It’s now time for the LoL Worlds 2018 Play In Knockouts, where only 8 teams remain in the race for a spot in the Group Stage of the Main Event next week.
Even this early on in the tournament, we’ve seen a couple of suprises. But, even though they did not go unscathed, the 1st seeds did ultimately manage to top their respective groups. Therefore, all the second seeds will have a seemingly uphill battle before them.
Below, we’ll take a look at all of the individual matchups for the LoL Worlds 2018 Play In Knockouts.
All odds courtesy of ArcaneBet.
LoL Worlds 2018 Play In Knockouts – Day 1
Cloud9 vs Gambit Esports
Gambit are a team that can confuse opponents with their creative if often questionable drafts but solid, pro-active mid-game decision-making. Unfortunately, these choices make it impossible for them to come back from behind.
Up against Cloud9, that’s not good. From the Spring Split up until now, Cloud9’s biggest strength is their ability to build early-game leads through dominant solo lanes and aggressive jungling. The squad prioritizes the same style of play with champions that can contest the early game in the solo lanes. Meanwhile, the North American team looks to Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi as their main fall-back option and late-game insurance.
While DFM were able to expose Cloud9’s problems closing out games during the Group Stage, it’s hard to see Gambit doing the same thing.
Cloud9 are the heavy weights of this particular match up and it’s not even close.
Betting: Correct Score 3-0 in favor of Cloud9 at 1.90 odds. (ArcaneBet)
EDward Gaming vs DetonatioN FocusMe
Edward Gaming’s form so far throughout the tournament has been indicative of their entire season; fast stomps, early leads but also games where they fail to close out cleanly, a lot of sub optimal macro decisions and a certain uneasiness around baron.
It’s hard to deny their individual talent, and they’re arguably the best team so far heading into the LoL Worlds 2018 Play In Knockouts. However, it’s also hard to make a sure statement about their next game. The only thing we can be sure of is they should only be better in a BO5 setting, which means, DFM will need a lot of help if they want to make this series competitive.
As far as DFM is concerned, a knockout match against EDG seems like a poor reward given their 2 wins against Kabum and their very competitive games against Cloud9. The team is much more proactive than the previous LJL representatives but their teamplay needs some ironing out.
Judging from individual prowess, EDG are the clear favourites here. They should have no problems closing out the series. However, if they fail to coordinate and let DFM some of their comfort picks, it’s not impossible that DFM will take at least one game off if not go through.
Betting: Correct Score 3-1 in favor of EDward Gaming at 3.67 odds. (ArcaneBet)
LoL Worlds 2018 Play In Knockouts – Day 2
G2 Esports vs Infinity eSports
This might seem like a reasonably good draw for G2, but this would be an oversimplification.
Infinity Esports knocked down perennial LLN champions Rainbow7 and after making a complete turnaround, managed to qualify as 2nd from their group, even beating EDG in the process. Clean front to back teamfights as well as solid jungle pathing from their jungler were their main strengths against the opposition of Edward Gaming and Dire Wolves. However, their relatively weak laning showed in all of their games and they will have to try hard to shore it up in their solo lanes.
On the other hand, G2 were abused at the botlane. Supermassive showed a way to dismantle G2 on the first day. Neutralize Luka “Perkz” Perković, give your bot a favorable match up and then cleanly out macro them.
While it’s highly questionable that Infinity Esports will have such a clean game as Supermassive did against G2, it can happen. But, let’s not forget that G2 seem to be on the upswing as well. Also, they seem to prioritize giving their sololaners champions with carry potential, even if that deviates from the meta.
All in all, if G2 manage to abuse their opponents in the laning phase, it is expected that they will win. However, if it comes down to scrappy team fights, G2 could find themselves in for a big surprise.
Betting: Correct Score 3-1 in favor of G2 at 2.91 odds. (ArcaneBet)
G-Rex vs Bahçeşehir SuperMassive
This is perhaps the closest match up of the LoL Worlds 2018 Play In Knockouts.
G-Rex came to the World Championships with a mid-jungle duo that they only used a few times during the regular season but with this revamped roster they impressed in the play-ins, beating both Gambit and KLG twice. Supermassive, on the other hand, started strong but failed twice to G2 in the 2nd round robin.
Both teams seem capable of closing games out, despite their own individual flaws. G-Rex’s players have a tendency to over extend and Suermassive’s fundamentals need a lot of work. Having said that, G-Rex should try and index into their dominant mid-jungle duo; Perkz showed that this part of Supermassive is abusable. The fact that Berkay “Zeitnot” Aşıkuzun picks usually lane dominant champions narrows the win conditions for Supermassive even further; if Stitch manages to survive the laning phase with the help of the rest of the team on a Kai’sa or a Tristana it will be exceedingly hard for Supermassive to eke out a win.
Wrapping it up, Supermassive are a completely different team when Zeitnot is ahead since this lifts pressure off the other roles too; however G-Rex should be able to deny this win condition and unless Supermassive finds some pocket picks that can carry in the other lanes, G-Rex should be considered as the favorite in this match-up.
Betting: G-Rex to win at 1.33 odds. (ArcaneBet)