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by Ciaran Jackman in
eSport Betting Predictions

Day one of the Rumble Stage at the 2022 LoL Mid-Season Invitational in South Korea kicks off with six best-of-one games this Friday. Here are eSportBet’s top betting picks for three of those games.

PSG Talon vs Saigon Buffalo LoL BETTING & MATCH DETAILS

Best Odds: PSG -138.89 at BetOnline | Buffalo +100 at BetOnline
When: May 20, 2022 | 20:00 KST
Watch Live: Lolesports, Twitch

The second seed out of Group B, PSG Talon, take on the second seed from Group A, Saigon Buffalo in what will be both teams first match of the Rumble Stage at MSI.

PSG Talon were picked my many good judges as the fourth best team at MSI being the best of the second seed teams to progress to the Rumble Stage. Although PSG Talon are the best ranked second seed team to make the Rumble Stage they did only go 3-3 in the Group Stage, losing two matches to Royal Never Give Up, which was expected, but they also slipped up against RED Canids in the first match of Group B. The PCS Spring champions will be on a mission to continue their dominance of the second tier teams at MSI and Saigon Buffalo will have their hands full in this game.

Saigon Buffalo punched their ticket into the Rumble Stage by being the clear second best team in Group A behind tournament favourites T1, going 4-2 through their Group Stage matches. They took care of DetonatioN FocusMe and Team Aze in all four of their matches and lost their two matches against T1. The VCS Spring champions finished sixth in 2019 at MSI and this year Saigon Buffalo will be looking to equal or better that at this year’s MSI.

We like the odds we are getting at BetOnline for PSG Talon to take out this match, so we will be siding with the PCS champions to get the win over the VCS champions here.

PSG Talon to win


G2 Esports vs Royal Never Give Up LoL BETTING & MATCH DETAILS

Best Odds: G2 +175 at BetOnline | RNG -250 at BetOnline
When: May 20, 2022 | 21:00 KST
Watch Live: Lolesports, Twitch

The winners of Group C, G2 Esports, take on the winners of Group B, Royal Never Give Up, in what sets up to be one of the best matches of the Rumble Stage.

G2 Esports, Evil Geniuses and ORDER played eight games in their Group Stage matches due to the LCL not sending a representative after the LCL Spring split was cancelled. G2 Esports finished undefeated with an 8-0 record to win Group C. The pre-tournament third favourite and European champions, G2, have been dominate so far in all of their eight matches, but they are yet to play any team with the talent that this Royal Never Give Up roster possesses.

Royal Never Give Up were also dominant in their six Group Stage matches topping the group after beating PSG Talon, RED Canids and Istanbul Wildcats twice on their way to a 6-0 record. The Chinese and reigning MSI champions are looking just as ominous coming out of the Group Stage as they did coming into MSI. RNG will face their toughest match up to date as they come up against the 2019 MSI champions, G2 Esports.

This will be a great match and even though there is a big margin between G2 and RNG in the betting we don’t believe the margin should be that big. Therefore we will be taking RNG at the -7.5 kill handicap.

Royal Never Give Up -7.5 kills



Best Odds: Buffalo +100 at BetOnline | EG -138.89 at BetOnline
When: May 20, 2022 | 22:00 KST
Watch Live: Lolesports, Twitch

The second seed from Group A, Saigon Buffalo, take on the second seed from Group C, Evil Geniuses, in what could be a vital match between two teams looking to take fourth place at the end of the Rumble Stage.

As we said in our earlier preview of Saigon Buffalo’s first game against PSG Talon, the VCS Spring champions will be on a mission to equal or better their sixth place finish at the 2019 MSI. Saigon Buffalo were the best performing second seed team through the Group Stage after they only lost two matches to the pre-tournament favourites, T1. Evil Geniuses represent a very good opportunity for Saigon Buffalo to secure a much needed win to further help their chances of making the Knockout Stage.

Evil Geniuses finished with a 4-4 record after they lost all four of their games against G2 Esports and they won all four of their games against ORDER. The NA Spring champions are competing in their first ever MSI and considering that only two NA teams have ever made the Knockout Stage in the six MSI tournaments, Evil Geniuses are definitely up against it here in the Rumble Stage. However, as for Saigon Buffalo, this game does represent as an opportunity for Evil Geniuses to secure a much needed win.

Saigon Buffalo were by far the best second seed coming into the Rumble Stage, so we are siding with the +100 underdogs in this series.

Saigon Buffalo to win


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