LCS Playoffs are Set to Start Thursday

The lcs summer split playoffs are about to get underway and we break down the state of the playoffs and the opening round matches.

After a crazy and intense six-week regular season, the LCS is set for its 2023 Summer Split Playoffs, which are set to start Thursday, July 27th, with TSM taking on Evil Geniuses. The top eight teams from the regular season have been seeded into the brackets. With four spots to the 2023 League of Legends World Championships on the line, you can expect North America’s best to be at the top of their game. 

Evil Geniuses LG vs. TSM 

When: Thursday, July 27th – 5 PM ET

Odds: Evil Geniuses LG (-500) vs. TSM (+325)

Evil Geniuses LG will look to kick off the LCS Summer Split playoffs with a bang as they take on TSM after a successful regular season. Evil Geniuses ended the season with a 12-6 record and the 3rd seed in playoffs. Though it’s a solid result, the team has to be a little defeated after they were in the running for a majority of the season to end in the top spot in the standings after holding 1st place in a tie with Cloud9 for Week 2-4. This is a team that is capable of lifting the trophy at the end of the season if the top teams aren’t careful. 

TSM ended the season in the 6th spot with an 8-10 match record. By claiming the 6th seed, they were able to secure themselves the last spot in the double-elimination bracket. Dignitas and 100 Thieves, who finished in 7th and 8th, respectively, are automatically seeded into the loser’s side of the bracket meaning their playoff run will be single elimination. If TSM doesn’t want to see either of those teams in their next match, they’ll have to figure out how to shut down the 1st Team All-Pro mid laner for Evil Genuises Jojopyun. 

Team Liquid Honda vs. NRG

When: Friday, July 28th – 5 PM ET

Odds: Team Liquid Honda (-213) vs. NRG (+159) 

Team Liquid Honda finished with a respectable 10-8 record which secured them the 4th seed headed into the postseason. Team Liquid Honda spent the majority of the season near the top of the standings seeming in constant competition for the 3rd seed. They have a very capable roster, with their top laner Summit being named to the 2nd All-Pro Team, while jungler Pyosik and support CoreJJ were named to the 3rd All-Pro Team. This is a team that expects to play on the Worlds Stage at the end of the year and won’t let anyone stand in their way. 

NRG had a rough start to the Summer Split, finding themselves at the bottom of the standings for a good part of the start of the season. At the end of Week 2, they found themselves in the 2nd to last spot in the standings with a 2-4 record. Heading into Week 5, the 5-7 squad needed a spark, and a spark they found going 3-0, rocketing them in the standings to 5th place, where they would end the season with a 9-9 record. If they can use the confidence they found at the end of the season, this could be an interesting match. 

The Next Rounds

Currently, the top teams in the league, Cloud9, and Golden Guardians, are waiting for the winners of this week’s matches in the Upper Bracket Semifinals. Cloud9, as the top seed, will get the winner of Evil Geniuses and TSM, while Golden Guardians will face the winner of Team Liquid Honda and NRG. The losers will have a longer journey through the loser’s bracket if they want a shot at playing in the League of Legends World Championships.