We have got another pair of League of Legends Pro League (LPL) fixtures on the schedule for this Wednesday between four Chinese LoL teams. The opening match of the day will kick off with what is billed as one of the most one-sided fixtures of the split between Dominus Esports and Invictus Gaming, followed by an exciting clash between the unpredictable Suning and the high-flying LGD Gaming. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming matches so you can make your bets against their League of Legends odds.
League of Legends Pro League (LPL) 2020 Summer Split – July 1 matches
Dominus Esports vs Invictus Gaming – Wednesday, July 1 – 17:00 CST
It’s hard to imagine a more one-sided bout that what we have in store for Wednesday when Dominus Esports will try and prove their worth against the 2018 League of Legends World Championship title holders Invictus Gaming.
It would be fair to say Dominus hasn’t had the most impressive start of the LPL Summer. In fact, it would be reasonable to state that Dominus had a painfully disappointing road through the opening weeks. So far, Dominus already lost to Victory Five (0-2), eStar (0-2), LGD Gaming (0-2), Oh My God (0-2), JD Gaming (0-2) and Suning (1-2).
On a more positive note, Hu “Natural” Jia-Le and his crew managed to win their first match of the split on Monday, when they took down EDward Gaming (2-0) but even that win seemed more like a fluke than anything else.
The problem with Dominus – like with many other teams – is that their off-season signings have not yet clicked with the team. Bringing in a new ADC Xu “xubin” Qing-Bin, support Lu “Mitsuki” Jia-Lun and top laner Xia “Chelizi” Han-Xi seemed like a solid move but neither has yet to show anything. Forming a strong synergy will be crucial for Dominus and their success, but as they enter their eighth match of the split with a 1-6 record, their playoff dream seems like it’s already well beyond their reach.
Talking about strong synergy, Invictus Gaming have exactly that, but not in the sense you might expect. Although the core of this team has been playing together for several years now, we can’t help but feel like IG are not playing like a team.
On one hand, that is never a good characteristic for any team to have, but on the other hand, we have to realise Invictus Gaming can afford to play like they do, since they have Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok, Ding “Puff” Wang and Song “Rookie” Eui-jin who can easily solo carry his team to victory.
Nevertheless, IG are slowly but surely finding their way back to their former glory and if their jungler Gao “Ning” Zhen-Ning can continue improving at the same pace, IG will be ready to go toe-to-toe with some of the strongest teams in the world in no time.
Comparing these two sides, the quality gap is just too massive for us to believe Dominus can win one map, let alone the whole series. IG can have their moments when they fall apart, but this match looks more like a stomp in the making than an opportunity for Dominus to produce an upset win.
Prediction: Invictus Gaming -1.5 maps
Suning vs LGD Gaming – Wednesday, July 1 – 19:00 CST
It may be shocking to see LGD Gaming as one of the top teams in the LPL, but here we are. After finishing LPL Spring at a disappointing 15th place with 5-11 record, LGD Gaming are now entering Week 5 of the competition with an impressive 4-1 record, which sits them fourth in the league, ahead of FunPlus Phoenix, Invictus Gaming and even JD Gaming.
It’s fair to say that this LPL split was chaotic and quite unpredictable, but in all fairness, LGD Gaming deserves to be where they are now. So far Guo “Lies” Hao-Tian and his crew have defeated eStar (2-1), Victory Five (2-1), Dominus Esports (2-0) and Invictus Gaming (2-1), while their only loss came against the LPL Spring finalists Top Esports (0-2).
From what we have seen from LGD Gaming, it’s only a matter of time before they secure their ticket for the playoffs and while we are still months away from the final stage of LPL Summer, playoffs seem like a very achievable goal for this team.
Something similar can be said for Suning, who are entering this match with a 4-3 record, but their path to a top-eight finish won’t be easy. Suning have been a very intriguing team to follow this split, but that does not necessarily mean they have impressed. In seven matches played, Suning defeated LNG Esports (2-0), Team WE (2-1), Rogue Warriors (2-0) and Dominus Esports (2-1), yet failed to see the same success against JD Gaming (0-2), Invictus Gaming (0-2) and EDward Gaming (0-2).
As seen, Suning have no issues defeating teams that are below them, while they tend to show struggles against stronger squads. In a way, Suning have become a gatekeeper team of the LPL and until we see a bit more from them, they will remain nothing more than a mid-table team.
Prediction: LGD Gaming to win