League Of Legends World Championship 2019 Betting Tips and Predictions for the 9th season of the League Of Legends World Championship. Held in Europe, this year’s League Of Legends Season culminates in a European Finals, with Paris having the honour of holding the final.
Regular Season Rundown
The main season of the League Of Legends Season comprised of seven regions, with these teams coming through to qualify for the Group Stage and Play-In Bracket (qualifiers) of the World Championship.
China – FunPlus Phoenix, Royal Never Give Up, Invictus Gaming
Korea – SK Telecom T1, Griffin, DAMWON Gaming
Europe – G2 Esports, Fnatic, Splyce
North America – Team Liquid, Cloud9, Clutch Gaming
Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao – J Team, ahq e-Sports Club, Hong Kong Attitude
Vietnam – GAM Esports, Lowkey Esports
CIS – Unicorns Of Love
Latin America – Isurus Gaming
Turkey – Royal Youth
Brazil – Flamengo eSports
Japan – DetonatioN FocusMe
Oceania – MAMMOTH
Southeast Asia – MEGA
Group Stage Participants And Format
After a play-in stage, which knocked out a further eight teams, the Group Stage pools were decided and are as follows –
Group A – G2 Esports, Griffin, Cloud9, Hong Kong Attitude
Group B – FunPlus Phoenix, J Team, GAM Esports, Spylce
Group C – SK Telekom T1, Fnatic, Royal Never Give Up, Clutch Gaming
Group D – Team Liquid, ahq e-Sports Club, Invictus Gaming, DAMWON Gaming
Top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout playoff, in which the 1st place teams face 2nd place teams and no two teams from the same group can be placed in the same half of the bracket.
Teams To Watch
There isn’t much to split several teams at the top of the market, but the team to start with, and perhaps to beat, is G2 Esports. They went 15-3 in the LEC 2019 Summer Split, which is an incredible feat to achieve. Such a good record and an average game time of under thirty minutes show you just how strong the Europeans have been this year. Winning the Spring and Summer Splits of the LEC (European Championship) and the Mid-Season Invitational, they arrive at the Worlds with no fear. They don’t have the best group, facing both Griffin and Cloud9, but they can still be expected to win their group and put themselves in a great position for the knockout phase.
China’s Number One Seed for this year’s Worlds is not last year’s champions Invictus Gaming, but in fact FunPlus Phoneix. They dominated the LPL Summer Split, going 29-4, which is quite simply dominant. It would be quite the shock if they weren’t to come out of Group A as the number one team, with all three of the teams in their group massive long shots to win the tournament.
Group C is perhaps the most stacked group in the tournament, “the group of death” if you will. SK Telekom T1 are one of the favorites to win the tournament, They missed last year’s Worlds for the first time since 2014 and although they weren’t up to peoples expectations in the regular season, they are number one seeds from Korea thanks to an upset over Griffin in the playoffs. They’re a team that is set to thrive under the pressure of the world stage, so don’t let their regular season performance fool you. Royal Never Give Up went 25-10 in the LPL Summer Split and are always dangerous on the world stage, while Fnatic is always capable of a shock and went 14-4 in the LEC Summer Split, with G2 only having a better record.
Group D is a very mixed bag, as North American number one Team Liquid look to secure a knockout berth from another challenging group. Last year’s Champion’s Invictus Gaming and DAMWON Gaming, who will be buoyed after a remarkable performance in the play-in stage saw them go 7-1. This is perhaps the hardest group to call in the whole tournament and it will be no surprise to see any of these three making it into the knockout stage.
The last time a European Organisation won League of Legends Worlds was back in 2011, when Fnatic won the inaugural tournament. Reaching the semi-final twelve months ago before being knocked out by eventual winners Invictus Gaming, G2 Esports has enjoyed a brilliant 2019, winning both the Spring and Summer Splits of the European Championship. They also won the Mid-Season Invitational and although they don’t have the most straightforward group, they should pass the test with flying colours and as this year’s result prove, they have the class to be winning a World Championship.
The only European team to win a World Championship, the inaugural champion’s Fnatic look to be overpriced to repeat the feat eight years on. They were finalists twelve months ago when beaten in the final by Invictus Gaming and have enjoyed a successful 2019, 3rd in the European Championship Spring Split before finishing 2nd in the Summer Split, finishing 14-4, with G2 only having a better record (15-3). Their odds are likely indicative of the fact that they’re in the “Group Of Death”, but they certainly have the class to escape it and if doing so, they could be set for a massive run in the knockout stage.