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The fifth week of the league is here and after Friday's matches the league will have reached the halfway point. Last week, as G2 lost both of their matches, the race for first place is on again. Now the top six of the table are one win away and Excel Esports are out of a playoff spot. There will be several really juicy battles this week as the teams look for solutions for the remainder of the season. More information about the league and its teams can be found on the event page.
The two teams hot off a victory against G2 face each other higher in the standings than could have been expected before the start of the season. This week's match of the week was chosen as Misfits Gaming toppled G2 Esports and MAD Lions Fnatic last week. In the standings, the teams are victorious and have an even scoreline in the regular season.
What makes this match so interesting is that the strengths of the teams are in different parts of the map. Misfits' greatest strength is with Febiven Mid Lane while MAD Lions have been heavily relying on the Bot Lane duo who play a staggering amount of income. Strengths are emphasized in both teams by very strong jungle players who play around with strong lanes. Of particular interest is the fact that there is only one experienced LEC player on each team.
There is not much difference in the style of play between the teams, as both have shown that they can play smart and reap the benefits. At times the weakness has been the later stages of the game against more experienced foxes, but in this respect both teams are on the same line in the match. Expect a very entertaining match and teams / players also having interesting tweets before and after the game
Team Vitality vs Schalke 04
This match was expected to meet two losing teams last week, but Schalke ruined this premise by winning the G2. If we see a team on the field that was capable of this brutality, then a one-sided battle is to be expected, but if we see the Schalke that has played the previous seven matches then this is a very interesting match. In theory, both teams will still be able to fight for the playoffs, but for the loser of this match, things are starting to look pretty bad. Or well it seems bad for the winner, if the truth is spoken.
Excel Esports vs G2 Esports
G2 Esports showed quite a scary underestimation of the opponent and a drop in level last week, but the preparation of this team for this week is very different. So I think it will completely crush Excel and still prove to be the top team in the series. Excel has played tactically in most of the matches, but the difference in player level compared to G2 and occasional individual errors puts it in a clear underdog position against a G2 level team.
Origen vs SK Gaming
Although Origen's level has been flowing through, it is clearly ahead of SK Gaming even on a bad day. SK is still fighting for the nail and tooth knockout spot, but that train is starting to run farther and farther. The loss to Origen will exacerbate the situation. I wouldn't bet on Origen here by any odds.
Rogue vs Fnatic
Very interesting match at the end of the day. Both teams have had some serious flaws in the last few weeks, although they both looked very strong at times in the past. Last week, I had a hard time meeting Rekkles and Carzzy, but I myself may look forward to seeing Rekkles and Hans Sama even more because the style of play is close to each other. It is also very interesting to meet top Lanella Bwipo and Finn, both of whom are capable of playing carry-champs. Especially when Sejuan is back in the cast, it opens up the opportunity to play top lane what you want. I would make this match a little bit for Fnatic, but in reality the match can turn either way. Let's just hope the match doesn't resolve individual mistakes right from the start, as has been the case for both teams from time to time this season.
SK Gaming vs Team Vitality
Vitality is getting a very good gift this week, as both teams face the odds of winning. Honestly, you don't think Team Vitality will open its winning account this week, but at least now it has a better chance than it did in previous weeks.
Excel Esports vs Schalke 04
Schalke showed last week that he can surprise, but basically Excel is ahead of this matchup. Both teams made betting difficult last week as Excel underperformed and Schalke overtook. I bet, however, that Excel's tactical game will win this match.
Misfits Gaming vs Rogue
Very interesting match and crucial for regular season standings. A couple of weeks ago would have made Rogue a clear favorite, but based on the performance of the last few weeks, I will raise Misfits to the winner of this match. Honestly, the teams' level of play is REALLY close to each other, but Misfits comes into play with a better momentum and thus takes on an important match for themselves.
MAD Lions vs G2 Esports
Unfortunately, the MAD Lions will face the G2 this week, not last week. Last week's G2 would have been easily dumped, but the angry G2 who didn't go to the jacket open is a really tough opponent. My strong belief is that the G2 is back 2-0 this week and the MAD Lions are the suffering side here.
Origen vs Fnatic
As much as I would like to trust Fnatic, time and time again I will be disappointed. Origen's performance is above average, though Fnatic is a good day to overthrow any team in the world. Unfortunately, those good days have been quite a bit this spring. Origen takes the score home and puts Fnatic into battle for the middle box.
Fridays: Rogue> Fnatic
Fnatic is certainly a favorite for this match, but its performance has been thrown from the sidelines at the start of the season. Rogue is a strong team, and if a strong team gets close to three odds against teams whose games are like throwing a coin, then this is a good idea to grab.
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