"Building Momentum" - LCO Preview: Week 9
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Focus. Retrospection. Atonement. It’s now time to add Momentum to the list. After eight epic weeks of League, only two more gamedays lie between us and launching into our third consecutive LCO playoffs campaign — and with first place locked it’s full steam ahead to enter the LCO Split 1 Playoffs with as much momentum as possible.
With Week 8’s triumphs over Kanga Esports and PEACE lifting our winning streak to a tremendous fourteen in a row and our overall record to 18-1, our League squad can write themselves into the history books with a win over either of Week 9’s opposition, Pentanet.GG or old rivals the Dire Wolves. By claiming our nineteenth win of the split, this 2022 iteration of the Chiefs can draw even with the record for most dominant Oceanic split of all time set by the Bombers in 2019, but a twentieth win will hand us the record outright. With a big week ahead, let’s get into the previews.
Chiefs vs Pentanet.GG, Monday @ 6pm AEDT/8pm NZDT
Pencil this one in as your Game of the Week as two of the best teams in the competition are set to square off in could very well be a playoffs preview. The boys at Pentanet.GG have put together a tidy six-game winning streak after we took them down in the last Super Week, and will be eager for revenge with playoff seeding at stake. Only one game behind defending champions PEACE, a win could get them closer to second place — but we won’t be making it easy for them.
Keep an eye out for a titanic battle in the toplane as Topoon lines up against Winterer, with both players no stranger to putting their carry pants on — however expect Arthur, who is coming off a double MVP in Week 8, to be making plays everywhere as he continues his incredible run of form. PGG’s jungler BalKhan will definitely provide worthy opposition for Arthur, but we back him and the rest of our boys to take our third win of the split against the 2021 Split 1 champs on Monday.
Chiefs vs Dire Wolves, Tuesday @ 6pm AEDT/8pm NZDT
Since the LCO started last year, we’ve split our matches against storied opponents Dire Wolves 4-4, and the last game of the split provides an excellent opportunity to push our record into the positive. This split the Wolfpack has been the playoffs gatekeeper, sweeping the bottom teams apart from a singular loss to Kanga in Week 1, but apart from a Week 6 win over ORDER have also been unable to pick up games over the top four LCO teams.
Expect a fiery matchup in both the mid and bot lanes come Tuesday, as both the Dire Wolves’ midlaner Kyose and botlaner Frosts have looked good in recent weeks. Our own veteran ADC Raes has proven time and time again that he’s happy to take all challengers, and if resident hook machine Dragku can get onto a playmaking support, sparks will definitely fly in our hunt for a 3-0 sweep over the Wolfpack this split.
Be sure to tune in to twitch.tv/lco next week as we look to pick up as much momentum as possible ahead of the LCO playoffs, with history beckoning for our already-historic League team.