League of Legend Match of the Day: 2/12/17

by James Bates

(Photo: Riot Games)

Today wraps up the last day of the fourth week of the NA LCS, as well as the third week of the LCK and the second of the LPL. Once again, for what seems like the umpteenth time this week, the day's matches are far from disappointing. While the LCK features mostly one-sided games or low-tier teams, both the LPL and the NA LCS have one of their biggest matchups of the split coming up today.

First up is the LPL, where Vici Gaming takes on Game Talents in an attempt to build momentum after their recent win. Considering Game Talent's hopelessly bad record thus far, it's hard to imagine they'll have much trouble doing so. The second match of the night is where the real action is, though, as the Qiao Gu Reapers take on World Elite in a battle that may well define what team takes sole possession of second place in most people's power rankings. While WE has the worse record of the two, they do have the stronger pedigree, ensuring that this battle is going to be anything but tame.

By comparison to the LPL, Korea is relatively tame tonight. First up, SKT T1 will take to the rift once more as they look to demolish the upstart BBQ Olivers in what hopefully won't turn into a reprise of their upset against the Freecs. Afterward, the night will get wrapped up with a match between the Jin Air Green Wings and MVP -- one that we recommend avoiding in the interest of protecting your sanity.

Finally, the NA LCS will take to the stage six hours after the LCK wraps up their night. The first two matches of the day are both going to be ones to keep your eye on. Counter Logic Gaming will take on Phoenix1 on the main stage in one of the former's last chances to turn around an otherwise hopeless season, while Echo Fox will look to build upon yesterday's 2-0 victory over the same CLG with a victory over Team SoloMid, a team that should prove to be far more formidable prey. Both of these matches will but whet the crowd's appetite for what comes after, however, as after CLG and P1 wrap up their match, Flyquest and Cloud9 will take to the stage in an epic rivalry match with a story so epic that it writes itself. After today, one of these two teams will have sole possession of first place, and analysts are split on who they believe that will be. By contrast, the match between Dignitas and EnVyUs in the theater seems like small beans, and it's hard to imagine too many people will be turned into that half of the broadcast.

Which games are worth watching? Which games aren't worth the time? We rustle up the best and brightest League of Legends experts at WWG and put the question to them.

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

 - “FlyQuest vs Cloud9. Seriously. If you are going to watch ANY League game this week, this has to be the one. It makes no sense to dive into this game and try to analyze everything. “Who’s going to win what lane!?” “Will we see any crazy picks?!” None of that matters. The storylines are abundant and plentiful. Contractz is up with C9 and doing well as a rookie. His counterpart, Moon, looks fantastic after having a revival split of sorts. A team that was expected to be laughed at versus a team that is right where they should be. Watch this series with an open mind and prepare for two titans to collide.”

James Bates, League of Legends Staff Writer - Flyquest vs. Cloud9

 - "It took an excruciating amount of will to not answer Qiao Gu vs. Team WE, as watching my two favorite LPL teams battle it out is certainly my highlight of the LPL split, but even I can't ignore the storylines coming to a head here. Hai versus the team that he made into a legend is a storyline that makes veterans of the scene like myself euphoric to think about, and I honestly have no idea how the game will turn out. If it comes down to a punching match, I think Cloud9 have the mechanical advantage to come out ahead, as both of their solo laners should be able to outperform their counterparts. Cloud9 haven't proven terribly adept at winning the game through any means other than simple outlaning into teamfighting, however, and if any team has the tools to break that rhythm, it's Flyquest. Anyone who counts out a team led by Hai at this point in League's history is either a fool, or hasn't been paying attention for long. This is the guy who could take Cloud9 to Worlds afer subbing into roles that he'd never played before. Mechanics mean nother compared to the genius that is Hai, and seeing that familiar story play out once again isn't just the highlight of my day, it's likely the highlight of the week. Even the Telecom wars are going to be hard pressed to deliver as much hype as this match will."

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.