League of Legends Match of the Day: 2/18/17

by James Bates

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(Photo: Riot Games)

Saturday is the best day for League of Legends esports, as all four major leagues will be taking to the rift, meaning the action is nearly nonstop all day. Eleven matches across three continents will take place tomorrow -- and that's only counting the major leagues. 

The night begins in both the LPL and the LCK, both of which features a match the moment the clock strikes midnight. For the LCK, that match is between Longzhu Gaming and Afreeca, while the LPL will have a highlight match between EDward Gaming and the Qiao Gu Reapers, both of whom have taken possession of the top of the standings. Next up is Kongdoo Monster and KT Rolster over in the LCK, while over in China Game Talents will take on Newbee. 

The break of dawn will herald the beginning of the EU LCS, who wraps up their fifth week with matches between both Splyce and Team Roccat and the always hyped Fnatic versus Origen. North America will kick off the moment Europe closes, with it's own set of matches. First up Team Liquid and Team Dignitas will battle to escapes the bottom half of the standings, a fight that Dignitas should be primed to win now that they've cut down FlyQuest. On the other stage, Counter Logic Gaming will battle with the Immortals in another fight to climb up the standings between two organization who have found themselves far lower than they would like to be. All of that is merely an appetizer for what is to come, however, as Cloud9 and Team SoloMid will take to the main stage once Team Liquid and Team Dignitas vacate it and relive the season-opening match. Finally, the last match of the day will be Echo Fox's fight against Team  EnVyUs, a match they'll be eager to win after their unlikely 2-0 victory last week.

Which matches are worth snagging? Which matches are worth snoozing though? We got together the best mind here at WWg and put a simple question to them: which match are you going to be tuning into tomorrow?

Matt Best, Lead On-Air Host - Not Applicable

 - Matt has Canadian things to attend to tomorrow and declined to comment, as he'd rather watch burly men kick a puck around the ice than watch some of the Worlds' finest engage in the true sport of kings, League of Legends.

James Bates, League of legends Staff Writer - Cloud9 vs. Team SoloMid

 - "Edward Gaming versus Qiao Gu Reapers almost stole it, but even I can't resist the allure of one of North America's most enduring rivalry matches. For the first time in recent history, Cloud9 is the one in the drivers' seat in this matchup, as they currently command the League while TSM is solidly in third place. Cloud9's mastery of the League is anything but absolute, however, and they looked surprisingly vulnerable against FlyQuest last week. With Phoenix1 somewhat weakened at the moment, the only team capable of standing up to Cloud9 is TSM, and I'm looking forward to see if they can manage to put up a bigger fight that they did in Week 1.

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.