Anyone who argues for any other team to be in this category is lying to themselves. Cloud9 are the clear-cut favourites for Summer after the most dominant split in LCS history. They went 27-2 between the regular split and playoffs. That’s the highest win ratio for a split in the modern League system. (2014 Spring onward. Yes, they did better than 2015 Fnatic by virtue of having more games.) They were the entire All-Pro first team. I don’t really know what more to say to be convincing.
This is actually a pretty big group. 100 Thieves, Team Liquid, Team SoloMid, FlyQuest, and Evil Geniuses could all realistically get to the finals, and no one would really be surprised. Each team has the talent to get there, but let’s be honest. Whichever team gets to finals against Cloud9 is going to get eviscerated.
The least of these is either TSM or 100T, mostly because of the potential for infighting due to the Doublelift-Kobbe situation for TSM and 100T’s sheer inconsistency.
Team Liquid should return to form with an entire split of Broxah combined with the renewed mindset after Doublelift’s trade.
FlyQuest and Evil Geniuses should be no surprise here; both looked solid until they ran into a brick wall. Its name was Cloud9.
In this category, we have the teams we see having absolutely zero chance of making it to Worlds. Golden Guardians, Immortals, Dignitas, and Counter Logic Gaming all have a glaring issue on their roster that will prevent them from making Worlds.
Golden Guardians got lucky in the worst split in LCS history, and don’t have the talent to really make a deep playoff run.
Immortals will be a bit better with an entire split of Apollo and Hakuho, but their ageing core hurts. This isn’t even mentioning the albatross that is Eika in the mid lane.
Dignitas are a mess, especially with releasing Huni and Grig in the offseason. That $2.1 million ended up being the League of Legends version of Joe Flacco getting $120 million. Even if they sub in Akaadian and Lourlo, that’s a 6th place team at best.
CLG has so many issues, we don’t even have enough space on this page to write about them. The team has no star power, no direction, no game plan, and no prayer. Expect another 10th place finish barring someone else collapsing.
Unlike NA, the EU landscape shows real parity. There is a very clear top four, and the other teams are significantly lesser. G2, Fnatic, Mad Lions, and Origen are all top tier teams that can challenge for the title if they play their cards right.
G2 are the reigning three-time champion with the LEC MVP; there isn’t much more to say about them. Caps and Perkz swapped back, and we think that only helps them given Perkz higher bottom lane ability than Caps.
Right below them is Fnatic, who had an uncharacteristically lousy showing against G2. We think if given another opportunity, Fnatic would at least take it to five games.
Mad Lions and Origen might be a step below the warring kings, but they are definitely dark horses. Origen invested heavily for one of the more stacked rosters in the league, and it paid off in Spring. They were crushed by Fnatic and G2, but that’s beside the point. Mad Lions were the surprise of Spring, taking the mostly rookie squad to a 3rd place finish and an early win over G2. They are dangerous come Summer.
These are the teams that could at least make finals only to lose to one of the top four. Misfits and Rogue have a lot of young talent but are just a piece or two away from a title run. Most of this is due to the youth of these two teams. While they are not currently contenders, they most certainly could be next year with the added experience.
Schalke, Excel, SK, and Vitality are in particularly rough spots. Excel is pushing two young players to replace Expect and Mickey but should emerge as the best team of this group.
Schalke is a team built upon supporting pieces. Unfortunately, they were built to support the biggest old glory bait ever seen in League of Legends, FORG1VEN.
SK is a team without an identity, relying on arguably the worst jungler in Europe to get by. They won’t win unless they rebuild around Crownshot.
Vitality… we don’t know what they need. Their roster is supposedly talented, but we haven’t seen that. Instead, we’ve seen one of the worst teams in EU history. We expect nothing.
|9.||Hanwha Life Esports|
This league has three teams that stand head and shoulders above the rest: T1, Gen.G, and DRX.
T1 brought up Canna to great success and have rebuilt a high core to support Teddy and Faker. They dominated in the LCK playoffs. If there is any team that could beat them in Summer, it would be Gen.G. This core surprised everyone with their synergy and efficiency but blew it in Finals. Like Fnatic, we think they had a really bad day and could take T1 to five games given another chance. DRX is the least of the big three, but their roster is too talented to not make the World Championship.
KT and Damwon were surprising in Spring. No one expected KT to pull the turn around they did, even with the massive roster upgrades. Aiming and Kuro looked to be in their old forms, showing up massively for the team.
