2021 LPL Spring Split Finals Betting Preview
The last major region to host their Spring Split Finals is the LPL, and China will crown its first 2021 champion on Sunday, April 18, when FunPlus Phoenix face Royal Never Give Up for the right to be LPL champions. FPX are sizable favorites coming into this showdown as a result of their earlier 3-0 sweep of RNG in the playoffs. However, RNG finished the regular season with the best record in the league.
2021 LPL Spring Split Finals Betting Odds
FunPlus Phoenix -244
Royal Never Give Up +179
When these teams met in the double elimination semifinals last Wednesday, the difference maker was Nuguri. The former world champion top laner with DAMWON Gaming smashed Xiaohu in the laning phase and had a much bigger impact in team fights. According to Games of Legends, Nuguri shelled out 596 DPM, more than doubling Xiaohu in that regard. The next closest person in terms of DPM totals was FPX’s Lwx in the bottom lane with 473 DPM.
For RNG to get the win this time, Xiaohu must fare better in the top lane. The former mid laner has largely thrived in his transition to the top lane, leading to him being named First Team All-LPL this spring. He was very effective on Gnar and Lucian in the regular season, but his Gnar did not look great against Nuguri’s Jayce or Irelia.
Doinb is the best facilitating mid laner in the world. He is not a player to rack up a lot of kills, but he had 30 assists against RNG in their previous series and posted a 6.6 KDA. It’s likely he will follow the same formula and use control mages like Orianna and Karma this time, so RNG’s Cryin must find a way to counter the former world champion.
The bottom lane is an area where RNG can take over in this series. While Lwx and Crisp did a solid job in the previous series, neither player is seen as a truly elite talent at their position. RNG’s veteran support Ming had an outstanding Spring Split, and he has a wealth of experience in his fifth year with the team. However, it has been difficult for RNG to replace the best bottom laner in the history of the game. Since Uzi retired, this position has been something of a rotating door for RNG.
FPX’s Tian was not as active as Wei in the jungle. Wei did a much better job getting vision for his team, and he nearly caught Tian in terms of his DPM numbers. Udyr will be heavily contested between these two junglers once again, and the champion’s ability to quickly initiate and stun others will lead to some big ganks.
FunPlus Phoenix deserve to be favored given what we have seen from them in the playoffs. They have looked sharp against all their opponents, and they have a lot of proven talent. However, RNG have the potential to pull off the upset as long as Xiaohu can somewhat mitigate Nuguri in the top lane.