League of Legends NA LCS Spring Split Playoffs Betting Preview | Round 2
The first round of the League of Legends Championships Series Spring Playoffs wrapped on Wednesday with Team SoloMid securing a 3-2 victory over 100 Thieves in the Loser’s Bracket. TSM moves on to face FlyQuest, who swept Golden Guardians in the first round, in round two of the Loser’s Bracket on Sunday afternoon.
Elsewhere, Cloud9 and Evil Geniuses survived the Winner’s Bracket first round with wins over 100 Thieves and FlyQuest, respectively. C9 and EG are set to battle it out in the Winner’s Finals on Saturday for the right to advance to the Grand Finals on April 19.
A Spring 2020 championship yields a $100,000 cash prize and representation at the prestigious Mid-Season Invitational: a 12-team tournament featuring the spring split winners of all the Riot-sponsored leagues around the world.
The NA LCS action resumes this Saturday, April 11, with C9 and EG’s Winner’s Finals match up before TSM and FlyQuest wrap the weekend’s action on Sunday, April 12.
Cloud9 (-1428) Vs. Evil Geniuses (+541)
After the nine-week Group Stage, Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves, and FlyQuest all tied for second place with 10-8 records. The result: a three-team tiebreaker bracket that saw EG topple 100 Thieves in a single-elimination final to clinch the second seed in the playoffs.
In the first round of the Winner’s Bracket, EG avoided top seed C9, meeting FlyQuest instead, whom they dismissed in 3-1 fashion. The Group Stage proved, though, that in this Spring Split, all roads would run through C9.
With a 17-1 overall record, Cloud9 cut through a decidedly futile LCS field in the Group Stage, suffering its only loss at the hands of TSM in Week 7. C9 swept EG with wins in Week 4 and, most recently, on March 28 of Week 9.
LCS Spring Playoffs: Cloud9 Vs. Evil Geniuses Odds
On paper, this looks like a classic #1 vs. #2 seed in the finals of the Winners bracket, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
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MyBookie.ag has Cloud9 as massive favorites because they are far and away the best team in the NA LCS region. The synergy between jungler Blaber and mid Nisqy is unparalleled in the region and has overwhelmed opponents week in and week out.
EG struggled out of the gate, but, behind strong performances from Bang and Jiizuke, the team finished the Group Stage with a 6-1 record in their final seven matches. EG might take a game off C9, but the top-seed will earn a clinical victory of the 3-1 or 3-0 variety and book their place in the Grand Final. It was always inevitable.
Our C9 Vs EG Spring Playoffs Pick: CLOUD9 TO WIN -1428
FlyQuest Vs. Team SoloMid
FlyQuest dropped a single-elimination match to 100 Thieves in the second-place tiebreaker but have since fared better than their counterparts. FQ would drop its Winner’s Bracket first-round match with EG, 3-1, but went on to sweep Golden Guardians in the first round of the Loser’s Bracket.
100 Thieves, on the other hand, were swept by C9 in the Winner’s Bracket before being eliminated by TSM in the Loser’s Bracket on Wednesday.
The teams, separated by one victory in the Group Stage standings, are both tournament underdogs, and with Championships points now only awarded at the Summer Split, likely have little to play for. Winning the split, and the MSI bid with it, is a longshot for either side, leaving only pride on the line.
Team SoloMid Performance Against FlyQuest
TSM, hoping to restore former glory, may have more incentive for victory in this series. They’re fresh off a dramatic 3-2 victory in the first round, but let’s not forget they finished the Group Stage with three-straight losses. TSM could have easily clinched the second seed but spectacularly fumbled the opportunity.
Strangely enough, TSM’s woes began in the weeks following their win over C9 in Week 4. You never really know what version of TSM you’re going to get.
FlyQuest will look to PowerOfEvil, their star jungler, to set the tone in this match. PoE’s aggressive pressure and roaming prowess will be key to an FQ victory. For TSM, it’s about the organization, execution, and lane performance. If TSM handles business in-lane and coordinates well for team fights, they will be tough to beat.
The modern-day TSM has been anything but consistent, making it very difficult to believe they could earn a second best-of-five victory in a matter of days. They’re still the underdogs like they were on Wednesday, but capable of another upset. This match will go to five games, but in the end, TSM will trip up. FlyQuest with the win, 3-2.