Team Vitality vs SK Gaming
The LEC is back in action after a fairly short hiatus! Frankly speaking, no one's quite sure what'll happen this week, and it's important to highlight that as it's bound to affect betting quite a bit. The last time we saw these teams in action, we witnessed a string of insane, mind-boggling upsets that made no sense whatsoever. In fact, it was absolute insanity.
MAD Lions lost to Misfits Gaming, G2 Esports to Excel Esports, Fnatic to Schalke 04, and Origen to Team Vitality. Had someone told you this would've happened, you would've laughed them out of the room and with good reason. Now sure, most teams are still experimenting, they're not tryharding by any stretch of the imagination, but seeing so many upsets is rather perplexing. This means no one's quite sure who's good right and whether that's just a flash of brilliance or an indication of their long-term strength. To make matters even more complicated, all ten permanent partners had two weeks to recuperate, work on their flaws and continue building synergy. Some, of course, have done this with more success than others, but we won't know who's improved until we see them back in action.
To start things off, we have a rather complicated clash between SK Gaming and Team Vitality. This, in essence, is a fight between two mid-tier gatekeepers, but they've only rose to such "prominence" in the recent past. They're two solid, well-rounded, albeit inherently flawed teams. There's just nothing overly impressive about them, other than a couple of stand-out players and fantastic plays that happen from time to time. They're still rough around the edges, and they're prone to making mind-boggling mistakes on a fairly frequent basis. Still, seeing how they were both bottom-tier dwellers mere months ago, this improvement is at the very least highly commendable.
Predicting the outcome of this one match is downright impossible. There's just no other way to put it. Both teams are flawed, but they have a puncher's chance, and most of it will boil down to who prepares better, drafts in tune with their strengths, and makes fewer egregious blunders in the early game. We've seen both teams dominate *and* implode beyond reason, and you never really know when either is going to happen. They're both "coin-flip" teams and that one fact makes betting on or against them ill-advised. Still, Vitality has the edge in their head-to-head record and has generally had higher highs (their AD carry Comp and support Labrov, in particular). If they give Milica agency in the mid lane and don't int the draft like they're sometimes prone to doing, they should be able to get the win.
That said, this is about as even a match as you can get, and it's bound to be decided by the slimmest of margins.