All eyes in the League of Legends world will be on the League Championship Series finals this weekend, as North America’s takes place in Toronto and Europe’s in Krakow, Poland.
Cloud9 and Team SoloMid will renew a years old rivalry in their fifth meeting in the North American finals, while G2 — with a world berth already clinched — will take on the upstart Splyce on the European side.
Slingshot asked some professional players in both regions who they think will win the respective matchups and why. Their answers are below:
Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent, EnVyUs: I think TSM will win. They’ve looked extremely dominant the entire split and I expect them to continue the trend. Despite this, C9 has improved a lot so I hope the series is more interesting than the TSM vs. CLG series. I’m predicting 3-1, personally, but C9 has shown up to be a strong contender recently.
Anthony “Hard” Barkhovtsev, Echo Fox: I think for sure TSM will win. I’m not sure if it’ll be close or not, but I think Jensen is really good and Impact really played well in his last set. TSM, however, is a really strong team. It will be super interesting to see how the series goes.
Alan “KiWiKiD” Nguyen, NRG: I think TSM will handily win the series 3-0 or 3-1. Bjergsen at worst easily neutralizes Jensen, and Hauntzer is very smart and not too prone to tilt. If C9 were to win, I feel it may be off the playmaking power of C9’s bot lane. However, Sneaky and Smoothie will be hard-pressed by Doublelift and Biofrost. I think the jungle matchup is even. Meteos played super well vs. IMT.
Raymond “KaSing” Tsang, Vitality: I think G2 will win it based on the way they close out games and understand pressure, even when behind, which is one of the qualities that makes G2 so strong. They know and commit to fights from flanks or understand map pressure where it’s needed, too, which also makes me think G2 will win it 3-0 or 3-1
Jonas “Memento”Elmarghichi, Giants Gaming: I think it’s going to be a really close series, but it’s kind of hard to predict who’s going to come out on top. We haven’t seen yet what picks Splyce have because they didn’t really show much in the H2K series since they only played Gnar and Gragas the entire series. But I do believe that if G2 don’t underperform like they did against UOL (in the) first games, they will come out on top, because they have the stronger players individually and I think they are a lot better than they showed in the UOL games. So I’m going to say G2 3-1
Johan “Klaj” Olsson, Fnatic: My prediction for the finals is 3-1 to G2 (because) G2 has the best bot lane in the West, and I think they show up big time.
Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games.