G2 Esports are Odds-On Favorites to Claim Their Fourth Straight LEC Title
After running roughshod over their competition for the last year-and-a-half, it’s no surprise to see G2 Esports installed as massive favorites per the League of Legends betting odds to win another LEC title. G2 blasted Fnatic 3-0 in the Spring Split Finals to win their seventh league championship, and another win this split will break their tie with Fnatic as the most successful organization in the history of the league. Once again, Fnatic will be their main competition, as there is a chasm between these two teams and everyone else in Europe.
2020 LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LEC SUMMER SPLIT BETTING ODDS
G2 ESPORTS -182
MAD LIONS +1700
MISFITS GAMING +2400
EXCEL ESPORTS +3300
FC SCHALKE 04 +4900
SK GAMING +4900
TEAM VITALITY +4900
G2 added a degree of difficulty to their bid for a threepeat last split. Perkz and Caps swapped roles with Caps moving out of the mid lane and into the bottom lane, and although he was clearly uncomfortable in this position, G2 were still the cream of the crop. These two stars have moved back to their more familiar roles for the Summer Split, and that will make them even tougher to defeat in the second half of 2020.
You can make a strong case that this team boasts the best player at every position in Europe. Perkz outperformed all expectations in the bottom lane last year, showing a preternatural ability to shine on traditional AD Carries and mid lane mages, and Mikyx was an excellent complement in support. Caps showed why he is considered one of the most talented mid laners in the world, and both Jankos and Wunder shined in their roles.
Fnatic have to be getting frustrated with their inability to beat G2 when it really matters. They looked totally demoralized when these teams met in the Spring Split Finals, and they will need to overcome that mental hurdle if they are going to get back to their winning ways as an organization.
There’s no doubt this is the second most talented team in Europe. Nemesis has really come into his own in the mid lane, and Rekkles is looking like his old self with traditional AD Carries very much in the meta. However, Bwipo and Hylissang can be coinflip players where the performance you get from them game to game varies. The upside for this team is strong, but they will need to figure something out to usurp G2.
If Fnatic are frustrated, consider the fate of Origen. While Fnatic have been relegated to the role of bridesmaid over the last year-plus, Origen have generally been a step below both teams. Origen have made a habit of beating everyone else save those top two teams, yet unlike Fnatic, there is no real chance for them to knock off either of the top teams given their play style.
Origen are slow and pragmatic, and that tends to work for them in most cases. However, Fnatic and G2 have seen that style doesn’t work at the highest levels, and their experiences in international play have made them more proactive in the early game and stronger overall. Players like Nukeduck, Upset, and Destiny may have not reached their potential, but Alphari and Xerxe have hit their ceiling, and the lack of the former to carry in the top lane will keep this team from reaching the pinnacle in summer.
The MAD Lions pulled off the biggest upset of the playoffs with their stunning win over G2 Esports in the first round of the Spring Split Playoffs. Shadow was incredible in the jungle, and Humanoid put together the series of his life to help lead MAD Lions to an eventual third place finish. This team still has room to grow as Carzzy is poised to become one of the top three bottom laners in the Europe soon, but the real key to success in the Summer Split is Orome.
It looked like Rogue were set to turn the corner in the Spring Split after last year, but they were stuck in third gear. The talent is there for this team, but the coaching and drafting are big concerns headed into the Summer Split. If those issues are fixed, there is real value in this organization at over 20-1, so that may entice you to roll the dice.