LPL and LCK 2022 Spring Split Picks, Predictions, Odds March 5

  • Weibo Gaming aiming to continue fine run of recent form in LPL
  • Edward Gaming and Royal Never Give Up headline blockbuster LPL matchup
  • Gen G firm favorites against Kwangdong Freecs in the LCK

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LPL And LCK 2022 Spring Split Picks

LGD Gaming vs Weibo Gaming Pick

Pick: Weibo Gaming (moneyline)

LGD Gaming vs Weibo Gaming Predictions

This one is a giant mismatch that pits two teams at the opposite ends of the points spectrum. Weibo have a 9-2 record and are joint-toppers in terms of number of wins.

LGD have an underwhelming 3-8 record, and are two losses away from scraping the bottom. Therefore, when these two sides clash on Saturday, expect a fairly one-sided contest going by current form.

LGD have an opportunity to prove they’re no pushovers. It’s a tall order, and the punters have reflected this in their odds. If they were to win, it would be a piece of e-sporting miracle.

Weibo’s Hot Streak Ends

Weibo’s eight-game streak was brought to a grinding halt by Royal Never Give Up last week. This was after nearly seven weeks of going undefeated. RNG entered this contest as rank underdogs, but when they took the game 2-0, it was a total decimation.

Weibo were outpaced through terrific mobility and pressure from the opponents. LGD too are still be smarting from a pounding at the hands of V5, who notched up a win in LPL 2022’s fastest game in just 19 minutes.

LGD Handed Fastest Defeat

V5 came into the game trying to get out of a four-way tie at the top. They were coming in with a 6-1 record, so it was always going to be a tall order for LGD, who were in a mid-table jostle for the playoffs.

At the end of game one, every little separated the sides, but tempo and map advantage became increasingly evident in the second game for LGD. In the third, V5 as they razed through the opponents to clinch a record win.

The Huanfeng Impact For Weibo

LGD will be looking towards Eric for offensive proficiency. The bot lander lands 3.83 kills, 2.67 deaths and 4.67 assists, along with a KDA of 3.19 and a creep score of 284.9.

While these numbers are far from what’s ideal for a bot laner, it points to the gap LGD need their players to bridge to challenge the top teams.

All their other players have a similar kill and death rate, which points to the inability to pounce on any little advantage they may have gained.

For Weibo, Huan Feng will be expected to land the big kills as he holds the best numbers. The bot lander lands 4.18 kills, 1.57 deaths and 4.18 assists, along with a KDA of 5.32 and a creep score of 330.46. In April 2021, he broke the LPL record for percent damage to champions. He did 66.2% of his team’s total damage to the champions. LGD better watch out and formulate plans to contain him.

Anyones Legend vs Invictus Gaming Pick

Pick: KT Rolster (moneyline)

Anyones Legend vs Invictus Gaming Predictions

Like LGD, Anyones Legend were struggling to not just notch up wins but compete and push teams to the limit. And then it all changed, when they pushed JD Gaming right down to the wire before going down. A slew of losses reflect where they stand on the table.

A playoff spot seems a distant dream for now as they languish in the 15th spot, with three wins and eight losses, three of which have come in their last three games. Invictus Gaming are only marginally better, having notched up a win more.

They’re currently 13th with a 4-7 record, and are coming off a loss in their previous game. As you’d expect, the odds are against Anyones Legend, and rightly so.

Anyones Legend Go Down Fighting

Anyones Legend ran JD Gaming close in a 2-1 defeat. After both sides comprehensively dominated one game each, it boiled down to a decider where Anyones Legend went down fighting. Despite having the early advantage, they failed to cash in when it mattered most.

They eventually went down 6k golds less than JD Gaming. In terms of kills, too, both sides were neck and neck, with Anyones Legend eventually finishing with 14 kills, just two less than their opponents.

While they were fiercely competitive when it came to both inhibitors and barons, the clincher was JD’s 4 dragons to Anyones Legends’ 1.

In losing in the manner they did, there were plenty of positives to take away too. In that third game, for example, ZDZ led the way with offensive proficiency of the kind they will need going forward. He landed 5 kills, 2 deaths and 5 assists to cobble up a creep score of 318.

Betty was prolific in the mid lane, landing as many as 9 assists to showcase his versatility across the lanes. It’s these two who will be key to their fortunes if they are to sign off from the spring split on a winning note.

Zika Shines as Invictus Fight To Survive

Invictus will take heart from how they eked out of a potentially tough spot before going down against LGD Gaming in their previous game. They soared to a 1-0 lead after pocketing nearly 12k gold more than LGD, apart from landing 21 kills to LGD’s 7.

Game two was even, with LGD and Invictus going neck and neck, and the story played out on similar lines in the third before LGD squeezed home with a 4k gold advantage. In the final game, LGD stormed to capture 9 towers to Invictus’ 2. Zika’s offensive proficiency across the game, where he landed 15 kills in all stood out.

Edward Gaming vs Royal Never Give Up Pick

Pick: Edward Gaming (moneyline)

Edward Gaming v Royal Never Give Up Predictions

Edward Gaming are perched third in the leaderboard with an 8-3 record. Their opponents RNG are sailing in the same boat, with a similar record. And so when two aggressive teams go head to head, it promises to be a riveting contest.

The odds are split equally, making this one quite a tough one to predict. If last year’s table is anything to go by, where RNG and Edward finished 1 and 2 respectively.

