2018 EU LCS Summer Week 2: Predictions, Betting Odds, Preview

2018 EU LCS Summer Week 2 is here and the meta probably won’t change much. We can expect similar picks and bans as we had last week. Even though the Banner of Command is no longer with us, that item wasn’t really that big in the EU LCS anyway.

If there’s something that we expect to influence the plays in 2018 EU LCS Summer Week 2, it would be the nerf to funnelling strategies. Of course, as is probably already obvious, Fnatic’s performance will likely take a hit because of this, as if the reigning champions haven’t had a bad season at all. On the other hand, G2 members seem to be enjoying things as they are and will probably keep going with their winning streak.

So, what will go down in 2018 EU LCS Summer Week 2? Let’s analyze the situation and come up with our predictions:

2018 EU LCS Summer Week 2: Teams to Watch Out For

Vitality

2018 EU LCS Summer Week 2

Vitality seem to have a good time ahead (via LoL Esports Flickr)

This one should be pretty much obvious. We’ve decided to hop on the Vitality hype train once more. This time, we’re hopeful that we’ll reach our destination. They’ve got a whole new level of confidence, and the know what they’re capable of now. The truth is, they had what it took to make, and probably win, the finals last split. However, they got tilted pretty hard during the midpoint of the split. That’s when they fell off, and couldn’t get back up again.

They know this better than anyone else, and they also know what they have to do to secure themselves in the finals this time. One of their main opponents, Fnatic, is down for now. However, they still have to deal with G2 and Misfits, who’re not backing down a single step.

This week should be pretty easy for Vitality. We don’t think they’re in a position to lose, and if there’s any truth to the words that Attila spoke after his game when he introduced Heimerdinger in the botlane, then they’re heavily equipped to deal with whatever may come their way.

Misfits

Misfits were quite successful in wowing us last week, just like Vitality. Right now, they’re the two favorites for the Summer finals, and we’ll have to see whether Misfits can keep up their trend of demolishing their opponents.

Currently, one could argue that the Misfits’ roster is even more stronger than that of Vitality. Regardless of their strengths, Vitality seem to be missing a key component to the composition: a carrying mid laner. For an inexplicable reason, Jiizuke has been unable to replicate any of the plays he made during the first two weeks of the EU LCS Spring split of 2018. His godlike performance is something that can carry Vitality far into Worlds 2018, let alone the EU LCS Summer Split.

Misfits have a more consistent midlaner on their side in Sencux. He’s been far more active during the laning phase and all the way into the late game. It’s a good thing these two teams aren’t going at each other this week – we’d hate to see their winning streaks ruined. It’s going to happen soon, though, and we can’t wait for the excitement.

2018 EU LCS Summer Week 2: Match of the Week

2018 EU LCS Summer Week 2

Fnatic will need a serious game plan against Vitality (via LoL Esports Flickr)

Prediction: Vitality wins

Odds: 1.63 (Fnatic) – 2.16 (Vitality) via gg.bet

People might be hyping up the Schalke 04 vs. G2 Esports match, but we’ve got our eyes fixed on Fnatic vs. Vitality. Fnatic, no matter how behind, can’t be taken lightly. We’ll have to see what Fnatic comes up with during Day 1 against H2K. We’re expecting them to win the match. If they can’t, things will get really sticky for them once they enter the stage against Vitality. Of course, we’re expecting some exciting strats and plays from Vitality during day one, which’ll give us an idea for what’s to come during the main match.

In terms of confidence, we’d say Vitality are through the roof at the moment, regardless of how each team is posing. An undefeated first week has got to count for something. We don’t know what craziness Vitality are going to pull this time around, and we don’t know what’s on Fnatic’s mind for this match. A victory against Vitality could put Fnatic back in the driver’s seat, while a defeat could further solidify their position as a low priority team for this split.

As far as expectations go, we’re with Vitality on this one. They’re looking unstoppable, and if Jiizuke starts engaging the enemy team like he used to, there’s no way they can lose. Fnatic doesn’t seem to have a clear playstyle in mind. Getting Rekkles a Janna doesn’t seem to be a good one. It may have worked against Schalke, but a team like Vitality could give them a much harder time pulling it off. We think Vitality should win this one, though we can’t gauge with how much ease they’ll do it.

2018 EU LCS Summer Week 2: Underdog of the Week

2018 EU LCS Summer Week 2

UOL will need to step up their game soon (via LoL Esports Flickr)

We’ve been concentrating heavily on Unicorns of Love every since the year started. We kept expecting them to somehow sort out their problems and start winning again, but that hasn’t happened so far. This week, they’ve got matchups which should have been relatively even for a high tier team.

In fact, we think they might be able to defeat Giants this week because they were performing on a far lower level than we thought they would. They’ve been unable so far to abuse the current meta, and UOL could take them on with the right strategy in mind.

Which team do you think will be dominant in the 2018 EU LCS Summer Week 2? Do you think UOL will be able to get out of the position they’re in? Let us know in the comment below!

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