Mid-Season Invitational Group Stage Predictions: Saigon Buffalo vs Detonation FocusMe

Posted on May 13, 2022

Action from Group A resumes this Sunday in the Mid Season Invitational this weekend, on Sunday 15th May. There are a few obvious and clear favorites to advance to the next stage but we’re looking at betting value for your esports bets in the predictions below.

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Saigon Buffalo vs Team Aze

MSI Betting Odds: Saigon Buffalo 1.28 / Team Aze 3.35 at Betway Esports

When: May 15, 2022 at 08:00 CET

Watch Live: https://www.twitch.tv/riotgames

Saigon Buffalo will be fancying their chances of making some progress towards qualification when they face Team Aze in the first match of the day’s action. They do face stiff competition from Detonation FocusMe in the race for the second spot. In order to clear up their route, they will be desperate to ensure they beat the weakest team in this group in Team Aze, who have started with three straight defeats.

Shogun has been Saigon Buffalo’s most prolific offensive player, averaging 5.67 kills, 4 deaths and 4.67 assists per map at a KDA of 2.58 and a creep score of 258. While he has been impressive offensively, he will have to find a way to reduce his death rate in order to create differentiation from other bot laners if Saigon Buffalo manage to move on.

In fact, Saigon Buffalo’s only player that has a KDA of over 2 is their support player Taki, who has restricted his death rate to just two per map. He has averaged 0.67 kills and 12 assists to increase his KDA to an impressive and commendable 6.33. There is plenty of work to be done for Saigon Buffalo but there is certainly plenty of skill and talent in that roster.

MSI Group Stage Previews Saigon Buffalo
Image Credits | LoL Esports (Saigon Buffalo)

Team Aze have been in awful form. Here are some startling stats. No player has a KDA of over 1 in that team in this season so far. Only one player – Lonely – has a kill rate of over 1 per map this season, at 1.33 kills per map. Every player has averaged more than three deaths per map, which is indicative of the reasons for their struggles so far this season.

Saigon Buffalo should come out strong, and capitalize on the massive delta between them and Team Aze. Even though their LoL odds are low at 1.28, there is still plenty of value there, particularly in a parlay if required.

T1 vs Detonation FocusMe

MSI Betting Odds: T1 1.02 / Detonation FocusMe 10.00 at Betway Esports

When: May 15, 2022 at 09:00 CET

Watch Live: https://www.twitch.tv/riotgames

Let’s make as big a deal as possible of this incredible season from T1. They have been one of the stories across all of sport, with their sensational run in the LPL in their spring split. And that form has just continued here in the Mid-Season Invitational, with three straight wins to start the tournament.

While T1 are all but guaranteed of qualification, they are certainly not looking at that as a metric to success. A 6-0 run in the Group Stage of this MSI is certainly their goal, and that is unlikely to change because they are huge favorites in all three of their fixtures on Sunday. The match with the best odds for T1 is this, against Detonation FocusMe.

This is a best of one, so we may have to help you derive value through prop bets. There are a few that could be compelling given their better odds. For instance, the team to slay the first baron is an interesting market. T1 have odds of 1.15 to pocket the first baron, which is not too bad considering how well they have dominated the League of Legends scene this season.

MSI Group Stage Previews T1 LoL Team
Image Credits | T1

In terms of personnel, they will be looking at their exceptional mid and bot laner pairing in Faker and Gumayusi. Faker has averaged 4.33 kills, 1.33 deaths and 6 assists per map at a KDA of 7.75 and a creep score of 190.67. In the bottom lane, Gumayusi has managed 7.33 kills, 3.33 deaths and 6 assists per map at a KDA of 4 and a creep score of 169.

Saigon Buffalo vs Detonation FocusMe

MSI Betting Odds: Saigon Buffalo 1.95 / Detonation FocusMe 1.75 at Betway Esports

When: May 15, 2022 at 10:00 CET

Watch Live: https://www.twitch.tv/riotgames

The most even contest on Sunday is between the two teams fighting for second spot. Saigon Buffalo currently have the advantage having beaten Detonation FocusMe in the previous round of games. That puts them at an advantage but it would be erroneous to discount this Detonation FocusMe team.

Detonation FocusMe have a few players that could certainly challenge the might of Saigon Buffalo in the lanes, which will have an impact in the mid and end game. Steal has averaged 3 kills, 3 deaths and 4 assists at a KDA of 2.33 at a creep score of 172.

This will be a battle of kills, of offense, because neither these teams will be able to sustain too much damage to their primary champions. Yaharong has managed 2.33 kills, 2.33 deaths and 6 assists at a KDA of 3.57. He might be required to keep up his efficiency for Detonation FocusMe to stand a chance.

Overall, this is one match that could go down to the wire, but I would be backing Detonation FocusMe to come away with the win.

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Nikhil has been writing on esports for several years after first covering competitive video gaming for ESPN. After its explosion into the mainstream, writing extensively on esports betting was the natural next step, including for major esports publications across the world.

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