LoL Worlds 2017 Quarterfinals Pairs
Starting tomorrow, Longzhu Gaming and Samsung Galaxy are the first to take the Bo5 quarterfinals stage. SKT T1 will take on EU prodigy Misfits. The #2 and #3 seeds from Chinese LPL, Royal Never Give Up and Team WE, will face #3 seeds from EU and NA LCS, Fnatic and Cloud9.
The exciting matchups will pit two dominant LoL Esports cultures, LCS and Asia, against each other. As always, Asians are favoured. However, don’t dismiss the LCS teams just yet. They’ve shown to posses capacities far exceeding even the wildest of expectations.
It’s going to be an interesting end of the week.
LZ vs. SSG
Longzhu Gaming, formerly known as Incredible Miracle, and Samsung Galaxy have had plenty of opportunities to play each other in the LCK over the years. The two top teams from Korea won’t be stepping onto any uncharted territory tomorrow. They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses well enough.
While nothing’s certain when the world title is at stake, Longzhu Gaming has seriously upped the ante this year, giving more than enough trouble to everybody in the LCK Summer Playoffs, SKT T1 included. Samsung Galaxy did manage to defeat the newest Korean champs in week 5 of the regular season, but Longzhu Gaming retaliated in week 9.
Hanging onto 1-1 in those two series, there’s a score to be settled tomorrow. Which team will buckle under the pressure? It’s really hard to tell.
Our recommendations fall back onto the usual total baron, dragon, player and tower kills. As this is the Bo5 format now, there are plenty of options to choose from, but only a few good ones. In their most recent Bo3, Longzhu won 2-0. Both games had a lot of kills. Coincidentally, all 3 maps for tomorrow have total kills over 18.5 at evens, which is the safest route to go for this matchup.
SKT T1 vs. MSF
SKT T1 are so heavily favoured here that any scenario where Misfit win would set off a cascade of mini-black holes causing violent ripples across the community.
Still, all 3 maps are at 2/1 to have over 1.5 baron kills. SKT will most likely go 2-0 in the beginning, so the third game will be a do-or-die for Misfits. This is why it’s the most likely one to have 2 or more baron kills.
Additionally, all 3 maps are at 11/8 to have more than 3.5 dragon kills. Again, third game is the most likely candidate for that to happen.
Everything else looks pretty mediocre, albeit there are a lot of really low-risk, low-reward choices for this one.
RNG vs. FNC
The outcome of this matchup depends much more on Fnatic than Royal Never Give Up. The Chinese runner-ups have dominated their group while Fnatic had to pull off a series of upsets to reach quarterfinals. Nevertheless, both teams deserved the spot, and the draw has definitely favoured RNG again.
One thing’s for sure – it’s going to get bloody! Both teams are no strangers to epic slaughterhouses. Due to that, all 3 maps at evens to have more than 18.5 kills are good to go, especially second and third one.
We would go as far as placing a bet on Fnatic to reach 10 kills first on Map 3 at 7/4, but that’s certainly a more risky endeavour. Choose carefully!
WE vs. C9
The last quarterfinals pair is arguably the closest one in terms of raw skill and team power. WE are known for aggression, while Cloud9 have been on the rise ever since NA LCS Playoffs. This is why all viable markets are lingering south of evens.
Nevertheless, total kills are likely to go over 18.5 in the third game, and probably in the second too, so it’s a good starting point at 5/6.
NA teams have historically been performing sub-par at worlds. Nothing points out to this year being any different in that regard. Thus, we recommend avoiding all win/lose related markets for this one, unless you really want to go the safe route and place all your coins on WE to reach the semis.
The quarterfinals look to be a straightforward ordeal. The newest LCK champs Longzhu Gaming and reigning world champs SKT T1 will be on point as always with stakes this high.
The remaining two quarterfinals pairs are skewed towards Chinese side as well. Royal Never Give Up have really shown up in their best form during group stage, while WE managed to overpower the rest of contenders in their group too.
Due to that, the only viable options are largely tied to total kills, towers, dragons and, to a lesser extent, barons. If you really want to push your luck tomorrow, Fnatic look like the most likely prospect to stage an upset tomorrow. At 9/2 to win tomorrow, they should be your top “get rich or die trying” pick.