You have to feel for all North American League of Legends fans who had to witness their strongest team lose against a squad that lost Riot Games’ backing just seven months ago. Regardless, it was a solid day for us with three winning bets at 3.62, 1.909, and 1.840 while coming extremely close to hitting another 3.11 – thanks for nothing, PSG Talon.
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Royal Never Give Up vs DWG KIA
Tuesday, May 18 – 13:00 GMT
As mentioned in our previous betting previews, DWG KIA are not playing as well as they had during the LoL Champions Korea (LCK) Spring split, and are not at the level they were at the LoL World Championship. They are, however, still a team with the highest ceiling that should be considered as massive favorites to win the trophy.
DWG KIA were priced as high as 1.92 yesterday, which would make them an appealing bet since I still view them as a better side. They’re currently at 1.77, which seems about fair in my book. Odds might rise before the game kicks off, but this one is a pass for me at the current offer.
Pentanet.gg vs PSG Talon
Tuesday, May 18 – 14:00 GMT
After Pentanet. gg’s win over Cloud9 it might entice you to bet on them against PSG Talon in hopes that they can produce another upset and give you a payout at odds as high as 7.08. I don’t believe that’s going to happen.
This is a match that can’t end in Pentanet. gg’s favor, and while that’s a bold statement for a Bo1 game, you can’t deny that PSG Talon play at a whole another level. This is one of those games where PSG Talon should get an early lead and cruise to a victory, and when we have such one-sided fixtures, unders is usually the play.
Pinnacle offers 1.869 on this game ending in under 28.5 kills. This is a slam-dunk bet for me.
Prediction: Under 28.5 kills – 1.869
Royal Never Give Up vs MAD Lions
Tuesday, May 18 – 15:00 GMT
Royal Never Give Up might be the second-favorites to win the MSI trophy, but this team hasn’t looked as clean of late. Yesterday they lost to Cloud9 and while I don’t like to overreact to one poor showing, it was much more than that.
As mentioned in my betting preview for MSI Day 4 games, RNG make way too many mistakes, and they’re bound to get punished for it. I’m not trying to say that MAD Lions are better, but they are a punch-up underdog in this matchup.
I expect to see a close match, that can easily end in MAD Lions’ favor. At this point, it’s also worth noting that MAD Lions need this win, whereas RNG are only fighting for a better seed, so motivation should be on the side of the Europeans.
I usually steer away from giving more than two tips on a match, but there are a few good ones to consider here. Since I expect a close affair, it makes sense to take over 4.5 dragons, and you can’t really look past the over 12.5 turrets at this price either, granted it’s a bit risker bet given that there are “only” 22 towers in the game.
Similarly, the total time line is a bit low for a game between these two squads, particularly MAD Lions, who like to play longer games. A few choices for this one.
Prediction: Over 12.5 turrets – 3.120
Prediction: Over 30 minutes – 1.781
Prediction: MAD Lions +7.5 kills – 1.892
Prediction: MAD Lions to win – 3.530
PSG Talon vs Cloud9
Tuesday, May 18 – 16:00 GMT
I won’t be betting on this match, so if you’re here for only the tips, you might as well skip to the next one. For those interested why I’m not betting on this one, here’s why.
Cloud9 are in a position where they need to go 2-0. While that’s a very optimistic plan, they really have nothing else to do if they wish to have a chance to make it into the knockout stage.
The question is, however, can Cloud9 do it. And to be fair, they can. They might have lost to Pentanet.gg, but I still view Cloud9 as a much stronger team than what they led us to believe. As mentioned yesterday, they had some very close games and are playing significantly better than how it may seem.
All that said, Cloud9 could already be eliminated from the tournament if both MAD and PSG Talon win their games, meaning that this match won’t matter for them in terms of tournament placement. It, however, doesn’t mean C9 won’t try to win it.
Talent-wise, I would rank these two somewhat equally, so betting on C9 at 2.02 might offer some value, however, I’ll still pass on it. It might be a great game to watch, but not one I’m prepared to bet on.
DWG KIA vs Pentanet.gg
Tuesday, May 18 – 17:00 GMT
First time out, this game looked like DWG KIA were playing against bots. There was no disrespect to the Oceanic side, but they got utterly outclassed to a point where it wasn’t even funny anymore.
I don’t expect that to change here, but I still won’t be taking DWG KIA with a -13.5 kill handicap. Had Pentanet.gg faced a Western team such as G2, I would look for overs since G2 are one of those teams that would want to have some fun – DWG KIA are not.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see DWG KIA close out this game in a record time since they’re not here to clown around.
MAD Lions vs Cloud9
Tuesday, May 18 – 18:00 GMT
Last time out, this bout seemed like it could have ended either way, and I don’t believe it’ll be any different here. Without going into too much detail about what has happened the last time MAD and C9 clashed, I expect a close bout with both sides giving it their 110%.
Cloud9 will likely already be eliminated at this point, which might suggest they’ll give in and not try to win. That’s, however, something you can’t expect in their EU vs NA derbies.
Cloud9 might crash out from MSI, but if they beat MAD Lions, they can at least go on social media and let everyone know that LCS’ best team beat LEC’s champions, hence NA > EU. It might seem like a childish thing, but it’s a rivalry that won’t go away anytime soon.
C9 are good enough to win here, and at 2.16, I’m happy to side with them.
Prediction: Cloud9 to win – 2.16