LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage Round 3 Mid Matches
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LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage Round 3 Mid Matches Betting Preview and Predictions

LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage Round 3 continues with the second batch of matches on Sunday, October 22, featuring four best-of-one series between eight teams who’ve managed a 1-1 record over the first two days of action.

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Unlike the second round of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage, Sunday’s matches will feature more cross-regional series and not one game between two squads from the same league, and still, there don’t seem to be many lopsided series, giving us a couple of betting opportunities to explore.

T1 vs Cloud9

When: Sunday, October 22, 9:00 CEST (16:00 KST)

T1 and Cloud9 will meet in the third round of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage, marking T1’s second clash with an LCS team after they beat Team Liquid – but it wasn’t a clean performance from the three-time world champions. As noted before, that game was in Team Liquid’s hands, and it should’ve ended in a TL victory, but a crucial mistake turned it upside down.

This is not an attempt to justify saying that TL are better than T1, but we saw LCS’s third seed can dance with the Korean powerhouse. Knowing that Cloud9 are significantly better than Team Liquid might suggest that Cloud9 actually stand a chance to win here.

Cloud9 kicked off their LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage campaign with a dominant win against MAD Lions, to which they added a rough loss against LNG Esports. Despite losing the game, Cloud9 have shown a good performance and were in a position to steal away the game, yet they blundered their chances.

T1 first produced a scrappy win against Team Liquid and then got humiliated by their regional rivals, Gen.G, who exposed T1 for their flaws. That doesn’t mean that T1 are weak, but they definitely haven’t impressed me so far this tournament.

Cloud9

T1 are still a better team than Cloud9, but that’s no reason to have them priced as 1.16 favourites in a best-of-one series. Two rounds in, the teams should have enough information on one another to forge a plan of attack, which definitely favours the underdogs more, not to mention that Cloud9, on a good day, can match T1’s individual talent.

At the offered betting odds, I can’t pass on Cloud9. Here are two reasons: It’s a best-of-one series, and T1 haven’t looked good.

  • Prediction: Cloud9 to win – 4.50 at bet365
  • Prediction: Cloud9 +8.5 kills – 1.90 at bet365

NRG Esports vs MAD Lions

When: Sunday, October 22, 10:00 CEST (17:00 KST)

By now, it should be clear that I’m not a big fan of MAD Lions. They have been overrated for most of the season and still are, and there is no good reason for it.

MAD Lions kicked off the LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage with a humiliating loss against Cloud9 and then picked themselves back up with a win against Team BDS. Even though BDS have looked better this tournament, that win means nothing – admittedly, I should’ve taken into consideration that MAD Lions will look better against a regional opponent since they’re used to BDS’s shenanigans.

NRG Esports are talent-wise up there with MAD Lions, or in other words, not a very good team. However, NRG have been playing well.

They had a bit of a rough game against Weibo Gaming in the first round of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage but then bounced back by smashing Team Liquid on Friday. I can’t take much from that game either, as it was a regional match i.e. a match between two teams that know each other well.

NRG vs MAD Lions Value Bets

Esports bookmakers have NRG Esports priced as 2.10 underdogs and MAD Lions as 1.66 favourites. I would price NRG and MAD a bit closer to even money, but my gut is telling me to stay away from this match.

If I had to choose, NRG Esports at 2.10 or better.

  • Prediction: None

Bilibili Gaming vs Fnatic

When: Snuday, October 22, 11:00 CEST (18:00 KST)

Bilibili Gaming and Fnatic might share a 1-1 record, but Bilibili Gaming crushed KT Rolster and lost against JD Gaming (aka BLG’s kryptonite). Fnatic, on the other side, lost against LNG Esports and defeated GAM Esports (in a scrappy game).

The level of opposition the teams had to face alone should be a good indication of how this series will go. As much as I want to believe that Fnatic can make the knockout stage, Bilibili Gaming are simply a vastly superior team – arguably one of the top-four teams in the world and don’t let their loss against JDG convince you otherwise.

The kill line for this match is at 9.5, which is the only play I would consider taking, but I really don’t like to play kill spreads, nor am I too interested in totals, as this could easily end in a complete stomp by Bilibili Gaming.

  • Prediction: None

KT Rolster vs Weibo Gaming

When: Sunday, October 22, 12:00 CEST (19:00 KST)

Weibo Gaming gave us one of the most exciting games in recent history in the second round of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage when they lost against G2 Esports. It’s hard to tell whether Weibo Gaming beat themselves if they were a bit unlucky or just unable to stand up against G2 Esports.

If you haven’t, you should watch the G2 vs Weibo Gaming game.

Weibo had a massive lead and looked poised to end the series, but G2 Esports had other plans and found a way to turn it back around, which – as noted in LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage High Matches Preview – was more of a testament to G2 Esports‘ quality than anything else. Weibo should’ve won the game, though.

KT Rolster lost their opening match of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage against Bilibili Gaming but then beat the shaky Dplus KIA. They haven’t shown much throughout the tournament, but I still have a lot of respect for this team and what they’re capable of.

Bookmakers seem to agree, pricing KT Rolster at 1.72 (at bet365) and Weibo Gaming as 2.00 underdogs.

Weibo

But are Weibo Gaming really weaker? Even though they have played cleaner games this tournament, Weibo Gaming is still a very up-and-down team, and when they’re “on”, WBG can beat anyone.

  • Prediction: Weibo Gaming to win – 2.10 at Pinnacle (Can’t access Pinnacle? get ps3838 account)

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