Week 2 of 2020 LCS Spring Split will continue this Sunday when we will get to see four great League of Legends fixtures featuring eight teams who will look to prove their worth on the Rift.
All the spotlight will be on Team Liquid and Cloud9, yet for all the different reasons. Team Liquid will look to bounce back following a poor start of the season, while C9 will hope to continue their undefeated run. Yet we can’t forget about the most successful LCS team in history – Team SoloMid, who left a lot to be desired in week one and are now set to prove their worth.
Will the trio of LCS juggernauts reach their goals and impress is anyone’s guess, however, we will try to give an answer to that in this LCS 2020 Spring Split betting preview.
Evil Genuises vs Team SoloMid
Sunday, January 2 – 12:00 PST
When it comes to this match, it’s hard to say what to expect this Sunday. On one side we have Evil Genuises who are a team with potential and on the other, we have Team SoloMid, who have a completely new roster, with the sole exception being Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg.
Looking back, TSM played the notoriously long and boring match against Immortals, where neither side managed to step up and perform up to par and quite frankly, both IMT and TSM seemed like they don’t even belong in LCS. The question is, however, can TSM improve and defeat EG, who looked very iffy on Saturday. The problem with TSM in week one was lack of any aggression, as they were simply not proactive enough in their matches, especially in the game against IMT.
Comparing these two teams, TSM without a doubt hold a significant advantage in terms of individual quality. Kasper “Kobe” Kobberup is one of the best ADC players in the world while his teammate Vincent “Biofrost” Wang is arguably one of the best support players in the league and if they can step up, they should easily defeat EG, or in the worst-case scenario at least be able to hold their ground.
The top lane seems like it can go either way. If Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik can perform to the level he is capable of he should come out ahead, but in general, the top lane is 50/50. As we see it, this match will be decided in the mid lane, where we will see Bjergsen take on Daniele “Jizuke” di Mauro and while Jiizuke had his moments of greatness, we have a hard time believing he can stand up to the veteran Danish mid laner.
As we see it, this match will be a great opportunity for TSM to bounce back. In fact, it will be a must-win match for them as they can’t afford to go 0-3. With that in mind, we foresee the six-time LCS champions to win, however, with their iffy displays in week one, we expect a much closer bout that what the odds suggest.
Prediction: TSM to win – 1.75 Pinnacle
Prediction: Over 21.5 kills – 1.84 Pinnacle
Team Liquid vs FlyQuest
Sunday, January 2 – 13:00 PST
Team Liquid have found themselves in an unenviable position as they enter week two with an underwhelming 1-2 record which is miles from the initial expectations for this team. In their clash with Dignitas in Saturday, Team Liquid had an excellent chance to triumph, but they dropped the ball and basically handed Dignitas the win. That is not to say Dignitas played poorly, but if TL had not choked in the end, they would not be sitting at the fifth spot in the league ahead of their fourth fixture of the season.
FlyQuest on the other side started the season strong and defeated Immortals and Counter Logic Gaming, which is a very solid record on the paper, yet, we feel like they were not tested yet.
Now, the problem with this match is the incredibly low odds on Team Liquid. We are somewhat shocked to see how big of a favorite TL are in this match, and while they are in our eyes a stronger team, at 1.38 they are way too overrated. Despite the fact FlyQuest faced off against two weak teams, they won both matches very cleanly, which leads us to believe they are capable of holding their ground against TL.
We are putting a lot of hope into FlyQuest’s top laner Omran “V1per” Shoura who seems to be developing at a rapid pace and if he can show up here, TL might be in trouble, especially if their bottom lane fails to deliver. If we take everything into consideration, we believe this match has the potential to be much closer than what the odds would suggest and while FlyQuest are obvious underdogs, they just might impress and shock the reigning 4-time LCS champions.
Prediction: Over 22.5 kills – 1.934 Pinnacle
Longshot Prediction: FlyQuest to win – 3.22 Pinnacle
100 Thieves vs Cloud9
Sunday, January 2 – 14:00 PST
We could go on and talk about each fixture these two teams played, all of their strengths and weaknesses, but we would come to the same conclusion – Cloud9 are the superior team. Based on what we have seen from C9 so far, they are not only serious contenders for a playoff spot but also a title contenders.
The team works like a well-oiled machine and they make little to no mistakes in their matches. That said, they need to get tested against Dignitas before we can crown them as the early champions, but as far as fixtures against weaker teams such as 100T are concerned, C9 should win with ease and that’s exactly what we expect here.
The question here is whether 100T can cause some damage and that’s a tricky one. Tommy “Ryoma” Le looked iffy while William “Meteos” Hartman failed to look as solid as we had hoped. All in all, C9 are rightfully a strong favorites and considering 100T booked only four kills in their clash with EG, we don’t expect them to surprise here either.
Prediction: Cloud9 – 7.5 kills – 1.934 Pinnacle
Immortals vs Golden Guardians
Sunday, January 2 – 15:00 PST
This one will be an interesting one, as we will get to see two of the weakest teams in the league clash with each other, hoping to secure their second win of the season.
On Saturday, Immortals got stomped by Cloud9, where they failed to show anything memorable and while IMT look very weak, they will fancy their chances against Golden Guardians who are not exactly a strong team either. Golden Guardians defeated Evil Geniuses on Saturday with a cheeky backdoor, but overall failed to show anything that would make us believe they are a solid team.
The problem with those two teams is that they tend to make way too many mistakes, which includes overextending, failing to capitalize on opponents’ mistakes and simply lack the ability to close out the match when given a chance.
With that in mind, we expect this to be a long match with Immortals and Golden Guardians going back and forth for well over 30 minutes. And with that, it’s safe to assume there will be more than 23 kills on the board.
Prediction: Over 22.5 kills – 1.80 Pinnacle
Best Bet: Prediction: Cloud9 – 7.5 kills – 1.934 Pinnacle