2021 World Championship

05 October, 2021 - 06 November, 2021 Iceland

The League of Legends World Championship is the biggest esports event in the world, consistently breaking records in regards to viewership.

The best League of Legends teams in the world has been competing for a year across multiple circuits and events globally to prove themselves and earn a spot at the World Championship stage.

2021 World Championship Betting Odds

Gen.G esportsvsMAD Lions2021 World Championship
2021-10-18 11:00:00
Team LiquidvsLNG Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-18 12:00:00
Gen.G esportsvsLNG Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-18 13:00:00
MAD LionsvsTeam Liquid2021 World Championship
2021-10-18 14:00:00

2021 World Championship Betting Tips

Gen.G esportsvsMAD Lions2021 World Championship
2021-10-18 11:00:00
Pending

MAD Lions

2.55

Zatvorio26

Royal Never Give UpvsHanwha Life Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-17 15:00:00
Loss

Royal Never Give Up

1.44

Petar

FnaticvsHanwha Life Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-17 14:25:00
Loss

Fnatic

3.28

Petar

FnaticvsHanwha Life Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-17 14:25:00
Win

Hanwha Life Esports

1.41

Oogway

FnaticvsHanwha Life Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-17 14:25:00
Loss

Fnatic

3.10

Zatvorio26

Royal Never Give UpvsFnatic2021 World Championship
2021-10-17 12:20:00
Loss

Royal Never Give Up

1.15

Petar

Royal Never Give UpvsFnatic2021 World Championship
2021-10-17 12:20:00
Loss

Royal Never Give Up

1.15

Zatvorio26

Royal Never Give UpvsFnatic2021 World Championship
2021-10-17 12:20:00
Loss

Royal Never Give Up

1.15

agaydarov

Royal Never Give UpvsFnatic2021 World Championship
2021-10-17 12:20:00
Loss

Royal Never Give Up

1.16

Oogway

T1vsDetonatioN Gaming2021 World Championship
2021-10-16 15:00:00
Win

T1

1.12

Oogway

T1vs100 Thieves2021 World Championship
2021-10-16 12:10:00
Win

T1

1.27

Oogway

T1vs100 Thieves2021 World Championship
2021-10-16 12:10:00
Win

T1

1.27

Petar

Edward GamingvsDetonatioN Gaming2021 World Championship
2021-10-16 11:10:00
Win

Edward Gaming

1.07

Petar

RoguevsFunPlus Phoenix2021 World Championship
2021-10-15 15:00:00
Loss

FunPlus Phoenix

1.30

Petar

FunPlus PhoenixvsCloud92021 World Championship
2021-10-15 13:10:00
Loss

FunPlus Phoenix

1.30

Oogway

T1vs100 Thieves2021 World Championship
2021-10-13 18:20:00
Win

T1

1.23

Petar

T1vs100 Thieves2021 World Championship
2021-10-13 18:20:00
Win

T1

1.21

Zatvorio26

Edward GamingvsDetonatioN Gaming2021 World Championship
2021-10-13 17:15:00
Win

Edward Gaming

1.13

Petar

Team LiquidvsGen.G esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-13 15:30:00
Win

Gen.G esports

1.53

Petar

RoguevsFunPlus Phoenix2021 World Championship
2021-10-13 13:30:00
Win

FunPlus Phoenix

1.35

Oogway

RoguevsFunPlus Phoenix2021 World Championship
2021-10-13 13:30:00
Win

FunPlus Phoenix

1.35

Petar

MAD LionsvsLNG Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-13 12:30:00
Win

LNG Esports

1.73

Oogway

MAD LionsvsLNG Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-13 12:30:00
Loss

MAD Lions

2.19

Petar

Royal Never Give UpvsHanwha Life Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-13 11:15:00
Win

Royal Never Give Up

1.45

Petar

Royal Never Give UpvsHanwha Life Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-13 11:15:00
Win

Royal Never Give Up

1.45

Zatvorio26

Team LiquidvsLNG Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-12 18:55:00
Loss

