Wednesday, August 10

LCS Team of the Week: 2022 Spring Split week 2

The competition got a lot spicier in the second week of the 2022 LCS Spring Split, with multiple teams battling for a position at the top of the regular season pack after four games.

A couple of underdog squads have kept up with the various contenders of the league with some impressive wins, while a few other rosters have failed to stay in stride and have stumbled to the bottom. It is still early in the split, however, so there’s plenty of room left to surge or slide in the standings.

Team Liquid and 100 Thieves dominated this edition of the Team of the Week, with the former now on a three-game win streak and the latter coming off of an impressive victory over Evil Geniuses. But a surprising 2-0 week from Golden Guardians has placed one standout player from their roster on the list.

Here is Dot Esports’ Team of the Week for the second week of the 2022 LCS Spring Split.

Liquid Bwipo

After his brief stint as a jungler on Fnatic in 2021, Team Liquid top laner Bwipo has showcased exactly why he was sought after by Liquid in the offseason. In their game against Cloud9, Bwipo’s Gragas ultimates were the primary reason behind Liquid’s ability to mitigate C9’s engagements. His micro maneuvers in teamfights, coupled with his ability to eat jungle pressure in the top side, prevented C9 from snowballing a lead through Summit’s Aatrox.

Against FlyQuest, Bwipo’s early laning phase on Jayce led to an insurmountable CS lead that FlyQuest top laner Kumo was unable to bounce back from. Throughout the weekend, Bwipo had averaged 562 damage per minute, according to Oracle’s Elixir, and led all top laners in this category as he showcased his versatility to play both a strong and weak side laning phase.

100T Closer

Despite sustaining their first loss of the season, 100 Thieves put together two strong performances largely spearheaded by Closer. Shining throughout both games through his individual performances, Closer solidified his spot as the LCS’ best jungler currently.

Across the past two games, the Turkish jungler led the entire LCS in kill participation at an astounding 93.5 percent, according to Oracle’s Elixir. Against others in his role, Closer also pulled ahead of the pack as he led in KDA (7.3) and posted an impressive gold differential (+341 at 10-minutes) and kill share (29 percent). 

Most integral to 100T’s success, however, has been Closer’s contributions to the team’s objective control. The reigning LCS champions have yet to lose a Baron, boasting a 100-percent control rate over the late-game neutral objective. Similarly, 100T are still in the upper echelon of Baron (63 percent) and Dragon (74 percent) control rates. With no undefeated teams left in the LCS after only two weeks, Closer has aided 100T’s case for the top spot.

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