2023 LCS Spring Split day one recap

LCS "Heroes" photo before 2023 LCS Spring Split day one

The 2023 LCS Spring Split day one is finally here, and it’s finally time to see all the new teams on stage for the first time. Some teams could not field their full rosters because of some visa issues, namely Ignar on Dignitas and Eyla on FlyQuest, but the rest of the LCS was able to show everything that they are made of.

Will the power rankings that took over Twitter over the last week be correct? Will Team Liquid Honda or FlyQuest come out victorious with their star-studded rosters? Can Counter Logic Gaming running back the same roster pay off with the synergy they all bring, or will it all crash and burn? Can the new young talent rise up, or will they not perform up to expectations?

People’s expectations are high with new rosters and every team having a chance at starting off the season on the right foot, building momentum, and giving their fans what they were looking for. Who is going to win, how are they going to win, and who is going to upset the narratives? It’s time to find out.

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2023 LCS Spring Split day one results:

  • 100 Thieves < Cloud9
  • Evil Geniuses > Golden Guardians
  • Team Liquid Honda < FlyQuest
  • Counter Logic Gaming > Dignitas
  • Immortals Progressive < TSM

The GOATs didn’t work out today

Bjergsen and Doublelift with a goat
(Credit: Riot Games)

The first game of the 2023 LCS Spring Split day one was perhaps the most hyped game of the day, with 100 Thieves taking on Cloud9, a rematch of the 2022 Summer Finals. The main draw wasn’t the rematch; however, it was the reuniting of Bjergsen and Doublelift, two of the greatest players in North American League of Legends history.

Their performance, however, did not pan out the way that fans had expected it to go. It started during the draft, where 100 Thieves went with an off-meta support champion, followed by a passive play in the lane phase and topped off with mistakes and poor positioning in team fights that led to Cloud9 taking the game easily.

The team had some shining moments, namely at the very end of the game, where they finally won a team fight, only for Cloud9’s minions to end the game. If the team wants to go further and perform up to fans’ expectations, they need to drop the spicy picks. It is the beginning of the new season, where all the momentum and storylines are built, and this is not the way to start things off.

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Counter Logic Gaming proves everyone wrong

Coming into the split, Counter Logic Gaming decided to keep its roster intact and build on what it had developed last year. Their entire roster, from top to support, is the same as last year, and it seemingly paid off today. Against Dignitas, who everyone had rated higher in their power rankings due to their improved roster, they showed up and showed out.

Dignitas never had a chance to take fights or contest Counter Logic Gaming at all during the came, save for one fight around baron. All the members of CLG were on the same page. There were no moments where the team seemed to be disjointed or out of sync. If this kind of play continues, CLG could find themselves with an early lead in the standings and plenty of momentum after the first week of play.

The 2023 LCS Spring Split day one was exciting, firey, and had plenty of plays that excited fans. Can the trend continue tomorrow with more of the same? You’ll have to tune in to lolesports.com to find out, where you can also find the complete schedule for the 2023 LCS Spring Split.

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