Team Liquid

2.55

Petar

Gen.G esportsvsMAD Lions2021 World Championship
2021-10-12 17:50:00
Loss

Gen.G esports

1.64

Petar

100 ThievesvsDetonatioN Gaming2021 World Championship
2021-10-12 16:45:00
Win

100 Thieves

1.40

Petar

FunPlus PhoenixvsCloud92021 World Championship
2021-10-12 15:50:00
Win

FunPlus Phoenix

1.26

Petar

Royal Never Give UpvsFnatic2021 World Championship
2021-10-12 14:50:00
Loss

Royal Never Give Up

1.24

BRGamer

Royal Never Give UpvsFnatic2021 World Championship
2021-10-12 14:50:00
Loss

Royal Never Give Up

1.24

Petar

T1vsEdward Gaming2021 World Championship
2021-10-12 11:20:00
Win

Edward Gaming

1.80

Petar

RoguevsCloud92021 World Championship
2021-10-11 18:00:00
Loss

Cloud9

2.19

Petar

Team LiquidvsMAD Lions2021 World Championship
2021-10-11 17:00:00
Loss

MAD Lions

1.57

Petar

100 ThievesvsEdward Gaming2021 World Championship
2021-10-11 16:05:00
Win

Edward Gaming

1.38

Petar

T1vsDetonatioN Gaming2021 World Championship
2021-10-11 15:05:00
Win

T1

1.19

Petar

T1vsDetonatioN Gaming2021 World Championship
2021-10-11 15:05:00
Win

T1

1.18

BRGamer

Gen.G esportsvsLNG Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-11 14:05:00
Loss

LNG Esports

1.60

Petar

FnaticvsHanwha Life Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-11 13:10:00
Loss

Fnatic

1.95

Petar

Cloud9vsGalatasaray2021 World Championship
2021-10-06 18:00:00
Win

Cloud9

1.40

Petar

Cloud9vsGalatasaray2021 World Championship
2021-10-06 18:00:00
Win

Cloud9

1.40

BRGamer

GalatasarayvsDetonatioN Gaming2021 World Championship
2021-10-06 16:05:00
Loss

Galatasaray

2.00

Petar

RED CanidsvsHanwha Life Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-06 14:05:00
Win

Hanwha Life Esports

1.24

Petar

RED CanidsvsLNG Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-06 12:25:00
Win

LNG Esports

1.12

Petar

Unicorns of LovevsDetonatioN Gaming2021 World Championship
2021-10-05 15:40:00
Win

DetonatioN Gaming

1.63

Petar

Hanwha Life EsportsvsInfinity eSports2021 World Championship
2021-10-05 14:40:00
Win

Hanwha Life Esports

1.11

Petar

Hanwha Life EsportsvsLNG Esports2021 World Championship
2021-10-05 11:00:00
Win

LNG Esports

1.66

Petar

Preview

The 2021 LoL World Championship is finally here and, needless to say, we’ve reached record amounts of hype! If the games we’re about to see end up being even remotely as entertaining and action-packed as we expect, we should be in for one of the best championships of all time! 

The point of this preview is to provide you with the nitty-gritty: who’s good, who’s favored, who has the potential to upset, and what’s most likely to happen over the next few weeks. So, in case you don’t have the time to go over everything — or are just interested in a specific team or segment of the tournament — make sure to use that nifty search feature (CTRL+F if you’re on Windows, CMD+F if on Mac) to quickly find what you’re looking for! We’ll try to organize things as neatly as possible and skip over anything that is either “common knowledge” or is wholly redundant — no one yearns for a history lesson.

This year’s Worlds will feature four teams from the LPL and LCK, most of which are downright staggering in terms of talent and potential. The four Chinese representatives, in particular, are all obscenely capable and will no doubt mop the floor with most of their opposition. The Korean ones, however, are both hot and cold — but more on that down below!

2021 LoL World Championship | The Meta

Every international tournament has a meta of its own. That, in short, is both good and bad. It’s good from a spectator’s point of view because it results in a much more competitive state of affairs — it equalizes the playing field. If no one’s all too sure what the best and most optimal way of playing the game is, then everyone competing has the same starting point.

Now sure, the best teams at Worlds always end up on top regardless if there’s a big meta shift or not, but at least there’s a bit of chaos at the very start — a great thing if you’re betting on the underdogs!

This year’s Worlds will be no different, and we already have a rough idea in regards to which picks and strats might skyrocket in popularity. You can never know these things with absolute certainty, but preliminary guesses and estimations are not only sufficient at this point in time but also invaluable as we’re actually looking to put our hard-earned money on the line!  

Needless to say, patches 11.8 and 11.9 have shaken up the game in both huge, sweeping ways, but also more nuanced ones that aren’t immediately as visible — especially not during your solo queue escapades. In pro play, however, these nuanced changes invariably affect the overarching meta and, at times, end up being a lot more impactful than one would expect given their size.

