Michael Lee is back with esports betting tips and predictions for Tuesday, January 25. Today, he takes a look at two League of Legends Pro League (LPL) 2022 Spring matches in Invictus Gaming vs Ultra Prime and ThunderTalk Gaming vs Anyone's Legend, as well as one Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fixture between HAVU and Lynn Vision Gaming in the second round of Elisa Invitational Winter.
Esports Betting Tips: Tuesday, January 25th
Invictus Gaming vs Ultra Prime
LPL 2022 Spring
Invictus Gaming and Ultra Prime have managed only one win apiece after two weeks of LPL 2022 Spring and will surely want to add their second on Tuesday.
Invictus Gaming started the season strong, with a 2-0 win against ThunderTalk Gaming, but have since lost three in a row, against Oh My God, LNG Esports, and Royal Never Give Up, all without winning a single map. Invictus Gaming did not look good so far, and even though they had to play strong teams, they have yet to prove to me that they're anything more than a bottom-tier team.
Similarly, Ultra Prime had a rough schedule and could only pick up one win against LGD Gaming on Friday, but lost the remaining three matches against LNG Esports, Top Esports, and EDward Gaming. On the bright side, Ultra Prime won one map against the reigning LoL world champions, EDward Gaming and had a much tougher schedule than Invictus Gaming.
I also have a lot of faith in Ultra Prime's bottom lane duo, who held their own in all of the matches so far. Even though the team is still a bit shaky, Ultra Prime has the potential to rise from the ashes and improve.
At 1.40 to win, Ultra Prime are just where I expected them to be. They have proven to be much better than Invictus Gaming so far, and they'll have a chance to solidify themselves as such on Tuesday.
I believe that there is a very slight chance that Invictus Gaming might surprise Ultra Prime and win one map, but I would be much rather on the side of the favourites to win in two maps.
Ultra Prime -1.5 Maps
ThunderTalk Gaming vs Anyone's Legend
LPL 2022 Spring
ThunderTalk Gaming are still searching for their first win of the season, to bounce back from a streak of five successive defeats against Oh My God, Invictus Gaming, EDward Gaming, Royal Never Give Up, and Weibo Gaming.
ThunderTalk Gaming have yet to convince me, but neither do I have any faith in Anyone's Legend, who won only one game so far, and even that was against LGD Gaming in the opening week of the split. Anyone's Legend lost against Oh My God, FunPlus Phoenix, Royal Never Give Up, and Weibo Gaming in the remaining three.
It's very difficult to pick a winner from these two because both teams have been nothing short of terrible so far this season. But I must say that ThunderTalk have been a little better lately, but only slightly.
They're by no means good, but they are moving in the right direction and seem like they are slowly finding the right rhythm to start producing at least half-decent results. The question is whether they have improved enough to win on Tuesday.
I'm still leaning more towards Anyone's Legends, but I wouldn't bet on them at 1.30. ThunderTalk Gaming have yet to convince me, but I have faith in them to make something happen on Tuesday. It should be a close match, so I'm taking over 2.5 maps for this one.
HAVU vs Lynn Vision Gaming
Elisa Invitational Winter
HAVU suffered a devastating defeat against LookingForOrg on Thursday, who beat them 16-3 and 16-4 on Overpass and Inferno as 3.25 underdogs. Perhaps the result isn't too surprising since HAVU formed a new roster last week with Otto "ottoNd" Sihvo and Joona "Sm1llee" Holmström, and they lack the needed synergy to make it work.
But things should get easier for the Finnish squad on Tuesday when they clash with Lynn Vision Gaming, one of the weakest teams at the tournament. Although I wouldn't say that Lynn Vision are particularly weak, they're still a tier-three team whose success will solely rely on their opponents not delivering.
However, if one team can underdeliver, it's HAVU. They haven't been impressive last week, and there isn't much that would indicate HAVU will perform any better against Lynn Vision.
The Finns are without a win in their last four fixtures and have managed only one win from their last seven. Lynn Vision are in a similar spot, with only one win from the last five and three back-to-back losses. Still, they're solid enough to punish HAVU and take a map.
Lynn Vision Gaming +1.5 Maps