The 2018 LoL Worlds finals are almost here! Fnatic and Invictus Gaming will face each other on November 3 in a thrilling Bo5 series for a chunk of the multi-million dollar prize pool and the prestige that comes from being the #1 League of Legends team in the world. Which team has the upper hand, and who should you bet on? Find the answer in our LoL Worlds finals predictions!
Fnatic vs Invictus Gaming
There’s no doubt in our mind that Fnatic are the best Western team to ever play at Worlds. Their roster is stacked with firepower, and every single starter can go toe-to-toe with the best players from China or South Korea. Moreover, Fnatic have an excellent grasp of macro, and they put a lot of pressure on their opponents with clutch ganks, well-timed rotations, and unpredictable roams.
Most fans would probably single out the mid laner—Caps—as Fnatic’s best player coming into LoL Worlds finals. But while Caps did a lot of work in teamfights, he’s also had a hard time holding his own against the strongest Chinese mid laners in the laning phase. Fortunately for him, Fnatic have plenty of threats in other positions. Bwipo went from a complete greenhorn to one of the most explosive top laners in the world, and he’s already made his presence known at the tournament. Meanwhile, Rekkles and Hylissang became the driving force behind Fnatic’s teamfighting, and Broxah conquered the jungle with dominant showings on Lee Sin, Rek’sai, and Xin Zhao.
Invictus Gaming have plenty of ways to fight back against them. The bulk of their success comes from the solo lanes. Rookie straight-up outmuscles world-class mid laners at every stage of the game, and TheShy does the same thing to anyone, who dares to challenge him in carry vs carry matchups. This duo is reinforced by the strong jungle pressure from Ning and constant aggression from the bot lane of JackeyLove and Baolang.
On top of that, Invictus Gaming are the kings of snowballing. Give them an inch, and IG won’t hesitate to take a mile, so even the slightest misstep can cost Fnatic their LoL Worlds finals. But even though Invictus Gaming have stronger players, they’re worse as a team. Their macro isn’t nearly as refined as that of Fnatic, and they can be on different pages in teamfights and skirmishes. It doesn’t happen often, mind you, and usually Invictus Gaming still pull through on talent alone. However, if they don’t find their early leads, there’s a good chance Fnatic will outmaneuver them in the later stages of the game.
BETTING ADVICE: Everything boils down to whether Fnatic can hold their own in the solo lanes. Caps and Bwipo are without a doubt weaker than their Invictus Gaming counterparts, but they have stronger teammates around them. Moreover, Fnatic have proven time and time again that they know how to cover losing lanes and come back from early deficits.
You can bet on Fnatic scoring a 3-2 LoL Worlds finals victory over Invictus Gaming for odds of 4.60 at Betway. Alternatively, consider betting on Fnatic winning the series for odds of 2.30 if direct score bets aren’t your cup of tea.