LCS Summer Split Friday Matchup Predictions

Week 6 of the 2021 LCS Summer Split had plenty of upsets, particularly on its first day of play. A heap of underdog teams took down the league’s best when nobody thought they could. Will more upsets arise, or will order be restored?

Here are our predictions for Friday’s LCS Week 7 matchups.

LCS Summer Split 2021
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Recap of LCS Summer Split

For the first time in LCS history, the competing teams will partake in a triple-round robin regular season with their records from spring carrying over to summer. Entering Week 7, 100 Thieves stands in first place after defeating Team SoloMid at the end of Week 6. They have a slim lead over Cloud9, Team Liquid, and Evil Geniuses in the standings.

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FlyQuest vs. TSM

Starting is a confrontation between the LCS’ hottest team and an experienced but wavering squad. FlyQuest shocked everyone by going 3-0 with their Academy roster after transferring top laner Eric “Licorice” Ritchie. With TSM, they limp into the contest with crushing losses to 100T and last place Counter Logic Gaming.

It’s never easy to anticipate a fickle league like the LCS. Going 3-0 undoubtedly warrants merit, but nobody is sure whether the FLY Academy’s honeymoon period will extend for another week. The ball is on TSM’s court to decode FLY’s competitive ceiling, but the best choice is the seven-time champs.

Dignitas QNTMPAY vs. 100 Thieves

For what DIG’s win over CLG is worth, that didn’t outweigh the disappointment of losing TL and C9. DIG had a chance to turn those matches around, but their over-aggression eventually cost them, leading to questions about their overall competitiveness.

One Hundred Thieves partially steered the ship by defeating TSM, but that doesn’t offset the gravity from their losses to EG and GG.

Save for their wins over TSM and EG, DIG has yet to beat anyone above them in the standings during summer, considering their volatility; the preferred choice goes to 100T.

Team Liquid vs. Counter Logic Gaming

CLG opened Week 6 on the highest of highs, but they eventually landed on the lowest of lows by its end. Beating TSM and then losing to FLY Academy and a beleaguered DIG? That is truly counter logic.

Liquid welcomed back Alphari after a nearly two-month hiatus on a part-time basis. Seeing some shades of their spring form is a positive sign, but it will take some time to recalibrate their coordination to a reliable state.

Save for a few mishaps, TL should recover from their GG loss to trounce CLG, so choosing them is the safest pick.

Golden Guardians vs. Evil Geniuses

Eight straight wins, 12-6 in summer, beaten almost everyone during the process. Yup, good times are rolling along for EG. Some wondered if this team’s hot form would finally wither against the likes of 100T and C9. But as they showed, those questions changed to whether anyone could stop them. So far, that answer is nearing a resounding no.

But don’t count out GG. With top laner Licorice’s arrival, they immediately stormed out of the gates with wins over 100T and TL.

EG’s current streak is the longest in organization history, but against the revamped Licorice, GG looks poised to end it, so look to them for pulling off the upset.

Immortals vs. Cloud9

Amid multiple upswings, some suffer from them, and IMT befits that crowd. In losing to EG, TL, and FLY, the team now find themselves in a tense fight for the LCS’ last two playoff spots.

Likewise, C9’s summer blues continue after a 1-2 showing in Week 6. Three weeks have passed since Zven’s return, but it seems C9 hasn’t flipped that proverbial switch that turns them into the spring monsters fans vividly recognize.

Since 2020, Immortals has never beaten C9 with Zven. Barring issues, that trend should to continue, so expect C9 as the favorite.

Written by Pedro Romero