2018 Mid-Season Invitational Playoffs Analysis and Preview

The 2018 Mid Season Invitational is entering its Knockout Stage tomorrow and the 4 remaining teams are ready for battle. No doubt, the matches will be fierce and the betting opportunities abound.

Betting predictions

Royal Never Give Up vs. Fnatic

Royal Never Give Up had an average Spring Split Group Stage in LPL, finishing with 12 wins and 7 losses. However, Uzi and his teammates stepped up massively in the Playoffs, defeating 4 teams to claim the title: Team WE (3 – 0), Snake Esports (3 – 1), Invictus Gaming (3 – 2) and EDward Gaming (3 – 1).

In the Group Stage of Mid Season Invitational, Royal Never Give Up continued to perform at a very high level, finishing at the top of the group with 7 wins and 3 losses. The Chinese team won against EVOS Esports and Fnatic, and drew against Flash Wolves, KING-ZONE DragonX and Team Liquid.

On the other side, Fnatic completely dominated the EU LCS Spring Split, finishing in 1st place with 14 victories and 4 defeats and then winning the Playoffs quite easily: 3 – 1 against Team vitality in the Semifinals and 3 – 0 against G2 Esports in the Finals. Rekkles has been at the top of his game this season and his performances have played a key role in Fnatic’s regional success.

In the Group Stage of MSI, Fnatic had a rollercoaster performance, alternating between winning and losing Bo1s against its opponents. Overall, Fnatic drew against EVOS Esports, Flash Wolves, KING-ZONE DragonX and Team Liquid, and lost against Royal Never Give Up. The team qualified for the Knockout Stage by beating Team Liquid in the Tiebreakers.

Given the huge skill difference between LPL and EU LCS, and also the fact that Royal Never Give Up already won 2 Bo1 matches against Fnatic at this MSI, the Chinese team should easily win this Bo5.

Betway puts the odds at 1.15 – 4.75 in favor of Royal Never Give Up and considering the skill difference between these two teams, a bet on the Chinese contender with a -1.5 maps handicap would be an excellent choice. With this handicap, you’re making a 40% profit for a correct prediction.

Betting prediction: Royal Never Give Up to win.

Flash Wolves vs. KING-ZONE DragonX

Flash Wolves cruised through the Spring Split Group Stage in LMS, ending it with 13 wins and 1 loss. In the Playoffs, the team only had to play one match and won without dropping a single map (score 3 – 0 against G-Rex).

In the Group Stage of MSI, Flash Wolves finished 2nd after losing to Royal Never Give Up in the Tiebreakers. The team had 7 wins and 3 losses, winning against EVOS Esports and KING-ZONE DragonX and drawing against Fnatic, Team Liquid and Royal Never Give Up.

On the other side, KING-ZONE DragonX crushed its regional rivals in the Group Stage of LCK, ending the Spring Split with 16 wins and just 2 losses. Then, in the Playoffs, DragonX defeated Afreeca Freecs with the score of 3 – 1.

In the Group Stage of MSI, DragonX won against EVOS Esports and Team Liquid, drew against Fnatic and Royal Never Give Up, and lost against Flash Wolves.

Based on what we’ve seen in the Group Stage, Flash Wolves is actually favorite to win this match. But the bookmakers’ assessment is completely upside down, making this match a phenomenal betting opportunity.

Betway puts the odds at 3.55 – 1.25 in favor of KING-ZONE DragonX and at these odds, a bet on Flash Wolves with a +2.5 or even +1.5 maps handicap would be a great choice.

Betting prediction: Flash Wolves to win.

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