But in playoffs, they lost to Damwon Gaming. DWG surprised for the opposite reason as KT. Everyone expected them to be title contenders, but they were significantly worse than the big three. This is one of the most talented teams in Korea, but they simply didn’t show up during the regular season. We could easily see them return to form in Summer.
We’re not going to sugar coat this. The difference between good LCK teams and bad ones is staggering. Afreeca has the best roster on paper, but the team cannot rely on Mystic and Kiin to carry them every game. They must come into the split with a new strategy and mindset to make playoffs in Summer.
The other four teams have no chance, in our opinion. APK Prince were not relegated to the surprise of everyone, but we are not convinced that will happen again. Hanwha Life continues to be the Seattle Mariners of League. They overpay players, treat them to nice living, and get zilch in return in games. We can honestly say we know next to nothing about Team Dynamics, but they did only lose one game between CK playoffs and Promotion. Maybe they will stun. Sandbox is surprisingly terrible. Route went from one sinking ship to another and dragged them out of relegation. We’re calling 10th place in Summer.
Oh, and they may not be in the LCK anymore, but good riddance Griffin. We feel for the players, who are far too talented to be on such a bad team but seeing them get relegated the same split as Kanavi winning MVP and a title in China was cathartic.
|5.||Royal Never Give Up|
Speaking of Kanavi, reigning champion JDG is one of four teams we think could win the LPL Summer Split 2020. They came out of nowhere, had everyone playing like a well-oiled machine, and could very easily repeat with the MVP manning the jungle.
Top Esports should be their biggest threat, as the injection of JackeyLove patched the biggest hole this team had. Pound for pound, we think this is possibly the most talented roster in China. Look for great things next split.
IG had the World in the palm of their hand, and they blew it. Their prodigal son destroyed them in semifinals, but don’t forget that this is still IG. If they finish outside of the top four, something went very wrong.
FPX are the reigning World Champions but fell victim to destiny. This team is still stacked with talent and could easily go to Worlds to defend their title.
We’re going to keep these summaries brief, as there are too many teams in the LPL to go over. eStar, EDG, RNG, WE, Suning, Bilibili, and DMO are our teams that could make playoffs. eStar, EDG, and RNG stay out of the favourites due to consistency issues. The former is still inexperienced, the middle lacks the real power to contend, and the latter is inconsistent despite their talent. The real surprise to look out for in Summer is Dominus. We believe that a full split with Xiye will put this team in contention for a playoff spot. Go back and watch DMO towards the end of LPL 2020 Spring Split and you will start to feel the same way.
The LPL has the best top four in the world. They also have the worst bottom third of any league in the world. OMG, Vici, Rouge, LGD, LNG, and especially V5 have no chance to make playoffs in Summer in our opinion. There’s a bit too much to go into everyone, so we will focus on Victory Five. This is possibly the worst major region team in the world. We legitimately think CLG could beat this squad. One could reasonably wager that they won’t win a series all year. 1-32 in Spring. Relegate this team?
Note: These predictions where done in 2019, and are now outdated.
MSI is over, with G2 Esports emerging victorious. The first half of Season 9 is in the books, and the Road to Worlds has begun. How will the Summer Split shape up? Today we cover the Summer Split predictions for the four major leagues: NA’s LCS, EU’s LEC, China’s LPL, and Korea’s LCK. Will any changes occur from Spring?
|1. Team Liquid||-||2.87 To Win Outright*|
|2. TSM||-||2.87 To Win Outright*|
|3. Cloud 9||-||3.5 To Win Outright*|
|4. FlyQuest||-||21 To Win Outright*|
|5. Golden Guardians||-||21 To Win Outright*|
|6. Echo Fox||-||100 To Win Outright*|
|7. Counter Logic Gaming||-||41 To Win Outright*|
|8. 100 Thieves||↑ 2||34 To Win Outright*|
|9. Optic Gaming||↓ 1||34 To Win Outright*|
|10. Clutch Gaming||↓ 1||51 To Win Outright*|
We start the Summer Split predictions with the region that stunned the world at MSI. Despite a frankly embarrassing loss to G2 in the finals of MSI, Team Liquid should complete the first four-peat in a major region since 2016-2017 G2. They showed that despite a consistent 2019 meta that doesn’t favor their bottom centric playstyle, they win games they on paper should lose. Team Liquid is looking like the best esports bet when it comes to the LCS. The rest of the playoff teams are fairly stagnant compared to Spring. Team SoloMid seemed like the only real contender to Team Liquid, with Cloud9 being far and away the third best.
