2022 LEC Spring Split Betting | MAD Lions vs. Astralis Predictions & Match Analysis

MAD Lions taking on Astralis is by no means an alluring match-up. There’s really no other way to say it. If things pan out as expected, it’ll be pretty darn one-sided, which, in turn, means it won’t be all that entertaining to watch — unless you’re partial to one-sided beatdowns for some reason.

Then again:
That’s the picture-perfect scenario as far as betting is concerned, so this one’s definitely worth talking about! And, well, the Lions have looked so incredibly good last week that we’re itching to once again see them in action! Heck, we’d tune in even if they were taking on a bunch of solo queue randoms, let alone another LEC team!

They’re amongst the most entertaining teams in all of Europe, and if they keep playing at this incredibly high level, they’ll no doubt be able to leave a mark in some way, shape, or form.

Astralis, on the other hand, didn’t have the best of starts — to absolutely no one’s surprise. They simply didn’t play good League of Legends. Then again, we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that their schedule was exceedingly challenging: Misfits Gaming, G2 Esports, and Rogue are a murderer’s row, especially for a team that lacks any true superstars.

So, with that in mind, maybe Astralis wasn’t all that bad after all. The context matters immensely, and if we take whom they were up against into consideration (and we really should), their level of play immediately becomes a lot more acceptable — if not even commendable.

They looked… okay.

By no means did their play blow our minds, but for a team with so little going for it, we’re satisfied with the way things went. There’s room to grow and improve, and if they shore up their biggest weaknesses (or at least find a band-aid fix, a stopgap solution, if you will, they could very well get a couple of wins on the board.

2022 LEC Betting | MAD Lions vs. Astralis — Why It’s a Must Watch

It isn’t, in all fairness. Still, if you’re a MAD Lions fan (like so many of us), you’re going to tune in regardless. Games like these — the ones that have nothing on the line — often end up being far more entertaining than one would ever expect.

  • You have the underdog, a team trying to upend the status quo and prove everyone wrong.
  • And the favorite, a team that’s perhaps looking to experiment and do some “limit testing.”

It is, at times, a fertile ground for an upset, but more often than not these match-ups unfold in exactly the way everyone expects them to.

MAD Lions vs. Astralis — What’s Most Likely to Happen

MAD Lions are heavily favored and there’s a very good reason why: they’re better in every way, shape, and form, and while they might not end up blowing Astralis out of the water, they should nonetheless be able to get the win and improve to 3W-1L.

Astralis are not to be trifled with.
They’re not great by any stretch of the imagination, but they can, in fact, put up a fight. Their game against Misfits attests to the fact. You can always count on them making an egregious blunder or two but they are nonetheless fairly competitive early on. They could very well improve over the coming weeks and actually pose some kind of a threat — as unlikely as it might sound.

Oliver “Dajor” Ryppa, while far from the second coming of Rasmus “Caps” Winther, played pretty well in his LEC debut, and the rest of his teammates had solid moments as well. They’re not going to bring the house down nor will they be challenging for the LEC throne, but that doesn’t mean they’re incapable of putting on a show and subverting everyone’s expectations from time to time.


2022 LEC Betting | MAD Lions vs. Astralis — Potential Risks

As already mentioned, we’re still at the very start of the competitive season which means that upsets can, indeed, occur when we least expect them to. No one in their right mind could’ve predicted that Team Vitality would be winless coming into the second week of play. It just makes no sense whatsoever.

Did we expect them to hit the ground running?
Not really, but their mechanical talent alone — in conjunction with their staggering experience — should’ve netted them at least one win. Fate, however, had other plans. We’re saying this to let you know that there aren’t any “safe bets” in competitive League right now. The meta’s in a state of flux, teams are still trying to synergize and get on the same page, and there’s a slew of factors (some of which are of an external nature) that can heavily affect a team’s chances of getting the win.

To give you an example: the entire G2 Esports line-up played through COVID last week. That, naturally, must’ve affected their play in a myriad of ways. Who knows what’s happening behind the scenes and how each team is growing and at which pace. We can only theorize based on the sample size that’s at our disposal, and currently we don’t have a ton to sink our teeth into.

So just have that in mind.

We don’t expect Astralis to pull off an upset here, but it is by no means impossible.

The Pick
MAD Lions
Elias Andrews / Author

Elias identifies as more of an esports geek rather than a sports geek. While he enjoys playing tennis and enjoying the outdoors once in a while, he’s most comfortable in the darkness of his self-proclaimed “man cave.” When Elias isn’t partaking in anything himself, he enjoys writing about the nuances of the esports betting world, including covering controversial takes, where esports might be headed, and why bettors should get in on the industry while it’s growing.

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