The highly-awaited semi-finals of the LEC and the LCS are upon us, with both matches scheduled for this weekend. We analyse form and the personnel from both these games, along with our predictions.
Map handicap: G2 Esports -2.5 (2.11)
G2 Esports will be looking for revenge. Apart from just that, this is a crucial matchup. This is a semi-final to decide who will meet Fnatic in the grand final of the LEC. Through the regular season, G2 Esports were undoubtedly the better team.
Somewhat unfathomably, they were beaten 3-2 by Mad Lions in the first series of the winner’s bracket. Now, G2 Esports will be doubly hard to get past because they would have learnt from those errors.
Jankos outmatched almost every other player in the LEC in the regular season, finishing with a split-leading 5.33 kills per game. Perkz wasn’t far behind him with 5.22 kills per game. Caps chipped in with 4.5 kills as well. That took the total kill rate from these three players only to well over 15 a game. Mikyx performed his support role with terrific efficiency, adding an average of 12.28 assists per game. It’s hardly surprising that G2 Esports were the best in the LEC.
Evil Geniuses (1.26)
There is a massive difference between coming through from the winner’s bracket and the loser’s side into this semi-final. Most importantly, quality of the opponent would have been a big factor.
For example, Evil Geniuses were beaten 3-1 in their qualification round against Cloud9. Evil Geniuses not only competed in most of those four maps, they also took one round against the best team in the LCS. That will leave them confident coming into this game against a team that needed five maps to get past TSM.
One good consideration for Evil Geniuses is that they needed just five players right through the season, with all their players executing on their role admirably. From an offensive perspective, Bang and Jiizuke led the charge with 3.47 kills per game each. Bang eventually finished the regular season with the second-best KDA in the LCS with 9.11. Svenskeren and Zumo will have to step up as well if Evil Geniuses are to move through to the final without much hassle.