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LEC Spring 2020 predictions
SK Gaming vs Mad Lions
For day one, I have my eyes on SK Gaming possibly taking a win against the MAD Lions. SK Gaming are on one win and three losses so far but has already faced both G2 esports and Fnatic.
The Mad Lions on the other hand did win against Team Vitality and FC Schalke 04 but haven't shown that much of a power difference with these 0W-4L ranked teams so far.
With interesting odds of 2.7x for a SK gaming win I am betting on them to show Europe that this is the season in which they will get some wins under their belt and their best opportunity might be against the Mad Lions.
Boukev's best bet: SK gaming to win against the Mad lions at 2.7x. Agree with Boukev? Make your SK Gaming vs Mad Lions predictions now.
G2 vs Fnatic
Day two of week three brings us the battle of the European titans with G2 esports against Fnatic.
G2's dominance is already showing in the current standing with four wins and zero losses and most notably winning against the possible strong team of Origen who did already manage to beat Fnatic in week one.
G2 are looking solid with clear wins and hardly a crack in performance in sight. Outside of Fanatic's loss against Origen they are looking just as strong with solid wins but their wins happen to be against the so far lesser teams in the current standing (Schalke 04, Misfits and SK gaming).
That being said it is likely that G2 will continue their win. This match might already be the decider for the number one spot of the 2020 spring season if G2 wins because it is hard to imagine any other team taking them down at the moment.
Boukev's best bet: G2 esports to win against Fnatic at 1.4x - watch and bet now
Looking at the overall picture I expect Fnatic to pick up two wins in the first week against Misfits gaming and Origen but Origen might be an incredible difficult match for Fnatic. Origen looks to actually be a top contender this season with the addition of Xerxe from Splyce and Upset from Schalke 04. So with current odds of 2.6x for an Origen win I might fancy a go against a Fnatic win.
Boukev's best bet: Origen to win vs Fnatic at 2.6x
While most analysts predict Excel Esports to have another bottom-ranked year in Europe, I am betting on their best year to happen in 2020. Their bottom lane has had improvements with the arrival of Patrik and Tore (Norskeren) but a lot will depend on Mickey's performance and consistency.
With the break just behind us I am betting on a good start for Excel esports. Their opponents this week are Schalke 04 and Rogue, so if Excel want a good start chances are to be found against FC Schalke 04.
FC Schalke 04 seems to bet on great players of the past to regain their shine of old with their reintroduction into the LEC. I am betting on that they need a moment to adjust so Excel could be upsetting the odds in this match.
Boukev's best bet: Excel to win vs FC Schalke 04 at 2.1x
If you feel a bit less risky, I am betting on Rogue to continue their great summer season. With just one change to the team I feel like Rogue could again end up in the top three of the Spring season. Beating both Misfits gaming and Excel Esports should be the start to make that happen.
Boukev's best bet: Rogue to win vs both Misfits gaming and Excel esports for a 2-fold Combo of 2.0x
If you want to bet on upsets, great odds can be found betting against the European favorite G2 Esports. But without any changes to their team (besides a role swap between Perkz and Caps) it is very hard to imagine a win for either SK gaming or newcomer Mad lions against G2.
So, looking at better opportunities I do have some faith in Mad Lions to pick up their first win against Team Vitality. Vitality are missing a major player in Milica due to visa issues and I am counting on the rookies from Mad Lions to show their raw talent and enthusiasm in their second match.
Boukev's best bet: Mad lions to beat Team vitality at 1.5x
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LPL 2020 Spring Season predictions
Vici Gaming vs Bilibili Gaming
The LPL Spring 2020 schedule week one sees renewed Vici Gaming will face off against Bilibili Gaming and Vici especially really has to start putting some wins behind their team name.
With only two wins in each LPL season since 2018, the name Vici Gaming in League of Legends is not one to fear at the moment. The new blood, iboy on ADC and Maestro on support, really need to gel together to stand a chance against any LPL opponent.
Perhaps they can learn about some of Bilibili's strategies from Chieftain who made the swap from the billies to Vici this December. I am counting on some first official match magic from Vici gaming. Bilibili Gaming did not have a big roster shuffle but their new addition FoFo could be an on par replacement for Kuro.
Boukev's best bet: Vici gaming to win vs Bilibili gaming at 2.2x - make your predictions now
The Rogue warriors have made a lot of changes for their LPL 2020 season but their team composition seems to have ended up on an imbalanced status.
