It’s not been common this season for me to say that Roccat have an advantage in any match. Their entire summer split has been a series of failures, culminating in this do-or-die match against Millenium. Whoever loses this match loses their shot at getting into the LCS of 2016, so Roccat will not want to drop this one. And to be honest, they have a good chance of making it through this match, even if their chances in the Promotion tournament overall aren’t so hot.
As a team, Roccat have a lot of talent on board. Steeelback and Raise are not a duo you want to take lightly, although they have been outshone by almost every other LCS bot lane this season. Parang is a mechanical monster, but his lack of communication and co-ordination could come back to bite Roccat. Betsy feels like he should be doing better than he is, considering his strong showings throughout the previous seasons. All this talent makes it hard to place why Roccat had such an abysmal split, and makes us question whether they deserve to maintain their LCS spot. They’ll have to pick up the pace if they want to get their position back, and have a chance at redeeming themselves in Spring 2017.
Millenium are a bit easier to place. They were very distinctly the second best team in the Challenger series this year, and while they do have talent on their roster (Tabzz and Djoko have had some excellent games), it’s hard to see any lane where they can glean an advantage. That being said, a shaky Roccat are their best chance at getting to take a crack at Schalke 04. This team will be hungry, and while I don’t think they have much of a chance of beating Roccat I firmly believe they’ll put up a strong showing in this series.
Roccat to win with Betway (1/4)
I’ve talked about Origen already, and there’s not much more to say. Toaster has been all but set aside in favour of xPeke’s leadership, but his numbers in the ADC role continue to be hugely underwhelming. PowerOfEvil has been struggling, and while Soaz has had some great games on carry champions like Fiora, he’s still as prone to tilting as ever. This squad are floundering, with no visible sense of direction. They either have to play Toaster and lose the shotcaller from their team, or play xPeke and be mechanically outclassed in a vital role. Neither option looks great for the team.
It looks worse when you compare them to Misfits. Blasting through the EU CS, they’ve looked like an LCS team all split. Their success mirrors that of Origen in the spring of 2015, which has to be worrying for the Spanish side. Alphari has been annihilating top laners all split long, but he might not find Soaz as easy as his challenger opponents. The biggest discrepancy will be in the bottom lane, where Hanz Sama should have no trouble dominating xPeke. If Toaster gets called in for damage control, Selfie and Lamabear will look to pick apart a listless Origen from their respective positions. All in all, it looks like this team is perfectly suited for taking down the fan favourites in Origen.
Misfits to win with Betway (1/2)