The second part of Week 2 of LEC 2020 Spring Split is behind us and what a week it was. We got to see a couple of upset wins, as well as two fixtures where Fnatic and G2 Esports completely dismembered their opponents, just to prove once more they are the alpha dogs of LEC. Whether they will manage to continue with their dominant run is anyone’s guess, but we can be sure both will be put to a test this week.
In this betting preview, we will focus on the five LEC fixture, which will be played this Saturday, February 1. The day will start with an exciting match between Misfits and Excel Gaming and end with a thrilling bout between two undefeated teams – G2 Esports and Origen. Suffice to say, there will be a lot of action on the Summoner’s Rift, so let’s jump right into our match previews.
Misfits Gaming vs Excel Esports
Saturday, February 1 – 17:00 CET
Misfits are entering the second stage of Week 2 following a strong performance against SK Gaming, where they secured their first win of the season and proved they are not to be written off just yet.
As far as individual performance is concerned, we must give some praise to mid-laner Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten and ADC Ju “Bvoy” Yeong-hoon who played a pivotal role in their team’s success. While there is no denying Misfits deserved that win, the match as a whole was rather slow as neither side really managed to produce anything remarkable.
Excel Esports on the other side are entering this bout following a dominant performance against MAD Lions. Much like it was the case with Misfits and their clash with SK, Excel’s win can be attributed to solid performances of their mid laner Son “Mickey” Young-min and ADC Patrik “Patrik” Jírů and we can expect the same theme to continue here.
Based on what the two sides have shown, it’s hard to predict the outcome of this match. Excel looked very strong against MAD Lions, while Misfits seem like they are capable of more than they lead us to believe. The biggest question here is how will Mickey perform. If he can show up again, Excel are set to impress, however, we have come to realize he has the tendency to be overly aggressive, which could be a problem as he is facing Febiven who had a great performance on Friday. Either way, we can’t see either team dominating this match. Misfits have proven they can be a solid team and if they can keep up the tempo, we are in for a close and bloody bout that can go either way.
Prediction: Over 23.5 – 1.81 Pinnacle
Prediction: Misfits to win – 2.55 Pinnacle
Schalke vs MAD Lions
Saturday, February 1 – 18:00 CET
As much as we would like to see Schalke and Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou succeed, we can’t ignore the fact the German squad looked terrible so far this season. They play without any organization, FORG1VEN is obviously having hard time adjusting to the new meta and other players are simply mediocre.
MAD Lions on the other side show some promise and could grow to be a great team, but they as well failed to impress on Friday, where they got stomped by Excel. Nonetheless, Lions overall looked stronger than Schalke and we don’t believe that will change here.
Both teams tend to die too much in their fixtures, partially due to being overly aggressive and considering neither side has enough quality to completely dominate the opponent, we might be in for a long match with plenty of kills on the display.
Prediction: Over 24.5 kills – 1.88 Pinnacle
Vitality vs Rogue
Saturday, February 1 – 19:00 CET
There is really not a lot to be said about this match. Vitality are clearly the weakest team in the league, while Rogue are arguably one of the main playoffs contenders.
Based on what Vitality have shown so far this season, we have a hard time believing they can produce anything here. They might try their best, but due to their lack of quality and experience, we can safely assume the Bees will fall flat. Rogue on the other side got stomped by Origen which should inspire some motivation to get back on track and win here.
We expect Rogue to win this one with ease and with the line set at 5.5 kills, we will gladly side with Rogue to win this one with at least six kills to spare.
Prediction: Rogue -5.5 kills – 1.90 Pinnacle
Fnatic vs SK Gaming
Saturday, February 1 – 20:00 CET
This will be yet another one-sided bout and the betting odds clearly reflect that. Fnatic stomped Schalke on Friday, and while we could argue SK Gaming are a stronger team compared to Schalke, they are by no means comparable to Fnatic in any way.
Against Misfits Juš “Crownshot” Marušič, Janik “Jenax” Bartels and Toni “Sacre” Sabalićlooked all looked terrible which is a serious concern considering they will be facing Martin “Rekkles” Larsson, Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek and Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau, all of whom are elite players in their positions. As we see it, SK will have to produce a miracle to even cause a dent in Fnatic and the fact that Fnatic field SK’s former jungler Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek, won’t do SK any favors either.
Prediction: Fnatic -8.5 – 1.917 Pinnacle
G2 Esports vs Origen
Saturday, February 1 – 21:00 CET
Week 2 of LEC will end with a heavily-anticipated clash between two undefeated teams – G2 and Origen, who will give their all to establish themselves as the alpha dogs of LEC.
Origen looked very strong in the opening three matches where they defeated Fnatic, Schalke and Rogue, however, G2 are an entirely different beast, as we have come to realize throughout the years. Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm, Elias “Upset” Lipp and Mitchell “Destiny” Shaw all looked terrific in the opening three games for Origen, but will they be able to stack up against the G2 lineup?
To be fair, we have a hard time convincing ourselves Origen have a legitimate chance to win here. They have a stacked team that plays like a very well-oiled machine, with great communication and solid macro play, but G2 are on a whole another level.
There are arguments to be made G2 are upset prone, and they are, especially in the games where they simply don’t care. That said, this is one of the games where they will care and will give their all to win, just to get themselves ahead of the pack and for that reason, we simply can’t make a solid argument which would justify siding with Origen here. Nonetheless, Origen have enough quality to drag this game out, as we don’t believe this match will result in a complete stop by G2. For that reason, we will predict a slightly longer match which will see at least 27 kills, but at the end of the day G2 will come out ahead.
Prediction: G2 Esports -6.5 kills – 1.847 Pinnacle
Prediction: Over 26.5 kills – 1.925
Best Bet: Rogue -5.5 kills – 1.90 Pinnacle