Playoff Positioning is On the Line Entering the Final Week of the 2020 LEC Spring Split
The six teams that will be taking part in the 2020 LEC Spring Split Playoffs have been decided. Excel Esports was eliminated from playoff contention after losses to Fnatic and G2 Esports last week, ensuring that G2, Fnatic, Origen, Rogue, Misfits Gaming, and MAD Lions will all square off in the postseason. What’s important now is playoff positioning. Due to the double elimination format of the postseason, seeding is crucial, and no team wants to finish fifth or sixth and face the prospect of being one and done. You can always bet on League of Legends during this barren period of sports.
SCHALKE 04 +179
Schalke have been much better over the last two weeks. This team has won three straight games, and their coordination is much better with Innaxe replacing Forg1ven in the bottom lane. Whereas Schalke were 0-6 with Forg1ven, they are 5-5 with Innaxe at AD Carry, and Innaxe’s 6.5 KDA is much better than Forg1ven’s 1.8 KDA.
However, this game is much more important to Rogue. Rogue are desperate to avoid that elimination game between the fifth and sixth teams, and they can still beat out MAD Lions for fourth place after beating them in Week 7. Larssen should have no problem outplaying Abbedagge in the mid lane, while Finn has the advantage over Odoamne in the top lane.
EXCEL ESPORTS -290
SK GAMING +221
This game means nothing in the grand scheme of things. Both teams have been eliminated from the postseason, so pride and a slightly better finish are the only things on the line when these teams meet in the second game on Saturday. SK Gaming were more competitive than you might think in the first meeting between these teams, and they are the play with odds of over 3-1 at BetOnline.
MAD LIONS +172
The Lions are the most unreliable playoff team in Europe. They fell to Excel in both of their meetings this season, and some of their victories over top teams were the result of factors other than their play. Despite their 10-6 record, their gold differential per minute was the lowest of the six playoff teams per Game of Legends, and Humanoid’s propensity to overreach and get caught out in the mid lane is a major problem.
Origen are a much better team fighting squad than MAD Lions, and that gives them a major advantage in this match. Xerxe will ensure that Origen doesn’t fall behind in the early game, and Origen will pick up the win.
TEAM VITALITY +658
Vitality have packed in at this point. This team is going to make wholesale changes before the Summer Split with just one win to its credit over eight weeks of play. There is nothing to be positive about for Vitality after they lost so much talent in the offseason, and there is a noticeable lack of chemistry at every position. The incredibly low kill percentages of Selfie, Comp, and Jactroll illustrate that this is a team of individuals and not a cohesive unit.
Even if Fnatic smurf, they should have little trouble getting past Vitality. Fnatic have won seven of their last eight matches, and they are clearly the second-best team in Europe behind G2 Esports. Bwipo has emerged as a major X-Factor with his ability to make champions like Singed, Zac, Urgot, and Rengar work in the top lane, while Rekkles is back on track with a 10.1 KDA.
G2 ESPORTS -370
MISFITS GAMING +273
The only reason G2 aren’t a -500 or more favorite per the Esports betting odds is because they might not take this game seriously. With a 4-0 record against Origen and Fnatic, G2 will lock up the No. 1 overall seed with a victory over lowly Schalke on Friday, so they could have some fun in the last game of the regular season.
G2 are so talented that even if they do something crazy, they will likely pick up the win. They have the best collection of European talent in the history of League of Legends, and Misfits are fading fast after a strong start to the year.