Cloud9 is running away from the rest of North America. C9 have been dominant through the first three weeks of the LCS Spring Split, racing out to a 6-0 record. Zven didn’t die until the C9’s sixth game of the split, and this squad could end Team Liquid’s two-year reign atop the league. They will face long-time rival Team SoloMid in the first game this week, and that will be the match everyone can’t wait to see on Saturday.
2020 LCS Spring Split Week 4 Betting Odds (Courtesy of Bookmaker)
Team Liquid -325
The defending champions have been very disappointing through their first six matches. Team Liquid were sizable favorites to win their fifth straight LCS title at the start of the year per the League of Legends betting odds, but they are sitting at 2-4 as jungle issues have really affected their plans. Liquid were forced to start Shernfire due to Broxah’s visa issues, and the Oceania import has had a very tough time adjusting to the LCS. He has not been a playmaker in the early game, and Liquid have had to try to protect him, limiting this team’s options.
Broxah’s visa issues have finally been resolved, and he will join his team on stage for the first time against Immortals this week. He will immediately give Liquid a needed boost in the jungle, and although it will take some time to develop chemistry, his innovative pathing in the early game will help Liquid’s lanes get ahead.
Immortals are tied for second place in the region, but they are heavy underdogs per the Esports betting odds here. They have caught many of their opponents off-guard with surprise picks like Karma in the top lane and Cassiopeia in the bottom lane, yet they don’t have anything close to the talent of Liquid.
Team SoloMid +172
For over a year, I’ve been raving about Reapered. He has been the best coach in the LCS since taking over C9, and we have seen this team take it to another level in 2020. Zven has been a big upgrade over long-time starter and fan favorite Sneaky, and his 72 KDA is tops of all the major regions.
Zven would love to get revenge on his former team TSM. He was brought over from Europe with the expectation of making TSM the best team in North America once more, but that team failed to live up to the hype.
TSM overcame an 0-2 start to win four straight games, and this squad is looking dangerous. Broken Blade has been great in the top lane while Bjergsen has been fantastic in the mid lane, posting a 13.3 KDA per Games of Legends. His play gives them a chance to pull off the upset here, but TSM need a solid game out of Dardoch.
Counter Logic Gaming -140
Golden Guardians +110
These are probably the two worst teams in North America. CLG have the worst record in the LCS at 1-5, while Golden Guardians have the lowest GDM in the region. I expect CLG to win this game though, as there are major concerns for Golden Guardians. Hauntzer is no longer a solid top laner, and Keith has really struggled in his transition to support. Their only two wins have come when Closer was able to take Lee Sin into the jungle, but everyone is now aware of how he broken he is on this patch. CLG will either counter that Lee Sin pick or keep it out of his hands to pick up the win.
100 Thieves +120
In an interesting twist, all three 3-3 teams have a negative GDM. Dignitas and 100 Thieves are two of those teams, and that’s one of the reasons why the odds in this match should be narrower. While Dig has been praised for fielding a solid team in their first year back in the LCS, there are issues. Huni is too boom or bust in the top lane, and Aphromoo is somewhat shaky as a support at this stage in his career. It’s wise to continue to bet Dignitas when they are an underdog, but fade them as a favorite.