2021 LCS Mid-Season Showdown Betting Preview
The top four teams in the LCS will square off in the first round of the LCS Mid-Season Showdown this weekend. Top team Cloud9 will face off against 100 Thieves on Sunday, while Team Liquid meets Team SoloMid on Saturday. The winners of these games will go on to play for a spot in the LCS Mid-Season Showdown Final in two weeks, while the losers of these games will take on either Dignitas or Evil Geniuses in the losers’ bracket.
2021 LCS Mid-Season Showdown Betting Odds
Team Liquid -217
Team SoloMid +163
Although Team Liquid lost both of their games to Team SoloMid during the LCS Spring Split, they are moderate favorites to win this series. Liquid have much better stats than their opponents with four of the five starters having significantly better KDAs and a GDM of +201 compared to a GDM of +122 for TSM per Games of Legends.
Huni has looked much better this year than he did in 2020, but he might not be as talented as Alphari. The EU top laner is dealing 28.6 percent of his team’s damage with a 6.1 KDA. He has a KDA over 10.0 on both Renekton and Gnar, and that’s huge since both of those champions are in the meta.
He has the worst KDA on his team, but PowerOfEvil has been the most consistent player for TSM. POE has proven to be more than capable of filling Bjergsen’s shoes, even though he has spent 15 of his 18 games on either Azir, Syndra, or Viktor. Jensen has had a much deeper champion pool this split, but he is unlikely to have a ton of success against POE.
The bottom lane for Liquid doesn’t have the advantage we thought they would at the start of the year. CoreJJ is playing just as well as ever, but Tactical has seemingly regressed. Meanwhile, TSM are starting to rally around SwordArt, so they are a nice upset pick at this price.
100 Thieves +245
C9 have knocked off 100 Thieves in both their previous meetings this Spring Split. Their most recent meeting was a stomp from start to finish as C9 allowed 100T to pick up just two kills and two towers in a 24-minute victory.
Ssumday’s decline in the top lane has been a real issue for the Thieves. He was their most consistent player by a mile in 2020, but he did not play well over the second half of the Spring Split. That led to him finishing with a 2.3 KDA.
Fudge has been somewhat maligned, but he is clearly a much better top laner than Licorice at this point, and he is one of the top three players at that position in the LCS. He has a 6.0 KDA, and that gives him an edge over Ssumday.
There are other major edges for Cloud9 too. Blaber is the best jungler in the league, and Perkz is a much more talented mid laner than Ry0ma or Damonte.
The advantage for 100T is in the bottom lane. FBI and Huhi are a much more consistent duo than Zven and Vulcan. However, the bottom lane is not as important as it is in other metas. That makes it unlikely that C9 drop this match.