The League Championship Series Lock-In semi-final stage has been determined. In a blockbuster match, Dignitas will face Team Liquid, while Evil Geniuses will face Cloud9. The best-of-five series will be used in both matches.
Dignitas vs Team Liquid
Dignitas has had a fascinating journey to this point in the competition. First, they tied for fourth place in Group B with a 1-3 record, tying them with 100 Thieves, who finished first in Group A. Dignitas pulled off a stunning upset by defeating 100 Thieves in the quarterfinals without dropping a single map.
In the second quarter, Team Liquid deservedly and predictably defeated FlyQuest 2-0 to advance to the semi-finals. Team Liquid has already won three consecutive matches, giving them a lot of confidence and momentum. Those aren’t insignificant criteria since, in a framework like this, even minor differences in those attributes can make a difference.
In this League Championship Series semi-final, Team Liquid is a huge favorite over Dignitas. So much so that backing Liquid as the clear winner may not make sense because the risk-to-reward ratio isn’t favorable enough. There are various betting possibilities to consider because this is a best of five. The handicap is one such market that appears to be highly appealing.
At Betway, betting on Team Liquid to win in straight maps (Liquid -2.5 (Map handicap)) will pay out x1.90. There is a much better risk-to-reward ratio, and that is where we would be for this specific semi.
Evil Geniuses vs Cloud9
In the second semi, Evil Geniuses will face a resurgent Cloud9 team. C9 placed second in Group A with a 3-1 record before defeating Counter Logic Gaming in the quarterfinals on a decisive third map. Fudge and Zven have expertly patrolled the middle and bottom lanes, respectively.
In the League Championship Series, Fudge has averaged 4.86 kills, 1.71 deaths, and 6.29 assists per map with a KDA of 6.5 and a creep score of 296, while Zven has averaged 4.57 kills, 2.29 deaths, and 5.57 assists per map with a KDA of 4.44 and a creep score of 292.71.
Evil Geniuses, on the other hand, are heavy favorites in this match for a reason. They have a roster that has been more steady in this League Championship Series. They were again unbeaten in this competition, placing first in Group B with a 4-0 record before rolling through Golden Guardians in straight maps in the quarter-finals.
In this League Championship Series competition, four of the five players on the EG roster have managed at least four kills on every map, demonstrating the team’s overall depth. Still, we believe that the odds of 1.40 on EG are a little too low. Cloud9 can find their rhythm and offensive fluidity at any moment in the League Championship Series, which could enable them to win more than one map.
For this one, we’d use the map handicap once more. We would wager on Cloud9 not losing by two or more maps, or Cloud9 +2.5 (Map handicap). On Betway, you can get odds of x1.75 for this outcome, which is rather lucrative given Cloud9’s apparent superiority in the lanes ahead of the Spring Split.