The middle of the pack should stay relatively the same as well. If FlyQuest can stay consistent they have a chance of getting to Worlds, but they aren’t beating the top three in a best of five. GGS, Echo Fox, and CLG stay despite the latter’s addition of Ruin, mostly because the team still has significant issues. The former two didn’t make many additions, but the depth by GGS might help their case if the situation demands it.
As for things that change, 100T move up a spot due to the addition of Amazing, who historically is a significant boost for teams. They should move ahead of Optic and Clutch, who are still in a lot of trouble. Overall North America’s Summer Split predictions echo the results of Spring. Only 100T and CLG made significant roster changes, but they shouldn’t be enough to make playoffs.
|G2 Esports||-||2.75 To Win Outright*|
|Fnatic||↑ 1||3 To Win Outright*|
|Origen||↓ 1||5.5 To Win Outright*|
|Splyce||-||13 To Win Outright*|
|SK Gaming||↑ 1||25 To Win Outright*|
|Vitality||↓ 1||17 To Win Outright*|
|Misfits||↑ 1||17 To Win Outright*|
|Excel Esports||↑ 1||50 To Win Outright*|
|Schalke 04||↓ 2||25 To Win Outright*|
|Rogue Esports||-||99 To Win Outright*|
After a dominant performance by G2 at MSI, Europe claimed its first international title in nearly a decade. Some pundits are hailing the LEC as the dominant force after this, but they forget a key factor. G2 are so far and above the rest of the LEC that the parity is comparable to the NBA’s “Warriors win lul” situation. They have the best players in their solo lanes, and a supporting cast who can easily set them up for victory. For the Summer Split predictions, putting them below first is lunacy, as they are by far the best as the odds show.
Below them, Fnatic and Origen sit above the rest, but are far below the kings. Fnatic had a really rough start to Spring, and the development of Nemesis gave this team new life. In Summer they should not have the same sluggish start, putting them over Origen. Conventional wisdom would dictate Origen placing over Fnatic as in Spring, but a Fnatic without that disastrous first half should surpass them.
Splyce, SK, Vitality, and Misfits sit in the middle of the pack. Splyce are obviously better than a majority of the teams, but can hardly touch the top three. They can absolutely stun and make a run, but it will take some forcing. SK are a team on the rise with solid depth and a newfound focus around Crownshot and Selfmade. The latter can establish himself as the best jungler in the LEC if the cards are played right. Vitality drop a spot due to how much of a mess they looked towards the tail end of Spring. They dropped four of their last five before falling to Fnatic, and it was not pretty. They will still make playoffs with their talent, but Attila has become a liability that needs to perform. Misfits make it into the “playoff possibles” due to their newfound depth they can use to bolster the roster. Maxlore and Febiven were called out for underperforming all season, and Misfits have Kirei and Lider lying in wait. If they institute the new talent and it meshes, they could make a run. Else they might just pass Schalke.
The bottom of the table has a new member here. Excel and Rogue were dreadful in spring, but made significant roster changes. Excel move to eighth because they addressed the issues in their carry lanes, adding Hjarnan and Mickey. Definitely not a playoff contender, but a team who can produce an occasional upset which can pay-out big if you're planning on doing some betting on League of Legends. Speaking of upsets, Schalke falls to ninth for a good reason. The team imploded in the second half, going 3-7 to finish the season. They only beat Rogue, the worst team in the league, and Misfits who were a mess of their own. This team boils down to Upset, who cannot carry the team solo. Odo or Abbedagge must step up or this team is doomed to fail. Rogue made changes, but swapping your main squad for your Academy team isn’t going to be an instant fix. Unfortunately, we believe this team will finish last again.
|1. SKT T1||-||2.6 To Win Outright*|
|2. Griffin||-||2.75 To Win Outright*|
|3. Damwon||↑ 1||13 To Win Outright*|
|4. SANDBOX Gaming||↑ 4||15 To Win Outright*|
|5. KT Rolster||↑ 4||10 To Win Outright*|
|6. Hanwha Life Esports||-||34 To Win Outright*|
|7. Kingzone DragonX||↓ 3||34 To Win Outright*|
|8. Gen.G||↓ 1||34 To Win Outright*|
|9. Afreeca Freecs||↓ 1||34 To Win Outright*|
|10. Jin Air Green Wings||-||500 To Win Outright*|
The LCK left MSI unhappy after SKT bowed out in the semifinals, marking the first MSI finals to not feature a Korean squad. Domestically they are one of two teams that stand above the rest. SKT and Griffin are the two teams to watch for in the battle for first, as they boast the most stacked rosters in the LCK. Betting on these two whenever they are not facing each other is most likely a win. SKT has the slight edge given their consistency and aptitude in best of matches, but Griffin could feasibly take the LCK if they get on the same page. With the recent addition of Doran to the active roster, Sword can be swapped out if he underperforms.
