Things have gone from bad to worse for Team Liquid. The team that has won four consecutive LCS titles is in real danger of finishing the 2020 LCS Spring Split with a losing record. Liquid are 4-6 coming into Week 6, and that means this organization has an uphill battle to win a record fifth straight title. While they are unlikely to miss out on the playoffs, they are making things much more difficult on themselves, and this is now a very beatable team.
2020 LCS Spring Split Week 6 Betting Odds (Courtesy of BookMaker)
Team Liquid -230
100 Thieves +179
Star AD Carry Doublelift will not play this week due to laryngitis. That will deprive Liquid of its best player, and that will make this team even more vulnerable as Broxah integrates into the lineup. Academy AD Carry Tactical will start in place of Doublelift, and he has not been particularly impressive. Liquid’s academy team has a 5-6 record, but Tactical did play well on Miss Fortune in a victory over Immortals on Friday.
Although he has a 2.4 KDA, the best player on 100 Thieves this year has been top laner ssumday. He has been more of a hard carry than anyone else on the team, and he is currently responsible for 24.6 percent of his team’s damage. His seven kills on Aatrox in the last meeting between these teams led the Thieves to an upset victory, so look for Impact to prevent him from getting much done this time.
The key to this game is the mid lane battle between Ryoma and Jensen. Ryoma was somewhat punished by Jensen last time, but if he can hold his own or more, that makes 100 Thieves a great bet at this price.
Team Dignitas +120
Dignitas is one of the more underrated teams in North America right now. The organization is 5-5, but Froggen has played very well in the mid lane, and Johnsun is sharp in the bottom lane. Top laner Huni has been somewhat unreliable, posting a 2.3 KDA, but he can beat Flyquest’s V1per in a skill matchup in the top lane.
Flyquest hammered Dignitas in the first meeting between these two teams. PowerOfEvil was excellent in the mid lane, while WildTurtle was solid in the bottom lane, and neither player died while combining to account for 14 kills. I think POE is finally playing to his potential, but I’m not as confident in WildTurtle.
Don’t be surprised if Huni and Johnsun win their lanes this time around, leading to a Dignitas victory.
Team SoloMid -480
Counter Logic Gaming +340
Through five weeks, CLG is the worst team in North America. The long-time organization is having its worst season yet, posting a 1-9 record, and CLG sits three games behind any other team in the region. Pobelter hasn’t had the impact that some were expecting after subbing in for Crown in the mid lane, and none of these veterans have been able to carry the day while the team is struggling.
TSM has turned a corner. The prestigious organization won both of its games last week, and Kobbe has really looked strong in the bottom lane. Bjergsen has been reliable as ever in the mid lane, and they should have no trouble getting past CLG. The only real concern on this team is veteran jungler Dardoch, but the experience is there to overcome a subpar laning phase.
Evil Geniuses -185
Golden Guardians +146
Evil Geniuses are the only team to lose to CLG this season, but they have turned a corner since that disappointing defeat. The Geniuses have won three of their last five matches, and their only losses have come against the top teams in the region in Cloud9 and TSM. Their bottom lane has been superb as Bang and Zeyzal are winning their lanes hard, and they have overcome subpar performances from the other three positions.
That will give them an edge over Golden Guardians. The Guardians’ veterans have struggled, and Goldenglue’s pocket picks have not been working out this split. Keith has played better at support, but this team still has a long way to go.