published at 15:04 CEST, Monday July 17 2017

NA LCS: CLG, Immortals, TSM tied for first place

CLG, Immortals and TSM are neck and neck in the LCS as the finish line approaches.

As we approach the business end of the LCS season, every game counts for the three teams tied for first place. After starting the weekend with an easy win over Echo Fox, Immortals needed a win against Cloud 9 to stay in the running for top spot. They eventually got it, but Cloud 9 made it tough. After trading wins in the first two games, Immortals were able to close out the series. Flame did what he does best, getting hugely ahead on farm as Renekton, before grouping with his team to take objectives. The Korean’s first death came as the enemy nexus fell and his team joined TSM and CLG on 9-3 records. 

Counter Logic Gaming remain top of the league for now, though they took their third loss this weekend against Dignitas. Altec was a beast for Dignitas, going 15/2/10 across two games in a series which his team dominated. Struggling Flyquest even held a lead all the way through their first game against CLG and even ended it with a gold lead. But a disastrous late-game team fight left Wildturtle’s Kalista defending the base against five CLG members. He opted to protect his KDA and CLG had the turnaround win. Game two was anything but close. Flyquest picked up just two kills in a 36-minute game while giving up 24. That statistic pretty much sums up the whole game.

It was a good weekend for Dignitas, who currently sit in fourth place, tied with Team Envy. Dignitas took their second win of the weekend against Phoenix 1 on Sunday, while Envy also managed a 2-0 weekend to keep the door open for a good playoff seed. A win over Cloud 9 was particularly helpful as it keeps the veteran team below them in the league. Victory over Echo Fox was predictable, but as we mentioned earlier, every win counts right now.

Team Solomid grabbed themselves a pair of wins to keep the pressure on CLG. Phoenix 1 were first in the crosshairs, but they dodged well for a while. Arguably the most improved team in the league in recent weeks, P1 went down fighting but still went down nonetheless. Game one was all about TSM’s carries, with Bjergsen and Doublelift combining for nine kills and zero deaths. Game two was close, with the gold graph showing a mountain range of peaks and troughs, but TSM eventually planted their flag and claimed the victory.

Michael “Zechs_” Radford

Michael "Zechs" Radford is an esports veteran and has been writing about professional gaming for longer than he cares to remember. He currently lives in Leeds and is hoping his upcoming offspring will be talented enough to play esports professionally rather than just write about other people doing it.