Week five of the 2019 LCS Summer Split has concluded, marking the halfway point before the post season. We've seen more parity throughout the league this summer than we have all year, but only six teams will be able to qualify for playoffs.
Four out of the five playoff teams from spring are currently within the top six in the LCS standings, but may still be possible for other teams to break their way in. Here are our predictions for the six teams that will seed into playoffs based off of what we've seen so far.
In a meta that rewards flex picks, solo lane dominance, and coordinated aggression, C9 is looking like the hottest team in the League. Even with their star top laner, Eric "Licorice" Ritchie, subbed out due to wrist pain, they were still able to take down both Team Liquid and Clutch Gaming this week using their academy top Ziqing "Kumo" Zhao.
They introduced the Gragas/Yasuo combo into the LCS and Yasin "Nisqy" Dinçer has shown proficiency on a wide variety of mid lane picks. Right now, they may have the best combination of individual skill and cohesive team play.
Liquid barely scraped out of week five with a 1-1 game record after falling against C9 and narrowly defeating 100 Thieves. It's possible that the recent loss of their head analyst, Jack "Kayys" Kayser, has had an effect on the team's strategy and preparation.
Their mechanical skill and coordination are still two of their greatest strengths despite not looking as crisp in week five. Team Liquid have also been known to slow down a bit during the end of the regular season, so expect them to get more experimental once they've locked in their playoff seeding.
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Out of all of the top teams in the league, CLG has demonstrated the most potential as they continue to ramp up. With jungler Raymond "Wiggily" Griffin at the helm, their teamwork and in-game problem solving skills have been their greatest strengths this split. They have two hard matches over the next two weeks against Team Liquid and Cloud9 to break up the tie for first place, but they've beaten both of those teams already.
TSM is experiencing their routine bout of mid-split growing pains. While it seems like they may have settled on starting Matthew "Akaadian" Higginbotham in the jungle for the rest of the split, they've also struggling to implement and execute certain strategies on stage.
The team has a history of getting by off of pure mechanical skill alone, but recent individual mistakes have kept that from working in their favor. They've shown glimpses of greatness this split, though, and when in doubt, they can always rely on Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg to carry when things go south.
OpTic's strength has been the biggest surprise of the Summer Split. They hit the ground running in week one, and have since retained their status as a strong team. Lately they've lost a bit of their momentum, and their biggest issue seems to be late game execution. For a team that relies more on teamwork than individual performance, even the smallest macro mistakes can spell disaster.
Since they've racked up four losses, expect their rank in the standings to fall slightly as other teams continue to find their footing. Regardless of how their seeding pans out, they will threat in playoffs no matter who they're against.
GGS are actually sitting in sixth place after week five, and it's likely that they'll stay there given the strength of their remaining schedule. Before the end of the split, they'll play against all of the teams listed above them on this list except for C9. They haven't beaten any of those four teams yet this split.
They've seen some success with the addition of Choi "huhi" Jae-hyun and Victor "FBI" Huang to their starting roster, so they'll lively maintain their current strength and play the role of gatekeeper for the bottom have of the league.