Suning and the rest of the LoL Pro League (LPL) fell short to continue their region’s dynasty in Worlds 2020. For the coming season, we’ve put together your catch-all guide to betting on the league as the fallen region looks to rise from the ashes to their once-ruthless form. Check our guides to other esports tournaments here!
LPL Betting: Where to Place your Bets
For betting on the LoL LPL 2021 Spring and onwards, you can place your League of Legends bets on bookmakers such as 1xbet, bet365, and dafabet. To read up on our recommendations, you can check our esports betting sites list here.
1xbet is partnered with sports and esports organizations such as FC Barcelona and NAVI. They offer betting on the tournaments held every year from the major competitive regions. Read up on our comprehensive 1xbet esports review to get you all caught up with 1xbet.
Bet365 is based in the United Kingdom and serves bettors from American Football to esports. The bookmaker offers betting on maps, objectives, and kills scored. Look at our comprehensive bet365 esports review to get yourself started on bet365.
Dafabet serves bettors in the Asian Pacific region alongside Europe. Dafabet was known to be partnered with Fnatic in 2015, one of the leading organizations in esports. Get to know how to navigate dafabet with our comprehensive dafabet esports review.
LPL Betting Markets: What Can You Bet On
In League of Legends, there are a few ways for you to bet on in tournament games. There are moneyline wagers, handicap bets, totals, prop bets, and futures. You can explore how these bets work and our own in-depth LoL betting guide.
Before exploring betting on League of Legends, it would be optimal if you can learn about the basics of the game first. Aside from playing the game, there are resources that you can look up such as Mobalytics, ProGuides, and Skill Capped. You can follow the game’s esports scene on LoL Esports, Twitch, and YouTube.
For those who want to go deeper into the nitty gritty, you can check out player and team stats on Oracle’s Elixir and Games of Legends. By seeing the LPL stats for yourself, you can make informed decisions on who to bet on in the LPL.
Knowing how champions work, the individual champion roles, game mechanics, objectives, and everything goes together is critical for your success as a bettor.
LPL Betting Tips & Predictions 2021
In Worlds 2020, the LPL, the then-reigning champions, couldn’t find their stride to defend their hold of the Summoner’s Cup. Despite the buildup surrounding top-tier reps Top Esports and JD Gaming, they fell short in the Knockout Stage when it truly mattered. It was even the up-and-comers Suning that made a deep run in the tournament.
Midway into Spring, we’ve seen what the teams of the league are capable of in this season. However, there are still a ton of games to be had in the remaining weeks of the LoL LPL 2021 Spring. Remember, we’ve just had a massive shift in the meta with the arrival of the reworked items which could result in upsets earlier into the season. As such, we could see teams who do well early but fail to adapt later on, fall off before the season ends.
Who to Look Out For LPL Betting in 2021
The coming of another year means that there are bound to be moves in the offseason that will change the fate of the teams within the league. We’ve taken down all the LoL LPL roster changes and made our predictions on who will rise up to the challenge in the 2021 season. Read on for our LoL LPL odds as of Week 4, Day 3 of the Spring split.
Despite their record as of late, Top Esports should never be underestimated. Coming off from their semifinals loss at Worlds 2020, TES has stuck mostly together to hopefully achieve what they couldn’t in the past season. They started the off-season on the right footing by winning the 2020 Demacia Cup basically uncontested after sweeping the promising Team WE 3-0 in the Finals. Thus far, Top Esports have the undisputed finest carries in the league with knight and Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo. With these carries at the forefront, Top Esports have their work cut out for them with carries that they can always rely on. Paired with the wits of top-tier jungler Karsa, Top Esports are favored to dominate the LPL once again with just the sheer caliber of their players alone.
