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  • BookMaker.eu After three weeks away from Summoner’s Rift, the LEC Summer Split is back in action this week. Two weeks ago, the top three teams in Europe smashed their North American counterparts at Rift Rivals and last week was a week off for everyone. Now, it’s time to kick the season into another gear with everyone back in action. Fnatic and G2 Esports are the two overwhelming favorites going forward, but Origen and others are looking to turn the conventional wisdom on its head.... 

  • BookMaker.eu The last few days have been ones of soul searching for LCS teams. After the three best teams in the region were roundly smashed by Europe at Rift Rivals, it’s clear that North America does not have a good read of the meta. The teams in this region are not nearly as proactive as they should be, and for the last year we have seen proactivity win out time and time again. That should lead to some teams changing their playstyles in order to better fit the strategies that are working at international ... 

  • BookMaker.eu For the third straight split, Griffin look like the best team in Korea. They have only dropped three games so far in the Summer Split, and they are tied at the top of the standings with SANDBOX Gaming. However, whether or not they can finally finish it off and win their first split title after losing in the finals twice in a row is another story entirely.... 

  • BookMaker.eu The two most decorated organizations in Europe are the only two remaining undefeated teams in the LEC, and they will square off for supremacy this Friday. G2 Esports and Fnatic are both 4-0 and both teams have dominated their opponents. G2 has finished off matches in less than 28 minutes on average, while Fnatic leads the league with a 391 gold differential per minute according to Games of Legends. Those two teams rule the roost and everyone else is on the outside looking in.... 

  • BookMaker.eu The two most storied teams in European League of Legends are the only two teams that are undefeated through the first week of the Summer Split. G2 Esports and Fnatic are both 2-0, and they were both dominant in the first week. G2 smashed Origen and Splyce in their first two matches, while Fnatic knocked off SK Gaming and Misfits. These teams are favored in both of their matches this week, and they will look to move to 4-0.... 

  • BookMaker.eu Raise your hand if you thought that the only undefeated team in the LCS through two weeks would be OpTic Gaming. If you put your hand up, you’re a liar. OpTic was seen as one of the also-rans in the Summer Split, and they had some of the longest odds to win the split. They have surprised everyone with a 4-0 start, but now they must start facing the best teams in the region. They will take on Cloud9 and Team Liquid this weekend, and they are underdogs in both games.... 

  • BookMaker.eu G2 Esports became the first European team to win a major international tournament since 2011 last month. G2 knocked off SK Telecom T1 and Team Liquid in order to win the Mid-Season Invitational, and they are looking to add another domestic title to their list of accomplishments. Fnatic and Origen are out to stop them, but that will be tough considering how overpowering G2 proved to be in the Spring Split.... 

  • BookMaker.eu The most decorated team in League of Legends history and one of the most hyped newcomers ever are the two favorites entering the 2019 LCK Korea Summer Split. SK Telecom T1 need no introduction. The only team to be crowned World Champions three times regained their place atop the LCK in the spring, and they are slight favorites to repeat as champions. Griffin are looking to stop them. The team that burst onto the scene one year ago has finished runner-up in each of the last two splits, and they a... 

  • BookMaker.eu There is a clear balance of power in the NA LCS. Team Liquid, Team SoloMid, and Cloud9 are the three elite teams in the region, and then there’s everyone else. We saw that on display in the Spring Split. Liquid, TSM, and C9 all finished with at least 13 wins and were far and away the best teams in the region all split. No other team finished with a winning record, and the oddsmakers aren’t giving any of the other seven teams much of a chance to compete in the summer.... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last year, China was home to the best teams in League of Legends. Royal Never Give Up claimed the Mid-Season Invitational, and Invictus Gaming won the World Championship. However, China is looking for a bit of redemption after Invictus Gaming’s stunning loss to Team Liquid at this year’s MSI. It’s no surprise that RNG and Invictus are the favorites to win the Summer Split, but 14 other teams would like to upturn the conventional wisdom and earn a chance to succeed on the international stage.... 

  • BookMaker.eu Things move a little differently south of the equator. While all the regions that play League of Legends north of the equator will be playing their Summer Splits in the coming weeks, Brazil has already finished their Summer Split. Instead, the CBLOL will begin its Winter Split next week, and eight teams are looking to emerge victorious and earn a spot at the 2019 League of Legends World Championship in Europe.... 

  • BookMaker.eu Some of the best teams in China will square off at the National Electronic Sports Tournament (NEST) in Guiyang this weekend. Eight teams will look to qualify for the 2019 Demacia Cup by getting to the final of this event, but it’s important to keep in mind that this is a sort of toss-up competition. A handful of the top players are unlikely to play, while some teams use this event to integrate new players into the line-up, and other teams use NEST to try new strategies. Regardless, this will be ... 

  • BookMaker.eu This season’s CS Summit 4 will feature two of the best three teams in the world according to the rankings over at HLTV. While Astralis will be sitting out after finishing runner-up at BLAST Pro Series: Madrid, Team Liquid and ENCE will head to Los Angeles to take part in the competition, along with four others. Liquid and ENCE are the two favorites, but they aren’t as big of favorites as you might think given where they are ranked in comparison to other squads.... 