2021 LoL World Championship | Regional Overview

The current competitive LoL landscape is quite interesting. After many years of LPL dominance, DWG KIA broke through — in quite emphatic fashion, one might add; for a good long minute it seemed that the LCK was once again going to reign supreme for the years to come.

Then came this year’s Mid-Season Invitational and, well, DWG KIA didn’t exactly dominate as much as everyone had expected them to. In fact, they didn’t really dominate that much at all — at least not by DWG KIA standards. Now sure, they had reached the finals, but the fashion in which it all transpired definitely didn’t instil us with any supreme amount of confidence. Royal Never Give Up, on the other hand, looked nigh unstoppable, and had wasted no time whatsoever in making the world take notice with their immaculate play and pristine teamfighting. 

Right now, though, RNG is entering Worlds as the third-best seed from China — that alone tells you all you need to know to fully understand the staggering depth and talent pool present over in the LPL. It’s astounding, really; we’re talking about a region that has no shortage of prodigies and competitive LoL deities.

The LPL is so darn stacked that it’s extremely hard (if not, at times, nigh impossible) for a single team to maintain a sort of regional dynasty — as is the case in the LCK and LEC, for instance. Teams are taking turns on top, and there’s very little rhyme or reason behind what’s going on. It’s always a game of inches over in the LPL, so expect their representatives to dominate beyond measure over the coming weeks!

LEC — Extremely Promising, But Temper Your Expectations

Two of the three European representatives definitely have a shot at leaving a mark. Heck, MAD Lions — assuming the stars align — could definitely reach Top 4 which, for a line-up as young and relatively inexperienced as theirs, is quite high praise. 

What’ll eventually happen is anyone’s guess, but they’re a very solid team with a slew of pronounced strengths and virtues, most of which can easily be harnessed in today’s meta. They’re not perfect, but on a good day they can definitely take games off of anyone, including the most impressive of LPL giants.

Fnatic is still a question mark, although their talent is undeniable. The thing is, you can never be too certain when it comes to their performance. Sometimes they have the most amazing line-up and yet they implode and drop the ball. Other times they exceed all expectations and deliver a masterclass worthy of the history books. They’re rarely uninteresting, which is why we all love them so much. 

They have all the right tools to go deep at this year’s Worlds, but they’re also a bit too unhinged and volatile for their own good. Depending on the stylistic match-up, that can either be the biggest of boons or the most crippling of flaws. That’s sort of been their M.O. lately, and it’s been fun watching them compete, without a doubt. They always bring their A-game, even though things don’t always pan out the way they want to.

Fortunately, they’ve been slotted into a very favorable group, so they should, by all means, be able to reach the Knockout Stage.

Rogue, unfortunately, weren’t so lucky — for the second year in a row. They’re scheduled to face both the former and current World Champions. There’s no silver lining there, really, nothing for them to look forward to or really learn from the experience. To lose is one thing, and from such an experience you can, in fact, learn a great deal. Getting annihilated, however, is a whole different ordeal, one that doesn’t really yield any great lesson. And Rogue will get annihilated; there’s no doubt about it.

So, to summarize, European fans have quite a lot to look forward to as their teams actually have a shot at leaving a mark. And, well, they’ll bring the fight no matter the odds, so definitely make sure to tune in!

LCS — Lower Your Expectations… Just In Case

If you’re a fan of the North American LCS, you’d be wise to lower your expectations. The thing is, whenever NA fails on the international stage, it’s never a whimper but rather an explosion. We all love a bit of schadenfreude, but things often get a bit too out of hand — we’re talking 0W-6L runs in the Group Stage and just dreadful play across the board. 

Certain teams like Cloud9 have historically been able to exceed expectations, but that’s more indicative of their own individual talent and preparation rather than anything else. North America, as a whole, has failed time and time again to move the needle. 

Will this year’s Worlds be any different? It’s impossible to tell at this point in time. It very well could, but many things need to coalesce for that to happen. Cloud9, assuming they reach the “main event” will almost surely end up in Group A (the “group of death”) which means they’re probably going to pack their bags and fly back home in just a couple of weeks. By the same token, 100 Thieves haven’t had the best of luck either as they’re scheduled to face EDward Gaming and T1, led by the venerable LoL giant himself: Faker. 100 Thieves might be able to pull off an upset or two, but it’s just hard to envision a world in which they accomplish anything more than that. 

