100 Thieves vs Immortals
Sunday, March 8 – 12:00 PST
Although this match won’t be anything more than a clash between two mid-table teams, it can still be regarded as one of the most exciting to watch, simply due to the immense importance this bout will hold for both sides.
Following an up and down split, Immortals managed to secure a fourth place at the league standings with 6-6 record to their name, while 100 Thieves are close behind at fifth with 6-7 record. 100 Thieves are entering this bout following a surprising win against Dignitas on Saturday, however, we weren’t too impressed with what 100T have shown. They were arguably the weaker team, as it was not their superior quality that won them the match, but rather Dignitas’ mistakes.
Immortals on the other side went 1-1 last week, with a defeat against Golden Guardians and a win against Counter Logic Gaming, which was a promising outcome. Although we have come to realise Immortals are by no means one of the top teams in the league, they can have their moments and they just might enter the playoffs, where anything can happen. That is not to say they are a bad team, on the contrary, Immortals can become a very strong team, however, for that to happen, they need to find some more stability and consistency – something they severely lacked throughout the opening six weeks of the split.
In all fairness, Immortals can win this bout, however, due to their volatile playstyle, we will avoid betting on them, and instead look at the total kills line. Pinnacle has over 20.5 kills priced at 1.862, which is the best bet to take here, as it’s hard to expect a slow match with 100 Thieves involved.
Prediction: Over 20.5 kills – 1.862 at Pinnacle
FlyQuest vs Team SoloMid
Sunday, March 8 – 13:00 PST
Team SoloMid pocketed a shock win against Cloud9 in Saturday and they will look to turn Week 7 into a perfect 2-0 week, however, they have a tough task ahead, as they face off against FlyQuest.
FlyQuest and TSM already met during Week 4, when we saw FlyQuest pull away with a win, however, recent form suggests this one will end the other way around. It’s also worth noting that TSM looked far better for the most part of their first meeting with FlyQuest and were even in a 10k gold lead, so that’s another positive to take into this match.
TSM are priced at 1.775 to win this match, which is fairly generous, considering Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and co. found their stride and finally look like a solid team. And let’s mention agains they became the first team to defeat Cloud9, so that’s another thing that should not be ignored.
Prediction: Team SoloMid to win – 1.775 at Pinnacle
Golden Guardians vs Dignitas
Sunday, March 8 – 14:00 PST
Dignitas might have dropped the ball against 100 Thieves on Saturday, but that does not necessarily mean they are a bad team. The decision to add Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham to the jungle position was clearly a good one on Dignitas’ part, as he looked extremely good in their clash with 100T. Unfortunately, he was 1v9 and was unable to secure a win in his debut for the team.
Despite their loss to 100 Thieves, Dignitas are not to be underestimated. They might have made some questionable decisions, namely Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon due to his aggressive playstyle, but overall, they can be a dangerous team.
Golden Guardians, on the other side, we don’t have high hopes for. They won only one fixture out of last four played, and it’s clear they are just not up to par with the rest of the teams in the LCS. They can have their moments in the early game, but as mentioned before, they struggle in mid-late game, when they tend to fall apart.
Both teams tend to be aggressive in the early game, which is why this should be a fast-paced match with plenty of kills on the board, but in the end, Dignitas should pull away and seal the week with 1-1 record.
Prediction: Over 20.5 kills – 1.862 at Pinnacle
Prediction: Dignitas -4.5 kills – 1.877 at Pinnacle
Counter Logic Gaming vs Evil Geniuses
Sunday, March 8 – 15:00 PST
Evil Genuises looked very solid in their win over FlyQuest on Saturday and there is a realistic chance they might secure a 2-0 week, however, we can’t ignore Counter Logic Gaming and their chances to triumph.
Ahead of their clash with Team Liquid, Counter Logic Gaming replaced their main ADC Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes with Oh “Wind” Myeong-jin and instantly saw some improvement, as they were able to take down Team Liquid. Although Wind left a lot to be desired with his performance, Counter Logic Gaming as a team are improving.
The return of Eugene “Pobelter” Park might have something to do with that as he is a very solid leader – something CLG desperately needed. Talking about Pobelter, he will play a pivotal role in this match, considering EG heavily rely on Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro to get ahead and carry the team. That, however, will be easier said than done for the Italian mid laner, considering he is facing one of the most experienced players in the LoL scene.
While Evil Genuises’ solid results might suggest they are the clear favorites to win here, there is no reason to have CLG priced as high as 2.99. Based on the odds, we will be betting on an upset win here, but if CLG can look even half as decent as they did against Team Liquid, they should be able to keep this one close and possibly even secure their first perfect week of the split.
Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming to win – 2.99 at Pinnacle
Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming +5.5 kills – 1.934
Best Bet: Team SoloMid to win – 1.775 at Pinnacle