RNG’s Yo-Yo Ride

RNG have had a strange sequence of games. They have progressed like a sine wave. After they were the first team to defeat LNG Esports, they immediately lost 2-0 to Rare Atom in their next series. Then they took down Weibo, a side that was on an eight-match winning streak.

The win was orchestrated by their jungler Wei’s Hecarim, who helped RNG close out the first game in 34 minutes, as he landed 2 kills, 0 deaths and 18 assists.

In game two, RNG showed their squad depth as support Ming rose to the occasion to deliver an impact performance that left Weibo gasping. RNG took the game in 27 minutes, with Ming finishing with 3 kills, 2 deaths and 18 assists to collect his third player of the game award in 2022.

Edward Sitting Pretty Despite Odd Glitch

It is incredible how the same team has cast a spell over both the competing sides. Edward Gaming were handed their first series loss of the 2022 LPL Spring split by Weibo, who swept the reigning League of Legends world champions.

Their most recent game was against LGD, who they comfortably beat 2-0. In the first game, Edward landed 23 kills to LGD’s 7, apart from capturing 8 towers to LGD’s 1.

In the second, they amped up the pressure even more, landing 25 kills to their opponent’s 16. The higher number of kills by LGD came about as Edward went all out. Scout was particularly prolific, landing 10 kills, 2 deaths and 14 assists, while Viper chipped in wholesomely to land 7 kills, 5 deaths, and 10 assists.

Kwangdong Freecs vs Gen G Pick

Pick: Gen G (moneyline)

Kwangdong Freecs v Gen G Predictions

The playoff race intensifies in the Korean League as Kwangdong Freecs aim to seal a playoff berth that is far from certain just yet. They’ve lost more than they’ve won, currently sitting fifth with a 6-7 record.

Their opponents Gen G can breathe easy, sitting at the doorstep of the playoffs having surged to a 10-3 record. So on paper, Gen G hold the aces, but don’t count Kwangdong out of it.

Gen G’s Upset

Gen G will be slightly concerned at the manner in which they folded in their previous game against T1, against whom they went down 2-0.

The last time both sides played, Gen G had a covid outbreak in the cap with Doran, Peanut and Lehends unavailable.

As a result, a heavily depleted outfit was no match to T1. This time, it was expected to be a lot closer, but the end result spoke of how much T1 had pulled away. It promised a lot more than it eventually delivered. Chovy v Faker was among the most anticipated match-ups in the LCK.

The second bout went to Faker, who was a tad slow to begin with, but revved up as the game progressed. He landed 6 kill, 1 deaths and 6 assists along with a creep score of 46 in game-1 to lay down a marker. The set bar high enough for the rest of the pack to rise up to the occasion to trigger a meltdown for Gen G. Then there was also the contest in the bot lane, with two of the very best in the business-facing off.

The consistent Keria, alongside the prolific pair of Gumayusi and Ruler, both of whom, were at the same proficiency. And also, the match-up between Keria and Lehends.

Kwangdong’s Momentum

Kwangdong Freecs, meanwhile, are coming off a win over Nongshim RedForce. And both games were fairly one-sided. Freecs were ahead on gold count by a massive margin, apart from landing 24 kills to NS Redforce’s 6 in the first game.

In the second, the gold count lead was fewer, as were the resort of the parameters, but they held on to a vital advantage early in the game to eventually close it out. Fate and Ellen landed 5 kills each, along with managing 10 and 8 assists respectively to make a telling impact in the game.

Fredit Brion vs Nongshim Redforce Pick

Pick: Nongshim Redforce (moneyline)

Fredit Brion vs Nongshim Redforce Predictions

Fredit Brion are in a mid-table jostle at sixth with a 5-8 record. Their opponents are eight, having won 4 and lost 9. Where Brion have rebounded to win two in a row to give their playoff chances a massive fillip, Nongshim are coming off a loss in their previous game.

They may not have their playoff hopes alive, but it’s an opportunity for them to finish the spring split strongly. Brion still have the odds stacked against them on the basis of Nongshim’s recent up surge that have come about on the back of a few big wins.

Fredit’s Table Advantage

When the sides clashed last, Fredit won 2-1, but the game was marked by Nongshim summoning a substitute mid and bot laner while also fielding Ghost (starting ADC) as a support player. This time around, they will have no such problems with all their regulars starting. That should give them a massive fillip. Canna will be key in the side line, but Nongshim will be hoping for better splitting.

Redforce – Fighting All The Way

Brion’s mid laner Lava will be key to their hopes along with Corki. As for bot lane, Ghost and Peter have proven to be prolific performances, with both of them at a similar level.

Whoever gets Jinx could have the advantage, and that is where the crux of the contest could be decided.

Nongshim are lower down in the table but that could empower them to play with the kind of freedom that comes with having a lot of flexibility in their drafts. Their recent performances have all shown them being on an upward spiral, so don’t rule them out.

How to Watch LPL and LCK 2022 Spring Split

LPL And LCK 2022 Spring Split Information
Teams LPL: Edward Gaming vs RNG, LGD Gaming vs Weibo Gaming
LCK: Fredit Brion vs Nongshim, Kwangdong Freecs vs Gen G
Location Offline event, conducted in China (LPL) and Korea (LCK)
Time Saturday, March 5 at 2.00 AM EST onwards
How to watch LPL official Twitch channel
LCK official Twitch channel

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