We came, we watched, and they played. As wild as it was, it was only the first week of the League of Legends 2018 NA LCS Spring Split
Here's what you should take away from this weekend's series', as well as what to look out for in the weeks to come.
5. Team Liquid Will Sweep Away Those Before Them
Team Liquid had one of the strongest rosters in NA coming into the split. Made up of veteran players from other top teams like Cloud9 and Team SoloMid, analysts, rivals, and fans alike were all holding their breath to see exactly what this team had to offer.
Their first game was against first-place favorite Team SoloMid. Well, they crushed them. And it looks like they're not going to stop there, either.
4. Team SoloMid is No Longer Flying Solo
Team SoloMid probably defied most expectations set for them out of any other North American organization this weekend. Going 0-2 in their first two games of the season is not how many predicted TSM would fare.
TSM need to figure out their game fast and rebound in Week 2.
3. 100 Thieves Will Keep Stealing the Spotlight
Among the three NBA team-owned organizations in the NA LCS, 100 Thieves started off the strongest, going 2-0 against Counter Logic Gaming and OpTic Gaming. Making a name for themselves with an hour-long match against OpTic right off the bat, 100 Thieves has a difficult Week 2 matching up with top teams Cloud9 and Team Liquid.
Don't expect this team to slow down, however, as 100T are here to stay.
2. Week 2 Will Be Very Telling for Counter Logic Gaming
Counter Logic Gaming hasn't been considered one of the top three teams for the past couple of splits. However, with roster changes that seemed to be mostly in their favor -- excluding the departure of Zaqueri "aphromoo" Black to 100 Thieves -- CLG seemed as though they would be starting the split off on a slightly stronger foot than seasons past.
They have yet to prove themselves, and this next week will determine whether they still can.
1. Stopwatch Will Determine Fates as Well as Games
It's a one-time time freeze -- a disposable Zhonya's Hourglass, if you will. Although disposable, this one item came in clutch time and time again, being used around 60 times total this one weekend in NA out of a possible 100 times. This single, 600-gold item determined the outcomes of team fights, tower dives, and first bloods.
Keep an eye out for it in Week 2, and see if it doesn't make the case for game-changing plays.