In Spring and moving forward, we’ll see if subbing in Wang “Zhuo” Xu-Zhuo for Liang “yuyanjia” Jia-Yuan will do the trick for Top Esports. In the Demacia Cup, the team already looks promising given the time they’ve started playing together. Their hunger for the throne alongside their experience from the past year will take this already-established roster to unforeseen heights. WIth the rest of the year to build themselves up, there’s no way to go for them but onwards and upwards.
JD Gaming were the rivals of Top Esports in 2020. The devil’s advocate of the league took Top Esports to back-to-back silver scrapes in the Spring and Summer Finals. With arguably the strongest top-jungle duo in the league in Zhang “Zoom” Xing-Ran and Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok, JD Gaming are one to look out for in the 2021 season. In the offseason, JDG picked up LGD Gaming’s Su “Xiye” Han-Wei and Afreeca Freecs’ Jin “Mystic” Seong-jun which will help prop up the team’s bottom half of the map. Xiye, in particular, was an integral part of last year’s LGD which almost qualified for Worlds playoffs after finishing with a 3-3 record in Group D. Although it is worth noting that as of right now, xiye still has to find his groove in JDG while Mystic has yet to play for the team in LoL LPL 2021. Perhaps the changes to their roster will wake Lee “LokeN” Dong-wook and Zeng “Yagao” Qi from their slumber and awaken the devil that lies within JD Gaming.
All in all, when JD Gaming can find themselves ways to play around their all-star jungler Kanavi, JDG will definitely be an apex predator in the LPL. If last year was an indication of their potential, JDG can reach even greater heights and hope to overcome their demons of yesteryear.
The world champions of years past couldn’t quite find the success they had in 2019. They narrowly missed out on Worlds 2020 after falling to Invictus Gaming in the first round of the Regional Finals. That’s why in the preseason, the team has looked to swap out their Top Laner to call in another world champion in DWG KIA’s Nuguri. With his flexibility to play champs from Ornn to Jayce, Nuguri is an investment that FPX are hoping will pay off in the long run. The pickup opens the team to playing top-centric as well or focus on the rest of the map thanks to the pressure the all-star top laner will provide. Now with the space to play as freely as they want, their bottom duo Lin “Lwx” Wei-Xiang and Liu “Crisp” Qing-Song can perhaps find their time to shine in the coming season.
Meanwhile, their mid laner Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang has historically been known for his unorthodox playstyles that have broken the meta such as his oppressive Nautilus mid that was key to their dominance in 2019. With the breadth of strategies brought about by the preseason changes earlier in the year, FunPlus Phoenix can look to thrive in the same manner they did so in their prime. Although, it must be taken note that their carry jungler Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang has been benched due to his health which could affect the team’s performance.
Suning are coming off the past year with their heads held high. Despite being second-rated heading into Worlds 2020, they exceeded expectations after taking down JD Gaming and Top Esports to qualify for the Grand Final. In 2021, Suning lost their primary shotcaller in Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh following his move to North America. But, make no mistake, they still have the makings of a team that can be competitive in the LPL. Chen “Bin” Ze-Bin and Xiang “Angel” Tao proved themselves to be quite the laners last Worlds on picks such as Gangplank and Akali. Lê “SofM” Quang Duy, on the other hand, made a name for himself with his innovative jungling playstyle with his signature Knight’s Vow into Spirit Visage build path. No matter the odds, Suning found ways to get themselves leads which won them games no one thought they could win.
Heading into the season, Suning’s up-and-coming rookie huanfeng will have to step up alongside his all-new support in Luo “ON” Wen-Jun. With the experience they’ve gotten from battling teams such as G2 Esports and Top Esports, huanfeng and the rest of Suning could turn this season into their standout year where they finally make up for their loss against Damwon.
One look at EDward Gaming and you’ll see the years of experience this team has on its belt. With the presence of veterans such as Li “Flandre” Xuan-Jun and Lee “Scout” Ye-chan in their lineup, EDG already have the potential to make their way deep into the Spring split. Alongside them, you have the promising talents of Park “Viper” Do-hyeon under the care of all-star support Tian “Meiko” Ye in the bottom lane. With the slotting in of up-and-coming jungler Zhao “Jiejie” Li-Jie who halves playtime with veteran Ming “Clearlove” Kai, EDG can hope to find the success that’s escaped them for the longest of time.
