The 2022 LEC Summer Split will kick off with a ‘Superweek’ as every team will play three games this weekend. The action will start in Berlin on Friday, but we are going to focus on Saturday’s matches here. We will learn a lot about our top teams this week, particularly Rogue, who must face arguably the other three top teams in the region. Rogue will take on Fnatic on Friday, reigning champions G2 Esports on Saturday, and 2021 Spring and Summer champions MAD Lions on Sunday.
2022 League of Legends LEC Summer Split Week 1 Betting Odds
Team BDS -127
This is the wet noodle match of the week as Astralis and Team BDS are likely to be the worst two teams in the LEC. They were the only two teams that were largely uncompetitive in the Spring Split, combining for just seven wins when the next worst team had seven wins on their own.
Astralis are the underdogs, but they have more proven talent on the roster with the addition of top laner Vizicsacsi and jungler Xerxe last month. Those two players have experience playing together, and Kobbe is an experienced bottom laner too. Meanwhile, Team BDS continue to try and build through the regional leagues, and the bottom lane is easily the worst in Europe.
MAD Lions -233
SK Gaming +178
I believe we are going to see a bounceback performance from MAD Lions this split. They took some chances in the offseason after they lost their mid laner and bottom laner, but they added a table setter in the mid lane that can perform well in team fights in Nisqy last month. MAD Lions has the potential to be the next best team after the top three of G2, Fnatic, and Rogue.
SK Gaming are keeping their team intact after finishing the Spring Split 7-11. There isn’t a lot of upside for this team though, and it’s pretty likely that they finish with a worse record as we see better play from MAD Lions and Team Vitality.
Misfits Gaming +178
Team Vitality -233
Vetheo was the star player of the LEC Spring Split. The mid laner carried his team on his back for long stretches, and there will likely be a bidding war for his services in the offseason. There isn’t another position where Misfits Gaming have a top five player in Europe though, so it’s hard to back them in what should be a bottom lane meta.
The other team that should have a bounceback season is Team Vitality. They opened as the betting favorites to win the LEC Spring Split, but that was a bit too much credit given they had not learned to play together. They should be better in the Summer Split with some time to build chemistry, although Selfmade is taking a break, so Haru is the starting jungler right now.
Excel Esports +203
Fnatic should be the best team in Europe this season. Upset and Hylissang are definitely the best bottom lane in the region, and they should be able to take over in the late game. Humanoid will be better after a disappointing performance in the Spring Split, but Wunder and Razork really need to step up their game if this team is going to be competitive at Worlds.
After years of trying and coming up just short, Excel Esports finally made the playoffs in the Spring Split. That is likely the peak of this team though, as there just isn’t a lot of talent on the roster.
G2 Esports -104
The defending champions are underdogs to the team that finished the Spring Split with the best regular season record in the final game on Saturday. G2 Esports has a habit of not taking the regular season seriously enough so the oddsmakers don’t like their chances against a Rogue team that has been great in the regular season. This is too good of a price to pass up on G2 though, and Rogue will find it tough to be fully focused on all three games considering their level of competition.
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