They played with eight differing players in the Demacia Cup 2019 in December and with multiple dual roles the synergy might be very hard to find. Their first match against the new Estar team will show their current status and will also guide my prediction against Suning gaming who are my favorite for this matchup.
There were some rumours about Jackeylove joining Suning for the spring split but a recent Weibo post made it pretty clear we will have a spring split without Jackeylove (#Getwellsoon) in any team. Suning are my pick to win against the Rogue Warriors.
Boukev's best bet: Suning Gaming to win vs Rogue Warriors at 1.5x - make your prediction now
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FunPlus Phoenix vs Invictus Gaming
The year 2020 might well be the year in which the Chinese start to dominate the entire story. With the World Championship visiting the region this year, the LPL has a stronger chance than ever to once again deliver the best contenders for the final title.
The LPL spring season starts with a match of the gods, with 2019 Worlds champions FunPlus Phoenix facing off against the 2018 Worlds champions Invictus Gaming.
Don't get distracted by Funplus' losses in the Demacia Cup after Worlds, since they played with their B-team only for that tournament.
Their roster has stayed together and are high favorites to win against Invictus Gaming. Invictus lost JackeyLove but gained Puff from Vici Gaming who has a lot to prove on a great team like IG. With TheShy and Rookie in the roster IG is still a strong force to look out for.
Boukev's best bet: Funplus Phoenix to win vs Invictus Gaming at 1.4x - make your predictions
LNG Esports vs LGD gaming
LGD didn't have a great year in 2019 and I haven't seen any news that would convince me that a change is coming in 2020. The support Pyl has retired after seven years in LGD and the new supports Chance and Killua have not had much time to practice with the team.
LGD had been relying on Bot laner Kramer for their victories, so this change might have left LGD starting of in a weakened state. LNG esports (Snake esports) have had decent performance in the second half of 2019 under their new name of LNG but they have had a major roster shuffle losing SoFM, Plex and Fenfen in the end of 2019.
Replacements Xx and Maple are decent players and should fit in with the roster, giving me more confidence to pick LNG as winners.
Boukev's best bet: LNG Esports to win vs LGD Gaming at 1.6x - make your predictions
Final: Afreeca Freecs vs SANDBOX Gaming
Start: Sunday, January 5, 7am CET | Live stream
In the semifinal of the KeSPA Cup, Afreeca Freecs absolutely dominated DragonX with a clear 3-0 victory.
AF Kiin was just jumping around DragonX players wreacking pure havoc in their ranks. If they can keep up this performance in the final, the Freecs have a real chance of beating SANDBOX Gaming.
The Freecs looked poised and methodical, while the DragonX team showed how new they are as a team.
In the other semifinal between T1 (SKT) and SANDBOX Gaming, the caster curse was a constant theme due to all the comebacks and surprising victories. SANDBOX ended up being able to beat some of the strong individuals of T1.
I am having a hard time predicting the final between the Afreeca Freecs and SANDBOX Gaming.
SANDBOX seem more likely to show up as a strong team but I do expect the Freecs to make it an interesting final, with some individual performance and pure courage. So, for a bold pick, I am predicting a 3-1 or 3-2 score in favor of SANDBOX gaming to win.
Boukev's best bet: SANDBOX Gaming to win against the Afreeca Freecs with a 3-1 or 3-2 score at 3.5x or 4.2x - make your predictions now
SKT T1 vs SANDBOX Gaming
SKT T1 showed a decent performance against Gen.G and the three games played were decided after the draft but SKT T1's form seemed on par without too many false starts with the new roster.
SANDBOX Gaming faced Griffin in two maps in which newcomer Leo showed a good performance on bottom but their win was slightly due to Griffin's under-performance but their second map was a very clean win. This next match will say a lot about the actual form of both teams. For now, I'll pick SKT T1 as the most likely winner.
Boukev's best bet: SKT T1 to win vs Sandbox gaming at 1.5x - make your prediction
LoL predictions: Afreeca Freecs vs DragonX
Both Afreeca Freecs and DragonX had to play three matches in the KeSPA Cup so far. Both teams showed good performance in their matches but DragonX really defeated Damwon gaming with gusto while the Freecs dropped a decisive map against Hanwha Life.
The bookmakers seem to heavily favor DragonX to win which gives the Afreeca Freecs high returns for a bet. While DragonX was really strong against DAMWON, I am not picking them for these low returns. For a small stakes pick the Freecs are interesting.
