MAD Lions and Rogue are Vying for First Place Entering Week 7 of the LEC Summer Split
If you would have bet on some combination of MAD Lions and Rogue to finish 1-2 in the 2020 LEC Summer Split, you would have made a pretty nice chunk of change. While G2 Esports and Fnatic were the heavy favorites to claim the title per the League of Legends betting odds, MAD Lions were 17-1 to win the split two months ago and Rogue were behind G2, Fnatic, Origen, and the Lions with odds of 21-1 to claim the title. The LEC is more competitive than at any time in previous memory, and it will be a wild final two weeks.
2020 LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LEC SUMMER SPLIT WEEK 7 BETTING ODDS
SK GAMING +160
It’s puzzling why Rogue continue to be consistently undervalued. Their only three losses this season have come against G2 (twice) and the MAD Lions, and they have largely dominated their other opponents. They cruised to a 30-minute victory over SK Gaming just four weeks ago, as Hans Sama dominated on Varus and Jenax’s Malphite fell flat.
Rogue have significant advantages over SK Gaming in the jungle, mid lane, and support as Inspired, Larssen, and Vander are all elite-level players in Europe. SK’s only hope is for Crownshot to hard carry in the bottom lane, but Rogue will ensure that he isn’t allowed to get going against Hans Sama.
MISFITS GAMING -120
EXCEL ESPORTS -115
The utter collapse of Misfits Gaming over the last couple weeks has them on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture. Misfits have dropped four straight matches, and they need a 2-0 week against SK Gaming and Excel Esports in the worst way if they wish to return to the postseason.
Unfortunately for the mad rabbits, their problems have been exposed. Razork has not been as sharp in the jungle as he was last split, and Doss has been a detriment in support. They did knock off Excel earlier this year as Patrik’s Kog’Maw didn’t deliver, but Excel have looked much better in recent weeks.
MAD LIONS -315
TEAM VITALITY +220
We have seen the highs with MAD Lions. This team is capable of defeating anyone in the LEC when everything is going right. Shadow is one of the most gifted Lee Sin players we have ever seen in the region, and Carzzy continues to thrive in the bottom lane.
For this team to reach its full potential though, we need to see more development and adaptation. Shadow, Humanoid, and Carzzy have each only played five champions in 13 games, so there are concerns about the depth of the champion pool for each player. That should start this week against a Vitality squad which will likely miss the postseason for the second straight split.
FC SCHALKE 04 +150
An Origen loss here would be devastating. The organization is in a three-way tie for fifth place at the moment, so they can ill afford a loss to the worst team in the league. However, Schalke is coming off its best week of the Summer Split. Schalke have proven they can knock off the top teams in the region with victories over G2 and Fnatic, so Origen would be another notch in the belt.
The key to this game will be the matchup between Xerxe and Gilius in the jungle. There is no love lost between these two heated rivals that have traded barbs repeatedly over the last couple years. Gilius has proven to be the catalyst that Schalke needed, and that could derail the conservative Origen.
G2 ESPORTS -135
The most heated rivalry in Europe caps off the penultimate week of the season. Fnatic and G2 have combined to win 14 of the 15 LEC titles awarded to date with each organization lifting the trophy seven times.
G2 have dominated this series over the last year and a half. They convincingly smashed Fnatic in the Spring Split Finals, and they crushed them earlier in the split. The Kings of Europe knocked off their rivals in 25 minutes, averaging nearly a kill per minute.
While G2 have really struggled over the last couple weeks (particularly Jankos and Perkz), it’s difficult to go against them here.