The second split of Oceanic Professional League of Legends (OPL) league will continue with the second week this Friday with another set of four fixtures between some of the strongest Oceanic LoL teams.
Avant, Legacy Esports and Pentanet.GG are all entering this week with a perfect 2-0 record and will look to continue their strong run, while Dire Wolves, Gravitas and MAMMOTH still have a lot of catching up to do since they have yet to win a single match.
Friday, June 12 - 16:00 AEST
After splitting their opening week matches 1-1, Chiefs Esports are now set to face off against Avant, who have already defeated MAMMOTH and Dire Wolves. Ahead of the first two matches, Chiefs announced a shock change to their roster and moved their top laner Dragku to the support role, to replace KoreaCK, who left for Korea. This change played a role in Chiefs’ mediocre results in Week 1, as it meant Katsurii and Dragku lacked the needed synergy to compete at the level required of them.
Avant, on the other side took a big scalp when they defeated Dire Wolves and while it was a shock win on paper, Avant deserved to walk away victorious. Their mid-jungle synergy is their biggest strength and luckily, the current meta heavily favours exactly that. Overall, Avant’s mid-laner Chazz played exceptionally good last week, while we also can’t ignore Violet and his showings on Caitlyn.
I’m still not convinced Chiefs’ bottom lane is prepared to play at the level they need to and facing Avant in the opening match of Week 2 won’t do them any good. There are some things to be said about Chiefs’ strong solo lanes, but Avant are not a pushover in that department either. The magic of BO1 fixtures is that anyone can win, but I can’t make myself believe Avant will drop the ball here.
Prediction: Avant to win @ 2.75
Friday, June 12 - 17:00 AEST
There is a special sense of excitement betting on the underdog and see your bet win, but you also need to know where to draw a line and come to terms the favourite is the favourite for a reason. This match is a perfect example of that and while BO1 fixtures can produce upset wins, Gravitas simply did not show enough for us to believe they can stack up against Legacy Esports.
Gravitas ended week one with a loss against ORDER and Chiefs, while Legacy took down Dire Wolves and ORDER, both with relative ease and if those performances mean anything, Legacy just might repeat their success from Split 1 and claim the title.
We could compare these two teams lane by lane, but at the end of the day, Legacy are a level or two above Gravitas and should not have any issues coming out ahead here.
Prediction: Legacy Esports to win @ 1.13
Friday, June 12 - 18:00 AEST
Dire Wolves got off to a slow start of the new split by losing both of their opening two fixtures, albeit they faced Avant and Legacy, so we can give them some slack for their 0-2 record. MAMMOTH saw the exact same scenario in Week 1, however against Avant and Pentanet.GG.
Based on the teams’ current record, this match might seem it could be close, but Dire Wolves arguably had the toughest opening week out of all teams so their 0-2 record should be taken with a grain of salt. Additionally, Dire Wolves pushed both Avant and Legacy to over 35 minutes, so they were at least graceful in their defeats.
Would this be any other team, I would consider siding against Dire Wolves, but with MAMMOTH standing on the other side of the Rift, betting on the Wolfpack is the only logical thing to do.
Prediction: Dire Wolves to win @ 1.32
Friday, June 12 - 19:00 AEST
Pentanet.gg picked up wins against Chiefs and MAMMOTH in week one with a very solid showing. In their games, Pentanet.gg showcased strong macro play with a good objective focus and immaculate team fighting. I’m not ready to say Pentanet.gg are one of the top teams in the league, but based on what they have shown, they surely play like one.
ORDER, on the other side, began their campaign with a win over captain-less Gravitas to which they added a humiliating loss to Legacy, who showed they are a class above the Melbourne-based roster. Overall, I was not too impressed with ORDER, who lacked any serious stability and failed to look as sharp as Pentanet.gg. Additionally, Haeri had some very iffy performances and I’m not sure whether he can compete with Getback.
Overall, Pentanet.gg looked much better in the opening week and I would be shocked to see them drop this match against the iffy ORDER.
Prediction: Pentanet.gg to win @ 2.46