Team Liquid Will Lock Up the No. 1 Seed in the LCS Summer Split Playoffs with One Win This Weekend

Cloud9’s improbable collapse has opened the door for Team Liquid to grab the top spot in the LCS Summer Split Playoffs. Liquid are sitting at 13-3 entering the final week of the regular season, and they are two games ahead of both C9 and Team SoloMid with two games to play. Liquid are heavy favorites per the League of Legends betting odds to lock down the No. 1 spot on Saturday against Immortals, but if they are unable to win that game, a barnburner with TSM on Sunday awaits.

2020 LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LCS SUMMER SPLIT WEEK 9 BETTING ODDS

CLOUD9 -700
COUNTER LOGIC GAMING +390

The worst team in the LCS right now is Counter Logic Gaming. Yes, there are two teams below them in the standings, but CLG have lost six straight matches. They have not recorded a win on either of the last two patches, and it’s clear that this team does not have a strong understanding of the meta.

Cloud9 should make quick work of CLG even if they decide to have a little fun with either their draft or gameplay. C9 will still have something to play for in all likelihood as they look to at least claim the No. 2 seed over TSM, and Reapered will want his team to enter the playoffs on the right foot. There have been some real issues this team needs to work out if it wants to defend its title. 

EVIL GENIUSES -150
100 THIEVES +110

This could be the most important match of Sunday. Evil Geniuses and 100 Thieves are both going to make the playoffs barring a collapse, but they would love to set up more favorable draws. The Geniuses are currently slated to be the No. 6 seed, while the Thieves would be slotted into the Losers’ Bracket if they were to finish behind their Sunday opponent in the standings.

Top lane will be key in this matchup. Ssumday has been 100 Thieves’ best player all year long, and he has been responsible for numerous wins. Evil Geniuses have two different top laners in Huni and Komo, and they each bring something different to the table. Huni will want to jump on a carry and look to outduel Ssumday in the lane, while Kumo would want to play a tank. The starter in the top lane will also determine whether Goldenglue or Jiizuke start in the mid lane due to import rules, so live betting is a more profitable option for this match.

TEAM LIQUID -160
TEAM SOLOMID +115

Batten down the hatches, this one could be spicy. Liquid and TSM have been the two biggest rivals in the league for the last few years, and Doublelift would love to knock off his former team once more. He has seen Liquid flourish without him after missing the playoffs in the Spring Split, leading to plenty of speculation that he has lost his touch in the bottom lane.

However, Liquid probably will have nothing to play for here. They shouldn’t have any trouble beating Immortals, and that would give them the top seed entering the playoffs. That makes TSM a great pick at this price given they probably will still have something at stake after splitting with C9 earlier in the season. The No. 2 seed will receive an automatic bye while the No. 3 seed will have to play in the first week. 

FLYQUEST -315
IMMORTALS +220

Provided FlyQuest have something on the line, they are a great bet at this price. Immortals are the least talented team in the league. Although Apollo and Hakuho have stabilized the bottom lane and Insanity has shown some real flashes in the mid lane, there’s a good chance that no one on this roster is a starter on an LCS team in 2021. Xmithie just doesn’t have it anymore, and Allorim is not a great option in the top lane.

FlyQuest were the last team to beat Liquid, and they have won four straight matches ahead of this tilt. PowerOfEvil continues to overpower foes in the mid lane, so it’s unlikely they lose given there is motivation.

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