The conclusion of the 2021 LEC Spring Split regular season is currently underway, so let’s go over a couple of predictions, starting with MAD Lions vs. Astralis! Now, in all fairness, this isn’t exactly the most anticipated match of the week.
It also won’t win any awards nor will these teams blow anyone’s mind with immaculate, nuanced macro or world-class execution. MAD Lions are definitely exceptional in more ways than one, but they’re also fairly volatile and inherently inconsistent, so whether or not they look like a top-tier team really depends on the day.
Still, if things pan out as expected, this match-up could end up being a lot more entertaining than most people expect. “Could” being the operative word here, of course. Both teams have something to fight for — despite finding themselves at opposite ends of the spectrum — so fireworks are all but guaranteed!
So, with that short introduction out of the way, let’s get down to business!
MAD Lions vs. Astralis Predictions
It’s impossible to talk about this peculiar match-up without first stating the obvious: MAD Lions are heavily favored, and there’s a very good reason why that’s the case. Simply put, they’re better across the board, they have a higher skill ceiling, and have shown a lot more promise throughout the last couple of months. They are, in every way, shape, and form, the next breed of European talent, and watching them play and grow as a unit has been nothing short of spectacular.
They’re not abysmal per se, but when compared to most of their peers, they’re definitely out of their depth. Still, they don’t care much for the odds, as evidenced by their upset win over Vitality on Friday. They don’t have anything left to fight for either — their playoff hopes and dreams have long been shattered.
This means that Astralis find themselves in quite an interesting position: they get to play spoiler. It’s not much of a consolation prize, but it’s better than nothing! Their Spring Split journey might have come to an end, but they can at least take someone down with them. This means they’ll play without any pressure whatsoever, unlike MAD Lions. They’re already in the playoffs, but they still want to finish as high up the standings as possible.
A Feisty Bottom-Tier Dweller
Be that as it may, Astralis don’t intend to surrender in any way, shape, or form. They’ll still fight for every inch of the Summoner’s Rift and attempt to pull off yet another upset. The odds are certainly stacked against them, but it’s not like they care much. This one fact makes them quite a dangerous opponent, although it’s by no means a superpower; they’re still as flawed and limited in potential as they were back when the split first began.
Regardless, it’s hard to imagine a world in which MAD Lions drop a game to Astralis — no matter how feisty they might be at this point in time. MAD are by no means the epitome of consistency, but they know what they’re good at and are undoubtedly one of the best teams in the region. Getting a statement win over Astralis should be at the top of their list of priorities. Fortunately, it is a goal that is well within reach. In other words, betting on MAD Lions is the only logical option.