at Worlds after a fourth place Summer Split finish, due to the points they had acquired from their unexpected Spring Split victory.
A concrete tier list has started to be established itself amongst the NA teams, with a select few at the very top and the rest a tier below. This has created an exciting and unpredictable season that will likely not see the playoff teams determined until the final games of the split. While some teams have been able to find their stride as the season winds down, others have shown signs of deterioration:
CLICKON eSports NA LCS Playoff Predictions
CLICKON’s NA Playoff Predictions
With eight teams fighting for four remaining spots, we make our NA playoffs predictions.
Phoenix1 – Prediction: IN
If you had to split the NA LCS into tiers, Pheonix1 would be a team near the top. Led by the potential MVP in ADC Arrow, Phoenix1 provides a talented lineup that has began to assert themselves as a contender. Already almost a statistical lock, Phoenix1 will be a challenger in the playoffs for the NA crown.
Counter Logic Gaming – Prediction : IN
A team who could win or lose any match, CLG has the ability to make a deep run in the playoffs. Team leader Aphromoo must rediscover the consistent play that has made him one of NA's best players over the last few seasons. If they can find a rhythm, CLG has proven they can take down the top teams in NA.
Team Dignitas – Prediction: IN
Possibly the hottest team in NA over the past few weeks, Dignitas has emerged on the back of their Korean top laner Ssumday. A roster loaded with potential, Dignitas is finally beginning to live up to the high expectations placed upon them before the season. With a soft finish to the season, Dignitas has an excellent opportunity to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Immortals – Prediction: IN
There are few teams as dependant upon the play of a single member as Immortals. Led by their star jungler Dardoch, Immortals relies upon his success to carry them to victories. Currently sitting in the last playoff spot, they should be able to find just enough success to maintain it.
FlyQuest eSports – Prediction: OUT
Since their hot start to the season, FlyQuest have continued to plummet towards missing the playoffs. The shot calling of team leader Hai has not been enough to overcome the weak laning and unfortunate drafts of recent weeks. Although they have a slight cushion, expect the free-fall to continue as FlyQuest struggle to win a series and drop out of the playoffs.
Team EnVyUs – Prediction: OUT
Currently sitting at the bottom of the standings, EnVyUs has all but been statistically eliminated from the playoffs. If there is a silver lining moving forward, it is the play of jungler Lira who has proven to be one of NA's best. Unable to capitalize on early leads, EnVyUs will need significant improvements to avoid relegation and become a contender.
Echo Fox – Prediction: OUT
Echo Fox had one of NA's best surprises this year with the emergence of rookie jungler Akaadian. Still, Akaadian and the play of team leader Froggen has not been enough to overcome the anchor of bot lane and ADC Keith. They will need to have an exceptional finish to have a chance at a playoff spot.
Team Liquid – Prediction: OUT
No team has undergone more change this season than that of Team Liquid. With three of their starting roster positions now having seen a change, Liquid hopes their latest formula with Adrian and Doublelift in the bot lane can bring them success. Team Liquid has a slim chance at the playoffs, but are truly just working to avoid relegation.