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The final week of NA LCS Spring Split is promising to be nerve-racking for the fans of three North American teams.
Three of the fan favorites in Team Liquid (9W-7L), Team SoloMid (9W-7L), and Counter Logic Gaming (7W-9L) remain in the running for the final two playoff spots in the North American LCS.
The road so far wasn’t easy for Tony “Zikz” Gray’s Counter Logic Gaming, and it’s about to get even worse. CLG managed to climb out of a three-week slump and started a four-game win streak to keep their playoff dreams alive, only to find their fate is in the hands of others.
Team Liquid find themselves one win away from making it to the playoffs, but that single victory might prove to be hard to get. Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and the guys will have to face Cloud9 (11W-5L), who are currently sitting at the very top of the table, as well as OpTic Gaming (4W-12L), who will be looking to get revenge after their loss back in Week 1 of NA LCS. If TL were to win at least one of these matches, CLG’s hopes to still make the playoffs would dwindle.
To keep the Counter Logic dream alive, TSM would have to succumb to Golden Guardians (4W-12L), who are currently sitting at the bottom of the standings.
And that’s only assuming that CLG will win both of their games, the first of which will be against OpTic and the deciding match against playoff-hopefuls TSM. The challenge may prove to be even more difficult than it seems, as Counter Logic Gaming remains to be one of only two teams who had never won an official game against OpTic.
Cloud9, Echo Fox, Clutch Gaming and 100 Thieves all have secured a playoff spot already, though the clear-cut winner of the regular season will be found out this weekend. The Top 2 teams in the regular split will move straight to the semi-finals, while the other four will have to battle it out with one another to decide their opponents.