Team Liquid, one could argue, has the best shot of the three at making it out of groups. The odds are still stacked against them, but at least there’s a chance. If they play their best League and execute as well as they can, they’ll no doubt be able to challenge MAD Lions and Gen.G.

2021 LoL World Championship | Play-In Stage Predictions

There are twenty-two teams at this year’s Worlds, ten of which are going to face off over the next few days for a shot at reaching the “main event.” There are only four Group Stage spots left, so the margin for error is pretty darn slim.

These ten teams have been divided into two groups of five and, needless to say, they’re all going to fight like their lives depend on it! 

GROUP A:

LNG Esports (LPL); Hanwha Life Esports (LCK); Infinity Esports (LLA); PEACE (OCE); RED Canids (CBLOL)

GROUP B: 

Cloud9 (LCS); Detonation FocusMe (LJL); Beyond Gaming (PCS); Unicorns of Love (CIS); Galatasaray Esports (TCL)

The first group is obviously a bit more stacked in terms of sheer power and potential, but the second one isn’t half bad either! LNG Esports and Hanwha Life are obviously favored to get out with ease, which means there are only two spots left that are up for the taking. Cloud9 stand out as one of the bigger favorites as well, but their recent level of play definitely left a lot to be desired, so what’ll happen and how well they’ll perform is anyone’s guess at this point. Moreover, they’ll face some very capable opposition and will have to fight harder than ever to make it out — especially if they haven’t shored up their biggest weaknesses, all of which were on full display throughout the 2021 LCS Summer Split.

Detonation FocusMe are also entering Worlds with a bit more hype than you’d thought was going to be the case coming into 2021 — their performances at this year’s Mid-Season Invitational were absolutely amazing, and if they bring their “A-game” this time around as well they’ll no doubt stand a chance of leaving a mark (or at the very least taking someone down with them). Beyond Gaming also have a fair bit of hype and the Unicorns of Love should never be underestimated either. They’re creative, flexible, and staggeringly aggressive — all traits that pay dividends in Best of 1s.

Now, making any kind of prediction for the Play-In stage is generally a double-edged sword. There’s really no way of telling who’ll come out on top, although, to be fair, things always tend to resolve in a fairly predictable manner. With that said, this year’s Play-Ins are bound to be a fair bit more competitive which could, potentially, result in an upset or two. The representatives from LJL, PCS, and CIS all pack one heck of a punch, so expect a fairly chaotic state of affairs early on along with a bunch of surprises!

Final Predictions

Prediction-wise, we’re leaning towards LNG, Hanwha, Cloud9, and Detonation FocusMe, with Beyond Gaming being the last potential challenger with a shot at making it out. Saying who’s better than whom, however, is quite a thankless endeavor. LNG and Hanwha should definitely be a cut above, with the remaining three teams all being separated by relatively slim margins. Cloud9 should, by all means, edge them out in a Best of 5, but they cannot afford to drop any games prior to that point.

2021 LoL World Championship | Group Stage Predictions

The Group Stage is, naturally, where all the magic happens. And, well, this year’s Worlds should be no exception! As always, sixteen of the best teams in the world have been divided into four groups of four and, frankly, each and every single group has its own allure and is bound to deliver in one way or another!

GROUP A:

DWG KIA (LCK); FunPlus Phoenix (LPL); Rogue (LEC); TBD

The first group is undeniably the most action-packed. We have both the former and defending world champions, along with a feisty young squad from Europe. A barnburner in the making! DWG and FPX are two of the best teams in the world, with EDward Gaming and Royal Never Give Up being the only two teams that might disagree with that power ranking. 

They’re talented beyond measure and are as accomplished and successful as it gets. We’re talking some of the best players who’ve ever played the game, and they’re incredibly experienced, too — they’ve weathered many different metas and have persevered throughout their many years of competitive play; a true testament to their work ethic and ability to adapt whenever the need arises. 

And now they’ve found themselves in the exact same group — what a spectacular development no one saw coming! Who’s better and more dangerous is up for debate, though. Some think that DWG have lost a bit of their edge (an opinion based on empirical evidence). Whether that’s true or not still remains to be seen, but it’s definitely food for thought. Their performance at this year’s MSI left a lot to be desired; they were a bit too vulnerable and exploitable for our liking. And then they went back home to Korea and steamrolled through all opposition — an indication that there’s no one who can truly challenge them on home soil. Heck, DWG have basically been playing on auto-pilot! 

