| Tags: League of Legends, LEC
| Author Paul Goño
BDS vs KOI Esports Preview: LEC 2023 Spring Groups
It's a stellar match-up as Crownie and co. face the dark horse of the LEC for a chance at Spring Playoffs.
The 2023 season has been one for the books. So far, the most outstanding in the EMEA have been those you'd least expect. Team BDS has seen tremendous success in the Spring bo1's, and secured 1st place to compete for Groups. Another organization set for success is KOI, whose roster beat LEC favorites G2 Esports in their best-of-3 series, an upset that cemented the Spanish team's status as the dark horse of the Spring split. If you're betting on the LEC, this Team BDS vs KOI preview guide is for you!
BDS vs KOI Esports Preview
Boasting players that can go toe-to-toe with the best in both the LEC and LFL, Team BDS keeps their composure and capitalizes on enemy misplays every time. Their dream of playing in their first global tournament is finally within reach, and Adam and co. have dominated the Group stage with brutal efficiency. With raw talent and familiarity with each other's playstyles, the Swiss team recently fought SK Gaming for a 2-0 victory. Win conditions for BDS depend mostly on Adam's strength in the midgame, but we know that nuc always has plays up his sleeve to make up for any deficits.
Team BDS Roster
- Adam “Adam” Maanane
- Théo “Sheo” Borile
- Ilias “nuc” Bizriken
- Juš “Crownie” Marušič
- Labros “Labrov” Papoutsakis
Player To Watch
Despite being new to higher-bracket play, Crownie is in a league of his own. While he's had some past issues in his champion pool, he's picked up the pace with his strongest picks: Zeri and Jinx.
If any team had the potential to make it to the Finals, it would be KOI. Headed by Larssen, smart and highly diligent plays have launched the Spanish team from the Regular season's bottom two to qualifiers for Spring Playoffs.
Not every day do you see an underdog walk away from a Baron pit skirmish with the objective buff, an ace and the entire team intact. If KOI can play that consistently with other groups, they'll become a masterclass of how you win a split in the LEC. After all, if you can beat the best, you can (probably) beat them all.
KOI Esports Roster
- Mathias “Szygenda” Jensen
- Kim “Malrang” Geun-seong
- Emil “Larssen” Larsson
- Markos “Comp” Stamkopoulos
- Adrian “Trymbi” Trybus
Player To Watch
Szygenda has proved himself to be the crux of every win.
Team BDS vs KOI Esports Predictions
KOI performs at its best when they aren't being hesitant, but these mistakes are what Team BDS thrives upon. Comp's past match results pale compared to Crownie's, but Trymbi has prevented his ADC from getting shutdown before. It'll mostly come down to the champion picks and who can bait the cooldowns, but we expect Team BDS to win the match-up 2-1.
How to watch KOI vs Team BDS
Keep an eye on the official LoL Esports website and the LEC Twitch and YouTube channels. The qualification match is set to begin on April 10 at 19:00 ET/18:00 CST/16:00 PT.
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