2021 League of Legends LCS Championship Second Round Betting Preview
Two teams will punch their tickets to the League of Legends World Championship this weekend. The winners of the two upper bracket series will automatically qualify to represent North America later this year, while the losers will be sent to the lower bracket and must run the gauntlet in order to make it to China.
Interestingly enough, the top two teams in the regular season are both underdogs ahead of this week’s games. No. 2 seed 100 Thieves is a narrow dog against Evil Thieves, while No. 1 seed Team SoloMid is an even larger underdog against Team Liquid on Sunday.
2021 League of Legends LCS Championship Second Round Betting Odds
Evil Geniuses -115
100 Thieves -103
Although 100 Thieves were the top team for most of the LCS Summer Split, they stumbled down the stretch a bit. They still clinched a first-round bye, but it won’t be easy for this team to beat Evil Geniuses. EG went 3-2 in their five meetings against 100T.
Abbedagge has had a strong split in the mid lane for 100 Thieves. The decision to bring him in from FC Schalke 04 in the LEC has paid off in a big way, and that has made this one of the top teams in the LCS. The bottom lane has played very well too, but the key for 100T is Closer.
Closer leads the team with a 5.2 KDA. He has had some ups and downs, but he is arguably the most impactful player on the roster.
Meanwhile, the Geniuses have had great play from mid laner Jiizuke, and they have thrived with Diana in the jungle. Most importantly though has been the improvement of bottom laner Danny. He was named LCS Rookie of the Year for his development over the course of the season, and that has Evil Geniuses poised to make their first trip to Worlds. They have to be the play given their head-to-head record with 100 Thieves and their strong performances over the last two months.
Team SoloMid +138
Team Liquid -167
This line is pretty interesting considering Team SoloMid finished the regular season with the best record in the LCS. Additionally, TSM went 5-0 against Liquid in the regular season, but the oddsmakers are remembering the Spring Split Playoffs. Liquid beat TSM 3-1 in two separate series to keep TSM from making the split finals.
Liquid looked great in their 3-1 win over Cloud9 last weekend too. Alphari and Santorin made the impacts this team was expecting when they were acquired in the offseason, and Santorin was particularly superb with a 7.5 KDA and an 84.2% kill percentage in those four games. Jensen is playing well in the mid lane again, but the bottom lane must avoid getting ganked after what we saw early last week.
TSM have the best mid laner in the LCS in PowerOfEvil. He posted a 4.9 KDA and dealt 28.7% of his team’s damage in the Summer Split. PoE has been superb on control mages like Viktor and Orianna, and that makes him difficult to get the upper hand on in the laning phase.
The play of Huni and Lost has been up and down, but Spica has thrived in the jungle and SwordArt is performing incredibly well too. That makes TSM a solid pick as a juicy underdog.