All of which can be seen in their undefeated 5-0 standing in the LoL LPL 2021 Spring. Although it’s too early to tell, EDG have taken down FPX and JDG in the past weeks of play which means that they have earned their place at the top of the standings. The coming weeks will be a test to see if EDG can stay on their feet as they face the raid bosses of the league such as Top Esports who are sure to improve over the course of the season.
Sitting right next to EDward Gaming would then be Team WE who are still undefeated with a 5-0 record as of Week 4 of the Spring split. Last year, Team WE narrowly made it to the Summer playoffs but fell to LGD Gaming in the first round. Now, they put in their talent prospects Cui “Shanks” Xiao-Jun while taking in former Oh My God top laner Chen “Breathe” Chen. Shanks was a part of their Academy team that took first in the LDL 2020 Spring while Breathe was known for his individual mechanics falling second only to TheShy in solo kills across the league. The team’s potential first saw waves in the Demacia Cup last Winter where they topped their group and only lost to Top Esports in the Finals. They even took down the fearsome JD Gaming 3-2 in the semis.
Thus far, Team WE has done well to take down bottom-tier teams such as Rogue Warriors and ThunderTalk Gaming. But, just like Edward Gaming, their real test has yet to come as they still have to face Top Esports, FunPlux Phoenix, Suning, and JD Gaming in the coming weeks. In the last week of Spring, we can then reassess our placement of Team WE and EDG as they go head-to-head to close out the season.
Ahh, Invictus Gaming. A shadow of its former glory. Since 2018, only their superstar marksman JackeyLove parted ways with the team to join Top Esports. Despite finishing first in the Regular Season in LPL 2020 Spring, they have never been the same since. In 2020, it seems as if the team’s trying to rebuild their roster. IG is onboarding their Academy jungler Peng “XUN” Li-Xun who was integral to their championship win in LDL 2020 Summer. Furthermore, former eStar Zhang “Wink” Rui will be joining them in the bottom lane. Given the experience of veteran support Wang “Baolan” Liu-Yi, perhaps IG’s Wink can be the rock that the team needs down in the bottom lane.
With players such as TheShy and Rookie on your lineup, it’s hard to imagine a world where IG aren’t in the least competitive. However, as you have seen in the past two years, they need way more than just their mechanics to be on the top. As much as they need their stellar solo laners to come back to form, the team still needs to build their synergy throughout the year as their 3-2 record shows.
Royal Never Give Up
Royal Never Give Up saw their carry Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao retire midway into the 2020 season. WIth his retirement means the coming of an era anew for RNG. Historically, Li “Xiaohu” Yuan-Haohas been the team’s core in the mid lane but in the past year, Xiaohu has decided to roleswap to the Top Lane for the 2021 season. Alongside the swap, RNG picked up eStar jungler Yan “Wei” Yang-Wei who was one of the better junglers in the LoL LPL Summer 2020 with a 428 XP differential at 15 minutes.
In 2021, RNG are off to a favorable start going 4-0 in Spring considering the time this roster has had to play together. In the Demacia Cup, RNG finished at the bottom four with the roster they’re using in the regular season. Thus, the team has definitely gotten better over the course of the past few weeks which shows their potential for the rest of the year.
Li-ning Esports has had subpar performances in the past year finishing Spring and Summer near the bottom of the standings. But in 2021, the team picked up the now-disbanded Griffin’s star jungler in Lee “Tarzan” Seung-yong and rebuilt their roster from the ground up. LNG Esports recruited Xie “icon” Tian-Yu from Oh My God and rookie top laner Chang “M1kuya” Xiao. Their bot lane tandem in Wang “Light” Guang-Yu and Liao “Iwandy” Ding-Yang remained the same from the past year however. Given the meta favoring carry junglers, Tarzan could open up opportunities that LNG Esports couldn’t take up on in 2020. But, that would be assuming he got along with icon and M1kuya in the solo lanes.