China has at least three teams that not only stand a chance of trading blows with DWG but flat-out beating them. And, well, all three of them have different avenues for success which only makes things ever more complicated for the LCK champions. That, in short, is arguably one of the most interesting questions coming into Worlds: will they deliver? Will they redeem themselves for a fairly lackluster showing at MSI, or was that an indication that they no longer have what it takes to go all the way? 

A similar question looms over FunPlus Phoenix, too. Most folks have them pegged as the number one team coming into Worlds, but they had lost in the LPL Summer Split finals mere weeks ago to EDG — and in quite convincing fashion, too. Now, we know for a fact that FPX have all the right tools to adapt and get a bit of revenge on EDG, but their 1-3 loss still stings in more ways than one. 

Even if they are worse than the boys in black and white it is by a relatively negligible margin, and the same goes for Royal Never Give Up, but more on that below. 

In any case, they’re one of the biggest frontrunners to win the whole thing and we cannot wait to see them in action — their initial performances against DWG KIA will definitely set the stage for what to come! And, well, with the best top and mid laner in the world, they’re all but guaranteed to go deep into the tournament.

Lastly, we have the third seed from Europe: Rogue. There’s really not a whole lot you can say about them given whom they’re scheduled to face. Are they good? Absolutely, but they’re just not good enough to tango with the two aforementioned LCK and LPL giants. Heck, behemoths would perhaps be the more apt description. Rogue will still try and, well, they have a shot at doing some damage. Once the dust settles, though, they’ll succumb to the might and prowess of DWG and FPX and, frankly, there’s no shame in that — almost every other team in the world would’ve met the exact same fate.

The only question now is: could they possibly learn something from the whole ordeal and enter 2022 as a better, more mature team or will their battle scars just be there for show? 

GROUP B:

EDward Gaming (LPL); 100 Thieves (LCS); T1 (LCK); TBD

This group is equally as interesting, although for entirely different reasons. Group A is defined by a clash between two of the biggest favorites. Group B, however, is packed with interesting narratives and match-ups that are bound to deliver. There isn’t much intrigue, though, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We know that EDward Gaming are the best team in their group and they’ll surely prove it, too. Whether they’ll stomp 100 Thieves and T1 or perhaps struggle a bit in the process still remains to be seen, but they’re all but guaranteed to make it out. 

Lee “Scout” Ye-chan and Park “Viper” Do-hyeon alone are more than enough to get this team over the finish line. Still, one simply has to wonder — are they the best team in the LPL? And, if so, by how wide a margin? They certainly didn’t look like it at certain points of the split (and even the playoffs), so it’s natural for one to think of these things. Then again, they should still be more than capable enough to weather the storm and best both T1 and 100 Thieves (with relative ease, too), so it’s not like that’s a burning question at this point in time.

Speaking of T1, no one’s all too sure how high to rank them and whether or not this beloved squad will be able to move the needle much. They’re highly capable, there’s no doubt about that, but it still feels like there’s too big of a gap between them and DWG KIA — let alone the many LPL giants who’ve booked their tickets to Reykjavik, Iceland. So if they’re not good enough to take down the LCK champions — a team they had all the time in the world to prepare for and yet still failed — how can they ever expect to best the representatives from a region that is so dissimilar to theirs? A region that is better and more competitive, one should add. 

It’s an interesting position to be in. And, well, they’re far from an underdog or a mid-tier gatekeeper. They have all the right weapons at their disposal to get out of groups and advance further into the tournament, but that’s pretty much all we can envision at this point in time. Temper your expectations for this particular team — it’s not that they’re not good (far from it, in fact), it’s just that there are multiple teams at this year’s Worlds that are so much better.

Finally, we have 100 Thieves, the North American champions, and a group of players who will definitely entertain us over the coming weeks. How well they’ll perform is anyone’s guess — most of these individuals have never played League of Legends on the international stage, so there’s a very good chance they’ll be out of their element. On the other hand, they know they’re the underdogs and that no one’s giving them much of a chance, so they’ll probably fight their hearts out knowing they have nothing to lose. They’re also quite talented and have some surprisingly good teamfighting — a very important strength that’ll no doubt come in handy against EDG and T1. Whether they’ll get a few wins on the board is also impossible to predict at this point in time, but they definitely have a shot at getting their hands raised (at least a couple of times) if they draft well and execute to the best of their ability. 

This group, one could argue, is fairly top-heavy. EDG will almost surely finish first, with T1 being the biggest favorite to get a hold of that oh-so-important second spot. 

