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LoL World Championship 2017 Betting Preview

20 September 2017 14:22

The League of Legends World championship is far and away the most watched eSports event each year, constantly breaking records for both attendance and online viewership. The 2017 tournament is set to be no different, after it was announced the finals will be held at the Beijing National Stadium, home of the 2008 Summer Olympics and a maximum capacity of 91,000 avid fans.

In total, 24 teams are going to compete at the 2017 event, with 12 beginning in the play-in stage and 12 who have automatically qualified for the main group stage. For more information on the format of the tournament, take a look at our dedicated LoL World Championships page.

Betting Preview

Courtesy of Bet365, here are your odds for the outright winner of the championships:

  • SK Telecom T1- 7/4
  • Longzhu Gaming- 7/4
  • Samsung Galaxy- 13/2
  • World Elite- 14/1
  • Edward Gaming- 16/1
  • Team SoloMid- 20/1
  • Royal Never Give Up- 25/1
  • Flash Wolves- 33/1
  • Fnatic- 40/1
  • G2 eSports- 40/1
  • Immortals- 50/1
  • GIGABYTE mraines- 50/1
  • Misifits- 80/1
  • Cloud9- 150/1
  • ahq e-Sports club- 200/1
  • Hong Kong Attitude- 200/1
  • Gambit Gaming- 250/1
  • Fenerbache- 300/1
  • Lyon Gaming- 500/1
  • Rampage- 500/1
  • Team oNe- 600/1
  • Koas Latin Gamers- 750/1
  • Young Generation- 1250/1
  • Dire Wolves- 1250/1

Teams to Watch

Both the finalists from last year are returning to this year’s tournament, although not in the form we have come to expect from the Korean giants. SK Telecom T1, the reigning champions and winners of three of the last four world championships, come into this year’s championships looking distinctly beatable for the first time in years. They only managed to finish fourth at this year’s LCK Summer split with a 13-5 record. Things were looking up after their run in the LCK playoffs saw them reach the finals, where they were beaten by Longzhu Gaming. Samsung Galaxy, runners-up in the 2016 championships, have had a similar run after finishing the LCK summer split on 13-5 as well but then losing to SK Telecom T1 in the playoffs.

Longzhu Gaming are the team everyone is talking about after they took the LCK Summer Split title and won the respective playoffs. The team completely overhauled their entire roster in preparation for the 2017 season and, whilst it didn’t pay off for the spring split, it all came together for their incredible summer run into this year’s worlds.

Team SoloMid are the top team representing the NA LCS, and honestly it feels like it’s time for them to either put up or shut up. The California-based team has pretty much won everything it can in North America, winning both the Spring and Summer NA LCS round robins and playoff stages. In fact, since 2014, the team has won or come second in every NA LCS tournament, yet cannot produce at the world championships having only made it out the group stages once in 2014.

G2 eSports, winners of the EU LCS, will be flying the flag for Europe along with Misfits. The Spanish team has dominated the past few years of European play, steadily improving against their Asian and American opponents. The team finished second at this year’s mid-season invitational, so should definitely be looking to improve on their group stage exit at the 2016 tournament.

Special Bets

As with any big sports tournament, there are a number of other bets available other than just the overall tournament winner. How dominant do you think SK Telecom T1 or Longzhu Gaming can really be? If you think then they can go the whole tournament without losing a map then they can be backed to do so at 33/1 to do so. You can also bet on which champion you think will be picked or banned the most, along with taking the most kills, deaths and assists in a map.

Once the group stage matches get underway, each match will have a number of prop bets to really get you involved. You can bet on the team to score the most kills, the team to destroy the first tower or the total number of dragons slain in the match. The 2017 tournament really does have plenty of betting opportunities to keep you involved.

The bookies don’t always get things right, and if The International 2017 is anything to go by there could be money to be made for those that know their esports inside out.

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Updated on: 2017-09-20

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