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We have now passed the first third of the 2019 Spring Split, which while might not seem like much, is enough to give us a good read on the meta and on the all ten teams that are competing. While we do have a big enough sample size to judge everyone involved, it’s still to early to tell if it’s just Team Liquid steamrolling through all competition, or if the region itself isn’t particularly strong right now.

Either way, let’s take a closer look at the upcoming ten matches, but also highlight three main ones where betting on the underdog could pan out immensely!

Echo Fox vs. 100 Thieves

If we didn’t have Team Liquid vs. TSM just an hour or so afterwards, this would surely be the game of the day. That said, this one isn’t exactly promising fireworks, but it’s probably going to be an exquisite game regardless. Both teams are highly volatile, and they can either reach immense success or implode in the process. Heck, sometimes they can do both within a single game — they’re that inconsistent.

Both teams are entering today’s match without much hype and momentum. They were on the receiving end of things yesterday as they lost to Cloud9 and FlyQuest respectively. There’s not much to go by, unfortunately, because both of their games were lackluster showings, they were passive, reactive, they couldn’t keep up with their opponents, and in the end they barely did anything worth mentioning.

We’re going with 100 Thieves on this one, and with full confidence. Echo Fox are completely out of sync, and even though they do have flashes of brilliance, they are too few and far between. 100 Thieves, on the other hand, should be able to get the win due to the fact that they’re just a little bit less passive and their team fighting is on a completely different level.

Winner: 100 Thieves, 1.45 (odds @ Betway)

Counter Logic Gaming vs. Golden Guardians

We’re going with the Golden Guardians on this one. They have finally managed to step up and play as a five-man unit, and it’s a fantastic sight. They’re not a Top 3 team by any stretch of the imagination, but they’re playoff contenders for sure. They were able to go blow-for-blow with Team Liquid, and you could even argue that they were unlucky throughout the game. When their Nexus exploded, they had a perfectly acceptable five thousand gold deficit, against the best team in the region.

For a team that’s currently 2-7, that’s something. CLG are no slouches, that’s for sure, but they’re far more inconsistent and their individual play is often sloppy and indecisive. They’re capable of some great League of Legends, but the fact that they’re not able to output it consistently is a big problem, especially at this level of play. They will, however, make things highly competitive, but the Guardians know that this is an easy win, and also a must win if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. They need to start stringing victories sooner rather than later if they want to reach the Top 6. Fortunately, if they play like they did yesterday, getting a win over Counter Logic Gaming should be within the realm of possibility.

Winner: Golden Guardians, 2.10 (odds @ Betway)

Team Liquid vs. Team Solo Mid

TSM were finally able to get back to their winning ways after a pretty solid showing against OpTic Gaming. It was a back-and-forth game that, in a way, could have went either side, but it was TSM’s stellar team fighting and individual play that allowed them to close things out. Everyone played up to their full potential, with Zven being particularly dominant and impactful on a bottom lane Cassiopeia.

Then again, on the other side, they have Team Liquid. Facing the only lossless team in the LCS is never an easy task. Far from it. Even when they had their backs against the wall, they always find a way to turn things back around. Whether it’s through their stellar macro, individual play, or spectacular team fighting doesn’t matter — they have so many avenues for victory that it’s not even fair towards the rest of the LCS.

How can one bet against Liquid? It’s simple. You don’t. While it probably won’t be easy, they should get the win regardless.

Winner: Team Liquid, 1.28 (odds @ Betway)

FlyQuest vs. Clutch Gaming

While Clutch are a multi-threat, layered opponent that’s capable to turning things around in a split-second, they’re still not that competitive of a team overall. Much like Echo Fox, they can perform unexpectedly well at the most random of times, but when push comes to shove, when they have to step up and consistently play up to a certain level, they’re nowhere to be found.

FlyQuest, on the other hand, even though they’re still a bit rough around the edges, are a worthy contender. They’re currently sitting at four wins and three losses, and are coming off of a clean and dominant showing against 100 Thieves. They were better individually, and they executed their team comp to a tee. While they were relatively passive throughout the early game, they knew they could count on their mid and late game team fighting.

While it probably won’t be particularly one-sided, FlyQuest should be more than capable at taking Clutch Gaming down, thus cementing their spot as a playoff-worthy team in the LCS.

Winner: FlyQuest, 1.75 (odds @ Betway)

OpTic Gaming vs. Cloud9

Finally, we have a clash between OpTic Gaming and the 2018 World Championship semifinalists — Cloud9. OpTic were able to make things very competitive against Team Solo Mid yesterday, and the fact that their “A team” has stepped up so immensely should make them a worthy adversary for anyone in the LCS. That said, they’re still rough around the edges, they’re still making individual mistakes left and right, they’re still relatively passive and reactive when they should instead be dictating the tempo of the game, and so on.

They’re a great team overall, but they’re not exactly displaying a ton of potential for the Spring Split. When Summer comes along they could, by all means, be able to compete for the playoffs, but unless they bring back Dardoch and start playing in a more aggressive manner, they shouldn’t be able to reach a spot in the Top 6. That said, they have multiple veterans within their ranks, so they should be able to make things somewhat competitive.

We’re going with Cloud9 on this one and with full confidence. They’re simply on another level right now, and they want to continue their winning ways and eventually lock down a playoff bye.

Winner: Cloud9, 1.30 (odds @ Betway)