Boukev's best bet: Afreeca Freecs to win vs DragonX at 3.4x - make your predictions
SK Telecom TV vs Gen.G
Both SKT T1 and Gen.G are absolute titans of the Korean LoL scene and this match should be a special look into their possibilities for next year.
SKT T1 and Gen.G made a swap in players with Clid from SKT going to Gen.G and Roach going to SKT T1 from Gen.G. We have seen Gen.G perform adequately in the two matches for the Elimination and Qualifying rounds of the KeSPA Cup so far but haven't seen SKT play yet due to their direct bye to the playoffs.
It will be interesting to see if SKT T1 can perform as good as they have in the past including the effectiveness of their new coach Kim. Odds currently favor Gen.G, while not much is known about SKT T1's form and cohesion as a team in this new setup. This also means you can get 2.6x odds on betting on the honeymoon stage of a new T1 roster while they still have the power of Faker in their back pocket.
On the other hand we could see another repeat of the Kespa Cup 2018 where SKT T1's new 2019 roster got knocked out by DAMWON gaming. Your call.
Boukev's best bet: SKT T1 to win vs Gen.G at 2.6x - bet now
DAMWON GAMING vs DragonX
The bot laner Deft is the only remaining player from the original Kingzone Dragon X team after their rename to DragonX for the 2020 season. DragonX are now starting with Chovy and Doran (former substitute) from Griffin giving them a very young team with an average age of just 19, with only Deft being 23 years of age.
While this new roster had no trouble beating low ranked teams Spear gaming and Chungnam in the Elimination and Qualifying rounds DAMWON gaming should be a whole different type of mountain to climb.
DAMWON have not had any roster changes for 2020 and wants to continue their upward momentum as a team. Last year showed DAMWON have the skills to play with the top teams in the world so hopefully they can keep that momentum in 2020. I for one am betting on the steady roster of DAMWON to beat the new DragonX.
Boukev's LoL prediction: DAMWON gaming to win vs DragonX at 1.4x - bet now
LPL Summer playoff Final
This final will not decide which Chinese team goes straight on to the Groups Stage of the World Championship because both teams are on the top of the championship points system for the LPL and are thus already qualified even when they lose this match.
Funplus Phoenix won the headsup this season with 2-0 and the bookmakers are showing them as the favorite. The odds of 1.5x seem justified since Funplus Phoenix dropped only four maps in the entire season.
Boukev's prediction: Funplus Phoenix to win @1.5 bet now
LCS Regional Finals Round 1
With only 40 championship points for Flyquest and Clutch gaming both these teams managed to find a very small opportunity to reach the World Championship Play-in stage. To reach it they will have to create their own Cinderella story starting with this match with Counter Logic Gaming and Team Solomid still to beat afterwards.
Flyquest has reached the regional finals due to their surprise spring season fourth place but has not been showing up in the summer season while Clutch gaming has been the opposite with a weak spring season but a strong summer season.
Based on current form Clutch gaming seems the obvious favorite but I would still expect Flyquest to have at least 33% chance to win. With odds of 3.8x they are my bet.
Boukev's prediction: Flyquest to win @3.8 - bet now
The last week of the LEC before the playoffs shows Origen, Team Vitality, Rogue and SK Gaming battling for a playoff spot (Top six). Let's look at some of the matches to see if we can find interesting fights. In our predictions for this week we might have to consider the difference in mentality that might occur from teams that are set in their ranking versus teams that still have something to play for.
Origen have the most important matches to go versus Rogue and SK Gaming that are also both still hunting the top-six spots. While I agree with the bookmakers that Origen will win against SK I feel like they have lost too much versus the strong teams of this season that Rogue will take the match. The odds for a Rogue win are 2.4x and are my pick for this week.
Boukev's Best Bet: Rogue to beat Origen @ 2.4
Team Vitality have been doing great after their bad four lost matches from the first two weeks of the season. Last week they surprisingly lost versus SK Gaming and missed securing the playoff spot. Luckily for them I believe they have the easiest opponents (Misfits and Schalke 04) of the four teams still fighting for a top 6 spot.
With Schalke 04 being safe for the playoffs and Misfits having a terrible season so far Team Vitality should be able to secure a playoff spot. Based on odds I would guess for a Team Vitality win against FC Schalke 04 for 2.3x returns. The best-of-one format has been a challenge to predict but has resulted in some nice upsets and a very entertaining season. I am looking forward to the playoffs.
