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The LCS, or League Championship Series, is set to kick off the calendar year with the LCS Spring 2023. Founded in 2013, LCS is now in its 10th edition, with the spring season being one of two key events taking place over the year. The LCS is the highest-tier League of Legends competition taking place on American soil and is organized by Riot Games, which runs the tournament in partnership with the ten competing teams.
Evil Geniuses and FlyQuest are the top picks for LCS Spring 2023. Our first favorite pick of the 2023 season goes to Evil Geniuses or EG. EG is the oldest American professional esports organization, which was founded in 1999.
After a fairytale victory in the LCS 2022 Spring Season, EG has finally cracked the LoL Puzzle after failing to reach the highest levels since arriving on American soil in 2014. They look poised and ready to replicate their success in the 2022 season once again.
On the other hand, we have the Wesley Edens and Fortress Investment Group-owned FlyQuest (abbreviated as FLY). This team, founded in 2016 by Edens, who also owns the Milwaukee Bucks, has been enjoying some other-worldly consistency dating back to 2020. From watching them over the past two years, the members of FLY could have their big breakthrough any day now.
We have EG and FLY going into LCS Spring 2023 as close favorites. Evil Geniuses have been in winning form since cleaning out the last LCS Spring season, while FLY has been grinding away at developing world-beating consistency in their competitive gameplay. We also have a couple of dark horse picks for the upcoming season.
Despite not making a big splash on the world stage at the 2022 World Championship, EG is still our top pick for LCS Spring 2023. The team has had a stellar 2022, with excellent showings across the two LCS seasons and the pre-season lock-in tournament. EG won the 2022 spring season with a 3-0 sweep against 100 Thieves and came third in the summer season with a 2-3 split against 100 Thieves Again after losing the LCS Lock-In 2022 against Team Liquid.
Despite the strong LCS performances, EG could not crack the top ten of the 2022 World Championship. We believe that this is because the North American and Asian geographies are currently at different levels of competition, and it will be a few more seasons before we see an American team challenging for the world title.
Despite 2022 being a tumultuous year in terms of players joining and leaving the team, EG was still able to pull off a series of masterful performances. Since the end of the summer season, star players like Freeze, Ssumday, and FBI have joined ahead of 2023. We’re eagerly looking forward to seeing the changes that will inevitably arise from the addition of fresh talent to the team.
Despite having only made their debut in the LCS in the 2017 spring season, FLY has been a tournament staple ever since. The team found itself in the LCS roster after the team bought out the spot of Cloud9 Challenger, a team that was initially promoted to the LCS by winning a promotion tournament.
Since 2020, FLY has been in surprisingly consistent form, although this may not entirely be a good thing. On the bright side, the team has not placed outside of the top 10 since its inception in 2017. In 2021 and 2022, FLY steadily improved its performances to finish between 5th and 8th place. On the downside, the team has not seen an LCS final since the summer of 2020.
Over the winter, VicLa, Prince, Impact, Spica, and SSONG joined FLY. This prompts us to believe that the new additions to the team might be crucial in providing a much-needed breakthrough in the 2023 season. Keep an eye on Impact, the toplaner who was responsible for helping 100 Thieves bag the LCS Spring 2022 title - he could play a pivotal role in how FLY fares in 2023 and beyond.
Team Liquid has been active in the League of Legends scene since its acquisition of Curse Gaming. The first Liquid League of Legends team consisted of Quas, IWillWominate, FeniX, Piglet, and Xpecial, and this group would go on to represent the team in the LCS, finishing third in both the spring and summer seasons.
In recent years, Team Liquid has been almost as consistent as FLY, although with more variations in their performances. On the negative side, they were unable to win the LCS Spring and Summer seasons, placing 3rd and 4th, respectively. However, Team Liquid did win the summer and spring seasons of 2018 and 2019, with some of that momentum carrying forward into 2020 and beyond. The team won both the Lock-In Tournaments of the last two years and is in strong form going into the 2023 season.
This winter, Summit, and Psyosik joined the team, with the addition of Reignover as coach. While we haven’t seen this combination in action in a major tournament yet, the shakeup is bound to give the team the last push that they need to bag gold.
Cloud9 is our dark horse pick for the LCS Spring 2023 season. The credentialed American team is a 4-time LCS champion, with their last win taking place during the recent Summer 2022 season. As current reigning LCS champions, they would have been given a better pick for the 2023 season had they not crashed out of the group stages of the 2022 World Championship.
Despite the wipeout at the World Championship, Cloud9 was one of the strongest American teams of 2022. They began the season by showing the world what’s to come by finishing the 2022 LCS Lock-In in 3rd place. They would go on to keep their form by finishing 4th in the LCS Spring 2022 season.
Finally, when LCS Summer 2022 came around, Cloud9 showed their full potential by stomping 100 Thieves 3-0 to get invited to the 2022 World Championship and win the $100,000 cash prize.
Founding member IwillDominate left the team on December 21, and coach Max Waldo made his exit on December 29, 2023. Of the four teams on our list, Cloud9 is entering 2023 with practically the same winning roster from the last summer season, which should be reason enough to have them as our dark horse picks for the season.
Evil Geniuses have a load of fresh talent on their side for the new season. The new players, when paired with the team’s dominant form, make them our top pick for LCS Spring 2023. Evil Geniuses is followed closely by the eerily consistent Fly Quest, who will have a chip on their shoulder in 2023, having closely missed out on many championships by small margins.
Team Liquid, also in highly consistent form, makes our first outside pick for the season. We look forward to seeing the team chemistry evolve with the addition of Summit and Psyosik. Lastly, keep an eye on our dark horse in current champions Cloud9, who are entering 2023 with a stable roster and strong form.
With an interest in strategy and mathematics, applying that to sports writing was the natural progression. A writer at night and the founder of a gaming company, Nikhil’s previous experience includes working with ESPN for five years. His specialization includes soccer, basketball, tennis, and esports betting. Email: [email protected]More info on Nikhil Kalro
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