Semifinals LoL World Championship 2018 Betting Analysis and Predictions

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League of Legends World Championship 2018 has been one heck of a ride so far! It is already being labeled as the year of surprises with more than plenty occurring not only in the group stage but quarterfinals too. Next up, we have the 4 remaining teams battling it out for the place on the biggest stage on the entire competitive League of Legends scene – the grand finals of LoL Worlds tournament. Just a couple of more days until the highly anticipated semifinals matches Cloud9 vs Fnatic and G2 Esports vs Invictus Gaming which will determine the finalists. The entire LoL fanbase is eagerly expecting these matches so it’s only logical that we make an appropriate LoL Worlds 2018 semifinals betting analysis. After all, Betting on League of Legends has never been more popular… and easier.

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It’s Been a Crazy Ride so Far

Just like I mentioned in the introductory paragraph, this year’s installment of LoL Worlds has been one heck of a ride. Basically, in all somewhat important matches, the underdogs showed everyone what they are made of.

Just think about it – All Korean teams have already been knocked out of the competition. In fact, some will proudly say that this is the year of the EU LCS. 2 of their teams have reached top 4 with at least a single podium spot already guaranteed. On the other hand, there is also Invictus Gaming, the only Asian team left in the competition. We mustn’t forget Cloud9 either, all North American hopes rest on this team to go through to the grand finals of League of Legends World Championship 2018.

LoL Worlds 2018 – The Year of Underdogs

Let’s start off by stating that 2 out of 4 semifinalist teams have played in the Play-In groups. This means they were the lowest seeds coming into the tournaments, with the smallest chances of going through to the semifinals. And to think that both of them could play in the finals against each other, well that would make an exclamation mark on the statement LoL Worlds 2018 The Year of Underdogs!

Needless to say, Fnatic and Invictus Gaming are clear favorites to go through to the grand finals. But let’s not talk about this for much longer, this is something we’ll discuss later on in our LoL Worlds 2018 semifinals betting analysis.

Moving forward, many people are wondering if League of Legends World Championship 2018 will keep on being the year of underdogs or will the favorites manage to reach the grand finals. So, with all that in mind, let’s jump straight to our LoL Worlds 2018 semifinals betting analysis and see what kind of matches we can expect in just a few days.

LoL Worlds 2018 Semifinals Betting Analysis

Cloud9 vs Fnatic

Who would have thought that Cloud9 will be 1 match away from reaching the finals of LoL Worlds 2018. Their season was far from perfect, capturing the last ticket to the Worlds via NA LCS Regional Finals as the third NA seed coming into the competition. With that said, it’s really understandable how so many people were left puzzled after witnessing C9’s triumph over Afreeca Freecs. But we’ll have to back things up a bit since it all started in the Play-In group stage where they defeated Gambit Esports to make their way into the group stage of the Lol Worlds 2018.

The key to this match (we’re talking about the last round with 2-2 on the scoresheet) was a near perfect match played by Svenskeren in the jungle. Bottom lane was in good hands too which made the snowball to mid game that much easier. Svenskeren’s Graves played a pivotal part in their quarterfinals victory again. Aggressive (some would say squishy at times) performance and mid-game team fight focusing were what took both Gambit and Afreeca Freecs by surprise. That plus great individual character made Cloud9 a force to be reckoned with.

Still, Cloud9 players haven’t earned the title of the favorites in their semifinals match against Fnatic. Rekless is having a blast out there with Broxah not being too far behind either. Their synergy (alongside others from their team) has shown to be at desirable levels quite often. Their consistency is absolutely brilliant too… In last 10 matches, (8 of which were a part of Lol Worlds), they only have a single defeat against Invictus Gaming. And it wasn’t the Tiebreaker – Fnatic won that one with surprising ease.

After having a wonderful LCS season and crowning their success by winning in the finals, many in the esports community expected Fnatic team to fail at the very start of LoL Worlds group stage. Still, here they are, already in the semifinals, looking as mighty as they did in xPeke’s golden era. Can they go all the way once again? Well… I actually believe they can! Perhaps they won’t win the thing, but I believe they’ll show their prowess against Cloud9 who can be happy they’ve reached the semis.

G2 Esports vs Invictus Gaming

Let’s start off by stating that G2 Esports and Invictus Gaming were not in the top basket of favorites coming into the tournament. Sure, they are always tough teams to play against, but as far as LoL esports community was concerned, the real favorites were Royal Never Give Up and KT Rolster… However, as you all know, both of these teams got knocked out in the quarterfinals. KT Rolster by Invictus Gaming and Royal Never Give Up by G2 Esports. Both of these matches were absolute beauties and I’m sure LoL fans from all over the world enjoyed each second.

Invictus Gaming is a team filled with talent. JackeyLove’s initial impression perhaps wasn’t the best, but as time went on (especially during this tournament) he showed off glimpses of his brilliance. Thanks to that, we can now finally say that he’s the last piece of the Invictus Gaming puzzle. Perhaps the piece that could bring them the trophy this year. Of course, we mustn’t forget what a wonderful tournament Rookie is having. Invictus Gaming’s immensely strong solo lanes are what drives them onward. The question is, can G2 Esports handle the transitioning of IG’s solo lanes to mid and late game?

One thing is for sure, G2 Esports doesn’t lack the talent to do so. Still, you have to understand that we are talking about another team that puts their fate into solo lanes. In terms of G2 Esports, that would be Wunder and Perkz. Who knows, with their crazy playstyle and off-meta 1-3-1 tactics, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sacre jumping in instead of Wunder. G2 Esports love mind games and this one would be a pretty messed up one too. Will they pass on the opportunity?

Jokes aside – if G2 Esports wants to win it all this year, they will have to keep rising up to the occasion as they did so many times already (especially during this tournament). IG will probably put extra emphasis against G2’s Hjarnan so that’s something Perkz and co will have to be ready for. Generally speaking, Invictus Gaming is still the favorite team to win this matchup if we are to judge by bookies’ odds. Heck, they’re the favorites in outright tournament winner bets as well. However, and this may not be the popular opinion, I believe G2 Esports players are ready to create yet another upset. And why not, if they could defeat Royal Never Give Up, they sure as hell can do the same to Invictus Gaming!

Wrapping Things Up…

All things considered, there is no doubt LoL Worlds 2018 semifinals will be a pure joy to watch. Not just for LoL fans but for fans of all esports worldwide. Even for those who never played the game – perhaps they lack the technical knowledge but they’ll sure as hell feel the emotion, anticipation, pride and everything else that’s on the line once these 2 matches start.

With all that in mind, hope you enjoy the remaining matches of this tournament with sincere hope that our LoL Worlds 2018 semifinals betting analysis helped you out while creating that winning ticket.

Pavo Jurkic

Pavo Jurkic has been in the esports betting industry since 2015, actively writing content related to this rapidly growing industry. A dedicated father by day and an avid gamer by night, Pavo Jurkic aims to bring you the freshest esports news and betting predictions. ...

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