  • BookMaker.eu There isn’t expected to be much excitement in the first semifinal of the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational, but there is plenty of attention being paid to the second semifinal. Invictus Gaming are expected to romp over Team Liquid in Taiwan on Friday, but the semifinal between SK Telecom T1 and G2 Esports on Saturday is much more of a toss-up. G2 knocked off SKT in both of their meetings in the Group Stage, but SKT finished with a better overall record and were the lone team to beat Invictus. This one should be fun. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Mid-Season Invitational will get underway in earnest on Friday. The six teams everyone expected to make it to the Group Stage are here as Team Liquid and Flash Wolves had little trouble in their play-in series, and Phong Vu Buffalo became the third straight Vietnamese team to make it through the Play-In Stage. At least one of those three teams will make it to the knockout rounds, but they are heavy underdogs to go any further as Invictus Gaming, SK Telecom T1, and G2 Esports are seen as mass... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Mid-Season Invitational is underway. Six teams from the top six regions in the world are duking it out for supremacy over the next 10 days in Vietnam and Taiwan, and that has given us time to pause and look at the state of League of Legends around the world. The World Championships will be held at the end of the year, and teams from the LCK and LPL are expected to dominate. However, the West proved that they can no longer be ignored after putting three teams in the semifinals last year, and ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The fourth major tournament of the 2018-19 season will take place next week when 16 teams from around the world vie for supremacy at MDL Disneyland Paris. There is a $1 million prize pool and 15,000 DPC Points to dish out, and every stage of the competition should be thrilling. The top teams are more concerned about the cash and the international glory, while the lesser teams are looking to collect the points they need to qualify for the most lucrative tournament in Esports, The International. T... 

  • BookMaker.eu We really haven’t covered the Overwatch League much in 2019. Most of our attention has been focused on League of Legends, but it’s time to make amends and look closely at the Overwatch League with the Stage 2 Playoffs rapidly approaching. Last week, the Overwatch League made history by moving outside its Los Angeles home for the first time ever in the regular season. Dallas was the site of eight matches, and the Dallas Fuel were the first team outside of Los Angeles to host a game. That has spar... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Mid Season Invitational is slated to start on May 1 as eight teams battle for as many as two spots in the main stage. Group A is the proverbial Group of Death. Play-In favorites Phong Vu Buffalo and 1907 Fenerbahce were drawn into the same group with two of the strongest teams from weaker regions in Bombers and Isurus Gaming. You could make the case that the four best teams in the Play-In Stage are those teams, and it’s a shame that only one has a chance to advance to face Team Liquid for a spot in the main stage. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu This year’s Mid-Season Invitational looks to be the most anticipated MSI ever. For the first time ever, the competition will take place in three cities instead of just one or two, and we should see some exciting matches as the rest of the world gets better and better. The champions from Korea and China are the big favorites, but for the first time ever, a team from the West has a real chance. The 2019 Mid-Season Invitational will have four stages and will take place over three weeks from May 1 to May 19. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Three teams that were in Champions Korea in 2018 took part in the 2019 LCK Spring Split. They didn’t just hold their own, they dominated, and after Griffin finished the regular season with the best record while Sandbox Gaming and DAMWON Gaming made playoffs, there is plenty of attention on this year’s LCK Summer Promotion tournament.... 

  • BookMaker.eu No one expected JD Gaming to be here. We’ve seen teams run the gauntlet in China before, but those were teams we saw coming. Royal Never Give Up ran the gauntlet in the 2018 Spring Split to win the title and make it to the Mid-Season Invitational, yet that was something we considered somewhat likely after Uzi sat out most of the regular season and only joined the team closer to playoffs.... 

  • BookMaker.eu Team Liquid are out to win their third straight North American title. Liquid were the dominant domestic team in the region last season, and that has continued into this year with the squad finishing the regular season with the best record in the NA LCS. The last team to win three straight split titles was TSM, so it’s only natural that they would be the ones to have to stop Liquid from matching their mark. TSM are decent underdogs to do so, but they certainly have more than a fighting chance.... 

  • BookMaker.eu A new name has led to a new playoff format and the LEC will determine its champion over the course of two days this weekend. Last week, the top two teams in Europe met to see which team would get an automatic spot in the final. G2 ended up beating Origen 3-0 to grab the automatic spot, following through on a great regular season that led to them finishing as the No. 1 seed. That defeat wasn’t the end for Origen though, and they can once again meet G2 to determine Europe’s champion. However, they are hefty underdogs against Fnatic on Saturday. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The chalk held up in the first round of the NA LCS Spring Split Playoffs, but it was close. Team SoloMid weren’t expected to drop a game against Echo Fox, but they lost the first game and were taken to 41 minutes in the decisive fourth game before advancing. The other series between FlyQuest and Golden Guardians was remarkably close. FlyQuest managed to knock off Golden Guardians in five games, but it was a coinflip series and Golden Guardians could have easily won instead.... 

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