LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage Round 2 Betting Preview and Predictions
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LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage Round 2 Betting Preview and Predictions

The opening round of the LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage is behind us, and we can’t say that it produced many surprises. We saw just one underdog victory in G2 Esports beating Dplus KIA, but besides that, all of the teams that should’ve won.

Whether the second round of the LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage will follow the same theme remains to be seen, but we do have some exciting games to look over. Here are our LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage betting previews and predictions!

G2 Esports vs Weibo Gaming

When: Friday, October 20, 7:00 CEST (14:00 KST)

G2 Esports defeated Dplus KIA in the first round of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage, and it’s hard to say they didn’t deserve it. G2 played well and found answers to everything Dplus KIA threw at them, although they almost shot themselves in the foot by forcing Baron, which could’ve backfired badly.

Weibo Gaming took care of business on day one when they crushed NRG Esports in what was possibly one of the cleanest performances I’ve seen Weibo Gaming produce this season. Unlike during the LPL regular season, Weibo Gaming – mainly Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok – didn’t look for risky plays which could’ve backfired and played very composed.

This is not Weibo Gaming we’re used to seeing, but one game proves nothing, and I’ll remain sceptical about Weibo Gaming due to their ability to lose to anyone just as easily as they can beat anyone. If Weibo Gaming can keep playing like they did on day one, they should have a good chance to beat G2 Esports, but I still wouldn’t price them at 1.53.

At the offered esports betting odds, I’m taking G2 Esports.

JD Gaming vs Bilibili Gaming

When: Friday, October 20, 8:00 CEST (15:00 KST)

LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage promised to produce a bit more variety and more cross-regional matches. But instead, we got another clash between Bilibili Gaming and JD Gaming, who’ve already played 24 maps since the start of the season.

Of those 24 maps, Bilibili Gaming have won just five (5-19) and have yet to take a series off JD Gaming. Bilibili Gaming are a very strong team, and my outsider pick to win the LoL World Championship, but no matter how good BIlibili Gaming are or in what shape they might be, BLG can’t seem to be able to defeat JD Gaming.

This might change on the LoL Worlds 2023 stage, but this is more wishful thinking than anything else. Both teams played great games on day one, and I expect to see a competitive series, but given the history between the teams, I’m not betting on this match.

  • Prediction: None

Cloud9 vs LNG Esports

When: Friday, October 20, 9:00 CEST (16:00 KST)

Cloud9 humiliated MAD Lions on the first day of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage and played a very clean game. All five players looked good, and based on that showing alone, I am confident in Cloud9’s ability to take on stronger opponents.

LNG Esports handed Fnatic a tough loss on Thursday in what ended up as a complete stomp, but there are two things to consider. Fnatic blundered a 2v1 top lane dive early and had a few extremely close calls in a couple of teamfights in the mid-late game. Had those fights ended differently, LNG Esports could’ve possibly lost.

I’m not saying that LNG Esports are a bad team or that they deserved to lose against Fnatic, but I wouldn’t praise them too much for that win either. On that note, I don’t see why LNG Esports would be priced as 1.14 favourites to take down Cloud9.

Cloud9 looked very clean on day one of the LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage, and it’s not too crazy to believe that Cloud9 can defeat LNG Esports. As long as they don’t make the same mistakes as Fnatic, play their game and draft well, Cloud9 might stand a chance and shouldn’t be priced as 5.00 underdogs.

  • Prediction: Cloud9 to win – 5.00 at bet365

Gen.G vs T1

When: Friday, October 20, 10:00 CEST (17:00 KST)

Out of all the possibilities, the second round of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage gave us a rematch of the LCK 2023 Summer finals, when Gen.G defeated T1, and naturally, they’re expected to do it again. We don’t have to overanalyse how the teams performed on day one since there’s not much to take away from Gen.G’ stomping of GAM Esports, and we don’t talk about T1’s shaky performance against Team Liquid.

Based on what we know and what we saw on Thursday, Gen.G should win. The offered betting odds look right.

  • Prediction: None

NRG Esports vs Team Liquid

When: Friday, October 20, 11:00 CEST (18:00 KST)

NRG Esports couldn’t upset Weibo Gaming on Thursday, but they will have a better chance to secure their first win of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage on Friday when they clash with Team Liquid. However, even though NRG Esports are the defending LCS champions, they shouldn’t be favourites against Team Liquid.

Team Liquid actually looked very good in the first round of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage. They ended up losing to T1 because of a few blunders, but Team Liquid held on well, and we can’t praise Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon enough for how well he performed. It seems like the LoL Worlds buff is real?

NRG Esports beat Team Liquid during the LCS season, but we’re over a month removed from that, and there were several patches between, so as much as we can acknowledge that NRG Esports won against Team Liquid before, it doesn’t mean much.

Team Liquid looked great on Thursday and shouldn’t be priced as underdogs against NRG Esports.

  • Prediction: Team Liquid to win – 1.90 at bet365

KT Rolster vs Dplus KIA

When: Friday, October 20, 1200 CEST (19:00 KST)

Dplus KIA fumbled against G2 Esports in the first round of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage, and while I don’t like to point fingers, Kim “Kellin” Hyeong-gyu played a key role in G2 Esports’ victory. Knowing Korean teams, there is a world where Yoon “Bible” Seol starts over Kellin against KT Rolster, but there are no confirmations yet.

KT Rolster lost against Bilibili Gaming quite badly, but was hardly surprising, nor does it mean that KT Rolster are a bad team. There wasn’t much to take from that game; KT Rolster were just the worse team on the day.

KT Rolster and Dplus KIA already met a couple of times this season, most recently in the seventh week of LCK 2023 Summer, when KT Rolster won 2-0. That was in July, so we can’t put much weight on that result.

I don’t like either side of the bet since we don’t know which support will play for Dplus KIA, but based on what we’ve seen, the odds look fair.

  • Prediction: None

MAD Lions vs Team BDS

When: Friday, October 20, 13:00 CEST (20:00 KST)

MAD Lions looked terrible against Cloud9 in the first round of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage, and that’s an understatement. They did nothing for the whole game and produced one of the worst performances I’ve seen from them this season.

Perhaps that’s an overreaction, but suffice it to say, I’m not impressed with MAD Lions.

Team BDS had a tough start to the LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage and lost against JD Gaming, which was expected. They had their moments and played relatively well for their standards, especially Adam “Adam” Maanane, who continues to be the key player of his team.

As a regional derby, this match can go both ways, but even during the LEC season, Team BDS were far better than MAD Lions, and nothing has changed since.

  • Prediction: Team BDS to win – 2.10 at bet365

Fnatic vs GAM Esports

When: Friday, October 20, 14:00 CEST (21:00 KST)

Fnatic were in a decent spot against LNG Esports but made a few blunders and was slightly unlucky in a couple of teamfights and lost the series. They also had a questionable draft, which didn’t help Fnatic take on a vastly superior opponent, but I can’t say they played exceptionally poorly.

GAM Esports got smoked by Gen.G, as it was expected, and I expect them to get smashed again and again until they end the LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage 0-3. GAM Esports are objectively the worst team to make it to the LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage, and they’re not good enough to compete against any of the elite teams.

Admittedly, facing Fnatic will be much easier than playing Gen.G, but it probably won’t be enough for any miracles.

  • Prediction: None

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