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Dignitas have undergone an interesting lock in of the LCS. Firstly, they finished fourth in their Group B, with a 1-3 record, which included two straight defeats to end the group stage. They were then pitted against the mighty 100 Thieves, who finished at the top of Group A. Dignitas went on to complete a spectacular upset in the quarter final to make the semis. They start as massive underdogs in this match though.
Team Liquid, however, have remained one of the most consistent teams in the LCS this year. They finished Group B with a 3-1 record, which ranked them second in the group standings. Against Fly Quest in the quarter final, Liquid breezed through with a straight maps win.
It is not surprising that Liquid will start this match as massive favorites considering their deep roster, experience and consistency in the big stages. With this experimental lock in, Liquid will be eager to find the finals to add some silverware.
In six maps, Dignitas have relied on the offensive prowess of Neo in the bottom lane to produce kills. And he has delivered. He has produced 3.83 kills, 1.67 deaths and 3.17 assists per game at a KDA of 4.2 and a creep score of 306.
No other player has managed over 2.5 kills per map, which is obviously an issue that needs to be addressed quickly. The next best is Blue in the mid lane, with returns of 2.5 kills, 2.33 deaths and 4.5 assists per map at a KDA of 3 and a creep score of 268.83.
Dignitas are obviously not as proficient as their counterparts in the lanes, which means there will be a mismatch in the team fights ahead of spawning of neutral objectives. Still, there is a chance they can counter well if they can steal a baron or put some pressure.
Only Bjergsen and Santorin have played all six maps for Liquid so far in this season. Bjergsen has returned to the LCS in fine form, producing 3 kills with a stunning death rate of just 0.5 and an assist rate of 6.83 along with a splendid KDA of 19.67 and a creep score of 291.83.
Santorin has done well in the jungle with excellent returns as well, including 2.33 kills, 0.83 deaths and 7 assists at a KDA of 11.2. For a jungler, those are sensational numbers because the position does not lend itself to providing such efficiency.
Hans Sama has been brought in to this Liquid roster, and has started producing well with returns of 3.75 kills, 1 death and 6.5 assists per map at a KDA of 10.25. These are also solid numbers because a bot laner would usually have a higher death rate than just one death per map. He has played only four maps so far this season, though.
Evil Geniuses (-275)
Evil Geniuses are making a strong statement early in the LCS. They are going to be a team to watch for right through this season as has been evident from the first few maps of the new split. They are still unbeaten this season after finishing the group stage with a 4-0 record to finish comfortably at the top of Group B.
Evil Geniuses then went on to thrash Golden Guardians in straight maps to move on to the semis. They will face Cloud9 in this stage, a team that has been up and down through the entirety of 2021. They will hope that the new year can finally bring some consistency.
There was a time when Cloud9 could not be touched in the lanes, they simply had such incredible depth. That has changed now. EG start as fairly sizable favorites, and if you have seen them play this season, you will probably understand why.
Four different players have averaged at least four or more kills per map in this split. Those are exceptional results and show why this EG team will be one to watch out for as this season progresses with the start of the traditional spring split in February.
Danny has been simply unstoppable in the bottom lane, with returns of 5.17 kills, 0.83 deaths and 8.17 assists per map at a startling KDA of 16. Even his creep score of 310.5 shows why he is one of the most valuable players of this season so far.
Inspired has been excellent in the jungle as well, producing 4 kills along with 1 death and 8.33 assists per map at a KDA of 12.33 and a creep score of 200.5. For a jungler, these are sensational returns. Can he maintain this efficiency moving forward? Hard to tell.
Zven will continue to be a key figure for Cloud9 after his departure from G2. He has been excellent in the lanes so far this season, with returns of 4.57 kills, 2.29 deaths and 5.57 assists at a KDA of 4.44 with a creep score of 292.71.
In the middle lane, Fudge has been even better, producing 4.86 kills, 1.71 deaths and 6.29 assists at a KDA of 6.5. He also has a creep score of 296 and a CSPM of 9.15. These two will be key, pivotal weapons for Cloud9 if they are to have any chance in the lanes here.
Cloud9 have traditionally been one of the most aggressive teams in the LCS, moving in quickly for kills and relying on their champion ganking for incredible offensive strength. That may not work against this EG team though considering their defensive compactness.
