The playoffs of the summer split begins on Thursday with the first round. Liquid and Cloud9 await the winners of Thursday’s games. We break down both games with some predictions for your bet slip.
Team SoloMid (1.27)
Team SoloMid have been one of the best teams in the summer split’s LCS. They weren’t quite able to beat the might of Liquid and Cloud9, the top-two teams of North America, but stayed consistent right through, led by new acquisition Doublelift in the bottom lane. TSM eventually finished the regular season with a 12-6 record, quite impressive considering the strength and competition of the LCS. They will be up against a Golden Guardians team that was not quite as consistent as they would have liked, winning 9 of 18 maps. From a quality perspective, TSM are definitely better off.
TSM was well led by Doublelift, who had 4.22 kills per game, leading his team in offensive production. He was well backed up by mid laner Bjergsen, who chipped in with 3.33 kills a game. Bjergsen’s game smarts were also evident with some sneaky entries into the opponent base to work on the nexus. Overall, TSM will continue to rely on these two players for some offensive impetus.
Total maps: Over 3.5 (1.39)
In a best-of-five game, it isn’t a bad idea to just look at the underdog to analyse their effectiveness during the regular season. Evil Geniuses were well below par in that part of the season. However, they did recover some lost fluency towards the end of the split, which included a win against Cloud9. I’d actually think that odds of close to 1.40 for Evil Geniuses to win at least one of three maps is quite good. FlyQuest won 12 of 18 games in the regular season, and have enough depth and experience to be able to do the same.
Only three players played all 18 maps for Evil Geniuses in the summer split: Svenskeren, Zeyzal and Bang. That was indicative of their roster fluidity that often comes when results aren’t as expected. They will hope that these three players find their best form in the playoffs, which could end very quickly if they don’t. For FlyQuest, PowerOfEvil was extremely good, finishing with a kill participation of over 10 (4.61 kills and 5.78 assists per game).