LPL – Summer Split – 7/21

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LPL Standings

OMG vs FunPlus Phoenix

This series is a battle between two struggling teams as FPX has lost 4 in a row and OMG are losers of 3 in a row. It’s hard to imagine FPX playing this bad as former world champions but this new meta just hasn’t worked well for their personnel. Atleast FPX is trying to something different tonight but running GimGoon in the top lane over Khan for the first time this split. GimGoon’s numbers aren’t much better than Khan’s going back to last split but it’s atleast showing that FPX isn’t going to fall into complacency if they can help it. FPX holds an advantage in all lanes except for the top but I expect DoinB to be able to play his specialty form of “roaming mid laner” tomorrow and protect GimGoon from getting killed repeatedly. Lwx hasn’t looked great at all during this split and all eyes will be on him as the team looks for a season saving win. FPX will look to abuse OMG with their early game advantages. They lead in first blood rate, first turret rate, and dragon control. The key for FPX tonight is to get out to a gold lead early and snowball from there. With the ownership expected to be heavily on FPX tonight it makes sense to leverage some OMG stacks in gpp in case they pull the upset. Curse and H4cker will be relied upon heavy tonight to carry the early game so that’s where I would lean for my OMG exposure. I think FPX takes this series 2-1 and keeps their playoff hopes alive.

OMG: Curse, H4cker, Icon
FPX: Tian, DoinB, Lwx, Crisp

Vici Gaming vs Edward Gaming

EDG comes into this game on a 3 game losing streak and tonight doesn’t get any easier against a Vici team that has won 4 of their last 6. Since making the switch to Zeka, VG’s been a much better team as he has put a solid KP rate of 74.40% and a KDR of 3.00, which is fantastic. VG is going with their backup support tonight in Maestro for the first time this split which is actualy probably a good thing because I truly believe Hang is one of the worst supports in the LPL. There have been times IBoy went for 90+ and Hang managed 40 fps, simply atrocious. Leyan is getting the starting nod in the jungler spot but it’s still a clear stayaway spot since he has been subbed often for Aix when dropping a game. VG has a clear advantage in the top lane as Cube can abuse Xiaoxiang(starting his 3rd game in a row in the top lane). In order for EDG to win we are going to have to see a vintage Scout game where he pops off and carries a large portion of the game. He hasn’t been able to take pressure off Hope lately but with EDG having the bot lane advantage tonight, Scout will have to neutralize Zeka in the mid lane. This series will certainly goes 3 games and I’m going to lean VG to win. However, a lot of this series is going to come down to the draft, just like last nights LGD/WE series did.

VG: Cube, Zeka, iBoy

EDG: Scout, Hope, Meiko

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