The semi-final stage of LCS Lock-In has been set. Dignitas is facing Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses meet Cloud9 in a blockbuster contest. Both matches will be played in best-of-five series.
Here is a quick breakdown of the matches along with LoL betting suggestions.
Dignitas vs Team Liquid
Dignitas have had an interesting lead-up to this stage of the tournament. First, they finished fourth in Group B with a 1-3 record, which tied them up against 100 Thieves, who finished at the top of Group A. Dignitas completed a spectacular upset, beating 100 Thieves without dropping a map in the quarters.
There was no such upset in the second quarter as Team Liquid rightfully and expectedly beat FlyQuest 2-0 to qualify for the semis. Team Liquid have now won three straight matches, which will leave them high on confidence and momentum. Those are not irrelevant factors because in a format like this, slight edges in those traits can actually be differentiating factors.
Liquid are massive favorites in this semi against Dignitas. So much so, in fact, that it may not make sense to back Liquid as the outright winner because the risk to reward ratio is just not lucrative enough. Since this is a best of five, there are other betting options that you can consider. One such market, that appears to be quite compelling, is the handicap.
Backing Team Liquid to win in straight maps, which is Liquid -2.5 (Map handicap) at Betway will earn you x1.90 in return. The risk to reward relationship is much better there, and that is where I would be for this particular semi.
Evil Geniuses vs Cloud9
The other semi will pit Evil Geniuses against a rejuvenated Cloud9 team. C9 finished second in Group A with a 3-1 record, and then went on to beat Counter Logic Gaming in a decisive third map in the quarter. The middle and bottom lane have been patrolled expertly by Fudge and Zven respectively.
Fudge has produced returns of 4.86 kills with 1.71 deaths and 6.29 assists at a KDA of 6.5 and a creep score of 296, while Zven has been almost as good offensively, with 4.57 kills, 2.29 deaths and 5.57 assists per map at a KDA of 4.44 and a creep score of 292.71.
Evil Geniuses, however, are fairly sizable favorites in this match for a reason. They have a roster that has been slightly more consistent. They have also been unbeaten at this tournament, finishing Group B at the top with a 4-0 record before cruising past Golden Guardians in straight maps in the quarter final.
Four of five players in the EG roster have managed at least four kills per map in this tournament, which is indicative of the all-round depth that this team possesses. Still, I would say that odds of 1.40 on EG are a bit too low. Cloud9 can find their rhythm and offensive fluency at any point, which could help them win more than just one map.
Again, I would turn to the map handicap for this one. Cloud9 to not lose by two or more maps or Cloud9 +2.5 (Map handicap) is the bet I would make. On Betway, you have odds of x1.75 for this result, which is quite lucrative considering the prowess in the lanes that Cloud9 seem to have found ahead of the Spring Split.