The LCO kicks off super week with a slate of mouth-watering games and the pack is starting to separate just a little bit.
First up in LCO action, Legacy look to continue their resurgence against an uninspiring Mammoth. They’ve been plucky at times, but have consistently come up short and they’re hard to back here as well.
PGG should handily account for Gravitas, but we’ve said that before. And Order will smell blood in the water as they take on a new-look Peace lineup, but I still back Vincent “Violet” Wong to carry that game for Peace.
Most importantly though, we have two teams headed in opposite directions as today’s marquee match as the LCO opens up Super Week 1.
Perry’s Pick of the Week: CHF vs DW
The Chiefs have been good this split, which was expected. What was not was just how good. They’ve dropped a winnable game to Peace to open the split, and then have pretty much put the rest of the league to the sword, with Ryan “Swathe” Gibbons and Dragon “Dragku” Guo the standouts thus far, and Ronald “Kisee” Vo coming along in leaps and bounds.
They’re the favourites on paper, and rightly so.
Split 2 has been much the same as how Split 1 playoffs ended for the Dire Wolves. With only wins against the lowly Mammoth and up-starts Gravitas to their names, they have been abjectly belted at times by the top teams of the league. It’s a struggle to see where the turnaround will come from.
It must start from their solo laners — the bot lane looks unsalvageable.
Brandon “Claire” Nguyen has been better this split but still looks a step off the place. Ari “Shok” Greene-Young too has to prove that along with gappin’ and clappin’ that he can make it happen. Or the Wolfpack will be trapped on the outside again, staying at home while someone else competes internationally again.
They’re already clean out of the playoffs as things stand, so they are running out of time. Taking down first is no small feat, but it’s doable for this experienced squad.
I’m still picking the Chiefs, mind.
Perry’s Week 4, Day 1 Predictions
- Legacy def. Mammoth
- Chiefs def. Dire Wolves
- Pentanet def. Gravitas
- Peace def. Order
The LCO returns today: Dire Wolves vs Chiefs will be played on July 6 at 7pm (AEST). Catch up on all the LCO 2021 Split 2 details in our ultimate coverage hub.