As of right now, LNG sits comfortably with a 3-1 record as the team starts to mesh in Spring. The team’s jungler, mid, and bot laners average near 73% Kill Participation which means that they are starting to build their synergy and play together well as a team. What lies ahead is the hard part as they face a caliber of players that will test the up-and-coming roster to the limits.
In the past season, Victory Five were in a position to do well given their 11-5 record finish at the end of 2020 Summer. However, they fell short of their potential and couldn’t get farther than Suning in the playoffs. This year, V5 has filled in Xie “LANGX” Zhen-Ying and Zhao “Aodi” Ao-Di in the top lane which is quite the improvement for the middle-of-the-pack team. The team recruited marksman Kim “Trigger” Eui-joo from the LCK’s SeolHaeOne Prince as well. With these key changes to their roster, Victory Five may just have the firepower to make a deep run in the LPL.
In the past weeks, V5 have been struggling to find their footing with a 2-3 record so far. But despite what their standing tells, V5 still found ways to be competitive in their close 1-2 losses. Individually, Li “Mole” Hao-Yan and Wang “y4” Nong-Mo have been stepping it up for Victory Five as the team’s primary carries. For the rest of the season, look out for V5 as they fight for wins on every corner.
What is the LPL?
The League of Legends Pro League, known as the LPL, is the professional regional league for League of Legends in China. The region had its start in 2013 and LPL LoL is known for their nigh-reckless aggression and skirmish-heavy playstyle. Historically, the region was always in the shadow of their fellow Eastern league, the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK). In their first season, Royal Club finished runner-up to SK Telecom T1 in the Season 3 World Championship. It would only be in the Mid-Season Invitational 2015 where EDward Gaming would secure the region’s first-ever international championship. It would even take longer until the region hoisted the Summoner’s Cup in Worlds 2018 where Invictus Gaming dominated the competition with players such as Song “Rookie” Eui-jin and Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok. Since then, the LPL has been a formidable contender for the Worlds trophy with FunPlus Phoenix sweeping Western superteam G2 Esports in the Grand Finals of Worlds 2019.
The region is known for developing player talents on a yearly-basis as they are home to 17 competing professional teams with their own academy teams in the League of Legends Development League (LDL). The region imports top-tier prospects from neighboring regions as well such as Hung “Karsa” Hao-Hsuan and in the preseason, DWG KIA’s former Top Laner Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon. With the rise of players such as Suning’s Tang “huanfeng” Huan-Feng and Top Esports’ Zhuo “knight” Ding in the past year, only time will tell if the fallen region can reclaim their spot back at the top in Worlds 2021.
Tournament Format and Who’s Competing
The LPL follows a regional franchise system where they have home stadiums for their league’s teams such as Royal Never Give up which is based in Shanghai, China. Given the following that League of Legends esports has in China, it only made sense for the LPL LoL to follow a regional model that works much like traditional sports such as in the NBA or the NFL.
The region has a Spring and Summer split which consists of a single round robin of best-of-three matches between all of the league’s teams. The playoffs of each split sees the Top 10 teams in the regular season battling it out in a two-phase playoffs stage. In the past split, the playoffs only took in the Top 8 teams of the season. In the first phase, teams are divided into two King-of-the-Hill Brackets. Then, the 1st and 2nd seeds from Phase 1 qualify for Phase 2 and compete in a double-elimination bracket. The playoffs are played out in best-of-fives where the champion of Spring qualifies for the year’s Mid-Season Invitational and the victor of Summer qualifies for Worlds. The remaining qualifying slots for Worlds are given to the team who has the most championship points and the champion of the Regional Finals.
