Week three is the week we finally get to establish some trends in the 2017 season, though we still haven’t quite returned to a full schedule. After two weeks of games we know a few things: Camille is strong, there are really only three AD Carries in the game, and no one can kill Maokai.
What we still don’t know, for the most part, is how any team is and that goes for almost every region. But this week’s match-ups should give us a good idea of exactly how good some of the world’s best teams are.
KT Rolster vs. Afreeca Freecs
When: Thursday, February 2 at 6 a.m. Eastern
Why: Afreeca Freecs are not the best team in the LCK. They are however, a top half of the table team, which is more than we can say for any of KT Rolster’s other opponents so far this year. And KT’s play has reflected that thus far. As of the last series, it seems like this team is just warming up. With that in mind, this may be our first chance to see what this line-up is really capable of before they have to go up against the league’s top teams.
Fnatic vs. Misfits
When: Thursday, February 2 at 2 p.m. Eastern
Why: I have already written this week about the stark divide within the EU LCS’s top tier teams and all the rest. However, the space between Fnatic and Misfits is the spot where the divide is the thinnest, though it still seems sizable. This may be the perfect opportunity for a Fnatic team that has struggled over the last year or so to prove that deserves to once again be considered among Europe’s elite LCS teams.
Flash Wolves vs. J Team
When: Friday, February 3 at 3 a.m. Eastern
Why: The LMS has always been a little bit of a strange beast. They tend to keep a fairly insulated meta that stays unique to their region. So, when the two best teams in the region play each other it’s always a bit of a treat. It should give us an chance to see all the best parts of the LMS in one series, as well as crown an unofficial favorite early in the split.
Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team SoloMid
When: Saturday, February 4 at 3 p.m. Eastern
Why: These two teams have been rivals almost as long as competitive League of Legends has existed. Even when neither team look at their best, these matches are always some of the most exciting in NA and are certain to be heated. This time, the familiar fight has the added bonus that both teams started the season weak and have been on an upward trajectory ever since. A series against a long-time rival should be the perfect place to gauge just how far they have come.
Phoenix1 vs. Team SoloMid
When: Sunday, February 5 at 3 p.m.
Why: These two teams look like a solid two and three in the current NA LCS. After both stumbled in week one they have been on a steady incline with Phoenix1 looking like they might have a slight edge. The only real question remaining for the P1 line-up is whether or not they can beat top flight opponents, a question TSM should be more than up to the task of answering for us.