If Golden Guardians weren’t in your radar as a high contender throughout the LCS when the 2023 Spring Split started, they most actually higher be now.
After handily defeating final 12 months’s Spring champions Evil Geniuses, Golden Guardians have prolonged their unprecedented sweep of the LCS to seven-straight wins. This continues to be the longest win streak within the historical past of the group, and is near tying the eight-game win streak that FlyQuest accrued within the first half of the break up.
Though Golden Guardians earned themselves an early lead towards EG, overzealous play within the mid recreation allowed their opponents to seize much-needed aims for themselves. Yet minor hiccups didn’t deter the group, as final week’s “player of the week” Stixxay, alongside additional sturdy performances from the remainder of the group, helmed a dominant late recreation that will permit the streak to outlive.
During his “player of the week” interview with Emily Rand, Stixxay defined that reaching this level after a number of downfalls felt extremely rewarding, however that that is only the start of what he expects from himself for the rest of this 12 months.
“I don’t want people to look at Golden Guardians as, ‘oh nice, we got Golden Guardians in Playoffs, we can beat them,’” Stixxay defined. “I also just want to compete in international competition again.”
Golden Guardians notably made only a few adjustments to its LCS roster heading into the beginning of the Spring Split. Licorice and River returned of their respective roles, Stixxay was introduced again as much as the primary roster, whereas Huhi would joined from 100 Thieves and Gori made his LCS debut. Yet in only a few weeks, this group has discovered the synergy wanted to defeat virtually the whole thing of the sphere—together with groups that have been projected to stay on the high of the standings.
The group heads into the sixth week of the 2023 LCS Spring Split with a 7-4 report, sharing maintain of third place within the standings with the group they only defeated, Evil Geniuses. The solely remaining groups Golden Guardians should defeat are the first-place FlyQuest and seventh-place Team Liquid, who they’ll meet within the closing weeks of the common season.