This week brings us twice as many SuperLiga Orange matches than we’re used to seeing. Two BO2 series will take place every night from June 4th to June 7th, and Spain’s best teams will be hoping to prove their quality and get ahead of the stiff competition for the top four places.
eMonkeyz vs. Vodafone Giants
The Monkeyz haven’t really had the best of starts in their first two matches, with a draw against Penguins and a convincing loss to Movistar Riders. Still without a series win in 2018, they will be looking to surprise Giants, who are currently sharing the pole position with a draw and a win.
Giants’ top laner Yoppa is in terrific form, having carried hard against Dragons E.C. last week, and so is their jungler Razork. The synergy between the players is looking crisp, and this is still their greatest strength: clean macro play and good teamfighting enable them to quickly finish games after getting a lead in the early game. They’re not as good when playing from behind, and that’s where eMonkeyz should look for an opportunity – their rookie mid laner Czekolad is proving to be a very talented player, capable of winning lane and playing well as the main carry of the team. However, the rest of eMz needs to step up substantially to be able to stand up to Giants, and they still haven’t shown that they’re good enough to take games off the top teams.
Betting prediction: Vodafone Giants to win, paying -555.56 at BetOnline.
ASUS ROG Army vs. Movistar Riders
Movistar Riders have started the season well after drawing against MAD Lions and smashing eMonkeyz in their previous games, and on paper, ASUS shouldn’t be a tough opponent for them. Interestingly enough, the Army has performed much better than expected, and their presumably “washed up” players have shown that they still have a lot to offer.
Movistar have seemingly dropped the strategy of using substitutes more than any other team, and their current 5-man unit is repaying the trust from the management by playing great. Both Jeskla and Hatrixx have had terrific carry performances, and the rest of the team was able to back them up with solid gameplay of their own. The versatile Norwegian mid laner is the Riders’ main strong point as he is able to play both carries and support-oriented champions, enabling the team to prepare multiple strategies. ASUS’s veterans are on a decent run with two draws with their ADC Sedrion playing particularly well, and an early game advantage means a lot for them. I don’t think Movistar are shaky enough to lose lanes against them, though, and they should take this series.
Betting prediction: Movistar Riders to win, paying -263.16 at BetOnline.