2021 League of Legends LCS Summer Split Week 8 Betting Preview
There is a clear split between the top half of the LCS and the bottom half of the league. In the top half of the league, 100 Thieves, Team SoloMid, Cloud9, Evil Geniuses, and Team Liquid are all within four games of one another. Evil Geniuses is a recent addition to this list, but they have won 10 of their last 11 games.
Meanwhile, at the bottom of the league, Dignitas is the only team that still has a legitimate chance of finishing above .500 at 19-20. There is a small step down to Immortals, but there is a chasm separating Immortals from FlyQuest, Golden Guardians, and Counter Logic Gaming. Those three teams have all won a third of their games or less, but one of those three teams will make the expanded playoffs in two weeks.
2021 League of Legends LCS Summer Split Week 8 Betting Odds
Team SoloMid -286
Golden Guardians +203
The Golden Guardians were expected by many to be the worst team in the LCS at the beginning of the year. They haven’t been great, but they have been better than expected with a 9-12 record this summer. Golden Guardians have been the only team to beat the Evil Geniuses in almost a month, and they also have wins over 100 Thieves, Team Liquid, and Dignitas in recent weeks.
They have been much more fearsome since acquiring top laner Licorice, as the former Cloud9 standout gives the Guardians a veteran leader. He is dealing 24.5% of his team’s damage per Games of Legends, and he can outperform Huni in leading this team to an upset win over TSM.
Evil Geniuses -204
It’s been a fun ride for Evil Geniuses over the last month. The veteran team has looked much better as Danny has grown into a solid bottom laner, allowing the rest of the team to thrive alongside him. He has shown he has a deep champion pool, and long-time support Ignar has been a great mentor for him.
Immortals haven’t been a pushover in the Summer Split though. Xerxe continues to be the playmaker this team needs to pull off upsets with a 4.5 KDA, and Insanity still looks strong in the mid lane. It will be difficult for Immortals to upend Evil Geniuses though without strong play in the bottom lane.
FlyQuest’s fall from grace was predictable but expected after last year’s run to Worlds. They are just 7-14 this split, but somehow, they are 4-1 against TSM over the course of 2021. This team is just 1-3 against Cloud9 this year, but the decision to promote the entire academy roster to the LCS has paid immediate dividends with a 4-2 record over the last two weeks.
Their only two losses in that stretch were against top team 100 Thieves and red-hot Evil Geniuses, so they have a good chance to knock off Cloud9. C9 has not looked as strong as they did in the Spring Split with an 11-10 record this summer.
Team Liquid -333
The Summer Split has been difficult for Dignitas. This team surprisingly went 11-7 in the Spring Split, but FakeGod is no longer playing as well as he did and Yusui has not been a strong replacement for Soligo in the mid lane. Neo has been way too reliant on Ezreal in the bottom lane, so this team’s flaws are evident.
We’ve seen Team Liquid fall out of the top four, and they will look to sneak back into that spot this week. Alphari is finally in the top lane again ahead of Jenkins, but this team’s woes have continued. The potential is there though, so this team could rise to the top again very soon.
100 Thieves -526
Counter Logic Gaming +330
This is one of the biggest lines of the Summer Split. 100 Thieves have been the best team in the LCS this season, while Counter Logic Gaming has been the worst. CLG has been demoralized since their Twitter scandal a couple weeks ago, and it’s clear they are just playing out the string. 100 Thieves will be able to take full advantage.