The first day of the Mid-Season Invitational largely went as expected. T1 and Royal Never Give Up smashed their opponents, and G2 Esports got off to a 2-0 start against the teams from the other English-speaking regions. The favorites in each of the first five matches by the League of Legends betting odds all won their games, as the RED Canids were the only underdogs to get a win. Will the chalk hold up again on Day 3, or will we see more bite from the underdogs?
2022 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational Betting Odds
Evil Geniuses -1150
It wasn’t a strong start to the competition for Evil Geniuses. They were gapped in multiple areas by G2 Esports, and star bottom laner Danny could not get going on Samira. That will lead to a lot of buzz regarding ORDER’s ability to take down Evil Geniuses, as we did see Cloud9 lose to the OCE representative at MSI last year. ORDER top laner BioPanther looked like a player that deserves to be in a major region, and Kisee had some flashy plays in the mid lane. It’s tough to like EG as this much of a favorite.
G2 Esports -1900
The big question coming into this game is how seriously G2 Esports takes the match. G2 does like to limit test in different matches, and they only need to finish in the top two in order to advance to the Rumble Stage. Since there is no difference between finishing in first or second, there is real value in betting against G2 from Thursday forward. This is not a team that will stay locked in and focused throughout the Group Stage, and they will drop a match or two.
PSG Talon -223
Istanbul Wildcats +170
We have seen the odds fall in this match as PSG Talon was originally -257 before their surprising loss to RED Canids on Tuesday. PSG Talon failed to get a kill in the match, and Hanabi led the team in damage from the top lane with 32.6% of the team’s damage per Games of Legends. This is a good time to bet on PSG Talon though, as they will bounce back, while Istanbul Wildcats have a hard ceiling given Holyphoenix’s limited champion pool.
Royal Never Give Up -1329
RED Canids +669
Although RED Canids pulled off a nice upset against PSG Talon, they are still prohibitive underdogs by the Esports betting odds to Royal Never Give Up. RNG are the reigning MSI champions, and they easily outclassed their opponents in their first match. GALA and Ming might just be the best bottom lane in the competition, and Xiaohu is a proven mid laner.
Saigon Buffalo -203
Team Aze +160
The second-place team from Vietnam has become more of a favorite in this match despite a loss to T1. Saigon Buffalo flummoxed the favorites going into this competition for the first eight minutes before falling off thanks to Korea’s superior macro. Taki is an excellent engage support that should have no problem getting his lane ahead, while Team Aze looks to be the worst team at MSI.
DetonatioN FocusMe +900
There might be a little bit of value in DetonatioN FocusMe. T1 are heavy favorites and should win this match, but Gumayusi did not play well in his first game, and Faker was not as impactful on Twisted Fate as the team hoped. DFM have a strong bottom laner in Yutapon, and they can potentially pull off the upset if Steal can outclass Oner in the jungle.
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