LOL LCS Lock-in 2021 Quarter-Finals Day 2 Betting Predictions
Today we take a look at the final two League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) Lock-In quarter-final bouts featuring what seems like two very one-sided fixtures between Evil Geniuses and Golden Guardians, followed by a clash between FlyQuest and Team Liquid.
Evil Geniuses vs Golden Guardians
Sunday, January 24 – 13:00 PST
Evil Geniuses have looked good so far this tournament, but I was always a bit skeptical about this team and the longevity of their winning streak, which I have expressed a couple of times in our previous LCS Lock-In previews. They might be solid, but I just can’t agree Evil Geniuses should be priced as a 1.176 favorite against Golden Guardians or any other team for that matter.
Evil Geniuses are also coming into this match off a humiliating loss against FlyQuest. That loss becomes that much more concerning if we consider FlyQuest were playing with Josedeodo who more or less arrived in NA and jumped into the Rift without any proper practice time.
Golden Guardians were far from impressive in their journey through the LCS Lock-In tournament, but it seemed like this squad got better and better with each passing game. I believe in the development of this team and even though they lack the individual quality to compete for the top spots, they should do at least fine once the rookies get a bit more comfortable playing at this level.
This seems more like an underdog or nothing type of match, as I just don’t see a reason to side with EG at the offered odds. Even though I have nothing against EG being priced as the favorites, the odds on GG are way too good to pass on.
Both teams come off as very volatile, which is likely because we are so early into the season, but they are volatile nonetheless. With that in mind, I would even recommend a smaller bet on GG to win it all, as there is definitely a world where EG choke.
Prediction: Golden Guardians +1.5 maps – 2.18 at Pinnacle
Prediction: Golden Guardians to win – 5.12 at Pinnacle
Team Liquid vs FlyQuest
Sunday, January 24 – 16:00 PST
There really is not a lot to be said about this game, as anyone who has watched the LCS Lock-In group stage can agree Team Liquid are a far superior team to FlyQuest.
Having said that, we must give FlyQuest some props for their victories against Immortals and Evil Geniuses, where they looked like a completely different team. Much of that was due to the return of their jungler Brandon “Josedeodo” Joel Villegas, who has finally secured his visa and made his debut for his team.
When looking at this game the question is not so much whether Liquid can win, but instead, what can FlyQuest do to stop them. Liquid are a better team in all five positions, which includes the jungle where they now field one of the best players in his position Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen, who should do more than fine against Josedeodo.
Liquid can win this game from all three lanes, whereas the only lane where FlyQuest could potentially compete with Liquid is the top lane. Even there, I would rank Barney “Alphari” Morris significantly higher than Eric “Licorice” Ritchie, at least until the latter starts showing better form.
Unless Liquid somehow drop the ball, this should be a clean victory for them. People seem to overhype FlyQuest after their sudden improvement on the final day of the Lock-In group stage, but I’m not ready to believe that was anything more than a short “honeymoon” phase with Josedeodo.
Prediction: Team Liquid -1.5 maps – 1.943 at Pinnacle
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