- Can Fnatic keep their momentum from Worlds?
- Will the G2 roleswap prove to be genius?
- Is there a new EU powerhouse on the horizon?
Under a new name this year, the LEC Spring Split is set to start January 18th in Berlin. G2 heads into the split as the favorite to win it all, with Worlds runner up Fnatic following closely behind.
Fnatic looks to keep their momentum rolling from Worlds and come into the LEC Spring split on a high note and win a third straight split in Europe. While G2 hopes that their roster moves prove to be effective, they look to capture their first split win since Summer 2017.
2019 LEC Spring Split Odds
|Teams||Odds to Win 2019 LEC Spring Split Outright at Bovada (01/10/19)|
Another One For the Trophy Case?
Fnatic has long been at the top of the League of Legends scene in the EU Region, dating all the way back to 2011 when they found themselves taking the first ever World Championship. After falling to Invictus Gaming at Season 8 Worlds 3-0 in what would be the fastest final of a World Championship ever, they look to dust themselves off and get back to what they do best; win some domestic titles.
Placing second at Worlds and having won the last two splits begs the question as why they are listed second in the odds to win the LEC Spring Split. They lost both sOAZ, and Caps in the offseason, which leaves the team with a pretty big hole to fill. Though they have been one of the top teams in the region since its inception, they may find themselves outside of the top 2 for the first time since Summer 2017.
G2, the favorite heading into the LEC Spring Split comes into the season having made some interesting roster changes, to say the least. They brought in a new support in Mikyx, but the real head scratcher is bringing in Caps from Fnatic, and moving Perkz down to the ADC position from mid.
This is something that had people around the League of Legends community with that “huh?” feeling. It is too early to tell how this move will pan out for the boys at G2, but if Perkz is able to fit into his new role without any problems, the rest of the LEC needs to look out.
Pick: G2 (+170)
This is our time.#KINGSUNITE
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— G2 Esports (@G2esports) November 29, 2018
Odds to Reach the Finals in 2019 LEC Spring Split
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Who Else Will Round Out the Top 2?
Since I believe that G2 will win the LEC Spring Split, they will hold one of the two spots to make finals, with -200 odds. The other spot is open for the taking, and there are a few teams that are good enough to find themselves as on of the last two teams standing.
Fnatic, the one team with matching -200 odds to make the finals certainly stand the best chance to do so. They are a perennial EU powerhouse, and regularly find themselves in the position to compete for the title come Splits end. Lead by ADC Rekkles, they look to add to their consecutive Split wins, but first they’ll have to make it to the finals.
IT'S HAPPENING 🦍
Welcome to EU, @lolGorillA!
— Misfits Gaming (@MisfitsGG) November 23, 2018
The other team that stands the best chance to make the finals of the LEC Spring Split is Misfits. They made waves this offseason, picking up sOAZ from Fnatic, Febiven from Clutch Gaming, and GorillA from KINGZONE DragonX.
Misfits made waves this offseason, picking up sOAZ from Fnatic, Febiven from Clutch Gaming, and GorillA from KINGZONE DragonX.
The amount of talent on this roster is crazy, and they not only stand a chance at making it playoffs, but they have a real chance at winning the LEC Spring Split outright. At +120 to reach the finals, they don’t provide the most value, but they are definitely worth taking a serious look at.
Picks: G2 (-200), Misfits (+120)
Odds to Reach Playoffs in 2019 LEC Spring Split
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The Other Guys
In the LEC the top six teams qualify for playoffs, with the first and second seeds getting a bye to the semifinals. There are some teams that are a lock for playoffs such as G2, Fnatic, Misfits, and Vitality. But with the other two spots up for grabs, we may see some new faces in the LEC playoffs.
One of the two teams I see making it to the playoffs in the LEC Spring Split is Origen. They came back into the LEC with a bang, signing former TSM support and returning Origen member, Mithy.
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— André Guilhoto (@AndreGuilhoto94) December 3, 2018
Based off of their roster on paper, I think its fair to say that they should be able to qualify for the playoffs with ease. Whether they are able to make it far once they are there is a question mark, but being one of the top six teams out of 10 should prove to be no problem for the veteran squad.
The other team I see rounding out the top six would be EU mainstay Splyce. They have managed to qualify for playoffs in the past five splits, and have pulled off some pretty good placings in a few of them. Look for Splyce to round out the top six teams come playoff time in the LEC Spring Split.
Picks: G2 (-5000), Fnatic (-5000), Misfits (-2000), Vitality (-600), Origen (-300), Splyce (-300)
Odds to Finish at Bottom of 2019 LEC Spring Split
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Bottom of the Barrel
The title that no team ever wants to claim, the worst-of-the-worst crown. There are only two teams I would consider for this prop, and they would be SK Gaming, and Excel Esports.
SK Gaming, and Excel Esports should struggle in the LEC Spring Split, as they just don’t have any of the big name talents in the EU Region.
Both are teams that should struggle in the LEC Spring Split, as they just don’t have any of the big name talents in the EU Region. With the LEC getting better with the addition so many import and returning players, I just struggle to see a world where it’s not one of these two teams battling it out for the race to the bottom.
For my money, I would say SK Gaming are the ones that find themselves in the basement when all is said and done.
Pick: SK Gaming (+150)