My Power Rankings are up here. However, Power Rankings are based on recent results. My playoffs predictions are slightly different, largely because some teams have better playoffs performance. Read below for predictions
If it isn’t clear, every one of the matches that doesn’t involve C9 or LMQ could honestly go either way, so the playoffs look to be extremely exciting.
Quarterfinals – #3 TSM vs #6 DIG (2-3)
TSM is currently 1-3 this split vs Dignitas, not to mention a combined 8-12 vs the top teams in the playoffs. They are the #3 team only thanks to an 8-0 record against Complexity and Evil Geniuses. Dignitas has looked shaky in recent weeks, but they’ve had plenty of time to practice and get better. TSM is good at stomping the lower teams, but struggles against top competitors. Dignitas has a winning record vs only two teams: TSM and EG. Look to see them continue that trend. Dignitas’ choice to take Red side in Games 2 and 4, should let Shiphtur counter-pick in every game, and I look to see him take control of games.
Crumbzz has been camping for ZionSpartan recently, and that Jungle-Top tandem was what allowed C9 to crush TSM in past playoffs. However, Amazing is a much stronger jungler, so it’s fully possible that he’ll be able to turn the tables. Bot lane is a toss-up with nobody having seen enough of Lustboy and WildTurtle to really judge them. The pressure will be on in the mid lane, with two extremely good players, Bjergsen and Shiphtur, facing off. Shiphtur has been slumping recently, so it’ll be up to him to shape up and put pressure on the map for Dignitas. Locodoco has impressed me as a coach, so I think it will be extremely close, but I’m looking to see a 3-2 win by DIG. If TSM manages to take the first game, Dignitas’ historic lack of success in tournaments could hurt them, as TSM has currently competed at every World Championships.
Quarterfinals – #4 CRS vs #5 CLG (2-3)
It’s hard to imagine Curse not making 4th place in a split, but for once, I’m betting against the Curse curse of 4th place. CLG was one of the top NA teams for most of the split, and they essentially took an 0-4 Super Week so they could train in Korea. CLG is currently 1-3 vs Curse Gaming, but one of those losses was during the Super Week with a ringer roster. After their training in Korea, I expect to see them come back better than ever. I’m honestly about 50/50 on this, as Curse has looked *extremely* good in the final weeks of the split. Curse is actually also tied for 2nd place with LMQ in games vs the playoffs teams: 11-9. I’m calling this one 3-2 for CLG, but it’s very close.
Semifinals – #1 C9 vs #5 CRS (3-1)
Curse has looked like the second strongest team in NA in recent games. If any team has a chance of beating them in a series, it’s Curse, and I expect to see Curse go to Worlds. However, it is Cloud9, and I can’t root against them in the playoffs against their 10-0 playoff record and 67-17 season record.
Semifinals – #2 LMQ vs #6 TSM (3-0)
LMQ is 4-0 against TSM. It’s hard to imagine such a strong turnaround in the playoffs.
Finals – #1 C9 vs #2 LMQ (3-1)
Cloud9 has yet to lose a playoff game in the NA LCS, and I’m not willing to bet against a history like that on a team that hasn’t changed rosters in over a year.
Third Place Match – #3 TSM vs #4 CRS (2-3)
I actually think Curse could take this, with how strong they have been recently. However, they are currently 1-3 vs TSM, so it would be a huge turn around, especially given Curse’s traditional dismal playoff performances. I’m rooting for it anyway.
Fifth Place Match – #5 CLG vs #6 DIG (3-1)
CLG has one of the most talented bot lanes in the game, and I expect that pressure to roll up through every lane.