Boukev's Best Bet: Vitality to beat Schalke @ 2.3
LoL predictions: LPL Summer playoffs
Starting this weekend the two quarterfinal matches of the LCS Summer playoffs will show which teams are allowed to face Cloud9 and Team Liquid next week for the semi's. The third-placed Counter Logic Gaming will face the now struggling OpTic Gaming. Optic lost their last four full matches of the summer season but did manage to secure the tiebreakers against 100 Thieves and Golden Guardians. The bookmakers are currently strongly favoring CLG with just 1.3x odds but I would agree with them especially seeing the strong performance of CLG's Biofrost this season.
Boukev's Best Bet: CLG to win @1.3
After the dominance of the 2017 seasons TSM has since been destined to play second fiddle to the top two of the LCS. These playoffs might be their chance to finally beat the current favorites of TL and C9 but first they will have to beat the surprising addition of Clutch Gaming in the quarterfinals. Clutch Gaming went from seventh to fifth place in just the last week of the summer season with three wins in a row. CG's Huni played a big role in the recent victories. I agree with TSM being the favorite so I would bet on a 3 - 1 or a 3 - 2 score for TSM to win.
Boukev's Best Bet: TSM win 3-1 @ 3.4 or TSM 3-2 @ 4.33
LCK Summer - week nine
Week nine of LCK Summer is upon us and it's fourth vs fifth as Griffin Gaming fac Gen.G this week and it should be a close match. Both teams have lost versus SKT1 in the last four weeks but Gen.G won the other five matches while Griffin has lost against both the Afreeca Freecs and DAMWON Gaming. Yet the bookmakers are still favoring Griffin so the 2.7x odds on a Gen.G win with Fly as the midlaner are a very interesting bet to me.
Bouke's Best Bet: Gen.G vs Griffin Gaming - Gen.G to win @2.7
Gen.G face a make-or-break week and their match against Afreeca Freecs is also showing some decent odds. This Sunday match is scheduled for the end of the week, two days after Gen.G vs Griffin. Gen.G are 1.6x win odds at the time of writing and I suggest to bet based on how both teams perform during their matches on Friday this week. Assuming a win by Gen.G against Griffin on Friday, I will definitely bet on them to also win against the Freecs on Sunday. But if Gen.G lose against Griffin and the Freecs also show a good friday performance against the strong Sandbox Gaming, then I will bet on the 2.1x odds for the Freecs to win the match. So bet with caution and take advantage of the shifting odds.
LEC Summer 2019 - Week seven
G2 vs Fnatic
It's crunch time for the teams in the LEC. The current number two Fnatic will try to beat the current top dog . The number one G2 Esports have won their last 7 LEC matches in a row but still suffered their only loss of the season versus this Fnatic team. The current odds of x2.7 for a Fnatic win would put their expected chances of winning at 37%. While G2 has been on a roll I would still try a bet on Fnatic.
Bouke's Best Bet: Fnatic to beat G2 @2.7
On the bottom of the table at eighth-place SK Gaming has had a rough season so far. Their matches this week will be against Rogue and Misfits and while SK gaming has won both matches in the first half of this season they will have to win these matches to keep any fair chance to reach the playoffs. Will you bet on the final chance for SK Gaming to get some much needed wins or do you think their summer season is destined to end in misery? With very close odds on all outcomes it might be time to rely on your gut feelings. It will surely be an interesting story to watch enfold.
Bouke's Best Bet: Rogue to beat SK Gaming and Misfits to beat SK Gaming
Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27th
League of Legends - LEC Summer 2019 - Week 6
The LEC season continues with ten matches to play this friday and saturday. The first and second of the standings, G2 and Fnatic both have pretty winnable matchups this week. Only a bet on Fnatic vs Origen at 1.5x for a Fnatic win seems to gain solid enough profits to warrant a bet from me.
Bouke's Best Bet: Fnatic @1.5
More interesting things are happening in the middle of the standings with even odds available on the match of Team Vitality vs Rogue. Looking at the first-half-of-the-season results, I would take a bet on Rogue to beat their nemesis due to Team Vitality only getting wins against lower ranked teams.
Bouke's Best Bet: Rogue @1.87
Finally this might be a good moment to take a combo bet against Excel esports. For a combined 2.2x return, I would bet on both Rogue and Misfits gaming to win their matches versus Excel esports. Excels single win this season was obtained versus an already struggling SK. I am expecting both Rogue and Misfits to win against Excel and hopefully avoid any upsets.
Bouke's Best Bet: Combo bet Rogue + Misfits (vs Excel) @2.2