Semi-finals | EU LCS Spring Playoffs 2018

With the semi-finals of the 2018 Spring Split the eighth LCS season separates the wheat further from the chaff – only two more victories for one of the remaining teams and the crown of the Spring Split will find a worthy wearer. From now on the two best teams of the regular season are also entering the playground: while favourites like Fnatic or G2 Esports were able to comfortably analyse their upcoming opponents during the quarter-final duels, challengers like Team Vitality or Splyce had to work hard for promotion. The voted MVP (Most Valuable Player) squads of the Spring Season have also been determined, some players will advance to the semi-finals with newly found self-confidence. Now the question arises which team has the best strategies in these best-of-5 duels and which players can keep calm during the important phases of the season. There are still some exciting games ahead of us, the series of semi-final matches will start on March 30th with the clash between G2 Esports and Splyce. You can find the exact schedule below, take a look at the starting times to not miss any important matches on Summoner's Rift.

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While the duel between G2 Esports and the Splyce team will be on knife's edge and probably decided by the daily form of the respective players, Fnatic is considered the clear favourite against Team Vitality. A decisive factor for the success of all teams could be the Midlane position, especially Perkz, Caps and Jiizuke are considered outstanding luminaries in their position.

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Semifinals #1: Team Logo G2 Esports G2 Esports vs. Splyce Team Logo Splyce EU LCS 2018 small      3 : 1  
Start Time: March 30th, 10:00 AM PDT / 01:00 PM EDT / 19:00 CEST

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Semifinals #2: Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2017 Fnatic vs. Vitality Team Logo Vitality EU LCS 2018 small     3 : 1  
Start Time: March 31st, 09:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CEST

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Bwipo will be the starting toplaner for Fnatic, sOAZ is injured. [Source]

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For years the two top teams G2 Esports and Fnatic have dominated the European LCS, there it lies near that the favourites got the best betting odds for their upcoming semi-final matches of the Spring Split 2018. All our renowned betting providers already provide bets and odds for the EU LCS, as always you will find a comparison of the best online betting odds here on our website. Sometimes there is some fluctuation, for an actual version you can always follow the links to the websites of our eSports betting providers.

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EU LCS 2018 Spring Playoffs G2 vs Splyce

Semifinals #1: Team Logo G2 Esports G2 Esports vs. Splyce Team Logo Splyce EU LCS 2018 small

Start Time: March 30th, 09:00 AM PDT/ 12:00 PM EDT/ 18:00 CET

With the tiebreaker against Splyce in the last week of the regular season, G2 Esports secured themselves a bye for the play-off quarter-finals and will now enter the tournament at the semi-finals. The chances of successfully defending the title are still intact, for Mid Laner PerkZ, the last remaining member of the successful roster, this could be the fourth LCS title in a row. But Splyce is longing for a revenge, because the team had to make a bonus round because of the lost tiebreaker against G2 and had to start last week against Team ROCCAT, even if they could easily score a 3-0. Splyce showed that the momentum of the last few weeks has not yet disappeared and that Odoamne, Xerxe and Co. are in top condition. However, in the last duel between G2 and Splyce barely two weeks ago, G2 demonstrated how they could still win against this proactive team: In the early game, G2 was only eager not to fall behind and to finish the game quickly in the mid-game by controlled team fights and good rotations. With Tactical T-Rex Grabbz on the bench as coach, G2 will be well prepared for the Best-of-5 in the semi-final against Splyce and have one or two aces up their sleeve. Top-Laner Wunder in particular has recently been able to choose champions like Camille or Vladimir, with whom he not only held his own in the Lane, but also became a threat in the later game and got away well in 1v1 or 1v2 scenarios. Splyce-Jungler Xerxe will have to spend a lot of time on the upper lane to deprive the G2 team of one of their win conditions. Splyce's great strength remains on Bot Lane, where Kobbe is still a candidate for the MVP award, even though Rekkles of Fnatic will most likely outshine him there. Against Hjarnan and Wadid, however, the Splyce duo could get into trouble, even if the odds are fairly even on the Bottom Lane.

Prediction: The bookmakers see G2 Esports as clear favourites, as the team did not undeservedly secure second place in the standings in the regular season. Depending on the outcome of the second semi-final on Saturday, the final could be the prestigious duel between G2 Esports and Fnatic, which European fans are already looking forward to. I join the bookmakers and think that the G2 team currently has a slight advantage. I therefore expect a 3-1 victory for G2 Esports.

EU LCS 2018 Spring Playoffs Fnatic vs Vitality

Semifinals #2: Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2017 Fnatic vs. Team Vitality Team Logo Vitality EU LCS 2018 small

Start Time: March 31st , 08:00 AM PDT/ 11:00 PM EDT/ 17:00 CET

Like G2 Esports, Fnatic were also allowed to watch the first round of the playoffs and now have to play the first game of the tournament in the semi-finals. Team Vitality is a hard nut to crack, because in the quarter-finals Gilius and Co. were already able to beat H2K, even if the games were closer than the Vitality fans would have wished. Especially in the plays around Baron Nashor, the team again proved to be very error-prone and the team fights in the later game cost Vitality two defeats, even if they could show a clear gold advantage in 4 of 5 games at the 15-minute mark. The early game of Vitality is thus clearly their greatest strength. But the Fnatic players are not late risers either, after all the team won an average advantage of 800 gold at minute 15 and destroyed the first tower in almost two thirds of the games. Team Vitality could claim far fewer barons than Fnatic, but had excellent control over the drakes though, especially when infernal drakes were involved. A decisive factor in the game will be which elementary drakes appear first, because it is very likely that Gilius will slay them fast. Fnatic's performance will strongly depend on how their AD-Carry Rekkles performs, as he was responsible for more than 33% of the damage of the entire team in the regular split, which is a considerable value for an ADC. His opponent Minitroupax also performed extremely well in the quarter-finals and won the most “Player of the Gaming” awards of all EU LCS players, but if things didn't go well for his team he couldn't prove to be a rock of strength and his team will definitely face tough times in the semi-finals. Jiizuke vs. Caps, Cabochard vs. Bwipo and Gilius vs. Broxah, all these will be difficult duels in which I clearly see the advantage on the Fnatic side.

Prediction: According to the bookmakers, the situation for Team Vitality looks very bleak. Fnatic dominated the EU LCS in the regular split and lost only 4 games, one of them against their current semi-final opponent. Due to the performances in the last weeks including Team Vitality's quarter-final thriller, I expect a clear 3-0 victory for Fnatic.

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