Team SoloMid vs Team Liquid
For our third match of the day, we have a rather exciting clash between the two perennial LCS giants: Team Liquid and Team Solo Mid!
Now, any time these two giants face off there's a reason to celebrate. We are rarely left indifferent whenever either of these two grace the stage, and when they're facing each other, they never fail to deliver the goods. This game, in particular, should be no exception. That said, both of these two teams are fighting with different amount of hype and momentum.
Team Liquid are currently on a tear and have been fairly dominant throughout the entire Summer Split. They're in sole possession of first place with a stellar 13W-4L record and even though they're not without fault, there's hard to find a team that's as capable and consistent in the North American region.
They can afford to lose this time around, but they're looking to end on a high note and build as much momentum coming into the playoffs as humanly possible.
Team Solo Mid, on the other hand, could really use some momentum. Perhaps that's even an understatement. Now, they are by no means a bad team right now, but they're struggling to find an identity and stick with it. They're experimenting quite a fair bit and while they don't always succeed, it's hard to blame them for trying to diversify their arsenal. We know that they're an absolute behemoth when they decide to play standard so there's no need to doubt them. That said, the fact that they'll be playing with their third jungler (in a row) tonight should seriously impact their team cohesion and overall strength.
Against a team of Liquid's caliber, there's no room for error. They might drop the ball early on, but once the mid and later stages of the game come around they're as sound as possible. And if there's one thing that characterizes Team Solo Mid's play over the last couple of weeks it is the fact that they're often making egregious errors at the worst possible moments. They're just not in sync and they're fumbling both individually as well as a five-man unit. Whether there's internal turmoil still remains to be seen, but they're just playing at their best right now.
In the end, we simply have to side with the reigning, defending LCS champions. There's no reason to doubt them at this point in time, and while this might not be an easy match, they should be able to get the win regardless.