Will JD Gaming and Rare Atom continue from where they left off in spring? They open their respective campaigns on Thursday with tricky matchups. Here is a look at some props to consider on Picklebet.
Map handicap: JD Gaming -1.5 (1.36)
JD Gaming was one of the best teams in the spring split of 2021. They finished fourth with a 12-4 record. They even finished the regular season with six straight wins. There is a massive difference between TT Gaming, in terms of skill of personnel, who finished with an inverse record in spring. They had a 4-12 record, winning just 12 of 38 maps. That’s a win percentage of slightly over 33.33% in maps. This JD Gaming team has far too much depth, especially in the lanes. TT Gaming might win a team fight but I can’t see them having enough offensive firepower to win a map.
Loken was in unstoppable form in the last split. He had an average of 4.45 kills to lead the offensive production for JD Gaming. He also had a kill participation of well over 10 with a team-leading KDA of 4.89. Kanavi was excellent as well, adding 4.06 kills along with 7.33 assists per game. Zoom continued to remain solid in the jungle, producing a KDA of over 4. There is just too much depth in this team for TT Gaming.
Map handicap: LGD Gaming +1.5 (2.18)
LGD Gaming has fallen by the wayside. They finished spring with a 4-12 season record, which is well below par for their standard. They won just 11 of 37 maps in spring. Rare Atom had a solid spring in which they won 10 of 16 matches to finish eighth. Rare Atom also started summer with a convincing straight-maps win. So, you can understand why the odds are skewed so heavily in favour of Rare Atom. However, LGD Gaming are a proud franchise. They certainly have the ability to be able to win a map. Odds for that to happen are fantastic at 2.18.
LGD Gaming used eight players in spring. Kramer averaged 3.69 kills to lead the offense for LGD. Uniboy was decent, with 2.57 kills, 2.73 deaths and 5.05 assists with a KDA of 2.79 and a creep score per minute of 8.27.