Every Team Still Has a Chance to Make the Playoffs Entering Week 8 of the LCS Summer Split
The race for the No. 1 seed entering the LCS Summer Split Playoffs is exciting once more as Cloud9’s downturn has opened the window for Team Liquid, but that’s not all the drama on deck for the penultimate week of the regular season. The eight other teams in the region are still fighting for playoff spots, hoping that they can make an incredible run to the top in the process. We’ll have postseason scenarios entering the last week of the regular season in place by Sunday evening, and every team will be out to bolster its chances.
2020 LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LCS SUMMER SPLIT WEEK 8 BETTING ODDS
GOLDEN GUARDIANS -200
COUNTER LOGIC GAMING +145
The Golden Guardians continue to defy expectations. They are perennially disregarded after finishing dead last in their first two splits, but they have since gone on to make the postseason in two of the last three splits. Golden Guardians just barely missed out on qualifying for the 2019 Summer Split Playoffs too, so perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that they are in great shape to make it back to the playoffs this split.
While the Guardians have been performing better with a 6-3 record in their last nine games, Counter Logic Gaming have collapsed. CLG have lost four straight matches, falling to the three teams lower than the in the standings during that stretch.
The biggest problems are in the top lane where neither Ruin nor Deus has performed well, but Pobelter hasn’t been great in the mid lane either. That makes Golden Guardians a surprisingly substantial favorite per the League of Legends betting odds, but a deserved one.
TEAM SOLOMID +225
It’s a little interesting that this match is scheduled for the middle of the day instead of the end, as these are the two biggest rivals in North America. Cloud9 have fallen back down to Earth over the last few weeks. They have lost three of their last five matches, and that has led to them falling into a tie for first place with Liquid at 11-3.
Team SoloMid are all alone in third place at 9-5, but there’s a reason they are prohibitive underdogs here. TSM were blasted by both C9 and Liquid in their earlier meetings, and their issues in the top lane and jungle will be very difficult to overcome. Blaber is tiers above Spica and that’s the case when it comes to comparing Licorice and Broken Blade too.
EVIL GENIUSES +100
The inability of Evil Geniuses to beat FlyQuest must be frustrating. FlyQuest stunned Evil Geniuses during the Spring Split Playoffs to advance to the finals, and they rubbed salt in the wound with their victory earlier this split.
Evil Geniuses played their ace in the hole by signing Goldenglue to insert in the mid lane so that they can use Huni in the top lane. Huni was pivotal in the Geniuses’ upset win over C9 last week with his excellent play on Gangplank, but he showed the other side of the coin with his performance against Dignitas in his last match.
It’s safe to say that FlyQuest will ask Solo to play a tank in the top lane to try to limit Huni’s impact. If he can keep Huni from dominating in the laning phase, FlyQuest have a great chance to pick up yet another victory in this budding rivalry.
100 THIEVES -165
Once again, my favorite pick this week is 100 Thieves. There is great value in this team per the current LCS betting odds, especially considering Immortals is the worst team in the league. It’s only a matter of time before the Thieves put it all together, as Poome is continuing to develop in support.
Ssumday is the best player on either team, and his carry capability makes it difficult to see a way for Immortals to pick up a win. Although Allorim has performed better in the top lane than Soaz, there’s no doubt he isn’t in the same class as his counterpart on Sunday.