The final round of the LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage is set to kick off on Sunday, October 29, as six teams fight for the final three spots leading into the LoL World Championship 2023 knockout stage.
The fourth round of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage served us plenty of surprises, namely NRG Esports humiliating G2 Esports in one of the biggest upsets in recent LoL Worlds history. So what awaits us on Sunday?
KT Rolster vs Dplus KIA
When: Sunday, October 29, 5:00 CEST (13:00 KST)
The latest edition of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage civil wars will see KT Rolster clash with Dplus KIA for a spot in the LoL World Championship 2023 knockout stage in what promises to be an exciting affair between two Korean LoL esports teams.
KT Rolster have had by far the most brutal schedule during LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage, having to face Bilibili Gaming (L), Dplus KIA (W), Weibo Gaming (W), and LNG Esports (L). Dplus KIA, on the other side, lost their first two LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage bouts against G2 Esports and Weibo Gaming but then bounced back with two commanding wins against Team BDS and GAM Esports.
It’s fair to say that Dplus KIA haven’t beaten any good teams this tournament, which explains why they’re not expected to do well on Sunday. On top of that, Dplus KIA already lost against KT Rolster in the second round, so why would anything change?
As much as we can agree that Dplus KIA didn’t need to beat good teams to make it this far, Heo “ShowMaker” Su and co. have looked much better in their last two outings and have shown better teamplay, which is what this team was lacking.
KT Rolster could’ve beaten LNG Esports, and they were in a good spot to do so, but they blundered their draft on Map 3 when they sold the entirety of their late game for a chance to get ahead early – which wasn’t the best idea.
Dplus KIA were 2.41 underdogs for their first match against KT Rolster and are now priced at 2.75. And as much as KT Rolster deserve more respect for having to play better teams, there is no good reason to have Dplus KIA priced at higher odds.
A lot will come down to how the draft goes, so I would consider placing a bet after we see how the teams approach the game. However, we have to consider that Dplus KIA have momentum on their side and I like how they changed up their playstyle to more aggressive. At the offered betting odds, I like the underdogs.
- Prediction: Dplus KIA to win – 2.75 at bet365
Fnatic vs Weibo Gaming
When: Sunday, October 29, 8:00 CEST (16:00 KST)
Weibo Gaming took care of business against MAD Lions on Thursday, October 26 and are now given one last chance to book a spot in the LoL Worlds 2023 knockout stage. Prior to that win, Weibo Gaming have lost against KT Rolster and G2 Esports but won their first match of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage against NRG Esports.
Realistically, Weibo Gaming haven’t had a very tough schedule relative to some other teams in LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage. But they haven’t beaten any good teams, and over the four series, they’ve looked fairly inconsistent.
Fnatic haven’t looked very consistent either, but they’ve had a pretty tough schedule. Fnatic have beaten GAM Esports and Cloud9, while their two defeats of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage came against LNG Esports and BIlibili Gaming. In both games, Fnatic got outclassed, but they had their moments and had Fnatic drafted better, they might’ve had a chance to do some damage.
Talent-wise, Weibo Gaming are much better than Fnatic, and they should win this series. But having them priced at 1.10 is a bit too pricey. Fnatic have side choice, which should make it a bit easier for them to do some damage, and knowing Weibo Gaming are the type of a team that can either show up or fall apart, I prefer to take the underdogs to win a map.
- Prediction: Fnatic +1.5 Maps – 2.50 at bet365
Bilibili Gaming vs G2 Esports
When: Sunday, October 29, 11:00 CEST (19:00 KST)
G2 Esports suffered one of the biggest upsets in recent history in the last round of LoL Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage when the European champions lost against NRG Esports. Admittedly, NRG Esports had the game of their lives, but on the other side, G2 Esports looked completely lost and not like themselves.
One such defeat doesn’t mean that G2 Esports are now a bad team, but you have to consider what losing to NRG Esports must’ve done to their morale.
Bilibili Gaming got stomped by T1 on Saturday in a surprisingly one-sided series, which mostly had to do with early-game shenanigans and poor rafting from the side of Bilibili Gaming. So, like G2 Esports, they underperformed, had a poor day, or however you want to call it. Neither team looked like themselves on Saturday.
For this match, G2 Esports are priced as 3.50 underdogs (at bet365) and Bilibili Gaming as 1.28 favourites. That sounds about right, but I can see G2 Esports winning.
After what they’ve shown on Saturday, it’s clear that G2 Esports have to get their drafting in order and pick a good composition to have a chance to win against BLG. But given how they played, it’s tough to say whether it was actually the draft gap that saw G2 lose or maybe this team isn’t as good.
Like in the first match of the day, I would like to see how the draft goes before placing any bets. G2 Esports to win a map isn’t a bad choice, but again, you’re hoping they can out-draft Bilibili Gaming.
- Prediction: None