This is The Strongest XTEN We’ve Ever Seen
First things first, we’ve only seen XTEN play 2 games because their first 2 matches were postponed due to COVID-related issues, so it’s still too early to tell if XTEN is even a playoff contender team. But from what we’ve seen so far, it’s safe to say that this XTEN iteration might be the best one in the history of the LLA. Just looking at the way they took over their game against AZE we can determine that Zerito, Seize, and Keine can be enough for this team to reach a top-5 finish.
Like we’ve mentioned in our past XTEN esports picks, the bot lane is still the weakest part of this roster, but as long as the rest of the team has a good start, then they have all the tools needed to take down the top-4. Maybe a more-than-decent jungler was all this team needed, especially if we consider that Camilo “Camilo” Nicolau Blanchet didn’t look that great in the spring split.
Zerito and Keine are definitely one of the strongest solo laners in the league, and the rest of the competition knows this. Baek “Ophelia” Jin-seong stated in an interview that Keine is the only mid laner in the LLA capable of putting up a good fight against him. Throughout the first 2 weeks, Keine is ranked #1 in the CSM department with 10.4, the most impressive thing about this is that XTEN got wrecked in their first game against Estral.
We still have to see more from Zerito this split, though his Gnar in XTN’s game against Aze was a determining factor to their victory. It’s undeniable that Zerito is a strong laner from what we’ve seen throughout his entire career, now he needs to prove that he can transition his individual lead into the rest of the team.
Infinity Upset All Knights in Their 1st Victory
Even if they looked somewhat shaky, it was a breath of fresh air to see Infinity finally play around their composition and play in a more proactive way after seeing them play to lose throughout their first 3 games of the split. Jauny and Solidsnake were the most important pieces for Infinity to win over All Knights as they were the ones responsible for engaging and functioning as the main front line in a teamfight composition.
Jauny “Jauny” Vargas Altamirano picked up his first MVP award of the split after a decent performance on Camille, though if we are being completely honest, it looked more like All Knights didn’t know how to play against Infinity composition. Cody didn’t use Twisted Fate’s ultimate until 15 minutes into the game, and he used it only to pick up a wave on a sidelane.
In the end, I don’t think that Infinity looked that great even in their victory over an All Knights that was looking better and better in their games. Now they’ll have to prove that it wasn’t just a fluke and that they are a much better team than what we thought in the first couple of weeks of the split.
Solidsnake looks very uncomfortable in this meta as he is prioritizing picks like Xin Zhao, over Wukong and Viego. The rest of the team doesn’t look terribly bad, but right now, Infinity is not a team with clear win conditions as none of their laners are strong enough to take complete control of a game.
XTEN vs Infinity Game Information
- Date: Saturday, June 25
- Time: 4:00pm ET
- Live Stream: Twitch.tv
XTEN vs Infinity Predictions
The lol odds project that Infinity is the favorite team to win this match, though I don’t agree with that at all. Just by looking at the way that XTEN stepped up against Aze is enough of a reason to consider them stronger than Infinity. They showed a more decisive playstyle, and on the other hand, Infinity looked incredibly shaky in their victory against All Knights.
Infinity’s opponents looked like they had no clue on what to do. First of all, their composition relied a lot on generating early leads because they picked Lee Sin and Ahri, yet they closed out their draft with a Gragas pick to play as weak side. All Knights had no way to win if they didn’t get a huge early lead and they were obviously going to lose that game if they let Infinity’s strong teamfight composition scale.
On the other hand, XTEN were way more proactive in their last game, and even though Aze had a good composition, XTEN played in a very clean way and waited for the perfect opportunities in teamfights. XTEN outplayed their counterparts, and considering how Aze is just a much better team than Infinity, I don’t see Zerito-Seize-Keine struggling against Jauny-Solidsnake-Cody.