The League of Legends 2022 spring season playoffs are heating up around the world, with key matches taking place every week.
We’ve seen things wrap up in Korea, with T1 taking a historic title and completing their undefeated run. Now, all eyes turn to Europe and North America, where the action continues in the game’s two western leagues.
If you’re new to the game or just want a refresher, make sure to check out our guide on all things League of Legends betting, and let’s take a look at some of the key matches coming up in the LCS and LEC.
Fnatic vs G2 Esports - April 9, 2022
Our first match is an LEC classic, Fnatic vs G2 Esports. The two titans of the region are battling it out in the lower-bracket semifinals, looking to earn their spot in the grand finals and try to regain their glory after a rough 2021.
The match is definitely a tough one to call. Fnatic enter as the favorites at -189 on Betway, signifying implied odds of 65.40 percent according to our Super Calculator. However, things aren’t as simple as picking the favorite here.
While Fnatic did knock G2 down to the lower bracket in their Round 1 match, G2 have been on a roll since. They eliminated both Vitality and Misfits 3-0, showing dominant games against strong sides. Meanwhile, Fnatic fell to the lower bracket with a 3-2 loss to Rogue, being the victims of a heartbreaking reverse sweep.
Overall, Fnatic have looked like the better side all season, but with G2 coming into the match with such hot form, it could really go either way. As such, the best pick is to look to the props and back a close match.
Both a +1.5 map handicap to G2 and a riskier OVER 4.5 maps are worth considering for this match. Considering G2’s form, they should put up a strong fight. However, Fnatic will also be looking to come back strong from their loss and a 3-2 either way is well in the cards.
G2 +1.5 maps at -164
OVER 4.5 maps at +162
Cloud9 vs Golden Guardians - April 9, 2022
Moving to the LCS, we have a trio of matches, two in Round 1 of the losers bracket and one in Round 2, starting with Cloud9 vs Golden Guardians.
This one looks to be quite one-sided, with the region’s favorites Cloud9 being heavily backed by the bookmakers, coming in at a whopping -625. Despite a shocking 3-0 loss to 100 Thieves in the upper bracket, it’s still difficult to see any other result than a C9 victory here.
Cloud9 were one of the best teams in the regular season, finishing in second place and easily dispatching the Golden Guardians in both of their matches. There’s a pretty clear gap between the teams, with C9 having the edge in raw talent, team synergy and high-level experience (other than their rookies!).
The one thing that Golden Guardians have going for them is Cloud9 possibly lacking confidence after their tough loss to 100 Thieves, but we’re more likely to see them more fired up than ever before.
With all that being said, the best bet is definitely to back C9. At -625 there is little value in the moneyline, so the best pick is a map handicap. There are two choices here, either a safe -1.5 at -227 or a riskier -2.5 at +162, backing the favorites to take a clean 3-0 sweep.
Cloud9 -1.5 maps at -227
Cloud9 -2.5 maps at +162
Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest - April 10, 2022
In the other elimination match, we see Evil Geniuses facing FlyQuest. Again, this one looks to be a one-sided affair, with one of the season’s strongest performers facing one of the lowest-seeded playoff teams.
Evil Geniuses are a clear favorite, having already gone 3-0 against FlyQuest in the regular season and coming in off a very close 3-2 loss against Team Liquid. The team has been constantly growing throughout the season, with rookie Jojopyun absolutely lighting up the mid lane and the likes of Inspired, Impact and Vulcan performing to an expectedly high level.
Meanwhile, FlyQuest haven’t been doing all that poorly themselves, having made a few upsets over the regular season, taking games off both Cloud9 and Team Liquid. However, the team lacks playoff experience and man-for-man are below EG’s level.
With a moneyline of -400 on Evil Geniuses, backing them to win outright doesn’t provide too much value. It’s instead another match where we’ll be looking toward props and again a simple maps handicap seems to be the way to go. The best pick is no doubt a safer -1.5 map handicap. However, if you want to take a risk, -2.5 maps for EG could very well go through at some surprisingly high odds.
Evil Geniuses -1.5 maps at -164
Evil Geniuses -2.5 maps at +200
Team Liquid vs 100 Thieves - April 16, 2022
Last but not least we have the winner’s match, with Team Liquid taking on 100 Thieves for a spot in the grand finals.
This one is definitely going to be a close one, with two of the league’s standout teams going head-to-head in a very exciting clash. Unsurprisingly, Team Liquid are the favorites, coming in at -164 on Betway. However, 100 Thieves aren’t too far behind at +120.
There are quite a few criteria to judge these teams on. Liquid come in as the first seed, having topped the regular season and fielding a star-studded lineup featuring LoL legends like Bwipo, Bjergsen and CoreJJ. On the other hand, 100 Thieves are no slouches themselves, with players like Abbedagge, Ssumday and FBI all being household names. The team also comes in off an amazing playoff opener, dismantling Cloud9 3-0.
Momentum and confidence is sure to be on the side of 100 Thieves, but will that be enough to overcome the LCS super-team that is Team Liquid? We’re not so sure. The match will likely come down to the wire, but the experience and individual level of Team Liquid should shine through.
Considering that the match should be competitive, the best bet here is a simple one – a Team Liquid moneyline at -164.
Team Liquid at -164
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