Published on: 01/07/2021
LEC Summer Split Matchup Preview: Team Vitality vs Astralis
With the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) summer split reaching the halfway point, teams are separating themselves from the pack. Some are gunning for the top spots in the league, whereas others will be in the hunt for the last playoffs slots. However, as of Week 4 of the summer split, everyone is still alive in the hunt for the LEC crown. Among those in the stack of hopeful competing squads are Team Vitality and Astralis. Since they will lock horns in Week 4 of the LEC summer split, let’s look at their matchup.
Team Vitality Preview
The ones and only true kings are back in town, it's time to break the blue wall
— Team Vitality (@TeamVitality) July 1, 2021
Team Vitality is riding high on a three-game winning streak. With their midseason acquisition Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek manning the jungle, Vitality becomes a contender for the LEC.
Norwegian mid-laner Adam “LIDER” Ilyasov contributes tremendously to the French organization despite not being in the LEC stage for two years. Not to mention ADC Crownshot’s dependability in the bottom lane with support Labros “Labrov” Papoutsakis. Juš “Crownshot” Marušič’s nine deaths are the third-lowest in all of the LEC.
Top laner Enzo “SLT” Gonzalez, a player from the European regional league scene, is faring well as Vitality’s weak side.
Astralis is heading into the matchup on a five-game losing skid after defeating Excel and SK Gaming. One may see Astralis’ 2-5 record and squirm in discomfort, but the league’s top squads handed those defeats.
Considering the team’s demanding schedule early in the season, that alone doesn’t completely absolve criticism. Per Oracle’s Elixir, Astralis as a team is eighth in Early-Game rating (34.3), ninth in Mid-Game rating (-5.7), and ninth in gold differential at 15 minutes (-1,753).
Regardless, a portion of the squad has improved compared to last spring, including Finnish top laner Matti “WhiteKnight” Sormunen, not to mention their tenacity in pulling off occasional upsets over the league’s best teams like in Week 8 against MAD Lions during spring 2021.
Who Wins and Why
Due to their recent wins over G2 and MAD, Vitality is heading into this contest on fire. Selfmade’s inclusion in the team continues to breed more confidence in Vitality’s lineup. Though Astralis is ahead of Vitality by 2-0 in the all-time head-to-head record, the latter will come out on top based on their current form. Therefore, the safest choice to go for in LoL betting is Vitality.
Written by Pedro Romero