LPL And LCK 2022 Picks, Predictions, Odds February 26

  • KT Rolster might fancy their chances against Fredit Brion in the LCK
  • Over in the LPL, there are three matched scheduled for Saturday’s action
  • Top Esports against Edward Gaming could be an offensive masterclass

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Fredit Brion vs KT Rolster Pick

KT Rolster (moneyline)

Fredit Brion vs KT Rolster Predictions

We are nearly two thirds into the LCS Spring Split of 2022, and Fredit Brion are scraping the bottom of the pile with a 3-8 win-loss record. Four of their eight losses have come in back-to-back games that has completely derailed their campaign. A top-six finish seems like a pipe dream at the moment. This hasn’t been much of an improvement from their disappointing last-place finish at the 2021 Spring Split.

Unlike Brion, KT Rolster are better placed, even if they may have problems of their own. Their position isn’t as dire, and they are right now placed sixth, but they’re on a three-match losing streak that currently pegs them with a 4-7 win-loss record. On Saturday, one team’s losing streak will definitely snap. Like Brion, KT Rolster’s performance so far hasn’t been much of an improvement from last year. So on form and past history, both sides have been average. Yet Brion have odds stacked against them purely on the basis of how they’ve fared in their matches. Their losses have all been a hiding to nothing. And that hasn’t elicited much confidence.

Brion’s Problem Of Plenty

Much of Fredit Brion’s problems stem from a lack of offensive proficiency. This may not be due to lack of effort, but due to plans that haven’t succeeded. It’s time to re-assess where they’ve got things wrong. As such, much of their roster is full of players who either have an equal kill and death numbers on an average, which cancel out any little advantage they may have. They need their bot laners to do much better.

Lava, for example, has a kill rate of 3.24, which is by far the best among the current roster. He has 2 deaths on an average and 4.41 assists, along with a KDA of 3.83 and creep score of 337.07. Now, on the face of it, there aren’t the worst numbers, but it’s only when you put them in perspective do you realise how underwhelming they have been. Lava will hope for some support from jungler Delight, who has 6.93 assists on an average per map.

Aiming Carries KT Rolster’s Hopes

KL Rolster too, eerily, sail on the same boat and have the same set of problems. Barring Aiming, who has a K/D/A of 3.11/2.04/3.63 to go with a creep score of 348.74, the others fall flat when it comes to sustaining any kind of pressure or being involved in kills or collecting barons.

By having the kind of returns he has shown lately, Aiming has led his performances do the talking, unlike earlier where he was riddled with off-field issues. Such as having to complete 20 hours of public service for making suicide-related jokes in solo-queue during LCK 2018. Rolster will hope for some support from the junglers and mid laners.

T1 vs Hanwha Life Esports Pick

T1 (moneyline)

T1 v Hanwha Life Esports Prediction

League leaders T1 seem an unstoppable force currently. They are on a11-match winning streak and are yet to be broken so far. They have a three-win difference over second-placed Gen G currently. Having rocketed to a start that will be very hard for others to match, T1 have given themselves the luxury of trying different plans and giving different players different roles.

This experimentation could come with the knowledge that a playoff berth has been sealed, and that they are up against the bottom pilers Hanwha Life Esports, who can’t seem to find a winning combination.

They have won less than half the games they’ve lost, and a 3-8 record with seven games to play doesn’t speak highly of their chances of securing a top-six berth. No doubt then that the odds are heavily stacked against Hanwha, who will have pulled off a massive upset should they record their fourth win. Gp safe, hinge your money on T1.

Hanwha Battling With Covid Outbreak

As if it wasn’t already tough, Hanwha have been hampered by the absence of key personnel due to covid-19. Bot laner Lee “SamD” Jae-hoon, substitute jungler Kim “Willer” Jeong-hyeon, and coaches Kim “Bibra” Hyun-sik and Son “Kezman” Dae-young tested positive for COVID-19 last week. The team has had to dig deep against Livv SANDBOX, and now against T1 as we finish week six of the 2022 Spring Split.

