The second week of the 2021 LoL LCS Summer starts on Friday, June 11, with a clash between TSM and 100 Thieves. Last week, we hit two out of three predictions and ended in slight profit, which would have been much larger had I listened to myself took a shot with FlyQuest against Evil Geniuses, who “are capable of losing even against FlyQuest“.
Nevertheless, we ended the day in the green, and we’ll look to build on our early-season success with our LoL LCS Summer Week 2 betting preview.
TSM vs 100 Thieves
Friday, June 11 – 15:00 PDT
TSM have had a strong start to the split, making it very difficult to bet against them. TSM are priced as 1.60 favourites against 100 Thieves, which may seem a bit off, however, you could easily find arguments to support the price.
This one is tough to call since you don’t really know how it’s going to go. 100 Thieves have the talent to take on TSM, but they seemed weaker overall. And that’s mainly because TSM looked that much better last week.
I’m very tempted to take 100 Thieves at this price, but my gut feeling is telling me to avoid betting on this one. TSM have been showing good form and are looking quite scary – too scary for me.
Team Liquid vs Dignitas
Friday, June 11 – 16:00 PDT
Team Liquid seemed a bit shaky this past week, and while Thomas “Jenkins” Tran has played well, I am starting to believe Team Liquid might have some internal issues. It still doesn’t make much sense to field Jenkins over Barney “Alphari” Morris in the LCS, and I have yet to find a good explanation why the former LEC star got benched.
This would make Dignitas a solid pick at 2.50, but I have a hard time finding a good reason to pick them over Liquid. Especially after the news of David “Yusui” Bloomquist taking over for Max “Soligo” Soong as Dignitas’ starting mid laner this match.
Liquid – despite their shaky displays and questionable things happening behind the scene – should be winning this match. But I will not be betting on them at 1.50.
Evil Geniuses vs Immortals
Friday, June 11 – 17:00 PDT
Immortals will also enter the second week of the LCS Summer with a new midlaner. As announced by the organisation, Prodromos “Pretty” Kevezitidis will be replacing David “Insanity” Challe, which instantly makes Immortals a far less appealing pick for me.
They have had a great run through the first week, but replacing a key member like Insanity won’t do them any favours. This is likely Evil Geniuses’ best chance to bounce back after a disastrous run through the first week of play, and we can be sure they’ll grab the opportunity with both hands.
Had Immortals kept Insanity, I would have considered backing them; however, that’s not the case. Evil Geniuses are priced as high as 2.00 to win, which is very high for a team with so much talent. The price seems to not take into account that Immortals will be missing their key member.
Prediction: Evil Geniuses to win – 2.00
Golden Guardians vs Counter Logic Gaming
Friday, June 11 – 18:00 PDT
Golden Guardians have had some flashes of greatness during the first week of the LCS Summer, however, that doesn’t mean much in the greater picture. I expected GG to look slightly better with the roster swap in the top lane, but this is still a very weak team that won’t achieve much this season.
At the same time, it’s hard to be overly excited about Counter Logic Gaming, who are supposedly dealing with some behind-the-scenes issues. What’s more, they have had a very bad run through the first week of play – which we shouldn’t overreact to but must definitely keep in mind when making the prediction.
Still, you could argue that CLG are an overall better team, with better individual talent and far more experience. So early into the split, these things don’t mean much, but I firmly believe that GG overperformed by quite a bit n Week 1.
At 1.57, CLG might not seem like a very attractive bet, but the odds are high enough for me to pull the trigger on them.
Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming to win – 1.57 at Bet365
FlyQuest vs Cloud9
Friday, June 11 – 19:00 PDT
FlyQuest did not play that poorly last week, but I’m not convinced that this team is any good. FlyQuest looked much better than how they should have, but that’s mainly because they were somehow allowed to pick two of the strongest champions in the game – Viego and Gwen.
Cloud9 slipped in their LCS 2021 Summer opener against Golden Guardians, to which they added another loss against 100 Thieves before they finally bounced back with a win against Liquid.
Even though this wasn’t the start CLoud9 were hoping for, they have shown enough progress towards the end of the week for me to believe they’ll slowly get back on track and find their winning rhythm.
If I had to pick a side here, it would be Cloud9. However, I’m not taking their side at 1.25.