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Oct 3, 2017
Oct 3, 2017

League of Legends World Championship betting preview

League of Legends World Championship odds analysis

LoL World Championship betting: Competition format

Can Team SoloMid cause an upset?

Will Chinese teams benefit from home advantage?

League of Legends World Championship betting preview

The League of Legends seasons from around the world have come to an end and the Summoner’s Cup is now up for grabs. The LoL World Championship odds have been posted and the world’s elite teams are set to battle it out for the title. Read this article for some expert League of Legends World Championship betting insight.

The 2016 League of Legends World Championship lived up to expectation with SK Telecom T1 emerging victorious after a hard fought victory against Samsung Galaxy in the final. Despite trailing 2-0 and being 9k gold down in game three, a risky Baron call nearly sparked one of the greatest comebacks we have ever seen - Samsung Galaxy fell just short after losing game five.

If you are gathering data about champions and picks, it will only be worthwhile if that data is from the same patch as the matches are currently being played on.

The competition, held in the United States, attracted a global audience of 43 million unique viewers and those numbers are set to increase once again this year. Taking place across four locations in China, a new format has been used this year and it looks set to be the most competitive yet. The current prize pool sits at €2,000,000 but after fan contributions via in-game purchases, this is expected to rise to well over €6,000,000.

The excitement is building ahead of one of the biggest events in the competitive gaming calendar and those who know how to bet on eSports will be busy analysing the odds and making their picks for 2017 League of Legends World Championship betting.

LoL World Championship betting: Competition format

This year marks a big change when it comes to the League of Legends World Championship - 24 teams are competing as opposed to the normal 16. This is because an additional “play-in” stage has been added before the usual 16-team group stage format.

The extended format not only means more teams get the chance to take part; it means the tournament will feature at least one representative from all 13 professional leagues from around the world (having previously been contested by teams from the top five regions).

South Korea’s dominance in the sport is highlighted by the fact that 36 of the 144 competitors (25%) that started the competition are South Korean.

Gambit.CIS, LG Dire Wolves, Kaos Latin Gamers and Rampage were initially eliminated after round one of the play-in stage with four best-of-five matches played in round two that saw Cloud9, Fnatic, 1907 Fenerbahce and Team WE qualify for the group stage that begins on October 5.

The remaining 16 teams will now compete in a double round robin (playing each team in their group twice). The top two from each group then progresses to a knockout phase with group winners being drawn against runners-up from other groups. The best-of-five format is consistent throughout the competition with the final taking place on November 4.

LoL World Championship odds: Expert analysis

As far as most eSports fans are concerned, there are two main contenders to lift the Summoner’s Cup - SK Telecom T1 and Longzhu. The former have proven time and time again they can deliver on the big stage having won three of the last four League of Legends World Championship titles. The latter, however, are perhaps the more in-form team coming into the competition.

More experienced eSports bettors will be thinking about the patch that matches are played on - each few weeks the game increases or reduces the power level of champions and items to keep a competitive balance.

Longzhu (2.960*) is the number one seed from the LCK (League of Legends Champions Korea) after defeating current tournament favourites SK Telecom T1 (2.620*) in the LCK Summer Split back in August.

Aside from their proven pedigree, the main draw for bettors siding with SK Telecom T1 is the “Faker factor”. Faker was voted as the MVP in last year’s World Championship and has been widely regarded as the best LoL player of the last four years at least. SK Telecom are also coached by the best in the game, kkOma, another major positive in their favour.

Away from the two favourites in the League of Legends World Championship odds, TSM (Team SoloMid) are one team that could cause a potential upset. The biggest team in North America have enjoyed a good season so far winning the NA LCS Spring Split and NA LCS Summer split with 15-3 and 14-4 records in each. 

  • Team SoloMid is 13.670* to win the LoL World Championship.

The group stage draw could be crucial when it comes to League of Legends World Championship betting and it’s definitely been kind to TSM. They won’t play a South Korean team until the knockout stages and although they have been drawn against Team WE after the second play-in round, they will certainly be confident of reaching the knockout phase.

Many thought TSM was ready to take the next step and compete for the championship last year, but their support - Biofrost - was still a rookie and it really showed in the group stage. Having played another split together, they look like a really strong group of players and if you take out the mistakes made by Doublelift last year, TSM should find themselves in contention.

LoL World Championship betting: Picking the winning region

South Korea’s dominance in the sport is highlighted by the fact that 36 of the 144 competitors (25%) that started the competition are South Korean. The fact that South Korea is such a heavy favourite (1.260*) to be the winning region in the League of Legends World Championship betting should come as no surprise.

Taking place across four locations in China, a new format has been used this year and it looks set to be the most competitive yet.

However, China certainly have a decent chance when it comes to winning region betting. The benefit of home advantage shouldn’t be overlooked in League of Legends World Championship betting - it is a common theme in NFL betting but can also impact results in eSports. 

Given that China is the host nation for this year’s competition, the huge crowds will likely be cheering for teams from their own country. This will not only give those representing Chinese teams a morale boost, it could have a negative impact on teams from other regions. 

It should also be noted that some of the world’s best players (who previously represented South Korean teams) have been tempted by higher wages to play for Chinese teams. Although the overall calibre of player has improved in Chinese teams, the cultural differences and breakdown in communication mean these teams are still struggling to bridge the gap in quality to South Korean teams.

One final thing to consider

More experienced eSports bettors will be thinking about the patch that matches are played on - each few weeks the game increases or reduces the power level of champions and items to keep a competitive balance. Once the tournament starts the patch will stay the same.

If you are gathering data about champions and picks, it will only be worthwhile if that data is from the same patch as the matches are currently being played on - this will be listed on the stream of any replayed matches so will be easy enough to find out.

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