LPL And LCK 2022 Spring Split Picks, Predictions, Odds February 12

  • Edward Gaming will start as favorites against an improving Team WE in the LPL
  • Top Esports facing Royal Never Give Up in blockbuster clash
  • Over in the LCK, Gen G will face T1 in top-tier clash in South Korea

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Edward Gaming vs Team WE Pick

Edward Gaming (moneyline)

Edward Gaming vs Team WE Predictions

Edward Gaming are looking to carry on from their promise of the LPL 2021 Spring Split, where they finished second. In a pool of 17 teams, to finish second and within a victory of topping the points table, spoke volumes of their ability and consistency. It’s much the same that they will look to carry forward.

Edwards Gaming – Revving Up Momentum

The season is still in its infancy, but if their start is anything to go by – they’ve won four in four, and are only one of two unbeaten teams in the field (LNG Esports being the other) – they are primed to repeat their magic. Maybe, they can dare to dream and have a realistic shot at topping the charts.

Between then and now, Edward Gaming also has a trophy to show for their efforts. Three years after they previously featured in the World Championship, where they had only made it as far as the quarter-finals, Edward Gaming went the distance to win the trophy.

Team WE – On A Downward Spiral

Team WE were slightly shaky last year, and ended the competition with two back-to-back losses to finish sixth. They started well, and then tailed off in the end. The start this time around has been disastrous to say the least. They are the only team that is yet to notch up a win and are currently last in the standings.

Their current performances point to a massive dip in confidence, which is also a reason why the odds are stacked highly against them. All said, you wouldn’t want to hinge your bets on them at this point in time. Go for the tried and tested Edward Gaming, for you will have made a safe winning prediction.

Meiko – The Kingmaker For Edward Gaming

He was single-handedly responsible for driving them towards the World Championship title last year. He averaged 9.29 assists and a KDA of 4.02, thereby playing a terrific role as a support player. He combined with Alistar, and emerged with a 68.2% win rate.

What Edward Gaming have also done right is provide an environment for their players to flourish. Meiko has been reunited with the same gang that won them the title. He and Viper continue to be the key members in the bot lane. Their intimidating presence has been a vital factor in tearing down opponent’s plans and strategies. Their experience has been invaluable. There’s no reason why they can’t form another potent pairing in this year’s run to the title.

Weibo Gaming vs FunPlus Phoenix Pick

FunPlus Phoenix (moneyline)

Weibo Carrying Hurt Of Missing World Championships

Formerly known as Suning Gaming, Weibo finished in the mid table last year. They were in contention for a top three berth, before suffering a mid-season slump eventually led to a spectacular crash. They ended the season with three successive losses. This Spring Split has started better, with them having won four out of their five matches, but they will do well to caution themselves against early celebrations.

Past history has shown they have a tendency to slip-up often. While they aren’t by any means a championship contender, they are definitely not a team that can be classified in the laggards category either. The disappointment of failing to qualify for the World Championship still haunts them. That said, the quality side that they are, they still have everything going for them, just like the odds. The punters fancy a Weibo win here, even if FunPlus are more than capable of giving them a mighty run for their money.

FunPlus Eye Quick Up-turn After Poor Start

Their opponents, Funplus Phoenix are looking to bounce back from an indifferent start to the competition. Having surged to three back-to-back wins, they’ve suffered two losses to slip back into the mid field, and are looking to develop some kind of consistency going forward. Last year, they finished a reasonable fifth with 11 wins in 16 games. There is clearly potential that hasn’t always been translated into performances. The 2022 Spring Split is another opportunity to set things right.

Huanfeng Puts Behind Controversies

From going all the way to the World Championship Final in 2020, his fall was so alarming that at one point, it was debated if he’d return as the same player for Weibo. The bot-later had just taken down world-class opponents on the big stage. For a 19-year-old to have performed as admirably as he did pointed to a bright future. Then came the fall: a cheating scandal that led to his controversial removal from the 2020 All-Stars event. In 2021, he returned with a band to break the LPL record for percent damage to champions with Jinx.

