2021 LCS Mid-Season Showdown Round 2 Betting Preview
Only four teams remain in the hunt to win the LCS Mid-Season Showdown and represent North America at the Mid-Season Invitational in Iceland. The four teams left have been the best four teams in the region since the start of the year, but Cloud9 and Team Liquid have been head and shoulders better than the other two. That’s why they will be squaring off in the Winners’ Bracket, while Team SoloMid and 100 Thieves will face each other in an elimination series.
2021 LCS Mid-Season Showdown Round 2 Betting Odds
Team Liquid -115
Both teams had little trouble with their opponents two weeks ago. Team Liquid dropped just one game in their win over Team SoloMid, while Cloud9 swept 100 Thieves.
C9 was the best team in the regular season. They placed three of their players on the 1st Team All-Pro list with Blaber, Perkz, and Zven earning those honors.
Blaber is continuing his strong play from last year as the best jungler in the league. He posted a 5.1 KDA in the regular season and did 21.4% of his team’s damage. Blaber was a huge difference maker in the team’s first playoff series with two very strong games on Lillia.
Although Zven played great in the 100T series, he has not been as reliable as you might think this season. He has taken advantage of the dearth in quality bottom laners in the region, but NA bottom laners are clearly a tier below their counterparts in the LCK, LPL, and LEC.
That will likely be one of the ways Liquid attacks C9. Liquid has the best bottom lane in the league with Tactical and CoreJJ. While Tactical has somewhat regressed after a strong debut in 2020, CoreJJ is still the best support in the region by a mile.
The biggest advantage might be in the top lane though as Alphari garnered more All-Pro votes than any other player. Liquid’s new top laner posted a team-best 6.1 KDA in the regular season with some very strong performances on Renekton.
Jensen can mitigate Perkz in the mid lane and help lead Liquid to a slight upset over Cloud9.
Team SoloMid -204
100 Thieves +148
Although 100 Thieves finished 11-7 in the regular season, they lost both of their games against Team SoloMid. That has led to TSM being a substantial favorite in their series on Sunday.
PowerOfEvil has been very hit or miss in the playoffs. He has a team-high 4.8 KDA for TSM, and he is doing 30.1% of his team’s damage through eight games. However, while he has been dominant on Seraphine, Syndra, and Orianna, he did not put forth good performances on Azir, Twisted Fate, or Lucian.
However, he is much better than Ryoma. The Australian mid laner replaced Damonte, and he has been the butt of a lot of jokes with his play. While he does have a 4.1 KDA, he did not look sharp against C9 two weeks ago.
If the Thieves are going to pull off the upset, they need to win in the bottom lane. FBI can outplay Lost, and Huhi is pretty creative. SwordArt is one of the highest-paid players in the league for a reason though. The support will be a huge difference maker and ensure TSM of a top three finish.