| Tags: League of Legends
| Author Bence Loksa
Istanbul Wildcats vs LDLC OL Preview and Predictions: EMEA Masters 2023 Spring
The Wildcats are here to prove that Riot Games made a mistake by demoting the Turkish Championship to the ERL’s.
Only a few matches remain from the 2023 EMEA Masters Spring Tournament! They Top 8 have assembled, SK Gaming Prime, Macko Esports, Team GO, Movistar Riders, Los Heretics, Unicorns of Love Sexy Edition, LDLC OL and the Istanbul Wildcats will duke it out to decide who remains in the run for the 2023 EM Champion title! The second match on Tuesday, which will be played alongside the Macko – SKP showdown will be IW vs LDLC, and it’s looking extremely interesting.
Istanbul Wildcats vs LDLC OL Preview
The only remaining Turkish team has a lot to prove to both the fans and to Riot Games, who have took away the Turkish Championship League’s Worlds and MSI spot, and putting them into the EMEA Regional Leagues Circuit. While FUT Esports and Papara SuperMassive (the other Turkish participants) have been knocked out, Emre “Kofte” Akca and co. still has a chance to validate their region.
The Wildcats have been on the right track to do just that, as they were one of the best teams in the Group Stage. They finished Group A in first place with a 5-1 scoreline, only losing to Geekay Esports, who are now out of the picture – is there anyone who can stop the Wildcats from winning it all?
Well, French Champions LDLC OL will certainly try, and they have a very good shot at succeeding as well. Felix “Kryze” Hellström and his teammates have finished 2nd in Group C, even though they won 5 matches out of the 6 played – but sadly, they lost the Tiebreaker against Unicorns of Love Sexy Edition. Nevertheless, the best team in the LFL is still in contention for the 2023 EM Spring Title, as they have ex-LEC players Kryze and Jesper “Jeskla” Klarin Strömberg. The two Swedes paired with Aslan “White” Panglose, Jonathan “Backlund” Backlund and Théo “Zoelys” Le Scornec make a killer team.
They are at their strongest when Backlund can get their through the midgame, relieving pressure from Jeskla, who can scale into the lategame almost unbothered to carry the game to a decisive victory – lik LDLC did in the LFL Finals and in the EM Group Stage.
Istanbul Wildcats vs LDLC OL Predictions
This match pits two of the most competent teams of the 2023 EMEA Masters Spring against each other. The Wildcats have only lost one First Tower and one First Blood in the entirety of the tournament, which signals dominance. They also have some unique picks, as Yoon “Destroy” Jeong-min plays a strong Rumble, while Kofte can bring the AD damage with Jayce.
But LDLC OL doesn’t need such tricks in order to finish almost perfectly in the Group Stage. While White plays a little more Jarvan IV than other jungles, the French squad has a straightforward approach to matches: play meta, win games. If they get caught off guard by IW, they can definitely falter, but the chances are fairly slim for that.
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