GROUP C:

PSG Talon (PCS); Fnatic (LEC); Royal Never Give Up (LPL); TBD

Yet another superb group of teams, all of which have what it takes to make it out. They can all take games off of each other and, well, they almost certainly will — these three teams play in much the same fashion and that should, by all means, result in fireworks each and every single time they step foot on stage to compete. 

Royal Never Give Up are, of course, favored to end up in first place, but if their weaknesses creep up to the surface (as was the case during the 2021 LPL Summer Split), they might struggle a lot more than most folks expect and could, potentially, even drop down to second place if PSG and Fnatic step up — a long shot, but far from impossible. 

PSG Talon are also horrendously underrated despite the fact that they wrecked house at this year’s MSI. Heck, they were the biggest surprise of the tournament, and a wholly positive one, too! If they can once again recreate a bit of that magic, they’ll definitely push RNG and FNC to their limits and, who knows, maybe even get out of groups at someone’s expense.

The same goes for Fnatic, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that they’re slightly more volatile and inconsistent than their opponents. Their highs are equally as impressive, but their lows are also quite crippling and tend to occur a bit more often than we’d like. Still, they have the right kind of mindset and the perfect line-up to trade blows with the PCS and LPL representatives, and if their players deliver (as was the case on so many occasions in the past), they’ll no doubt leave a mark in one way or another. 

GROUP D:

MAD Lions (LEC); Gen.G (LCK); Team Liquid (LCS); TBD

Last but certainly not least, we have group D, a most interesting group, and also one that is a bit more flexible in nature than most folks realize. MAD Lions are probably the best team here, but they’re also relatively inconsistent and are far from infallible. Heck, they’re not that experienced either — a spectacular showing at MSI doesn’t necessarily have to translate over to the Worlds stage as well. It’s not a black-and-white kind of thing but is, instead, extremely nuanced and has many moving parts, most of which aren’t in MAD’s control. Scrim results, the meta, styles and match-ups and so on — there’s a slew of factors that affect a team’s performance, and things sometimes just don’t “click” in the right way. 

Now, does that mean MAD Lions might implode and fail? Not in the slightest, but it does mean that they might not be quite as dominant and commanding as a good chunk of the community expects them to be. Moreover, it’s not like Gen.G and Team Liquid lack the tools to compete — they have what it takes to beat MAD on a good day which, of course, doesn’t mean they will. 

Speaking of Gen.G, they’re still as capable and talented as ever, but in terms of match-ups, MAD Lions are probably the worst opponent they could’ve gotten — the LEC champions play a very aggressive, fast-paced brand of League and that’s precisely what Gen.G has generally struggled with in the (relatively) recent past. Be that as it may, this perennial LCK organization is still stacked with talented players (to put it mildly) and will surely deliver in one way or another. 

Finally, there’s Team Liquid: a team that, for all intents and purposes, is one of the biggest question marks of the Group Stage. Could they advance further into the tournament? For sure, but only if they play their best LoL yet. And, well, they could also implode and go 0W-6L. It’s a coin toss, basically.

TL has fairly long stretches of either absolute mediocrity or staggering dominance, and you can never be too certain of what’ll happen before they spawn on the Rift and start playing — we’ve seen both shades of TL, sometimes in the span of just a couple of weeks. 

They’re not volatile in general, but they just somehow regress and revert to using their old, exploitable tactics before once again mounting the biggest of comebacks. Will we see the dominant, in sync Team Liquid from the Lock-In tournament and Spring, or will they struggle much like they did throughout the last few months? If they can play as well as they did in the Summer Split playoffs, they will definitely stand a chance at making it out of groups. 

If, however, LNG Esports get slotted into Group D, things could potentially change quite a bit, so definitely keep an eye on the Play-In Stage as it’ll impact the rest of the tournament in hugely important ways.

2021 LoL World Championship | Closing Thoughts

We risk sounding like a broken record, but really try your best to watch as many games as you possibly can as no preview in the world will provide you with the nuanced information you’ll be able to gather from a few games of League. That way you’ll see how well a team can adapt, whether it adheres to the meta or is thinking “outside of the box,” you’ll see what exactly it is that they’re prioritizing and how they handle the pressure of competing on the biggest stage in the world. 

Some individuals thrive under these circumstances whereas others crumble and retrogress. Experience also plays a key part, but every international tournament is a story in itself, so take everything that has happened in the past with a bit of reserve.

In any case, good luck with your betting endeavors! 

Tournament Format

TBD