The 2021 LCS Summer Split playoffs is heading into the second round of games of the upper bracket. One of those critical contests will be between 100 Thieves and Evil Geniuses, and it’s looking to be a very close match.
The two teams have been evenly matched so far this season, so this might be the most exciting match of them all this weekend. With two prominent teams facing off in a best-of-five to stay in the upper bracket, it’s always fun to spice up the match with some fantasy play and challenge your knowledge about the top LCS teams.
To help you get into fantasy gear, here are some of the questions to consider heading into this game.
The first thing that’s always important to consider when playing fantasy or when betting is looking at who the favorite. By correctly predicting the winner of the match, fantasy players will likely perform better as the winning players are usually the ones to harvest most kills, minions, and objectives.
In this match, it will be tough to predict the favorite as both teams have been evenly matched throughout this season. In fact, EG and 100 Thieves are 3-2 in head-to-head games throughout the year, with EG winning three.
With that tiny edge to EG, some might think that the team will be the favorite, but it’s not that simple. 100 Thieves did perform a bit better overall this split and is entering the playoffs as the second seed. This made the team skip the first stage of the upper bracket and gave it time to analyze EG when it played against Dignitas last weekend. Some would say that stepping in later could be a disadvantage because EG is already warmed up. But in this case, it should give an edge to 100 Thieves who are now able to prepare drafts and counters to what EG showcased in its first playoff series. That means a smart bet might go in favor of 100 Thieves.
Another question that will come up when participating in a fantasy game between 100 Thieves and EG will be focused on killing minions. Clout Fantasy will ask who will kill the most minions out of four players. These players are EG’s Jeong “Impact” Eon-young and Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun for EG and 100 Thieves’ Tommy “ry0ma” Le and Fatih “Luger” Güven.
Even though the two 100 Thieves players got to play a bit in the LCS during the last week of the regular split, it’s very unlikely that these Academy players will be subbed in during the playoffs. This instantly puts the focus towards the two EG players. Since IgNar is the support player for EG, it’s guaranteed that he won’t kill a lot of minions during this series while Impact will get plenty of time and space to slay some minions in every game played. This makes Impact the best choice by far, as he is expected to average a lot of minions per minute.
Another thing to look at in this match is who gets first blood. In a match between two teams this even, first blood can be absolutely game-breaking. It will likely come down to the two junglers and their performance.
Between the two junglers, EG’s most recent jungler Juan “Contractz” Garcia had a say in first blood in 50% of his games during the regular summer split. Contractz only got to play four games in total but was also picked as the starter in the first playoff series against Dignitas, where he had a 75% first-blood rate over the course of the four games.
It currently seems that EG will be fielding Contractz against 100 Thieves, but it’s always a risky choice when two junglers are in play. The safer option will be from 100 Thieves, as jungler Can “Closer” Çelik has been a part of early action throughout the summer split. His numbers might not be as impressive as Contractz, but Closer is all but guaranteed to play and that makes him the best early choice.
As a special event this weekend, Clout Fantasy will be hosting a free-to-play fantasy tournament for the match between 100 Thieves and EG. This will be free to enter for everyone and includes a cash prize of $500. The top 10 players will get paid, with first-place taking home the grand prize of $125.
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This is a great opportunity for new fantasy players to try their hand at fantasy and even have the chance to win cash prizes without investing anything but a little time and knowledge. This match is already up and available on the Clout Fantasy platform, so make sure to enter this contest before the match on Saturday, August 14.