LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage Round 3 comes to a close on Monday, October 23, when we’ll know which two teams will get eliminated from the World Championship and head home empty-handed.
Even though it’s unlikely for either of the four teams heading into LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage Low Matches to turn it around and go all the way, the Swiss Stage can create favourable opportunities for the two winners to advance to the knockouts. Of the four teams, Dplus KIA are the team that can’t afford to crash out on Monday, but we’ve seen crazier things happen in the previous LoL World Championships.
Team Liquid vs GAM Esports
When: Monday, October 23, 9:00 CEST (16:00 KST)
Team Liquid had a solid start to LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage and played a close game against T1. However, after such a good showing, Team Liquid got absolutely bodied by NRG Esports, and it’s really hard to explain it.
Even though Team Liquid’s surprisingly competitive performance against T1 was due to T1’s blunders, they looked like a better team heading into their LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage Round 2 match. Perhaps their round one game indeed was a fluke, and Team Liquid are still the same mediocre team we saw from the LCS 2023 regular season.
GAM Esports barely made it to the LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage, and they were a bit lucky with their Play-ins draw to face regional rivals Team Whales in the deciders. Unfortunately, GAM Esports haven’t accomplished much in the Main Event.
In the first round of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage, GAM Esports got smashed by Gen.G and then added another loss against Fnatic. They looked better against Fnatic and had their moments, but it was evident that GAM just aren’t good enough to compete at this level.
GAM Esports are priced as 4.33 underdogs (bet365) against Team Liquid, who enter the match as 1.20 favourites. This is quite a huge number, pricing Team Liquid as about as big of a favourite as Fnatic were for this matchup – even though Fnatic are much better than TL.
Knowing how inconsistent Team Liquid are, I can see them losing this series or at least one map, but GAM Esports haven’t shown enough for me to pull the trigger. I am leaning GAM Esports at 4.33, but this is a pass for me.
- Prediction: None
Dplus KIA vs Team BDS
When: Monday, October 23, 12:00 CEST (19:00 KST)
Dplus KIA have looked terrible this tournament, and there is no other way to say it. They kicked off LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage with a loss against G2 Esports and then got defeated by KT Rolster without showing much resistance.
These inter-regional games don’t hold as much weight in my book, but Dplus KIA haven’t shown much so far, which is a reason enough to believe that they might not do well even when faced with a weaker team.
Team BDS made it through the Play-Ins, but they haven’t found much success across the first two rounds of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage. They played well against JD Gaming and were in a good position early into the match. Unfortunately, they couldn’t translate it to the second match of the Swiss Stage, when BDS lost against MAD Lions.
MAD Lions knew how to deal with Team BDS, so that result isn’t too shocking, but it’s not like we can take many positives from BDS’ performances.
We have a match between two teams that are not doing well. But there’s a reason why Dplus KIA are priced as such big favourites. Despite their struggles, Dplus KIA are still individually much better than Team BDS, especially when we compare their jungle and mid lane.
Heo “ShowMaker” Su and Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu are not only much better than their counterparts, but they’re also one of the world’s best mid-jungle duos. And that will be a huge problem Team BDS likely won’t know how to deal with.
This should be a quick 2-0 sweep, but at 1.44, I’m not interested in putting down any money.
- Prediction: None
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