The following teams are competing in the LoL LPL 2021 Spring Split:
- Bilibili Gaming
- Edward Gaming
- FunPlus Phoenix
- Invictus Gaming
- JD Gaming
- LGD Gaming
- LNG Esports
- Rare Atom
- Rogue Warriors
- Royal Never Give Up
- Team WE
- Top Esports
- TT Gaming
- Victory Five
LoL LPL Schedule
The LoL LPL Spring 2021 began last January 09, 2021 with Suning taking on Top Esports in the league’s first game of the year. Lucky for us, the LPL has games running everyday since then and is now in Week 4 of the regular season. The first series of the day starts at 10:00 A.M. CET with the following series starting at 12:00 P.M. CET.
In the past year, JD Gaming and Top Esports were neck-and-neck as the former won the LPL 2020 Spring Finals in a close 3-2 series. Meanwhile, Top Esports managed to get the upper hand in the latter half of the year as they took down JD Gaming 3-2 in their rematch. However, it would be Suning that would go all the way to the Finals in Worlds 2020 straight from the Regional Finals. Close as the games were, Suning fell down to Korea’s Damwon Gaming 3-1 in the Grand Finals.
Now, it seems as if the old guard are having a resurgence as EDward Gaming and Team WE are still undefeated with a 5-0 record in Week 4 of the LPL 2021 Spring split. The LoL Spring standings are as follows:
Where to Watch the LPL
The LPL’s Spring season started last January 9th and is set to run until March 28, 2021. The Spring playoffs will continue starting April 1 to 18, 2021. The schedule for the Summer season of the LPL has yet to be announced. But, it is to be expected that Summer will be between June and August with the Regional Finals near the end of August. For further updates, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, or on LoL Esports.
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History of the LPL
The LPL started in 2013 and saw Oh My God take the region’s first-ever trophy in the Spring split. Among the region’s champions, you’ll see the names of EDward Gaming, LGD Gaming, and Team WE earlier on. Starting 2019, the region would then see contenders vye for the throne in Invictus Gaming, FunPlus Phoenix, JD Gaming, and Top Esports.
Internationally, the LPL won the Mid-Season Invitational in 2015 with the dominant EDward Gaming. Then, in 2018, the LPL started their conquest for world domination as Invictus Gaming dominated the rest of the competition at Worlds 2018. In 2019, FunPlus Phoenix did the same with their innovative approach to playing the game. In 2020, Suning got close but couldn’t defend their region’s trophy in the Finals against the fearsome Damwon Gaming.
|Year||Spring Season||Summer Season|
|2013||Oh My God||Positive Energy|
|2014||EDward Gaming||EDward Gaming|
|2015||EDward Gaming||LGD Gaming|
|2016||Royal Never Give Up||EDward Gaming|
|2017||Team WE||EDward Gaming|
|2018||Royal Never Give Up||Royal Never Give Up|
|2019||Invictus Gaming||FunPlus Phoenix|
|2020||JD Gaming||Top Esports|
LoL LPL FAQ
Read the most popular questions about LPL Betting below.
When does the LPL start?
The Spring split of the LPL started in early January, 2021. The regular season will end on March 28 with playoffs starting on April 1, 2021.
What does the LPL mean?
The LPL stands for the League of Legends Pro League. The LPL was the strongest competitive region since 2018 until the past year. But, the LPL still remains as one of the strongest regions in League of Legends esports.
What tournaments does the LPL hold in a year?
The LPL has the Spring and Summer splits to determine the teams that will be representing the region in the Mid-Season Invitational and Worlds. After the splits, the team with the most championship points qualifies for Worlds as well. The LPL then holds the Regional Finals after summer playoffs to determine the last team that qualifies for Worlds.
Does the LPL have an international broadcast?
Where is the LPL hosted from?
The LPL is hosted live from the city stadiums that the competing teams are based in which changes depending on the competing teams.