2022 LEC Spring Split Playoffs | G2 Esports vs. Team Vitality Predictions, Betting Tips & Analysis

G2 Esports vs. Team Vitality is a spectacular match-up oozing with narratives and, well, a clash that’s bound to deliver in all the right ways! Predictions for it will almost surely be unanimous, but don’t be fooled by all the hype: these two teams are separated by extremely slim margins, and neither should be particularly favored over the other.

We can’t predict the outcome with absolute certainty, but we do know one thing: it’ll be a clash of epic proportions, and you do not want to miss it!

Let’s first talk about the former “kings of Europe.” Their four-game series against Fnatic was fairly competitive but also quite telling. They were able to put up a fight, but there was still a pretty large gap in terms of talent and overall ability.

And, well, it’s not a gap that can be narrowed in a week or two’s time. They’re just not good enough to compete with the boys in black and orange, and that became ever clearer as the series progressed.

Will they fare any better against Team Vitality? They very well could, but by no means can anyone give out any guarantees. That’s the biggest problem here — the fact that both teams have a shot at emerging victorious.

Vitality — Not There Yet

Luka “Perkz” Perković and his highly revered allies did get the job done against EXCEL Esports, but by no means was it a dominant showing. They weren’t abysmal by any stretch of the imagination, but it was quite obvious that they still have a ton of work ahead of them if they ever want to stand a chance at claiming the LEC throne.

In other words: they’re in over their heads and have bitten off more than they can chew.

Plus, they were sort of gifted that game five by EXCEL. If they had faced any other team they would’ve probably lost. Picking Morderkaiser and opting for such narrow win conditions — along with a team comp that can easily fall apart — is just asking for trouble.

This Vitality bunch is at once both incredibly capable and astoundingly volatile. That, unfortunately, hasn’t changed, despite the team having three whole weeks to figure stuff out and get on the same page.

They’re as high variance as it gets, and that’s not a good thing given their lofty goals and aspirations.

Then again, G2 aren’t the epitome of consistency either. Their four games against Fnatic definitely left a bit to be desired. Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski was pretty darn invisible throughout the whole series, Sergen “BrokenBlade” Çelik never really won lane hard enough for it to matter, Rasmus “Caps” Winther couldn’t do much against LeBlanc, whereas Victor “Flakked” Lirola — their least experienced member — made numerous egregious mistakes, especially in positioning.

AS EVEN AS IT GETS
Fnatic basically went for the same strategy four times in a row only because G2 had no real answer to what they were doing. And so while we do think they’re better than Vitality (or more consistent, rather), we’re not quite sure if they’ll be able to get the job done.

Vitality have a much higher skill ceiling. Of that much we’re certain. We also know it’s only a matter of time before they start wrecking house. So we’re sort of wary of them pulling off an upset here. Can we even call it an upset, given whom they have competing under their banner?

That’s the biggest problem here. If we were to bet on potential alone we’d have to go with Vitality. But potential matters very little if it cannot be harnessed when it is most needed.

And, well, Vitality have rarely been able to harness it on command.

2022 LEC Playoffs | G2 Esports vs. Team Vitality Predictions — Reasons to Watch

This match-up is as even as it gets. It’s Broken Blade versus Barney “Alphari” Morris. It’s Perkz versus Caps, Jankos versus Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek. So many exceptional players, each of whom has the tools and weapons to push his team over the finish line.

Both teams are stacked beyond measure, but they’re also severely flawed. G2’s bottom lane is a very big liability. Vitality, on the other hand, doesn’t have as many weaknesses but they’re a lot more volatile so it sort of evens itself out. Well, more or less.

The boys in white and yellow do have more tools to work with, though, and it’s not even close. Each and every single member of Vitality can hardcarry and make the game-winning play. That’s not something you can say for G2 (not yet, at least).

Will this make a big enough difference? We can’t know for certain, but it very well might.

Vitality are not as dominant as we thought they’d be. That much is obvious. Still, they’ve shown many glimpses of greatness and have more experience and mechanical prowess than you can shake a stick at. They might not be as consistent as G2, but they also don’t have as many exploitable weaknesses.

They’re their own biggest enemy. And so, with that in mind, if they can huddle up, get on the same page, and execute to the best of their ability — which, granted, didn’t happen all that often this split — they’ll definitely be able to take G2 down.

The way in which these two teams end up drafting will play a huge part and could, by all means, set the tone for the entire series right from the very get-go.

2022 LEC Playoffs | G2 Esports vs. Team Vitality Predictions — Potential Risks

As already mentioned, these two are separated by the slimmest of margins (if even that much). Vitality is a bit more well-rounded and their teamfighting is also miles ahead of G2’s, but they’re also volatile as heck and might implode at the most random moment.

NECK AND NECK
It feels like there’s no “right” pick here — it could really go either way. G2 have the better coaching staff (and should, therefore, be better prepared for the monumental task at hand), but Vitality have more experience and a broader arsenal of weapons to work with.

We’ll go with Vitality on this one and hope for the best. Regardless of the final outcome, a hectic, skirmish-heavy spectacle is all but guaranteed, so make sure to tune in!

2022 LEC Spring Split Playoffs Betting | G2 Esports vs. Vitality Predictions:
Team Vitality!
Petar Vukobrat / Author

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