The Esports action continues on Monday, June 14th as our resident Esports guru Michael Lee takes a look at matches from the LPL 2021 Summer tournament as well as the Movistar Liga Pro Gaming Season 9 Playoffs. Check out our Esports betting tips below!
LPL 2021 Summer
Invictus Gaming suffered an embarrassing loss against EDward Gaming on Saturday and while losing against a side with so much quality as EDG isn't necessarily humiliating, it's the way IG lost that is.
IG have long been one of the most stacked teams in the world of LoL esports, which they have proven with their 2018 LoL World Championship title. At the same time, IG have also proven to be one of the unpredictable teams in the league.
With IG, you never know what you're going to get. They will either stomp everyone in their path or go into a full "run it down" mode and lose even against the league's biggest underdogs.
That's a good narrative for us to bet on Oh My God, who PickleBet have priced as high as $4.90. However, I just don't feel this is the right call here.
OMG won't be achieving much this season since they lack the individual talent to compete with the top teams, nor do I view them as a squad that can upset top sides. Unless we see a massive improvement of their players from the LPL 2021 Spring, OMG will likely finish inside the bottom three, and they have yet to show any progress so far this split.
IG need a win to bounce back from their loss to EDG, and they definitely have the talent to deliver.
LPL 2021 Summer
Rare Atom have played only two games so far this split, and even those came against OMG (2-0) and LGD Gaming (2-1), so they haven't been properly tested yet. That will change on Monday, June 14, when RA take on EDward Gaming. Rare Atom were actually good last split even though they're far from being considered as a top-five team. They finished LPL 2021 Spring in eighth and then upset Invictus Gaming (3-2) in the first round of the playoffs.
Unfortunately, RA were no match for FunPlus Phoenix (1-3) in the second round of the LPL 2021 Spring playoffs and ended the split seventh-eighth. Still, a very good placement for a team of this calibre, and you can't really blame them for losing against the eventual champions either.
EDward were easily one of the strongest teams last split, and I fully expect them to continue to be great. They might not be a flashy team, but with the way EDG play, you could say that they're the smartest team in the LPL.
You rarely see EDG make errors, and that's the main thing that makes them one of the toughest teams to face - besides, of course, the talent they possess. Last split EDG struggled a bit against other top sides in the league, but they never failed to deliver against weaker teams.
EDG ended LPL Spring with a phenomenal 13-3 record, while their only three losses came against the eventual champions Royal Never Give Up, the third-placed team Top Esports, and the unpredictable Invictus Gaming.
With the consistency EDG have been showing in beating lower-rated teams, I don't see a reason to take the outsiders for this match. Take EDG to win 2-0!
Movistar Liga Pro Gaming Season 9 Playoffs
Hokori and Infamous will clash in the first round of Movistar Liga Pro Gaming Season 9 playoffs. These two teams last met at the start of June, when Hokori won the first match (2-0) but lost the reverse fixture (0-2).
Hokori ended the Movistar Liga Pro Gaming Season 9 group stage with a perfect 2-0 record and 4-0 map difference. They took down Infinity and EgoBoys without any issues and are now in an excellent position to compete for the title.
Infamous were slightly less successful during the Movistar Liga Pro Gaming Season 9 group stage. They won against TMU (2-0) and BINOMISTAS (2-0), yet struggled to deliver against Team Unknown (1-2).
Hokori met with Infamous five times in 2021 and won three fixtures, including two of their last three. However, it was Infamous who won their last clash with 2-0.
This match seems like a complete coin-flip. Infamous are a more established organization, but they were hardly any more successful than Hokori this season.
It's also important to note that Infamous recently made a roster change. They parted ways with no.1 Crhistian "Pakazs" Savina, who left for Team Unknown and replaced him with David "Parker" Nicho Chote as their new number one.
We don't know much about Parker, but he is not as good as Pakazs, which is an additional reason why I'm not too fond of Infamous at 1.69. Take Hokori to claim their fourth head-to-head victory of the season!
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