More action from the topsy-turvy Group B of the League of Legends World Championship, including J Team, Splyce, Marines Esports and the favoured FunPlus Phoenix. Here are some predictions from Thursday’s Worlds matches.
Coming through the highly-competitive European LCS is no easy task. After making the Worlds from the EU LCS, Splyce have managed a fine run in this Championship already. In eight matches this month, they’ve lost just two: to Detonation FocusMe and FunPlus Phoenix in their previous game. Kobbe and Xerxe should step up again, helping Splyce past a fairly tricky opponent in JTeam.
GAM Esports (6.60)
There is no question which is the better team in this contest, in terms of skill, confidence, experience and depth. That covers the whole repertoire to make predictions. However, the shorter the duration of a sporting event, the higher are the chances of an underdog springing a surprise.
In cricket, for example, the lesser-skilled team has a higher chance of winning a T20 when compared to a Test because over a longer duration, the team with more experience will come through. The one-set format here is equivalent to a T20, which means Marines Esports could potentially just sneak through. Marines Esports are also coming off a win against J Team, the same team that FunPlus Phoenix lost to recently.
J Team (1.64)
Marines Esports pulled off a stunning upset the previous time these two sides met, on October 14 at this year’s Worlds. J Team are, however, a team with a lot more experience, having plied their trade at the Lol Master Series.
The Taiwanese J Team even won the Summer leg of the LMS this year, taking home nearly USD 50,000, their highest ever prize money victory. They began their campaign at this year’s Worlds with a shocking upset of their own, beating FunPlus Phoenix. There’s enough superiority in J Team to even add them to your bet slip for a multi.
Carrying on from the previous match, odds of 3.75 for Splyce are a bit high. FunPlus have enough class to beckon their odds of 1.25. FunPlus also beat Splyce on October 14 at this year’s Worlds. However, Splyce are a quality team in their own right. They boosted the depth of their roster by adding Vizicsacsi, Humanoid and Norskeren late in 2018. If you’re looking at a punt on a team with a high possible return, Splyce in this one could be it.