We’ve finally reached the end of regulation for LCO 2022 Split 2, and barring crazy results in today’s final matchday, our eight teams are set in stone.
The final day of the regular season has arrived.
The outcome of our first match between Dire Wolves and Pentanet is highly likely to finalise the seedings for playoffs, unless Mammoth can somehow play spoiler to Order in the final game.
While not meaningful for the standings, the match up between Gravitas and Peace will determine if Gravitas will be the first team since the inception of the OPL to go winless in an entire season.
Given the roster posed by Peace last night is likely to be repeated, a Gravitas victory is very much on the cards, with several role swaps coming from the Peace line up.
Conversely, The Chiefs will be looking to become the first team since the inception of the LCO to go undefeated in the regular season, repeating their OPL 2015 Split 2 success that ultimately saw them claiming the throne.
My pick of the week, however, goes to the a potential finals preview between Dire Wolves and Pentanet.
Matthews’ Game of the Week: Dire Wolves (11-9) vs Pentanet (12-8)
The downturn of Dire Wolves has coincided with the upturn of Pentanet, who have seemingly managed to find a semblance of form and consistency.
The Dire Wolves all split long had very much punched above their weight, but with teams beginning to work out how to match up to the Wolfpack, they have been on a slight decline.
However, one must not forget Pentanet’s inconsistencies — which makes this match up difficult to pick.
At the crux of the inconsistencies lies Balkhan, whom on his day can run over a match on aggressive junglers; however, as had been demonstrated on numerous occasions this split, he has a tendency to ram himself into a brick wall when falling behind.
I do not believe this to be an issue in this match up, with the Dire Wolves mid jungle having extremely exploitable champions pool deficiencies.
In current form, Dire Wolves will be hard pressed to make it past the first lower bracket match up, and will need to find something new to bring to the table to get past their struggles.
Matthews’ Week 10 Day 2 Predictions
Pentanet def. Dire Wolves
Gravitas def. Peace
Chiefs def. Kanga
Order def. Mammoth
The LCO Split 2 regulation season concludes tonight from 6pm AEST, with game of the day Dire Wolves vs. Pentanet opening our final matchday. Catch up on all the split details in our ultimate coverage hub.