League of Legends Match of the Day: 1/28/17

by James Bates

(Photo: Riot Games)

Week two of the NA LCS enters full swing tomorrow with a pair of matchups between some of the league's top teams, while the EU LCS wraps up the week with a similarly packed line-up. For fans of either of these regions, tomorrow is a good day to stay glued to the lolesports stream, as just about every game is a hyped one. 

The day kicks off over in Europe, where H2k and the Unicorns will battle it out in a game that likely determines the fate of the group. Both teams have shown some signs of weakness in the last few matches, so the games should be a good test for both of them -- especially the Unicorns with their anemic early game. G2 Esports and the Misfits will follow up the first epic clash with one of their own. G2 looks practically unstoppable thus far, but Misfits have had strong showings of their own up until now. Another huge performance from Hans Sama, the ace rookie from Misfits, could be all it takes to alter the shape of the standings in the Misfits' favor.

Once Europe's titans are done smashing each other, it's time for the NA LCS to kick week 2 into full gear with another four exciting matchups. Everyone's eyes are sure to be glued to the screen when Cloud9 faces down the Immortals and we get to see Flame take on his old foe Impact in what is sure to be an explosive match. Meanwhile, on the other stream Phoenix1 will take on EnVyUs, who now will be fielding their entire roster thanks to Lira's visa issues being resolved. Afterward, Team Dignitas will try to prove that they're not a solely late-game team when they take on Echo Fox, a team who's early game has been the best in the League by far so far this split. Stream 2 will be the one to watch, though, as Team Liquid takes on Team SoloMid while both struggle for redemption after a rough first week.

Which games are the ones worth giving up a promising date for? Which games are worth escaping by going on a blind date? We rounded up WWG's League of Legends staff and asked them what they were personally tuning into to get you the inside scoop.

Matt Best, Lead On-Air Host - Immortals vs. Cloud9

 - "Cloud9 looks downright nasty. Through week one they look like they haven’t missed a thing. Contractz has made a believer out of most, including myself who doubted the 17 year old's ability. He outplayed Svenskeren who looked lost (as did most of TSM) but he’s shown the potential that screams “Rookie of the Split”. He’ll face off against a jungler from Immortals who had that title before in Dardoch. Dardoch has looked strong and has raved about the synergy he’s building with his new team. Immortals’ bot lane is where the story will unfold. At times Cody Sun and Olleh look like a Top 3 NA LCS bot lane duo, at times, they look like Phoenix1 from earlier last summer. If they can remain even with Sneaky and Smoothie, IMT will keep things close. However, at the end of the day; C9’s play has set them apart from everyone in the NA LCS (Yes, even the 2-0 FlyQuest team…) and that trend should continue against an IMT team that hasn’t quite found their groove yet."

James Bates, League of Legends Staff Writer - Phoenix1 vs. Team EnVyUs

 - "Realistically I'm watching every game tomorrow. I'm choosing to highlight this game not so much for it being the best pair of teams, but more due to it having the biggest potential to surprise me. While EnVyUs looked godawful last week, that's mostly because they had Ninja in the jungle and a last minute sub playing mid lane. Their coordination issues are pretty understandable in that context. The other nine teams in the NA LCS are already something of a known quantity, while we really don't know what to expect from the complete EnVyUs lineup. They've certainly surprised us in the past, and the combination of Seraph and LiRa is one that I'm definitely looking forward to seeing on stage. That being said, if you only have time to catch one game, it's pretty hard to recommend this one over the super hyped TSM vs. TL game, but even so it gets my personal pick. I'm just far too interested in what the complete EnVyUs will look like to pick any other way."

By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.