2018 NA LCS Spring Split
Los Angeles
With North America entering uncharted territory with the first season of the newly franchised league, who will be the first to strike blood? Will TSM make it four straight with yet another title to hang on the mantle? Will the fresh meat of 100 Thieves, Golden Guardians, Clutch Gaming, or OpTic Gaming make their mark early on their NA LCS tenure? Or will the stalwarts of CLG, Cloud9, and Team Liquid rise to prominence once more?

Event Dates:
January 20, 2018 through March 18, 2018

Teams In Competition
Event Scores
Final Placements
Recaps Of This Event

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Right places, right times
March 19, 2018
Hakuho's KDA read 3/3/12 at the end of Clutch Gaming's Sunday win over Golden Guardians.
ANALYSIS
Hakuho's fourth-rotation Thresh proved to be a fantastic pick in this game, assisting Solo's Cho'Gath in protecting carries and shutting down enemy divers. He was also great with his roams and hooks, picking up first blood for Clutch Gaming in the mid lane for starters. He couldn't keep his AD carry alive all that well, but he did a great job helping out Febiven, who was by far the more important member in this game.
Second fiddle by far
March 19, 2018
Apollo ended Clutch Gaming's Sunday win over Golden Guardians with a KDA of 2/4/12.
ANALYSIS
Apollo had solid kill participation in this game at 14 out of 18, but this is the best that can be said for him. Despite his team's numerous peeling tools and his long range as Caitlyn, he tied for the team-high in deaths while finding the fewest kills. He fell behind in farm as the game wore on, and felt outclassed by Deftly's Xayah in terms of damage throughout. Thankfully Febiven was all the carry Clutch needed, or this game might have gone differently.
Emperor of Summoner's Rift
March 19, 2018
Febiven went 6/1/11 as Clutch Gaming found victory over Golden Guardians on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Febiven simply dominated this game over Golden Guardians, which isn't surprising given it was on his signature Azir. Hai picked LeBlanc in the hopes of being able to kill Febiven, but this only happened once the whole game, and in the meantime, Febiven was farming up a storm, pushing down turrets, and winning teamfights for Clutch. He even managed to solo kill Hai later on in the game, solidifying his dominance. He missed out on only a single kill participation and died just once as Clutch Gaming took the win.
Questionable deaths mar solid performance
March 19, 2018
LirA's scoreline read 3/4/10 as Clutch Gaming took down Golden Guardians on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Playing Zac, LirA was Clutch Gaming's only reliable hard engage, and he filled that role just fine. His game started out strong with first blood in the mid lane, and as the game got scrappier and bloodier, his engagements kept Clutch proactive in fights. He did have a couple of deaths that seemed preventable, as a result of diving a bit too deep, but ultimately he did his job in this game, at least well enough for Febiven to carry.
Shuts down opponents
March 19, 2018
Solo ended Clutch Gaming's Sunday win over Golden Guardians 4/3/7.
ANALYSIS
Cho'Gath proved to be a fantastic pick for Solo in this game. With Febiven--and to a lesser extent Apollo--doing the carrying, it was Solo's job to peel and zone the enemy divers, namely Hai's LeBlanc. He did a wonderful job of this, using his silence and Feast to remove the threat from his backline time and again throughout the game, helping Febiven take only a single death in the win.
Questionable engages
March 19, 2018
Smoothie ended Cloud9's loss to FlyQuest with a KDA of 2/5/6 on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Charged with playing Alistar in this game, Smoothie's engagements needed to be rock solid if Cloud9 wanted any chance of getting onto WildTurtle's Kog'Maw through four tanks. Unfortunately, they were less than amazing. In one particularly embarrassing moment, Smoothie Flashed over a wall only to die before landing any real crowd control. The rest of his engages weren't this poor, but they weren't the stellar fight starters Cloud9 desperately needed.
Outcarried on Caitlyn
March 19, 2018
Sneaky's KDA read 2/4/6 at the end of Cloud9's Sunday loss to FlyQuest.
ANALYSIS
Sneaky's pick of Caitlyn in this game proved to be an awful one, as he was equally or less useful than WildTurtle's Kog'Maw at every stage of the game despite having the opportunity to counter pick. He was unable to build a CS lead in lane, likely due to the support matchup, and when his mid-game power lull came through, FlyQuest's comp was peaking. FlyQuest's four tanks shrugged off the damage from Sneaky, charging fearlessly into Cloud9 to allow WildTurtle to clean up. By the time Sneaky had enough items to attempt relevancy, it was too late.
Admirable attempt
March 19, 2018
Jensen went 2/0/3 in Cloud9's Sunday loss to FlyQuest.
ANALYSIS
Jensen's pick of Cassiopeia in this game was intelligent, as the champion's consistent high damage and ability to build some tank stats make her ideal into a lineup of several tanks. Indeed, Jensen was really the only member of Cloud9 to find much success in teamfights, as his positioning allowed him to spew out damage while remaining deathless. Unfortunately, he had no way of getting to WildTurtle's Kog'Maw without going through the tanks first, which just took too long.
Downward dive continues
March 19, 2018
Svenskeren ended 0/6/7 as Cloud9 fell to FlyQuest on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Svenskeren seems to have returned to his Worlds 2017 form as of late, and this game was no exception. An incredibly silly invade with no mid lane protection led to him dying for first blood, and while he followed up with a solid gank, his usefulness quickly evaporated. To be fair, his champion was never going to be particularly useful once the Quicksilver Sashes started coming in, and with four tanks on FlyQuest, it really only took WildTurtle's purchase to render him mostly irrelevant.
Not enough damage
March 19, 2018
2/2/4 was Licorice's KDA at the end of Cloud9's loss to FlyQuest on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Licorice put up a valiant effort in this game but ultimately couldn't do enough to swing teamfights for Cloud9. His lane deficit was perfectly acceptable as Gangplank into Gnar, and he was much more involved around the map than his opponent early on, even grabbing the only kill onto WildTurtle in the whole game with a great Teleport. However, as FlyQuest's beefy frontline snowballed ahead in gold, he just didn't have the damage to deal with it.