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Cloud9 Odds-On Favorites To Win LCS Summer Split

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The LCS Summer Split is rapidly approaching, as the best teams in North America prepare to face off for bragging rights and their part of the six-figure prize pool. The regular season of the Summer Split will kick off on July 12 and will conclude on August 9 with the playoffs starting just days later.

With the split coming up quickly, odds have been released on who will be the last team standing in the LCS this time around.

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LCS Favorites: Cloud9

To anybody paying attention to the LCS, it comes as absolutely no shock that Cloud9 have opened as huge -250 favorites at Bovada to win the 2020 Summer Split.

C9 went 17-1 in the Spring Split regular season and then swept through the playoffs, losing a single map across three series. The entire starting lineup was named to the All-LEC First Team last split. Jungler Robert “Blaber” Huang won the MVP with teammates Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen finishing second and third in the voting.

It is hard to bite the bullet on any team being an odds-on favorite before the split even starts, but C9 has proven to be the class of the LCS.

Wait And See: Team SoloMid

Team SoloMid went a solid 9-9 in the Spring Split and wound up winning a series in the playoffs. However, the team has been drastically altered during the break. Gone are jungler Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett and bot laner Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup. In their place, TSM has brought back Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and promoted Mingyi “Spica” Lu from their academy roster. 

Of course, Doublelift was previously part of TSM’s peak and will be reunited with several former teammates in hopes of reclaiming their former glory. Spica has only sporadically played for TSM proper but looked less than prepared during those outings.

Does the addition of Doublelift and his previous chemistry with Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and Vincent “Biofrost” Wang mean that TSM immediately becomes a force? Does Spica prove to be an exploitable weak link? Does all of the drama surrounding the team cause issues?

There is no way to answer any of those questions, but there are so many hypotheticals that backing them this early is incredibly risky.

Put Respect On Their Name: Flyquest

Flyquest made it to the Spring Playoff Finals, defeating TSM and Evil Geniuses to make it there. Yes, they were easily dispatched in the finals by C9 but Flyquest enters the Summer Split with the fifth-best odds to win.

Why do they find themselves so overlooked?

Yes, Flyquest was inconsistent, to say the least, in the previous split and ended the regular season with a 10-8 record. But that record was still tied for the second-best in the LCS and they only fell to fourth due to tiebreakers.

Top laner Omran “V1per” Shoura has departed the team but he was thoroughly outplayed by new permanent starting top laner Colin “Solo” Earnest. The loss of V1per honestly shouldn’t affect Flyquest all that much; in fact, it might be for the better to stop taking the time away from Solo. 

There are certainly reasons to be skeptical of Flyquest entering the Summer Split but oddmakers appear to be overlooking them by positioning them behind the likes of TSM and 100 Thieves. If any one team has the most obvious path to competing for a top spot in the LCS, aside from C9, it is likely Flyquest.

Odds to Win LCS Summer Split 2020
Evil Geniuses+650
Team SoloMid+1000
100 Thieves+1400
Team Liquid+1600
Golden Guardians+3300
Counter Logic Gaming+8000

Odds as of June 11 at Bovada

Odds to Win LCS Summer Split 2020 Finals
Evil Geniuses+175
Team SoloMid+300
100 Thieves+400
Team Liquid+500
Golden Guardians+800
Counter Logic Gaming+2200

Odds as of June 11 at Bovada