Red Canids (-400)
The Brazilian leagues moves into week 2 of the first split of the new season. A solid betting option is there in Red Canids, who have started the new season with two straight wins. They are currently jointly at the top of the standings, and could continue to stay there.
Liberty, on the other hand, have split their two matches so far in the CBLOL. They have won one and lost one to remain at joint fourth in the standings. They will be up against it because Red Canids remain one of the best teams in the Brazilian league.
The odds are favorable to Red Canids. Remember, these are best of one contests, which means that one lost team fight could spell disaster for teams such as Liberty. I am expecting Red Canids to step up their offensive game in the lanes and come away with a win.
Both Titan and Grevthar have been in sensational recent form. Titan, in particular, has been in stunning form with returns of 6.5 kills per map along with just 2 deaths and 6 assists at a KDA of 6.25 along with a creep score of 368.5.
Even better, at least in terms of efficiency, has been Grevthar in the middle lane with numbers of 4 kills, 1 death and 10 assists per map at a KDA of 14. That KDA is so good because it ensures effectiveness in dealing with several factors including lane dominance.
One of the reasons for Red Canids’ success has been their holistic production consistently. Even in the top lane, Guigo has produced 7 kills over two maps. If this continues, not too many teams can stay abreast with the offensive effectiveness of this team.
Liberty have actually done quite well in both the middle and bot lane this season, with Krastyel and Matsukaze. Krastyel has managed returns of 4.5 kills, 2 deaths and 2.5 assists per map at a KDA of 3.5 and a creep score of 226. Not too bad for a mid laner.
Over in the bottom lane, Matsukaze has managed 4 kills, 2.5 deaths and 1 assist at a KDA of 2 and a creep score of 224.5. He needs to improve his kill participation rate because without that, the team will likely continue to struggle as this season progresses.
The team has struggled almost everywhere else. They have simply not been able to generate enough kills and offense in the rest of the lanes, including the jungle, which will potentially be the difference in this contest. Liberty need to step up their lane game.
Furia Esports started the split with a loss but came back in their previous match to return to 0.500 for the season, presently at 1-1. The sample size to collect and analyze data is not large enough but there is still more than enough evidence from previous splits that this Furia team will not be pushed over easily. They will continue to improve on this record. Intz, on the other hand, is a very different story.
They have lost both of their opening matches, and are currently at the bottom of the table. Their split is not expected to get much better with a tough match against Furia on Saturday. Furia are massive favorites for this contest and rightfully so. They have lots of offensive firepower in the lanes, which will leave them stronger for their start. Intz may challenge in a team fight or two, and may even collect an elemental dragon, but not much more.
Somehow, Intz need to find a way to keep Netuno quiet in the bottom lane. That is not an easy task. Not by any means. Netuno has produced returns of 6.5 kills, 3.5 deaths and 7.5 assists at a KDA of 4 along with a creep score of 312.5. His continued excellence in managing the bot lane will be a key reason for Furia’s success. And that is unlikely to change soon.
Furia have also got adequate support from other avenues as well. For instance, Envy in the mid lane has a kill participation of well over 13, with returns of 4.5 kills, 3 deaths and 9 assists per map. In the jungle and in the top lane, Furia have received 3.5 kills per map from both of those positions. This is shaping up to be a beautiful roster for Furia, and they will be desperate to keep up this excellent form against a struggling Intz team.
If a team’s top laner is your most prolific kill weapon, then there are deep, rooted issues. Intz have found this the hard way so far this season. Their most proficient offensive player has been Tyrin, who has managed returns of 3 kills, 3 deaths and 3.5 assists at a KDA of 2.17.
You would probably expect a 0-2 record if these are a team’s best numbers because competitive League of Legends is unforgiving. Kick and Mica0 have both managed a KDA of exactly 2. They are Intz’s mid and bot laners respectively, which presents a problematic situation for Intz. That is unlikely to change.
|LCS And CBLOL 2022 Spring Split Information|
|Teams||LCS: Dignitas vs Team Liquid, EG vs Cloud9
CBLOL: Red Canids vs Liberty, Furia v Intz
|Location||Events conducted in North America (LCS) and Brazil (CBLOL)|
|Time||Friday, January 28 at 5.30 PM EST onwards|
|How to watch||LCS official Twitch channel
CBLOL official Twitch channel
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