2022 League of Legends LCS Summer Split Week 5 Preview
It’s now clear that Evil Geniuses’ success in the Spring Split was not a flash in the pan. The surprising Spring Split champions are now 8-1 in the Summer Split, and they have a two-game lead at the halfway point of the season. Their only loss came against Counter Logic Gaming, but they have largely smashed their other opponents. At this point, it might be worth asking who is playing for second place in the LCS as Evil Geniuses seems set to lock in the No. 1 seed and one of North America’s three spots in the League of Legends World Championship.
2022 League of Legends LCS Summer Split Week 5 Betting Odds at BetOnline
Team Liquid -385
Counter Logic Gaming +261
We are starting to see Counter Logic Gaming return to Earth after a strong start to the season. CLG won all three of its games in Week 1, but they are just 2-4 since that point. Their overall numbers aren’t great, and Palafox is going to have a hard time outclassing Bjergsen in the mid lane.
This should be a statement win for Team Liquid. They rank second in GDM behind Evil Geniuses, and they are really strong in the laning phase. CLG has a negative KDA and a negative GDM per Games of Legends, so they will likely be smashed on Sunday.
Golden Guardians +145
It’s not quite must-win territory just yet, but Cloud9 can’t afford many more losses if they are going to seriously compete for a league title. C9 has bounced back from an 0-3 start, yet this team needs a 2-0 week to booster its postseason chances as they are contending with Dignitas and Golden Guardians for the final few playoff spots in the LCS.
Golden Guardians aren’t anything special and have turned into a gate keeper team. They lose to the best teams in the LCS and beat the worst teams in the league. All four of their wins are against teams that have losing records, while they have lost to every team with a winning record. They defeated C9 earlier this season, so they probably shouldn’t be this much of an underdog given C9’s struggles.
Evil Geniuses -200
100 Thieves +147
Everyone is excited for this match. Evil Geniuses have clearly been the best team in the LCS for the last few months, as they have the best jungler and best AD Carry in the league. Inspired and Danny have two of the three highest KDAs in the LCS among starting players, and 100 Thieves will struggle to match their strengths in the jungle and the bottom lane.
FBI and Huhi are arguably the second-best bottom lane in the league, but they aren’t on the same level as Danny and Vulcan. Abbedagge has been a difference maker in the past, yet we haven’t seen it lately, so the reigning champions are the pick.
Team SoloMid -111
Although both of these teams are still in the playoff picture, the loser will see its postseason hopes take a major hit. Team SoloMid is 3-6 coming into this week, while Immortals is sitting at 2-7. TSM has shaken things up by changing its top laner and bottom lane, and that has led to the oddsmakers doubting their chances. However, Immortals have the worst team KDA and worst GDM in the LCS by a wide margin.
FlyQuest should be a bigger favorite in this match considering Dignitas has only defeated Immortals and Team SoloMid this year. Toucouille has been a superb mid laner, and he could make FlyQuest a team to fear over the second half of the season.
River has largely toiled in obscurity on Dignitas. The jungler is the only player on this team worth highlighting, and he is the team’s only real chance to pull off the upset.
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