T1 In Form And In Sync

T1 are the team to beat. DWG KIA pushed them to the limit, but couldn’t cross the line. They eventually lost 2-0 despite having a clear counter-strategy to negate T1’s play style.T1’s impressive coordination and macro play stood out in their 11th win.

They closed out the first game by trying to take the Baron and flank DWG KIA’s players when they came to defend the objective. They also earned a clean ace with enough time to capture the opponent’s tower and destroy their nexus. This was as one-sided as it could’ve possibly got. The second game was a lot closer for most parts, but once T1 took control of the map, DWG-KIA fell short of plans for a counter.

DWG KIA tried going into the late game with an advantage by killing the Baron, but T1 pushed the team’s Nexus instead of contesting for the Baron and made a killing as a result to clinch the game.

Team WE vs Ultra Prime Pick

Team WE (moneyline)

Team WE v Ultra Prime Predictions

The LPL 2022 Spring Split has veered past the halfway mark, with definitive trends and patterns emerging. One such trend is how Team WE and Ultra Prime are so far behind the pack that qualifying to the playoffs, which requires them to finish in the top six, seems impossible currently. Team We are 16th, with a solitary win in nine matches. Ultra Prime are three spots higher, with three wins in nine. Ultra Prime, on virtue of their position in the stands, have a slight edge as per the punters.
WE Encouraged By Recent Outing

WE’s performance against BiliBili Gaming ended predictably, but there were moments where they could’ve drawn inspiration from. Although BiliBili gained the upper hand in the first game by winning team fights, WE launched a fierce fightback. Though Bilibili Gaming were able to crack WE’s base at 32 minutes, WE managed to fend off BiliBili’s intruders. It was only at the 48-minute mark that BiliBili managed to take the game.

That they managed to take the game deep was a massive positive. They then marched on to take the second game, courtesy an impressive performance from Shanks. The mid laner landed 7 kills, 3 deaths and 8 assists during the map to lead the charge. The high of a win didn’t last long, though, as WE conceded the third game even quicker to eventually lose 2-1, but the manner of storming back to pull one back must encourage them going forward.

Cryin and Elk Key for Ultra Prime

As much as teams can take heart from winning specific moments, there’s nothing like winning momentum. This is something Ultra Prime will carry into their game, following their win against OMG. Their level of proficiency can’t dip. WE’s playoff hopes hinge on not just them going on a roll, but also hoping their opponents falter.

Ultra Prime will look up to Cryin for proficiency. The mid laner, whose contract runs until November 2022, lands 3.43 kills, 2.29 deaths and 5.63 assists, along with a KDA of 3.95 and creep score of 263.63. He will have Elk to bank on.

The bot laner has the best kill rate in the team. He lands 5 kills, 2.79 deaths and 4.96 assists, along with a KDA of 3.57 and creep score of 296.08. It’s these two who will be key to the side’s fortunes if they are to turn things around and keep the flagging playoffs hopes alive, however slim they may be.

Weibo Gaming vs OMG Pick

Weibo Gaming (moneyline)

Weibo Gaming vs Oh My God Predictions

Perched right at the top, Weibo are having fun looking at the mid-table jostle. They began the spring split with an early loss to BLG, but have since gone on a seven-match winning streak that currently has them well primed for the playoffs, even if there are a couple of hiccups along the way.

Their current domination is a throwback to the kind of form they displayed during the summer of 2020. Oh My God aren’t anywhere near the picture, currently placed ninth with more losses than wins. But two wins is all it will take from here on to vault their way back into contention. That’s how close teams between 3 and 10 are placed. There’s no doubt Weibo are the overwhelming favourites. Back them to give you good returns on your cash.

Weibo’s Hard Grind

Anyone on Weibo Gaming has the potential to carry games, and this is shown by their MVP performances. TheShy has 5, Angel and Huanfeng have 4 apiece and Sofm has 3. OMG’s inconsistency has been their biggest problem this far. This is something they need to correct very quickly.

