The race for the No. 2 seed in Europe is a good one, and it will be decided in the final week of the Summer Split. While G2 is almost assuredly assured of the top spot in the playoffs, Fnatic and Splyce are duking it out for the second bye. Both teams are 12-4, with Splyce having the leg up because they beat Fnatic earlier in the split. Fnatic will have a chance to even the head-to-head record this week though, and that would put them in the driver’s seat for the second bye.
2019 LEC Summer Split Week 9 Betting Odds
Misfits Gaming +277
Misfits are a mess. They have now lost five straight matches since upsetting Fnatic, and they have not looked particularly strong. The team has not been getting any good play from the support position, and Lider has been way too aggressive in the mid lane. His 1.1 KDA through 10 matches is one of the worst we have seen in recent years, and he has died 52 times since making his debut in late June.
Splyce should have no problem beating Misfits provided they have something to play for, but there’s a chance that this match will mean nothing to them. If they beat Fnatic on Friday and G2 defeat Schalke, then Splyce are locked into the No. 2 seed.
SK Gaming +179
Incredibly, Origen might miss out on the postseason. They are 7-9 going into the final week of the regular season, and hard-charging Rogue could catch them if they lose both games this weekend. A win over Rogue on Friday would ensure they make the playoffs, but if not, they need to win this game and then hope for the best since they lost to Rogue earlier this year.
In their last four games, SK Gaming have looked much better with Jenax in the mid lane instead of Pirean. Jenax has a 4.1 KDA per Games of Legends, and even though he is taking off-meta picks like Aatrox and Renekton, they have been working.
FC Schalke 04 -150
Team Vitality +120
Will Schalke become the next team to play Garen against Vitality? After not seeing Garen in professional play all year, G2 and Fnatic have used the champion against Vitality in the last two weeks. While G2’s decision to take Garen top didn’t work out, Fnatic’s counter of taking Garen into the bottom lane paid dividends and Splyce went 1-1 in those games.
If Vitality wins this game, it will likely be in the early game. This is not a great teamfighting squad as evidenced by their kill percentages across the board. Meanwhile, Schalke excel in the late game, and if it’s close at the 25 to 30-minute mark, Schalke are going to get the win.
Excel Esports +351
G2 Esports -500
There’s likely to be some trolling from G2 in this match, but the reigning European champions have shown they can win even if they are having some fun. They are so mechanically talented that they can deal with crazy picks and fluster their opponents.
While it’s unlikely we see Garen again, expect something spicy here. We could see Teemo, Master Yi, or any number of champions. With that in mind, it’s best to go against G2 and take Excel.
Fnatic are hoping to avoid having to play on the opening weekend of the playoffs again, but they may not have a say in the matter. They have not been very sharp in recent weeks, and they lost to Rogue last month. Rogue kept their playoff hopes alive by beating Schalke last week, but it’s hard to see them winning this one.
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