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League of Legends World Championship preview

What is Worlds 2020?

League of Legends World Championship 2020 odds

What is the tournament format for Worlds 2020?

League of Legends World Championship Group stage predictions

League of Legends World Championship preview

The League of Legends World Championship is the final event of the LoL esports calender where the best teams in the world gather and compete for the title of World Champions. Read on to find out more about Worlds 2020.

League of Legends World Championship 2020

It’s the final few games of the League of Legends World Championship as eight teams remain to battle it out in the Knockout stage of the tournament.

The previous Group stage was marked by a strong performance from the likes of China’s TOP Esports and JD Gaming, and South Korea’s DAMWON Gaming, Gen.G and DragonX. Teams from the western regions would perform poorly during Group stage play with none of the teams from the North American LCS managing to qualify for the Knockout stage.

This poor performance is encompassed by the fact that LCS number one seed Team SoloMid failed to win any matches in the Group stage, ending their Worlds campaign on a 0 – 6 match record, the first time in Worlds history a number one seed from a major region has done so.

Here is a breakdown of the Knockout stage quarterfinal matchups.

For more information on Worlds 2020, we’ve created League of Legends World Championship guide.

League of Legends Worlds 2020 odds

The odds below represent the outright market for the League of Legends World Championship. For a full list of the markets available for League of Legends, we have a dedicated page for League of Legends Worlds 2020 odds.

League of Legends World Championship 2020 odds

Team

Odds*

TOP Esports

3.26

DAMWON Gaming

3.67

JD Gaming

5.50

G2 Esports

7.34

Gen.G

17.36

DRX

20.50

Suning

21.48

Fnatic

21.48

LGD Gaming

21.48

Rogue

80.59

MAD Lions

82.77

Team SoloMid

93.00

Team Liquid

93.00

Unicorns of Love

205.42

FlyQuest

256.48

Machi Esports

307.59

PSG Talon

338.23

SuperMassive Esports

338.23

INTZ

460.89

Rainbow7

675.47

V3 Esports

900.30

Legacy Esports

1125.10

LoL Worlds 2020 tournament format

The Knockout stage for the League of Legends World Championship 2020 will be played in a single elimination, Best-of-Five (Bo5) format.

The teams were drawn into the bracket at random with first seed teams facing second seed teams, and with no two teams from the same group being placed in the same half of the bracket.

LoL Worlds Knockout stage: DAMWON Gaming vs. DragonX predictions

It almost seems to be fated that the opening match of the League of Legends World Championship Knockout stage will see DragonX and DAMWON Gaming battle it out on Summoners Rift in a high stakes match. Both teams will remember their previous encounter in the LCK 2020 Summer Finals, where DAMWON would take the match 3 – 0, but much has happened since then and both teams will be putting everything on the line to keep their Worlds dream alive.

Coming into the Group stage as the number one seed from the LCK, DAMWON Gaming had a dominant performance in Group B, showcasing just why many analysts pinned the team as tournament favourites behind TOP Esports. The team finished Group stage play on a 5 – 1 match record, suffering their only loss to JD Gaming.

DAMWON’s success was led by their Jungler Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu, who sits at the top of the table for Average Experience Difference at 10 minutes (XPD10) of +561. Canyon’s dominance in the Jungle and on opponents, ultimately resulted in the team achieving an 81% Dragon control rate during the Group stage.

Placed alongside TOP Esports in Group D, there were doubts whether or not DRX would be able to secure the second seed within the group given the questionable form some of their players were in going into Worlds. The team however would quickly dispel any doubt with impressive performances from two of their key players, Mid laner Jeon “Chovy” Ji-hoon and Jungler Hong “Pysiok” Chang-hyeon. The team as a whole achieved an average +2875 Gold Difference at 15 minutes ([email protected]), the highest among the remaining teams in contention. DRX would end the Group stage on a 4 – 2 match record, both losses dealt by TOP Esports.

LoL Worlds Knockout stage: Suning vs. JD Gaming predictions

A clash between two teams from the LPL, Suning versus JD Gaming will be an interesting match to watch given their performances in 2020.

Suning entered the League of Legends World Championship as the number three seed from China and little was known about how the team would perform given that they haven’t competed in any international tournaments as an organisation. The Group stage however would be a proving ground, with star Jungler Lê "SofM" Quang Duy and Mid Laner Xiang “Angel” Tao showing the world that the team has what it takes to compete against the very best.

Some key stats for the team in the Group stage are their Baron control rate (BRN) of 70% and First Dragon rate (FD%) of 71%. Suning would finish the Group stage on a 4 - 2 match record, securing the number one seed in Group A by beating G2 Esports in a tiebreaker match.

JD Gaming has had a dominant year so far only being outdone by TOP Esports during the LPL regular season. Initial outright odds placed the team as a top three team at Worlds and for the most part they have lived up to that expectation. The team finished the Group stage on a 4 - 2 match record suffering defeats to DAMWON Gaming and PSG Talon. Despite these losses, the team’s performance has been convincing, recording an Average Game Time (AGT) of 28.9 minutes, the fastest out of the eight teams in the Knockout stage.

LoL Worlds Knockout stage: Top Esports vs. Fnatic predictions

Tournament favourites TOP Esports are finally within reach of the Summoner’s Cup, however they may find some resistance in former finalists Fnatic in the quarterfinals.

TOP have been a force to be reckoned with at the League of Legends World Championship and their team fighting style was on full display during the Group stage. Veteran Jungler Hung “Karsa” Hao-Hsuan and star Marksman Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo have been the focal points of the team with both players holding the number one and three spot for overall KDA during the Group stage. This is a surprise given that a number of analysts were expecting Mid laner Zhuo “Knight” Ding to take a more central role in the team’s success.

From a statistical perspective the team seem to be quite subdued when contrasted against other teams in the Knockout stage achieving a +1571 [email protected] average, 68% DRG and 78% BRN. TOP seems to truly shine when fighting as a team with an overall Kill-to-Death ratio of 1.89, which is the highest among the remaining eight teams at Worlds.

Fnatic on the other hand will face an uphill battle in their match against TOP Esports despite a Group stage performance that saw the European team go 4 - 2 in Group C. The team entered the tournament in questionable form, having a relatively poor performance during the LEC 2020 Summer regular season before turning their performance around in the LEC 2020 Summer Playoffs.

Stylistically, the team seems to play extremely passive and this is best characterised by their veteran Marksman Martin “Rekkles” Larsson, who had 42 assists, 9 kills and 7 deaths for a combined KDA of 7.3 during Group stage competition. Overall, Fnatic achieved a +154 [email protected], 54% DRG and 75% BRN.

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