Misfits vs Fnatic
This'll probably be a fair bit more competitive than expected, but Fnatic should, by all means, end up on top once everything is said and done -- to absolutely no one's surprise. We're three weeks into the regular season and, frankly, we're not quite sure what to think about *either* of these two teams.
Fnatic are better in every conceivable way but they've also had some strange performance issues and have struggled in much the same way as they did back in Spring; no one's quite sure what's going on but we've been hearing one excuse after another from the folks in charge so it still remains to be seen whether they're just partaking in a bit of PR hogwash or if the team really struggled with external factors which were out of their control.
Now, though, it's time to deliver and do good on their promise of winning the LEC -- or at least coming close to doing so. They have the right players for the job, of that we're all aware, but Fnatic still feels disjointed as a five-man unit. They're not on the same page and it doesn't even matter whom they're facing as the exact same issues persist regardless of the level of opposition.
It's a strange time to be a Fnatic fan, that's for sure. Absolute greatness is within spitting distance. We've seen it in glimpses, in short, fleeting bursts, but they've yet to become a more consistent occurrence. And, frankly, we have no idea whether they'll be able to fix all that needs fixing in time for it to matter. They're still a behemoth and will no doubt mop the floor with the vast majority of their peers, but once the playoffs come around they'll most likely find yet another issue to fumble around -- as was the case in however many recent splits.
Misfits, on the other hand, have improved quite a bit; then again, they had an inordinate amount of things to improve on, so don't take their small resurgence at face value, lest you run the risk of getting disappointed. Regardless, they're on a three-game win streak so they must be doing *something* right. Heck, they even took down MAD Lions -- a respectable feat that has surely given them a much-needed confidence boost. Will that serve as a big enough boon coming into week four? Only time will tell, but we don't think it'll suffice against a team as layered as Fnatic.
Then again, one can never be too certain with the boys in "black and orange." They *are* better, but they don't always deliver once the going gets rough. Regardless, there's no other option here as far as betting is concerned -- at least none that makes sense.