The rematch of Fnatic vs. G2 is once again on the horizon now that LEC have entered week six of competition. This week, we look to middle-of-the-pack teams to pick up valuable upset victories as Misfits face Excel with their backs against the wall.
On the other end of the isle, SK Gaming are looking to pick up another upset victory over a streaky MAD Lions roster. Here we have top four value picks heading into this week of LEC action:
Misfits vs. Excel (Day One)
Misfits are due for a win this week and after the sloppy fashion they let games go last week, this is their shot for redemption. Excel have a slightly better record at 5-6, but they have lost to lesser opponents regularly this split. When looking at chances for victory, the playmaking will need to come from Vetheo and Razork as Excel have shown they can be abused on the top side of the map.
The young core of Vetheo, HiRit and Razork continue to show promise, but they need to start securing wins quicker in order to be a more consistent team. However, in this head-to-head, they possess unique advantages over a streaky Excel that could give them the chance for victory.
Betting Site: GG.bet
MAD Lions vs. SK Gaming (Day One)
SK Gaming continue to be our favorites for sneaky wins during hot picks, but not necessarily for the reasons we’ve expected. At the beginning of the year, TynX was supposed to be the next Selfmade with the hype he received from Masters EU, but the real sleeping giant on SK has been Treatz with his variety of picks and mid-game vision control.
When it comes to their head-to-head with MAD Lions, this game will be won or lost in the bot lane as Carzzy and Kaiser have failed to be on the same page for a majority of the split. Jezu has shown a keen ability to carry when given resources. If he’s given a winning lane combination this game expect for him and Treatz to pop off and deliver another win.
Pick: SK Gaming
Betting Site: Unikrn
Excel vs. SK Gaming (Day Two)
This pick is mainly based on counter momentum, with Excel on a down swing and more than likely suffering three losses in a row after day one, they need this victory to keep a playoff pulse and they can find it here against SK Gaming.
When Excel are at their best, carry top has been their best strategy when Cryze gets a lead. Jenax has received a lot of praise in past seasons but his transition to top hasn’t been as dominant as his days in the mid lane. This week is pivotal for survival within the LEC and if they want to keep their chances afloat, this game is a must-win for their chances. We expect an Excel win here not only because they can, but because they need it.
Betting Site: Luckbox
G2 vs. Fnatic (Day Two)
G2 vs. Fnatic would be a lot more hype this week if it wasn’t for the complete face plant that Fnatic did in their Week Five outing. Last week, Fnatic dropped games to both MAD Lions and Team Vitality in horrid fashio. In their losses, the miscommunication between Selfmade and the rest of his team could not be more pronounced as it always seems like he’s the only one playing without voice chat on his team.
Funnily enough, the most scrutinized pickup for Fnatic this offseason has been their saving grace. Nisqy continues to show his worth as a proactive member of Fnatic. As the team continues to mesh, their Belgian solo laners have been rocking the rift as Bwipo has also enjoyed huge games this season as well. Their first game against Astralis will be a useful appetizer, but in this encounter especially, we’re looking for Fnatic to turn the narrative and make this season interesting with a best of one win here.
Betting Site: Winners.bet