Weibo Gaming won an important matchup against LNG Esports 2-1 in their most recent fixture. In the first game, top laner TheShy made a splash as he staved off a fierce battle with LNG’s Ale. Twenty minutes into the game, he had already landed 3 kills to put pressure on the opponents. By then, Weibo had grabbed a 6k gold lead. For most parts, the game ebbed and flowed before Weibo closed off a tight contest after a stirring comeback.

That they were able to hold their own under sustained pressure will stand them in good stead. In game two, LNG managed to stave off Weibo Gaming’s constant presence with the Zeri through LNG jungler Tarzan’s exceptional early-game presence. This helped them level proceedings, before Weibo came storming back by taking a single possible tower from LNG’s base before they closed out the game and series at 30 minutes.

Able and Creme Key for OMG

Much of this fight will need a counter from OMG’s key personnel. Can Able and Crème rise to the occasion? Able has generated the most kills with returns of 4.32 kills, 2.62 deaths and 4.81 assists per map at a KDA of 3.53.

Crème, in the middle lane, has managed returns of 4.04 kills, 2.46 deaths and 5.15 assists per map at a KDA of 3.73 so far. What should encourage them is the fact that the stats have improved a great deal from a couple of weeks ago, pointing towards improved proficiency.

Top Esports vs Edward Gaming Pick

Edward Gaming (moneyline)

Top Esports v Edward Gaming Predictions

Top Esports are just two wins away from Edward Gaming, yet are placed out spots below on the table at No. 7. It tells you two things: how close the teams are stacked together and how no team in the mid-table has a guaranteed playoff spot.

This makes Saturday’s clash very interesting. It’s a battle of two excellent teams with different strengths and strategies, but on a slightly different plane when it comes to the confidence spectrum. Top Esports have won three games in a row, while Edward Gaming will be heading into the game on the back of a loss. That may not be very significant at this point, but at least it could give Top Esports a peek into where they faltered and try and devise a counter to ensure they aren’t caught unawares.

Top Esports Show Winning Mentality

In their most recent outing, Top Esports overcame a challenge before eventually prevailing against FunPlus Phoenix in a three-game series. FPX were an epitome of consistency up until then, while Top Esports carried the confidence of their newfound success. Having started the year 2-4, this is a massive improvement for them.

Their remaining fixtures are all tough ones, so the playoff battle isn’t going to be easy. Their clash against Edward Gaming will be followed by games against Bilibili Gaming and LNG Esports next week. If they cam somehow take two wins, with one against BiliBili, they will definitely be contenders for the playoffs. Maybe they can even dream of a top-four finish.

The Scout Factor for Edward Gaming

Last week, Edward Gaming were handed their first loss when they were swept aside by Weibo. Edward were looking to protect an undefeated start to the regular season while Weibo were going for their fifth consecutive win, which they not only managed, but have gone two better.

Edward have been known to be a champion team and carry that aura with them, but so far this season, while there isn’t much to suggest they’re a team on a downward spiral, there are a few cracks and some signs of weakness. Viper and Scout are their key personnel. Bot laner Viper, just the second player after imp to score a pentakill both in LCK and the world championship, lands 4.42 kills, 1.42 deaths and 5.68 assists, along with a KDA of 7.11 and creep score of 280.05. Scout, the mid laner who reached 2000 kills in January, lands 3.58 kills, 1.63 deaths and 6.74 assists, along with a KDA of 6.32 and creep score of 266.95.

Another interesting piece of trivia is that he is only the seventh player in LPL history to reach 2000 kills. The South Korean is now a Chinese resident, having completed his residency formalities that are considered to be among the hardest in the world. If he can help his team win the championship, he may have written yet another chapter in what has been an eventful journey so far.

How to Watch LPL and LCK 2022 Spring Split

LPL And LCK 2022 Spring Split Information
Teams LPL: Top Esports vs Edward Gaming, OMG vs Weibo Gaming
LCK: Fredit Brion vs KT Rolster, Hanwha Life Esports v T1
Location Offline event, conducted in China (LPL) and Korea (LCK)
Time Saturday, February 26 at 2.00 AM EST onwards
How to watch LPL official Twitch channel
LCK official Twitch channel

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