G2 Esports vs MAD Lions: 2020 LEC Summer Split betting analysis

Melany M. June 11, 2020

G2 Esports and MAD Lions are playing in week one of the 2020 LEC Summer Split in a rematch of the spring semifinals.

In its first split in the LEC, MAD achieved the unthinkable. The Spanish team took down G2 in the playoffs, forcing it to play from the loser’s bracket. G2 gained momentum in the lower bracket and when it was time for a rematch, MAD didn’t stand a chance. MAD is now back with a vengeance, ready to prove that its spring performance wasn’t beginner’s luck and that MAD should be considered a top-tier team in Europe.

MAD is looking confident for LEC Summer Split

  • Top lane, Andrei "Orome" Popa
  • Jungle, Zhiqiang "Shad0w" Zhao
  • Mid lane, Marek "Humanoid" Brázda
  • ADC, Matyáš "Carzzy" Orság
  • Support, Norman "Kaiser" Kaiser

MAD came into the LEC with a new brand and new faces. The community underestimated this team with a roster that consisted mostly of players from the tier-two circuit. MAD surprised in the regular season and again in the playoffs.

MAD plays a clean style with few mistakes. The best part about this roster is that they know how to punish enemy gaffes. That’s exactly what the team did against G2 in the spring playoffs when G2 grew overly confident. Every time G2 attempted something wild, MAD had an answer. MAD has a proactive approach to the game. They are not reactionary, as they have ideas of their own ideas on how to play each matchup.

Considering how strong MAD was in the spring, one could only assume that this roster will get even better in the summer. MAD is already better than most of the teams in the LEC, and now with a confidence boost from spring, they could earn a spot in the 2020 World Championship.

G2 Esports is done experimenting

  • Top lane, Martin "Wunder" Hansen
  • Jungle, Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski
  • Mid lane, Rasmus "Caps" Winther
  • ADC, Luka "Perkz" Perković
  • Support, Mihael "Mikyx" Mehle

G2 is the best team in Europe and it’s not even close. Split after split, G2 dominates the competition and takes the titles. In 2019, G2 won the Mid-Season Invitational and made it to the World Championship finals. G2 knows that no other team can challenge it domestically, so the team is free to mix things up.

In the 2020 LEC Spring Split, G2 started Caps in the bottom lane with mild success. Caps, while mechanically superior to the average ADC in the LEC, lacked some of the fundamentals needed for the role. Caps wasn’t comfortable playing some of his bottom lane picks and it showed. It was the only time G2 has had seemed shaky in recent memory.

G2 learned what it could from the experiment and is ready to move forward with the lineup that works best for teh team. Caps is back in the mid lane and Perkz is back in the bottom lane with star support Mikyx. If a handicapped G2 was strong enough to take the spring crown, a G2 at full capacity is likely unstoppable. The expectations for this team are the same as always: win everything and make it to Worlds as the European region's first seed.

Who is going to win in LEC showdown between G2 and MAD?

The odds tell a clear story for this match with G2 at 1.50 favorite versus MAD’s 2.40. Under different circumstances, it was possible for MAD to challenge G2. But with Perkz and Caps back on their respective roles, there’s hardly a team in the LEC that can take them down. G2 seems a safe bet.

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