Last night’s action saw perennial underdogs Mammoth defeat Peace in an early season upset. The introduction of Daniel “Papryze” Francis and Sean “Ali G” Lancaster proved fruitful, and Mammoth will be looking to pick up another win against Dire Wolves as Split 2, Day 2 kicks off tonight.
Order look to bounce back after a slow start to the split against a struggling Peace. Order’s strength of schedule can be looked at as reasoning for a sluggish start, having faced both Chiefs and Pentanet.
Order will need to build momentum against Peace, who has looked shaky across their opening games despite finishing with a positive 2-1 record.
Closing the night sees Kanga playing Gravitas, who will both be looking to pick up their first wins. Despite their record, Kanga has opened positively and has been close to recording multiple upsets. Kanga will be looking to transition into an expected victory this evening.
The game of the day, however, belongs to the opener, as the two remaining undefeated teams, The Chiefs and Pentanet, clash for sole possession of first place.
Matthews’ Game of the Week: The Chiefs (3-0) Vs Pentanet (3-0)
A early season top of the table clash, The Chiefs and Pentanet will be vying for the outright split lead by tonight’s close of business.
The Chiefs started the split strongly. However, due to the strength of schedule, having played Mammoth, Gravitas and a sluggish Order, anything but would have been a disappointment.
The match this evening against Pentanet shapes up to be the first test this split for the undefeated Chiefs.
The introduction of support Ryan “Aladoric” Richardson, has Chiefs seemingly moving in the right direction. The state of the meta places a focus on the bottom lane in this match up.
Both Aladoric and Jake “Rogue” Sharwood are known for their aggressive roam-centric style, Rogue historically being known for his lack of want to play enchanters — despite the recent Nami play.
Enchanters, however, have formed the foundations of the support meta after the recent durability update. Pentanet has found success with the potent Lucian and Nami bot lane duo.
Expect to see The Chiefs look to take this away, and force Rogue onto other champions, likely the engaging centric champions that have formed the crux of competitive League of Legends for several years.
It is my belief that this match up heavily favours The Chiefs. While Pentanet is solid across the board, The Chiefs outshine and will be comfortably successful in securing sole possession of first place and set the benchmark for the rest of the LCO to follow.
Matthews’ Week 2 Day 2 Predictions
The Chiefs def. Pentanet
Dire Wolves def. Mammoth
Peace def. Order
Kanga def. Gravitas
The LCO Split 2 resumes tonight at 6pm AEST, with game of the day The Chiefs vs. Pentanet set to kick off at 6pm AEST. Catch up on all the split details in our ultimate coverage hub.