The 2021 LEC Spring Splitis moving along at a steady pace, and with the fourth week of regular season play being right around the corner, it’s time we go over a couple of predictions — starting with G2 Esports vs. Misfits Gaming!
Now, by all accounts, this isn’t the most exciting match of the day, but it’s not far off either. Still, it’s important in more ways than one, and it carries a lot of significance for both teams, albeit for entirely different reasons.
Of course, this is G2 we’re talking about — they have a seemingly endless amount of clout, and a couple of blemishes on their record won’t stop them from outclassing everyone in a couple of week’s time. Still, dropping a game to Schalke 04 and Fnatic isn’t exactly how they wanted to start things off. Losing to the former “Kings of Europe” is, one can argue, quite a bitter pill to swallow.
A Struggling Gatekeeper
Misfits Gaming, on the other hand, are pretty much impossible to read right now — even attempting to assess their overall power level would be a fool’s errand. No one’s ever sure which shade of Misfits will come out and play, and it doesn’t depend on whom they’re up against either. In true Misfits fashion, there are days when they just shoot themselves in the foot without any apparent reason. And, frankly, that’s quite a depressing thing, especially given how well they started things off.
Their first week of play was quite a sight — a fantastic prologue highlighted by stellar wins over Fnatic and MAD Lions. After that point, however, everything went downhill. In fact, those two wins are the only ones they have right now, and it doesn’t seem like they’ll find another one any time soon.
They’ve lost to Team Vitality, Rogue, SK Gaming, EXCEL Esports, and Schalke 04. So, for all intents and purposes, one could easily categorize them as a bottom-tier dweller and not think twice about it. They might not be the absolute worst team in the region, but they’re darn close, that’s for sure.
It’s hard to fully understand why they’ve been doing so badly and whether they have the tools which are necessary to improve and correct course in time for the playoffs. There are still many games left to be played, but we’re nearly at the halfway point of the split, and they’re far from a .500 record.
If you’re a Misfits fan, you’re probably worried right now and with good reason.
To make matters even worse, they’ll now face the defending LEC champions, and undeniably the most stacked team ever assembled on European soil. What Misfits want most right now is an “easy” opponent and a statement rebound win. What they’re getting, however, is the biggest and most dangerous obstacle yet.
Not the kind of start to 2021 they were looking for, that’s for sure.
G2 Esports vs. Misfits Gaming Predictions
Predicting the outcome of this match isn’t as easy as it might seem at first glance. Of course, G2 is favored in every which way, but there are many nuanced complications at play here. First of all, we’ve seen just how good and dangerous Misfits can be when they double down on what they’re good at, draft to their strengths, and set things up in the early game. Like many of their peers, they’re just not cohesive enough to pull off any complex team comps or strategies at this point in time — but they’ll get there (sooner or later).
This is why they need to go for comfort picks and team comps that scale well into the late game (with strong teamfighting potential). That way they’ll have more tools to work with and the margin for error won’t be nearly as narrow.
G2 Esports, on the other hand, could really use a win right about now. They’re 1W-2L in their last three outings and they just didn’t look all that good. Again, this is G2 Esports we’re talking about, but the point stands nonetheless — we’re at the halfway point of the split and they need a bit of momentum. This is especially true given just how well Rogue and Schalke 04 have looked recently.
They’re not favored to dethrone G2 any time soon (or ever, frankly), but they’re playing some darn good League of Legends and should not be underestimated whatsoever. Schalke, in particular, are on a four-game winstreak which is doing wonders for their confidence and momentum. And, well, we all saw just how dangerous and capable they can be when they’re channeling a bit of that bravado.
That said, if they didn’t shore up a couple of weaknesses from last week, they’ll probably struggle far more than most people expect. There’s a fair bit of veterancy over at the Misfits camp and they’ll surely prepare to the best of their ability. And if there’s one thing that’s abundantly clear right now, it is the fact that G2 can bleed.
This is probably the weakest they’ll be in 2021 so if there’s a good time to mount an upset, now would be it. Unfortunately, Misfits are all but guaranteed to fumble and fail at some point during the game, which will allow G2 to punish and subsequently close things out — hopefully in as dominant a fashion as possible.