For the next set of playoff teams, we have SANDBOX, Damwon, and KT Rolster. Yes, you read that right. What could move KT from ninth place to fifth? What about the greatest Korean ADC of all time? The addition of Pray allows KT to patch their notoriously weaker bottom lane. This fifth placement also requires Smeb, BDD, and Score to return to form, but last split was the worst ever for each of them. Damwon were on a roll at the tail end of the split, but fell to KZ in playoffs. In light of recent developments to be discussed later, they move up to third. Sandbox were gods of the regular season but collapsed to Damwon in the playoffs. They should be a lock to make it there again, but beating SKT, Griffin, or Damwon would be a nearly insurmountable task.
On the outside looking in we have Kingzone, GenG, and Hanwha Life. Hanwha were floating around .500 all of Spring, and they actually have the best chance to be a dark horse playoff contender. They will get rolled by the top three, but can surprise from time to time. Gen.G looked pretty abysmal in Spring, but still seem good enough to avoid relegation. The real shocker is Kingzone. The team announced that Pawn, who returned to form in Spring, would not be playing in Summer due to health concerns. This leaves Naehyun as their regular starter. Naehyun is considered among the worst solo laners among major region players. The rest of the squad will have to step up big time to carry the slack, but we can hardly see it happening.
Rounding out the basement we have the surprisingly bad Afreeca and the Meme Wings of Jin Air. Cutting to the chase, Jin Air will finish tenth again. They are the worst eastern team in a power four region by a fair margin, as the esports betting odds clearly say. Afreeca slip because of the upward movement by KT, and are in a similar spot to S04 in Europe by being a one-man team. Someone free Kiin please?
|1. Invictus Gaming||-||2.6 To Win Outright*|
|2. FunPlus Phoenix||↑ 1||8 To Win Outright*|
|3. Top Esports||↑ 1||6 To Win Outright*|
|4. JD Gaming||↓ 3||15 To Win Outright*|
|5. Royal Never Give Up||-||3.5 To Win Outright*|
|6. Dominus Esports (SinoDragon)||-||23 To Win Outright*|
|7. World Elite||-||15 To Win Outright*|
|8. EDG||-||21 To Win Outright*|
|9. Bilibili||-||21 To Win Outright*|
|10. LGD||↑ 1||41 To Win Outright*|
Finally, in the Summer Split predictions, we come to the region that had the best group stage in MSI history, and were on the business end of the third biggest upset in League’s competitive history. As a disclaimer, we will only be covering who is expected to be the top ten, as the LPL is too massive to cover in a simple review such as this.
At the top are the usual suspects. Invictus Gaming, Top Esports, and FunPlus should continue to reign supreme in China. Invictus are, of course, the LPL betting favorites to win, but their confidence is called into question after being embarrassed by Team Liquid at MSI. They have some of the best players in the world, but teams have fallen from grace after far less. FunPlus seemed the only team that could topple the Invictus reign, but their misstep against JDG saw them finish third. Top performed exactly as expected, and should be a lock to finish third again.
In the middle of the playoffs we have JDG, RNG, SD, and WE. JDG had a miracle run against all odds in Spring, reaching finals as the eighth seed. While that is not expected to happen again, they showed they are better than their record indicated and they have potential. A top four finish wouldn’t be a surprise, but a revamped Royal could stand in the way. RNG came back with Uzi and a pickup of LangX (formerly known as XiaoAL), giving them the second deepest top lane in China. They won’t touch the likes of Top or FunPlus, but could definitely take down the rest if online. Dominus Esports and WE are pretty far below RNG and JDG, but should be playoff locks regardless.
At the bottom of the playoff hunt we have EDG, Bilibili, and LGD. Suning moves out of the playoff race by losing the top laner they put a lot of resources into, and the rest of their roster underperforming significantly. EDG were a shadow of days past in Spring, and just lost Ray to inactivity. They replaced him with Jinoo, but that is a sidegrade at best. Bilibili might be on the outside looking in, but have a shot if they gel consistently. LGD only move up because of Suning dropping, but they should be a longshot to make playoffs in a perfect world for them.
After having said all that, we do not believe there will be major shifts at the top of the leagues when compared to the Spring Split. However, keep an eye out as there are always teams that seem to upset and go against all odds one way or another.
On a final note, should you wish to get into League Of Legends Betting feel free to check our betting odds for top LoL events: League of Legends Pro League, LoL World Championship and Mid-Season Invitational.
*Odds subject to change