He did 66.2% of his team’s total damage. His overall record is prolific too. With 9 wins in 13 maps, he comes with a win percentage of 69.2. He has 4.46 kills, 1.38 deaths and 3.31 assists, to combine with a creep score of 5.61 and assists of 318.38. He will be assisted by Angel, who has played the role of a support player all through. He lands 3.15 kills, 1.31 deaths and 3.23 assists, and On, who has an assist rate of 8.23.

Top Esports vs Royal Never Give Up Pick

Royal Never Give Up (moneyline)

RNG In Top Form

To round off an action-packed Saturday, table toppers RNG square off against mid tablers Top Esports. Winners of the 2021 Spring Split, where they lost just 2 out of their 16 games, RNG have everything going for them this time around, too. Having lost their opening bout, they have now won five in a row to currently move to second spot in the standings.

Consistency Hampering Top Esports

Top Esports are struggling for consistency and are grappling with plenty of combination questions as they look to break into the top 10. They have lost three games out of five at the current stage. But they know they are a much better side than that. They only need to look back at last year’s standings for inspiration. They finished the tournament third placed, with 12 wins in 16 games. Past history and current form clearly dictate the odds in favour of RNG, but discount Top Esports at your own peril.

RNG Have A Point To Prove

In their most recent outing, RNG were thrown a giant surprise when Bilibili Gaming stormed back to level proceedings. However, RNG eventually prevailed as they flexed their muscle to eke out a win. That they were given a mighty scare and pushed to the limits is something Top Esports can draw inspiration from.

RNG are still smarting from their quarter-final loss to Edward Gaming in a heated Worlds knockout clash. Both teams were neck-and-neck, and didn’t budge before Edward Gaming eventually took the game 3-2 to enter the championship semifinal for the first time. For a proud side such as RNG, this loss clearly has been a bitter pill to swallow. They are determined more than ever to make up for that now.

Xiaohu’s Seamless Switch

Xiaohu’s proficiency makes him a key player for RNG. The only player to win two International titles across two roles: mid lane and top lane, Xiaohu has shown the ability to seamlessly switch roles. He moved from mid lane to the top lane at the start of 2021, and hasn’t looked back since. He was voted the first All Pro top laner for LPL 2021 in his very first spring split in that role. He averages 4.06 kills, 1.56 deaths and 5.69 assists, along with a KSDA of 6.24 and a creep score of 305.13. For support, the side can bank on Ming’s mighty fine assists in the mid lane. He averages 7.94 on that front.

Top Esports will be keen to see if JackeyLove can continue his prolific form. His kill rate of 4.46 is the best among all competing players for the side. He also combines that with 2.77 deaths and 5 assists, along with a KDA of 3.42 and creep score of 301.54. To assist him in the mid lane is Zhuo, who has an assist rate of 8.54, the best among both teams in the competition. Xiaopeng’s assist rate of 6.36 is equally impressive. So while on the face of it, RNG may be top contenders, Top E Sports have the ability to surprise them.

T1 vs Gen G Pick

Gen G (moneyline)

T1 vs Gen G Predictions

The first game of LCK’s Saturday double-header is a blockbuster clash of two teams that are the favourites to clinch the LCK 2022 Spring Split. T1 are unbeaten after seven games; Gen G have one loss in seven. If performances in 2021 were any indication, Gen G are on track to blaze the trail yet again. They finished second last year with a 13-5 record.

T1 were down and out halfway through the season, languishing at the bottom half before they surged into the top five by going on a five-match winning streak. They eventually ended the season with a respectable 11-7 record. That makes this clash a close contest. One side having rebounded admirably, another challenging for the top spot at every step. Even so, Gen G has the odds slightly against them for this one.

T1’s New Trump Card

T1 are coming off a narrow shave against Hanwha Life Esports. And they were given a taste of the prodigious talent of the league’s newest and most talked-about star Zeri. Since her entry last week, she has played 45 time across 23 different tournament leagues.

