We’re back with our League of Legends betting coverage for the final round of the third week of LoL Championship Series (LCS) 2021 summer season. We have a few tighter affairs on the schedule for today, with no obvious mismatches, which could make up for an exciting day of LoL action.
LCS Summer Week 3 – Day 3
When: Sunday, June 20 – 13:00 – 17:00 PDT
Number of Games: 5
We went three-for-five with our LCS 2021 Summer Week 3 – Day 2 previews, which was good for just over three units of profit. That puts us at just over 11 units in the green on the season across LEC and the LCS.
Counter Logic Gaming vs Dignitas
Sunday, June 20 – 13:00 PDT
Dignitas played well without Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett yesterday yet still fell flat against TSM. It was a weird game that didn’t make a lot of sense largely due to some odd plays on both sides. That’s nothing new for LCS, but it makes it hard to figure out where Dignitas stand.
Counter Logic Gaming are equally as guilty for ending the day with quite a weird one. They ended up beating Evil Geniuses, but in reality, it was more EG beating themselves.
Still, it’s evident that CLG are playing with a lot more confidence, which is a nice change to their early-split struggles. How long will that last, however, is anyone’s guess.
I won’t take a position on this match, as it’s too tough to call. If you follow the numbers after two weeks of play, Dignitas would be the right choice, but with CLG’s improvement and Dignitas’ roster change, you can throw those numbers straight out of the window.
Team Liquid vs 100 Thieves
Sunday, June 20 – 14:00 PDT
100 Thieves bounced back after their 0-21 loss against CLG by beating FlyQuest, although it wasn’t an awe-inspiring performance. Similarly, Liquid took down Golden Guardians, and while the final score was quite impressive, we have to take into account the quality of the team Liquid were facing.
If I had to call out which of these two teams will end up higher by the end of the split, I would have to give it to 100T. They have shown that they have a very high ceiling, but that comes at the cost of very low lows. Liquid seem far more stable, but they are still stumbling around, trying to re-learn how to play with a new top laner.
Both teams have been up and downs of late, so it makes sense to see them priced right next to one another. Had 100T been priced over even money, I would consider taking a shot with them, but at 1.954 and after what happened in their game against CLG, I will rather avoid taking position here.
TSM vs Cloud9
Sunday, June 20 – 15:00 PDT
TSM took over as the no.1 team in the LCS with an 18-8 record, and a 5-2 run this split. These numbers, however, are a bit misleading as TSM weren’t nearly as good as their record would suggest. While I can’t say that TSM have been playing poorly, a few games were too close for comfort.
On the other side, we have Cloud9, who are clearly not playing as well as during LCS 2021 Spring. There are a few reasons that could explain that, namely the change of their ADC and the fact that they don’t really need to give their 100% to secure a spot in the playoffs.
With a 17-9 record, C9 are still nine wins in the clear, even though they might want to pick up the pace sooner or later to finish the split inside the top-two.
C9’s iffy form and TSM’s somewhat unconvincing performances make this match hard to call. While I don’t have a problem with C9 priced as the favourites, I can’t make a strong case for either team.
Immortals vs FlyQuest
Sunday, June 20 – 16:00 PDT
Immortals continue to surge and are now just two wins away from entering the top-six. It remains to be seen for how long will IMT manage to keep this going; however, they’re currently playing like a top-five team in the league.
FlyQuest are a class below IMT, and while they played relatively well against 100 Thieves yesterday, they haven’t impressed me with their showings in the mid-late game.
I’m very tempted to take Immortals at 1.609 for this match. They have been in better form and are playing much cleaner version of league than FlyQuest. I wouldn’t blame anyone who wants to take Immortals, but I don’t feel confident taking the favourites here.
Evil Geniuses vs Golden Guardians
Sunday, June 20 – 17:00 PDT
Taking the underdogs against Evil Geniuses has proven to be the right play over the season, so it makes sense to look at Golden Guardians at 3.11, especially after EG’s defeat against CLG yesterday. However, I wouldn’t overreact to that result.
EG lost that game because they choked in the early game, and it’s not like they faced a lousy team. As noted before, CLG are improving and are not as bad as their early-season numbers would suggest.
As much as I can try to justify EG’s loss yesterday, there’s still a chance that they slip up against GG. They have lost against much weaker opponents before, and it might happen again. However, this is a no bet for me since EG’s performance yesterday hasn’t made me think for one second that they lost their “mojo” – they simply made a few mistakes that spiralled out of control.