The 2019 LEC Summer Split playoffs will kick off on Friday, August 23 with a match between Splyce and Rogue, who will look to improve upon their 0-2 record against Peter Dun and his squad.
A quirk of the LoL European Championship playoffs format gave Splyce the option play either the fifth or sixth seed in the first round.
Having an option to pick between Team Vitality and Rogue, Splyce decided to avoid the unpredictable French side and instead picked a side they have already beaten twice this split.
Splyce odds – LEC Summer playoffs
-714.29 at BetOnline
Splyce are arguably the third-best team in Europe and they have the results to back up that claim.
They have a solid roster led by the gifted Marek “Humanoid” Brázda, who earned four MVP awards throughout the split and legitimately looks like one of the best EU midlaners.
The real strength of Splyce, however, comes from the depth of the team, as they have talented players in each of the five positions.
Their consistency throughout the season earned them a spot in the final six barely seven weeks into the split, when they brought up their 10th win in 14 games.
Splyce showed class and quality this split and deserved to reach the playoffs.
Rogue odds – LEC Summer playoffs
+440 at BetOnline
It’s hard not to be impressed with Rogue, who improved drastically compared to their spring split campaign when they won only two fixtures throughout the whole season.
Having experienced one of the worst records in the history of LEC, changes were needed and the Rogue brains trust did not hesitate to make them.
In late May they signed Paweł “Woolite” Pruski, Emil “Larssen” Larsson and Kacper “Inspired” Słoma on top of a couple of changes in coaching personnel.
Marcus “Blumigan” Blom, a former player, analyst and coach for Ninjas in Pyjamas, joined as an assistant coach, whereas Ismael Pedraza took over the role of a performance coach.
All in all, Rogue can be happy with their first-ever playoffs appearance, which they earned with a 7-11 record that included a win over Fnatic in week five.
Splyce vs Rogue betting predictions
Rogue have never defeated Splyce before, meaning they are 0-4 against their Friday opponents.
The underdogs have come a long way since spring and deserve all the praise they get, but there are serious concerns about their ability to compete in a tough best-of-five (Bo5) series against the best EU has to offer.
While it will be a split to remember for Rogue, we do not see them upsetting a Splyce side that has designs on the LoL World Championship.
Splyce to win – Best odds at BetOnline