The final match of the first round of LoL Worlds 2023 Playoffs is set to kick off on Sunday, November 5, featuring LNG Esports and T1, who will clash for a spot in the semifinals, where the winner will face off against the tournament favourites, JD Gaming.
So far, LoL Worlds 2023 Playoffs has produced a few exciting games, one-sided bouts, and Bilibili Gaming’s upset victory against Gen.G, which leaves T1 as the sole LoL Champions Korea (LCK) representative left at the tournament. A loss for T1 would see all-Chinese semifinals, further cementing LPL as the strongest LoL esports league in the world, and while it can happen, LNG Esports first have to make past Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and his crew.
LNG Esports vs T1
When: Sunday, November 5, 9:00 CEST (17:00 KST)
Esports bookmakers have LNG Esports and T1 priced at the same odds (1.90 at bet365) for the upcoming LoL Worlds 2023 Playoffs match, as does Smarkets (1.92 on LNG and T1), suggesting this should be a close game. LNG Esports opened at 1.83, and T1 opened at 1.91 (Pinnacle).
LNG Esports reached LoL Worlds 2023 Playoffs with a 3-1 record, which included a loss against JD Gaming and wins against Fnatic, Cloud9, and KT Rolster. T1, on the other side, defeated Team Liquid, Cloud9 and Bilibili Gaming, while their only loss in the tournament came against Gen.G.
During the Swiss Stage, both LoL esports squads lost against the no.1 seed from their region; they both defeated two Western teams and took down a lower-seed opponent from the neighbouring region. It’s fair to say that T1 and LNG Esports had a fairly similar schedule, difficulty-wise.
Heading into the tournament, I wasn’t too excited about LNG Esports, mainly due to the one-dimensional playstyle they’ve shown throughout the regular season. Moreover, we’ve seen LNG Esports struggle against better teams for a good part of 2023, which didn’t sound too good heading to the big stage.
T1, on the other side, looked very up-and-down this season. Admittedly, some of it had to do with Faker’s absence in the final split of the season, when it really showed how important Faker is for this team. But comparing T1 and LNG, it’s very tough to make a case for either of them.
Teams With Flaws
LNG Esports and T1 are definitely elite teams, but they’ve both shown some cracks this season. As noted, LNG Esports struggled to perform against elite opponents, which made me doubt in their ceiling. I’m not saying this is a lousy team, but they were overrated heading into LoL Worlds 2023.
Still they made it to LoL Worlds 2023 Playoffs with relative ease, which is largely thanks to the current meta, which suits their style, which makes it hard to bet against them. Moreover, they have a choice for this match – so it makes sense to just back LNG, right?
While there are reasons to support LNG Esports, T1 should present a unique challenge for the Chinese outfit.
T1 had a rough start to the tournament and barely made it past Team Liquid. After that, T1 threw a sizeable lead against Gen.G, which made it seem like T1 are just not ready to compete for another Summoner’s Cup. Yet everything changed after that.
T1 crushed Cloud9 and humiliated Bilibili Gaming to secure a spot in the LoL Worlds 2023 Playoffs, proving to the world that their first two games of the tournament are not indicative of this team’s potential. This course of events also proves what I’ve said before – T1 can be a very up-and-down team.
T1 have proved that they can play at an elite level, and if they can show their full potential, it’s fair to say that they can win their LoL Worlds 2023 Playoffs match against LNG Esports. Moreover, LNG are not exactly a good early-game team, which should give T1 opportunities to get ahead early and close out the series before LNG can respond.
For most of the season, LNG succeeded early game and relied on their players to make up the difference in the mid-late game. Such an approach won’t work here since T1 are a very good early-game team and are reliable in closing out games. So stylistically, T1 have an advantage here.
Individually, you’re looking back at LNG. Lee “Scout” Ye-chan is arguably a better player than Faker (currently), and I would argue that the quality difference between the two mid laners is the biggest out of all matchups in this game. However, elsewhere, the line is not as clear.
So as long as T1 can neutralise Scout, play through their side lanes, get ahead early and close out the game, they should be in a good spot.
All that sounds like T1 are an easy choice, yet I would lean toward LNG Esports. As many flaws as LNG Esports may have, they only have to do one thing to win this series – don’t let T1 get ahead too early or pick scaling and survive until the mid-late game.
Knowing how inconsistent T1 can be and how vulnerable they’ll be in the mid lane for this match, this is something LNG Esports can execute. And the side choice definitely helps with forging the right plan of attack.
At the offered betting odds, I’m not interested in either side, but I will consider taking an in-play bet, depending on how the first map goes.
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- Prediction: None