A win percentage of 64 across these matches tells you how she has stamped her authority in such a short time. Hanwha, who would’ve dreamt of an unlikely win, were given a taste of her special talent upon entering the contest as their first rotation pick. She finished the game with 5 kills, 1 death and 4 assists.

Gen G Stung By Covid-19

Peanut, Gen G’s Jungler, is set to miss the clash due to covid-19. The result of the infection has had a boomerang effect on the rest of the squad too. Support player Lehends and head coach Score are also set to self-quarantine for 10 days by virtue of being Peanut’s close contacts.

The decision has been taken in line with Korea’s health regulations currently. This isn’t the first case of covid outbreak in the LCK Spring Split. Earlier last week, Nongshim RedForce and DRX received positive test results from players. The latter was forced to use substitutes in their contest against KT Rolster. Under the current circumstances, it’s all the more clear that T1 are the team to beat in this contest.

Who Can Gen G Bank On?

Chovy becomes a key player for them presently. The mid laner, who became the fastest player to reach 1000 kills in LCK history before ShowMaker eclipsed that record two months later, has excellent numbers. He has a success rate of 71.4 across 14 maps. He lands 4 kills, 1.64 deaths and 6.14 assists, along with a KDA of 6.17 and creep score of 332.43.

The others in the support cast will need to punch above their weight for Gen G to be able to effect kills and capture towers within the opponent’s territory. On current evidence, it may appear a task too steep.

Liiv Sandbox vs DWG Kia Pick

DWG Kia (moneyline)

Liiv Sandbox Struggling For Momentum Predictions

To round off Saturday’s double-header, Liiv SANDBOX would be looking to make a desperate climb up the ladder after having begun the spring split in disappointing fashion. They have just two wins to show in seven matches, and a position in the top five on current form seems a tad far-fetched. Their opponents DWG KIA are slightly better placed with a 4-3 record that currently has them perched at third spot.

Liiv SANDBOX are all too familiar being in this position. Last year, they had 12 losses out of 18 to finish eighth in the Sprint Split. DWG topped the charts, having lost just two games. So history and current form points to this being a walk in the park for DWG KIA. Even if it isn’t, they are heavily favoured to win this one.

Liiv SANDBOX have had two solid wins over DRX and KT Rolster. They have the ability to beat better teams, but haven’t been able to get past the finishing line despite being in great positions to do so. DWG KIA have an intimidating presence this time around, and much of it has come down to the make-up of their squad and how each player has played his role to perfection. At the heart of it, team sport is a sum total of the efforts of all their players. They’ve gone and proved that so far this season.

ShowMaker’s Proficiency for DWG KIA

ShowMaker has surged past 200 wins so far this season. Having joined LCK back in 2019, he has gone on to establish himself as one of the best mid-liners of all time. He has so far won three LCK Splits and a World Championship title. He has 11 wins in 17 maps so far this split, having accrued 2.82 kills. 1.59 deaths and 4.71 assists, along with a KDA of 4.74 and creep score of 329.53. Those numbers don’t tell you how effective he can be. It merely tells you how despite having a series of middling performances, how he’s managed to make such an impact within the setup.

Problems Of Plenty for Liiv

Liiv SANDBOX’s problems stem from how they have no player with a kill rate of over 3. And the inferior offensive proficiency hasn’t been able to mask their issues in the bot lane. In CAroco and Kale, they have two players with decent defence and assist rate, but that has only merely delayed the inevitable. They haven’t been able to sustain pressure for longer, before eventually losing out.

How to Watch LPL and LCK 2022 Spring Split

LPL And LCK 2022 Spring Split Information
Teams LPL: RNG v Top Esports, Edward Gaming v Team WE
LCK: T1 v Gen G, Liiv Sandbox v DWG Kia
Location Offline event, conducted in China (LPL) and Korea (LCK)
Time Saturday, February 12 at 2.00 AM EST onwards
How to watch LPL official Twitch channel
LCK official Twitch channel

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