The LPL’s playoffs matches are scheduled for this week, with a loser’s bracket matchup as well as a semifinal. Here is a breakdown of both matches with predictions to consider for your Picklebet action.
Edward Gaming (1.54)
LNG Esports have progressed dramatically in this summer season. They first beat Suning 3-2 in the first round, then beat Top Esports 3-1 in the second round followed by yet another upset of RNG 3-1. Their spectacular run was eventually broken by FunPlus Phoenix 3-0, which pushed them to the loser’s bracket. Edward Gaming were beaten 3-2 by Team WE in their only playoffs match so far. In the regular season, Edward Gaming had a 12-4 record, with a 25-10 map record. That is a fairly strong indicator that while LNG have been sensational in the playoffs, that will quickly end at the hands of a much superior, more consistent team.
Scout and Viper have been terrific on the offensive end. They managed an average of 4.03 and 4.2 kills per map respectively in the regular season. To have more than one player with more than four kills is a blessing. And Edward Gaming will use that proficiency effectively, especially in a BO5 contest. Flandre has also chipped in with 3.09 kills per map to support Edward Gaming maintain offensive excellence in the lanes.
Total maps: Over 3.5 (1.44)
FunPlus Phoenix are expected to cruise past their opponents in this playoffs match, particularly after a strong performance against a resurgent LNG Esports team. However, while Team WE do not match up well with FunPlus, and should lose this one, they should at least have enough offensive production to win one crucial team fight. If they can achieve that, they could certainly go on to take out an inhibitor and eventually the nexus. Team WE were tested but came out with a fantastic win against Edward Gaming 3-2 in the previous match. That should give them ample confidence for this contest.
Breathe has been in decent form at this summer split. He has registered 4.28 kills, 2.8 deaths and 5.65 assists per map, with an earned KDA of 3.54. Elk and Beishang have led the efficiency for Team WE and will be pivotal players down the stretch.