South Korea has been installed as the clear favourite to yield a sixth consecutive League of Legends World Championship winner this year. In 2017, the country secured a famous one-two when Samsung Galaxy pipped SK Telecom T1 to the top prize. That followed two consecutive wins for SK Telecom T1 in 2015 and 2016, and cemented South Korea’s status as the source of the greatest LoL teams in the world. This year the World Championship is returning to South Korea, handing home field advantage to teams like Samsung Galaxy and SK Telecom T1, who are expected to battle it out for glory once more.
Betonline will have lines, check them out and find the best odds on the market, and you will see that South Korea is the 1.28 favourite to yield the winning team at this year’s big tournament, which will come replete with a prize pot close to $5 million. “25% of Championship Ashe and Championship Ward purchases will go toward the prize pool and be split among the teams participating at Worlds 2017 based on their final placement,” said organizer Riot Games. “Additionally, Riot will match 25% of all Championship Ashe sales during Worlds 2017 to be donated to three global charities.”
Of the South Korean team, Kingzone DragonX is currently the favourite to seize glory at the World Championship after pulling off a comfortable victory over SK Telecom T1 this week. They went into the bout as the overwhelming favourites and duly delivered on that status with a 2-0 victory. The team appeared to have a better handle on the new patch 8.4 than SKT and Kim “Khan” Dong-ha had a great time in lane as Jayce. His unremitting pressure inspired his team to victory, leaving Kingzone well clear at the top of the LCK standings.
That is formidable form to take into the World Championship later this year, and Kingzone is the deserved favourite ahead of SKT and KT Rolster. Samsung’s decision to sell the team has weakened it and the rebranded KSV is down in fourth in the list of favourites, paving the way for Kingzone to dominate.
South Korea has yielded the winner of the last five LoL World Championships, and home advantage should only make things easier for its top teams. But value lies elsewhere in the betting as China is 5.50 to provide the winner, Europe and North America are both 15.00 and the rest of the world is 34.00. It is difficult to see a team from Europe, America or the rest of the world springing an upset, but China is led by Invictus Gaming, and that team is certainly in with a chance. It has gone 9-1 this year and destroyed a big rival, EDward Gaming – arguably the strongest team in the LPL Western Conference – in a quick 2-0 victory last time out. It also comfortably beat Snake Esports recently, which leaves the Western Conference in a grim state. Invictus Gaming should take the Eastern Conference and go on to win the LPL China.
Invictus will be a fierce opponent for the South Korean heavyweights heading into the World Championship, but it is telling that the first three teams in the betting are all South Korean. Kingzone DragonX leads the way at 2.10, followed by SKT at 5.5 and KT Rolster, which is 7.00. Then you have Invictus Gaming out at 13.00, followed by another South Korean team in KSV, which is 15.00. That is a pretty potent illustration of South Korean prowess heading into the World Championship, and it looks highly likely to deliver on those 1.28 odds and make it six wins in a row.
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