VIT vs XL has slowly become one of the most interesting rivalries in the LEC; predictions for this particular match will surely be all over the place and well, it’s easy to understand why: they’re separated by extremely slim margins!
The reason why we’re so interested in the outcome isn’t just because these two teams have some truly exceptional players competing under their banners, but also because they’re essentially competing for the exact same spot in the standings.
They’re both playoff contenders and yet there’s only so much room left in the Top 6. G2 Esports, Fnatic, Rogue, and MAD Lions seem to be a lock which means that Vitality and EXCEL cannot afford to drop the ball lest they run the risk of getting muscled out at the eleventh hour.
The margin for error has narrowed quite a bit. You have gatekeepers and bottom-dwellers fighting with the utmost zest and fervor, hoping to score an upset and really go out “guns blazing.”
It’s a treacherous time to compete in the LEC, and unless Vitality and EXCEL “cover all bases” there’s a very real chance they might not make it once everything is said and done. So far they’ve been pretty good but that, too, can change on a whim.
VIT vs XL Predictions — Neck and Neck
Let’s first talk about EXCEL, a team that has started the split off with a bang. They beat Misfits to a pulp (an understatement, all things considered) and then proceeded to outclass Fnatic both individually and as a five-man unit.
They’ve grown tremendously and are currently playing some truly incredible League of Legends. They’re confident, commanding in their play, and unexpectedly versatile, too. They’ve clicked as a team and are all on the same page. If they can keep playing at this incredibly high level they’ll not only make Top 6 but potentially even make waves once the postseason comes around.
Will that happen this time around as well? We’re not quite sure, but we’ll reserve judgment until we have a bigger sample size to dissect and mull over.
Vitality, on the other hand, haven’t been quite as impressive. Their 2W-1L record seems a bit more impressive than it actually is as their wins weren’t nearly as dominant as one would expect given whom they have competing under their banner.
They’re still a powerful team that can, at times, exceed expectations, but as a whole they’re nothing but a severely flawed gatekeeper — one that is not going to leave much of a mark once everything is said and done.
All in all, we couldn’t possibly bet against EXCEL at this point in time after everything they’ve shown in their first three outings. They are by no means perfect or infallible, but their weaknesses aren’t as great in number as is the case with Vitality.
Will that end up making a big enough difference? We’ll find out soon enough.