It’s time to get excited for the premier eSports event of the year! In just two days, the 2017 League of Legends World Championships will kick off from Wuhan, China. Sixteen teams from around the globe will square off in hopes of taking down a prize that is expected to surpass $10 million this year. Korean teams are heavy favorites, but the Chinese teams are right behind them in terms of betting odds. There are six matches on the first day, so let’s break down some of the action.
League of Legends World Championships Day 1 Betting Odds
Royal Never Give Up -470
Fenerbahce is the worst team in the tournament. They qualified by virtue of getting past a Hong Kong Attitude team that didn’t deserve to be here in the first place and will be an underdog in every game. The Turkish champions have a competent jungler and a decent mid laner, but the bottom lane isn’t that good.
That’s not good news when going up against Royal Never Give Up. Uzi is one of the best AD Carries in the world and will exploit Fenerbahce in the bottom lane with his aggressiveness. Look for him to have a big game in the opening match of the tournament in a sub-30 minute victory for RNGU.
Samsung Galaxy -228
G2 eSports +193
Last year’s runner-up at Worlds has had an up and down season, but has looked fine since turning to Ambition to be its jungler. He has given the team consistency at the position and was massive in helping his bottom lane get ahead of KT Rolster in order to qualify for Worlds.
G2 has not gotten good performances from either its top lane or jungler this season. Expect and Trick have been key members of the team in the past, but have not been sharp this year.
This is an interesting line considering how G2 has played on the international stage. Maybe the oddsmakers are seeing something I’m not, but I like Samsung Galaxy quite a bit at this price.
Longzhu Gaming -428
Immortals are making their first appearance at World and it will be interesting to watch how they perform. Although the organization has never been here before, three of its members have reached this stage with other teams. Olleh is the one to watch on this team as his roaming style of play as a support can tip the scales for Immortals.
This Longzhu Gaming team seemingly came out of nowhere these last few months. Some roster changes paid off in a big way and they have a fantastic mid laner in BDD and perhaps the best bottom lane in the world in Pray and Gorilla.
There is a time to bet against Longzhu, but not quite yet. Immortals are not the right team to take down the favorites in Group B.
GIGABYTE Marines +150
Oddsmakers are giving this GIGABYTE Marines team a lot of respect despite having a virtually unknown bottom lane. Optimus has been a solid mid laner and Levi is amazing in the jungler, but the Marines are in a hole in every other position on the map.
Fnatic has really struggled since its collapse at the end of summer, but its bottom lane should dominate here. sOAZ might have a big day in the top lane too, going up against Archie, who is not a natural top laner.
SK Telecom T1 -382
The three-time World Champions aren’t as big of a favorite as you might think. SKT has not played particularly well this season and its top laner and jungler have not had great success. However, Faker is still the undisputed best player in the world and the bottom lane is either the best or second-best around.
Unfortunately for Cloud9, they won’t be able to exploit the areas where SKT is weak. This team plays through their mid lane and bottom lane in order to win matches. Cloud9 might decide to try to win through the top lane if they play Ray instead of Impact, but beating the best team ever is tough.
Edward Gaming -305
ahq eSports +250
I love the upset in this one. Edward Gaming is a solid team and will probably make it out of this group, but ahq is continually one of the most undervalued teams in the world. No one ever thinks they will make it out of the Group Stage, but they have gone 9-9 in the Group Stage at the last three World Championships. I will bet ahq as an underdog in all four games in which they aren’t playing SKT.
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