eSports Betting: Team Liquid vs Golden Guardians – LCS 2020 Summer playoffs

Posted by Derrick Harper on August 21, 2020 in

The second round of the upper bracket League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) 2020 Summer playoffs will see Team Liquid clash with Golden Guardians in what promises to be an exciting clash that no LCS fan should miss. The winner will earn a direct bye into the semi-finals, whereas the losers will drop down to the lower bracket. Let’s take a closer at this upcoming matchup so you can bet on their League of Legends odds.

LCS 2020 Summer Playoffs Betting – Team Liquid vs Golden Guardians Analysis

Team Liquid Analysis

Team Liquid were a force to be reckoned with in the LCS ever since the franchising of the North America premier LoL league in 2019. With two-back-to-back LCS titles in 2019 as well as a grand finals appearance at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational, Team Liquid emerged as one of the best teams NA ever had.

Unfortunately, things took a sudden turn for the worse at the start of 2020 season for Liquid, when they finished the regular season in ninth place with a 7-11 record, marking the organization’s worst split since NA LCS 2017 Summer when they ended the season in ninth with 4-14 record.

The poor performances in spring were succeeded by the departure of their star ADC player Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng who left for Team SoloMid and made room for rookie Edward “Tactical” Ra. Despite the shock roster move and doubts surrounding Tactical’s quality, the 20-year-old American quickly filled in the shoes left behind by Doublelift and did not need long to become one of the best players in Liquid.

Additionally, the move finally allowed mid laner Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen to finally reclaim his role as the main carry of the team and he did not fail to disappoint. Shockingly enough, the whole team started playing significantly better since Doublelift’s departure, which after a shaky start of the split, eventually led Liquid to their fifth regular-season title.

It was, however, not all sunshine and rainbows for Liquid, who despite their strong 15-3 finish of the regular season looked a bit iffy at times, while most of their wins were very close. That in most part was due to the fact that their recently signed jungler Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen had a few too many shaky performances, whereas top laner Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong has struggled to live up to his name. It’s also worth noting that Liquid have not played a single match since Monday, August 10, when they defeated Team SoloMid in their final fixture of the split, so some ring rust is expected.

Golden Guardians Analysis

Golden Guardians are entering this match as the underdogs, which is not entirely shocking since they finished the LCS 2020 Summer regular season in fifth with a 9-9. Nevertheless, Golden Guardians looked like a completely different beast in the first round of the playoffs, where they swept the floor with Team SoloMid (3-0) to book a meeting with Liquid.

Looking back at Golden Guardians’ fixture against TSM, it would be fair to say that Tanner “Damonte” Damonte and his crew put up one of their best performances this season. Even though their top laner Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell failed to impress with 2.0 KDA and 68.7% KP, he held his own and the same can be said for ADC Victor “FBI” Huang, who ended the series with 3.8 KDA.

Where Golden Guardians’ main strength came from, however, was their mid-jungle duo in Damonte and Can “Closer” Çelik, who ran circles around TSM and ended the series with 5.3 and 4.4 KDA respectively. Seeing Damonte and Closer pop-off was not surprising by any means, since they both looked very solid towards the end of the split. Out of the two, however, it’s Closer who is the man to watch on the side of Golden Guardians. He is arguably one of the best junglers in the league and the main weapon in GG’s arsenal against Liquid.

Prediction

Team Liquid are entering this match as the odds-on favorites (-555/1.18), which seems fair, given that they won the regular season. Having said that, there is no denying Golden Guardians are more than capable of challenging them.

If we look at this match lane-by-lane, Liquid hold a slight statistical edge in the bottom lane, but even that should be taken with a grain of salt since FBI is a very solid player and has proven before he can hold his own even against the best ADCs in the league.

The mid lane seems to be 50/50. Even though Jensen is a very consistent player, it’s hard to undervalue Damonte and what he brings to his team and since he managed to outperform Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, it’s fair to assume he will do just fine against Jensen as well. We are still giving Liquid an edge, however, we don’t expect to see a complete stomp from the Dane either.

Now for the jungle match-up, our choice is obvious – Golden Guardians. Broxah, while a very respected jungler, has not been playing too well during his stint with Liquid and even though he has won his team a few games with well-executed dragon/Baron steals, his overall contribution is well below that of Closer.

Golden Guardians are priced as the underdogs (+312/4.12) which seems a bit too generous for a team that trashed TSM. Closer and co. are more than capable of keeping Liquid on their toes and as long as they can draft around Liquid’s slow playstyle and force their adversaries into early-game teamfights, wining at least two maps or even the whole series should be an achievable goal.

Prediction: Golden Guardians +1.5 maps

Odds: +148/2.48 at MyBookie