The most popular eSport in the world is set to hold its biggest World Championship yet. China will host the 2017 Worlds in some of its Olympic stadiums with the finals taking place at the prestigious Bird’s Nest in Beijing. The home crowd will be hoping that one of the three Chinese teams can knock off the Korean giants, but that is a tall task. Even after China emerged victorious over Korea at Rift Rivals.
League of Legends 2017 World Championships Betting Odds
SK Telecom T1 +175
Longzhu Gaming +175
Samsung Galaxy +650
Team World Elite +1400
Edward Gaming +1600
Team SoloMid +2000
Royal Never Give Up +2500
Flash Wolves +3300
GIGABYTE Marines +5000
Ahq e-Sports Club +20000
Hong Kong Attitude +20000
Gambit Gaming +25000
Lyon Gaming +50000
Team oNe +60000 Kaos Latin Gamers +75000
Young Generation +125000
Dire Wolves +125000
All Hail the Korean Overlords
The three Korean sides are the overwhelming favorites to win it all once again and it’s not hard to see why. Three Korean teams made the semifinals at the 2016 World Championships and the one non-Korean team to make the semifinals was demolished by its Korean opponent.
SK Telecom T1 has to be considered the favorite here even though they haven’t looked like the indomitable superpower they have been in the past. The top lane and jungle positions have been shaky this season as neither Huni or Untara has emerged as a great option up top and Peanut has not lived up to the expectations in the Jungle.
Still, any team with Faker, Bang, and Wolf has to be considered the favorite. Faker is the best mid laner in the world and the combination of Bang and Wolf is the second-best bottom lane duo in the world right now. The teams that beat SKT typically don’t beat them by way of either of these two lanes.
Longzhu Gaming are also a favorite based on their dominance in the LCK Summer Split. They crushed SKT in the Summer Split Finals and have a better understanding of the current meta than any other team in the world. The bottom lane duo of Pray and Gorilla is fluid and sublime and they are clicking on a totally different level at the moment.
The reason this team has emerged as a potential champion though is the stellar play at every position. BDD is more than just a KDA king in the mid lane and Khan outplayed both Huni and Untara in the top lane last month. However, this team was considered an also-ran in spring and its recent upsurge has critics wondering whether or not a crash is in the cards.
Finally, you have Samsung Galaxy. Last year’s runners-up at Worlds have had a roller coaster of a season, but locked in when they needed to. This is a veteran team, but also an emotional one. Crown and CuVee are both extremely talented, but can get knocked off their games if they struggle early.
The Chinese Upstarts
Team World Elite has shown that they can beat SKT. This team knocked off SKT at both the Mid-Season Invitational and Rift Rivals and uses unique strategies to best their opponents. They helped change the meta at both MSI and Rift Rivals, but also needed to run the gauntlet in order to make it here after getting knocked off by Royal Never Give Up in the Summer Split playoffs.
This Edward Gaming isn’t as hyped as the team that crashed out of Worlds in spectacular fashion last season, but the lowered expectations might be a good thing. They won the Summer Split Championship yet again and did knock off Samsung Galaxy at Rift Rivals.
Royal Never Give Up has the best AD Carry in the mid lane never to win a domestic championship. Uzi is China’s version of Rekkles, a super talented player with a high KDA, but hasn’t been known as the best teammate. He makes this team a contender, but this team needs to show some real chemistry to win it all.
Best of the Rest
Speaking of Rekkles, Fnatic is the longshot with the best chance to win it all. This team has some really talented players and dominated Europe during the Summer Split. They were stunned by Misfits in the European playoffs but are still one of the best teams in the world.
North America’s hopes rest on the broad shoulders of Team SoloMid. TSM has been the best team in North America for some time now, but hasn’t been able to put it together on the international stage. The hope is that Doublelift and Bjergsen can carry them to new heights, but it’s hard to imagine them performing that much better.
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