Origen (1/2 Coral) vs Unicorns of Love (13/8 bet365) – 20:00 CET
Considering a poor week 1 showing, in part exacerbated by internet troubles at the Origen team house, we don’t expect to see the real Origen deal this week either. Last week they showed a poor understanding in the current meta with questionable drafts, often putting themselves in a hole with two gold reliant slow scaling solo laners. Unicorns on the other hand had a solid 2–0 week, albeit over some of the slightly weaker teams in the league. The UoL top laner and ADC in particular impressed, with Vizicsacsi and Steelback posting KDA’s of 10 and 17 respectively.
Coming into week 2, we expect to see UoL continue to play solidly and provide a watermark for a mid-table team this season, looking for one of the last playoff spots whilst comfortably maintaining some distance from the teams scrapping for relegation. Origen will likely be an improved team considering the better practice environment they experienced this week but we can’t see them being the finished article quite yet. Considering the form from week 1, we expect to see UoL take this game.
Unicorns of Love to win with bet365 at 13/8 (2.62)
Splyce (5/2 bet365) vs Team Vitality (1/3 Ladbrokes) – 21:00 CET
Splyce had a disappointing week 1, unable to take a game off of either the surprisingly strong UoL or the expectedly shaky Elements. Whilst this form would indicate a relegation candidate, we expect to see them grow into a stronger team as the weeks go by and they gain some more experience at LCS level. Vitality on the other hand posted a promising set of week 1 results, losing to a decent Roccat line-up but following that up with a win over the strong Fnatic, shutting down Gamsu as predicted in our week 1 previews.
Team Vitality are deserved favourites in this game however we still feel there is some upset potential considering Vitality’s shaky performance against Roccat. We feel this is a good chance to go both ways on this game. We don’t expect results to really start settling down until weeks 3–4, so at the odds take the opportunity for an upset win now.
Splyce to win with bet365 at 5/2 (3.50)
Fnatic (Evens bet365) vs H2K (4/5 William Hill) – 22:00 CET
H2K assumed their throne at the top of the EU LCS after week 1, posting a strong 2–0 showing versus Giants Gaming and Fnatic, teams from the bottom and top end of the LCS spectrum respectively. Very strong rotational play was the name of H2K’s game, and this combined with their superior mechanical skill makes it hard to see past them for the next week of LCS. Fnatic were, as expected, inconsistent, looking great as Gamsu’s Olaf rolled over Origen, only to lose to Team Vitality in unspectacular fashion.
Fnatic fell victim to a Vitality lane swap last week, and we expect to see them struggle against the heavy rotations of H2K. Tactical play doesn’t look to be Fnatic’s strong point right now after losing shot caller Yellowstar in the offseason. H2K should be an easy pick here, unless Fnatic pull something off the beaten track in champion select courtesy of coach Delloir. H2K to win here, folks.
H2K to win at 4/5 with William Hill (1.80)