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The competitive League of Legends doesn't end. We're still talking about the European league, where the first ever regional finals are taking place.
On the expanses of the "Old World" the battles continue in the framework of LEC Finals 2023. At stake are 4 trips to the Worlds 2023, and this is clearly a prize worth fighting for.
We have already analysed the matches of the LEC Finals 2023 upper grid, where BDS and G2 Esports played, as well as the duel between EXCEL/MAD Lions. Now it's time to discuss the second and final match of the lower grid.
The match for life at the LEC Finals will feature BDS and SK Gaming. The winner of the match goes to the next round of the lower grid, and it is already the top 4 and it is already a ticket to the qualification of the last chance for Worlds 2023. The loser leaves the event one step away from the dream.
Let's find out who from the BDS/SK Gaming pair will go further down the grid and meet the winner of the EXCEL/Fnatic pair in the next round, and who will leave the event now.
SK Gaming's form
We open the match analysis with an analysis of SK Gaming's form. In this match, the German club plays as a favourite with odds to win at 1.7.
Such a figure hints at a close match. 1.7 in a Bo5 match is parity, not otherwise, and such figures are for business, to tell the truth.
The main achievement of SK Gaming for the season was the debut winter LEC split. The team, being among the outsiders and previously ranked top-8 at LEC Spring and LEC Summer, managed not only to make it to the play-offs, but also to put up a serious fight against MAD Lions in the match for the top-3.
What followed was much worse. At LEC Spring 2023 SK Gaming were not so confident. This time they managed to pass the regular season and bo1 matches, but not the group stage. SK fell in the top 7.
- SK Gaming roster: Irrelevent, Markoon, Sertuss, Exakick, Doss .
At LEC Summer 2023 SK Gaming almost repeated the spring result, with a slight improvement. They took the top 6, but thanks to the top 4 at LEC Winter 2023 they still made it to the regional finals.
SK Gaming's most popular champions
SK Gaming's top picks were Gnar (2 games, 1 win), KSante (1 game, 0 wins), Camile (1 game, 1 win), Sion (1 game, 1 win), Renekton (1 game, 1 win).
Sejuani and Eliza are honoured in the forest. Both champions have appeared twice each and won both matches, but Vi and Kindred have lost their games.
On the centre line, Sertuss performs on Sylas (2 matches, 50% wins), Kassadin (1 time, 0 wins), Azir, Syndra and Akali (1 game each and 100% wins).
From shooters - Zeri. The character appeared 3 times and won 2 matches, besides Varus (who lost the only match), Sivir and Lucian.
Karma, who has had enough of Karma, as well as Renata Glasc and Lulu. Yummi won two matches out of 3, Karma lost the only game, and Renata Glasc and Lulu won.
We continue with the analysis of the BDS form. The French are second in this match, with odds to win at around 2.
As I said above, such an indicator gives hope for a close, competitive game. I'm not sure it will turn out that way, and I'm also not sure why BDS are lagging behind.
The French have had an average year. Almost everywhere they grazed the back of the net, but were saved by a single split.
At LEC Winter 2023, BDS made it to the group stage, but quickly fell out of it, taking the last place in their quartet. The result was a top-7 finish.
Next up was LEC Spring 2023 and BDS' moment of glory. Completely unexpectedly, they reached the grand final, but there they lost to MAD Lions, who were on a terrific spree in the spring.
- BDS line-up: Adam, Sheo, nuc, Crownie, Labrov.
Before LEC Finals 2023 BDS played at LEC Summer 2023. They were one map short of reaching the play-offs. They finished the championship on the 5th place.
Thanks to the near top places and top 2 at LEC Spring 2023 BDS managed to get to LEC Finals 2023, and also to the top grid, where they got to G2 Esports in the first round. The International didn't end up with anything interesting and G2 had no trouble closing out the match with a 3-1 score.
The most popular BDS champions
On the top line the most frequent picks are KSante (4 matches, 50% wins), Gnar (3 matches, 100% wins).
Foresters picks are Wukong (4 matches, 50% wins), Vi (2 matches, 50% wins), Nocturne (2 matches, 50% wins), Viego (2 matches, 0% wins).
On the centre line Gragas (4 matches, 50% wins), Annie (4 matches, 50% wins).
Aphelios (6 matches, 33% wins), Jinx (3 matches, 66% wins), Zeri (2 matches, 100% wins).
The other stable players are Lulu (3 matches, 66% wins), Rakan (3 games, 0% wins), Nautilus (2 matches, 50% wins).
History of head-to-head meetings
Previously, the teams played each other 4 times during the season. BDS have won 3 series.
Predicted result of BDS vs SK Gaming at LEC Finals 2023
I do not understand for what merits SK Gaming is put in favourites, but as far as I am concerned it is not so. BDS have a head-to-head advantage, have looked better than SK throughout the year and have experience of playing in a regional split final.
It is possible that SK will take a card or even two, but in my opinion BDS will win.
Bottom line: BDS wins.
At the moment, the majority of bookmakers unanimously see the team BDS as the favorite of the game with average odds on a victory in the sum of 1.498. SK Gaming chances to prevail are evaluated with average odds 3.614 by bookmakers.
What are the successes of the teams in the last games
|Last Matches||BDS||SK Gaming|
|5 matches (wins)||2||3|
|10 matches (wins)||4||4|
The statistics of personal battles between teams is also important for successful bets. The participants in the battle before the meeting played 8 matches with each other. In these matches BDS won 4 times, SK Gaming active consisits of 4 wins.