While sample sizes still need to be taken into account, it’s easy to see a few valuable lessons teams likely learned after the first week of the North American League Championship Series. Team Liquid learned that trying to play without Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett was like trying to drive with a flat tire: technically possible, but a terrible idea in practice. Counter Logic Gaming realized that those new elemental drake things they hadn’t spent much time with due to Mid-Season Invitational are actually important now. Even Echo Fox learned something this week, as it now knows switching your mid and top laner for a game is a terrible idea (though they probably should have known that anyway).
Of course, it’s safe to say that most of the lessons are reserved for the audience, as we finally got to see a lot of pieces in action on the big stage. The Team SoloMid faithful was rewarded with an incredibly promising Biofrost performance that put to bed any concerns of him being ready for the big stage. NRG fans saw any hope that Quas would return to his previous form burn up in flames like an ineffective tree. Most excitingly, Apex Gaming proved a 10-person roster can theoretically work well…as long as you find five guys worth starting together every game. Now, it’s time to see which teams learned the most from these lessons and are ready to step up in a big way in this week’s series.
On today’s episode of the Rough Drafts Guess the Lines Podcast, Chase “RedShirtKing” Wassenar and Walter “Ceades” Fedczuk do their best to separate the Week 1 aberrations from the promising trends that will dictate the pace of the new look North American LCS. Together, they discuss why Counter Logic Gaming fell flat despite a strong performance at MSI, the terrifying new Biolift bot lane, and whether Apex or EnVyUs will be able to maintain their current pace towards the top of the standings. They close with their best bets of the week.
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