LoL Worlds 2023 Play-In already gave us the first two teams to reach the qualification matches, and to the surprise of many, that includes Team Whales, who carried over the momentum from beating Team BDS to take down CTBC Flying Oyster. The PCS runners-up now join DetonatioN FocusMe, GAM Esports, and Movistar R7 in the LoL Worlds 2023 Play-In Losers’ Bracket.
Today, we take a look at the two LoL Worlds 2023 Play-In Loser’s Bracket bouts, where two of the teams will play their final series of the tournament before packing their bags and heading back home.
GAM Esports vs Movistar R7
When: Friday, October 13, 9:00 CEST (16:00 KST)
GAM Esports lost their opening series of the tournament against LOUD in what was quite a chaotic game. The first map was a complete stomp by LOUD; however, GAM had their chance to get back in it on the second map. And they probably should’ve.
GAM took an early lead and expanded it to approximately 6k gold advantage. Yet despite being in what seemed an unlosable situation, GAM Esports managed to find a way to choke. This didn’t surprise me too much as we can go back to what was already said before – lesser region teams are terrible at closing out games, and even if they’re in a spot where they should stroll to a victory, many will find a way to slip.
That mainly has to do with the fact that minor-region teams are much stronger than their region opponents, and they often don’t need the discipline to win games. But ultimately, they get punished on the international stage. And that happened in the match against LOUD, which was more GAM losing than LOUD winning.
Movistar R7 lost against PSG Talon in their opener, which was expected. But Movistar R7 came close to winning the first map, which arguably they should’ve had they not thrown the game back to PSG. That wasn’t necessarily because Movistar R7 played well, but it had more to do with PSG Talon acting very disrespectfully.
Movistar R7 enter this match as 2.62 underdogs, which has more to do with the fact that GAM Esports hail from a better region, and that’s fair. Movistar R7 looked solid against PSG Talon, but only because PSG Talon let them.
I’m still convinced that Movistar R7 are the weakest team in the LoL Worlds 2023 Play-In, but there’s a world where they take a map against the undisciplined GAM.
- Prediction: GAM Esports to win – 1.546 at Pinnacle
Team BDS vs DetonatioN FocusMe
When: Friday, October 13, 12:00 CEST (19:00 KST)
Team BDS suffered what might be one of the most humiliating losses in the recent history of the LoL World Championship when they dropped the ball against Team Whales (1-2). The series was painful to watch, and not because I didn’t want Whales to win.
Team BDS found a way to shoot themselves in the foot after a dominant victory on map one by picking what seemed like highly disrespectful drafts, blind picking, and not playing around Adam “Adam” Maanane. The top laner singlehandedly won the first map and proved himself as a solid win condition, yet Team BDS self-sabotaged and honestly deserved to lose.
This one loss doesn’t make Team BDS a bad team as long as they’ve learned from their mistakes. As proven in map one against Team Whales, BDS have the tools to do extremely well against minor-region teams – just play around Adam.
DetonatioN FocusMe started their LoL Worlds 2023 Play-In with a huge loss against CTBC Flying Oyster, which concerns me a bit and DFM’s chance to make it very far in the LoL Worlds 2023 Play-In. They’re one of the weakest teams and will play objectively the best team at this stage.
After Team BDS’ rough loss against Whales, it’s easy to believe that they might slip again against DFM, who might be better than Team Whales. But that loss was not Team BDS lacking quality as much as it was self-sabotage.
Team BDS are significantly better than DFM, and as long as they don’t shoot themselves in the foot, BDS should smash. At the offered esports betting odds, I’m ready to pay to see it happen.
- Prediction: Team BDS – 1.5 Maps – 1.52 at Pinnacle