As we head into LoL Worlds 2021, we enter an era anew with teams looking to re-establish old dynasties and up-and-coming teams wanting to make a name for themselves in League’s revered history. Read on to know more about LoL Worlds betting and who we think will take the trophy in Worlds 2021.
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What is Worlds?
The World Championship is an annually held international tournament held by Riot Games. Worlds is the end goal of every professional League of Legends player with all the roads leading up to the much-awaited tournament. Worlds gets all the top performing teams from all-year round and pits them against each other.
Tournament Format: Same Old, Same Old
As per tradition, Worlds will, once again, be following their same old format that’s been in place for the longest time. Worlds will begin with the Play-In stage where teams will be competing for the last spots at the Group Stage. Play-Ins will have a Group Stage following a single round robin of best-of-ones where the top team qualifies for the Main Event. Then, the Knockout Stage will see the bottom teams from the groups fighting for the last two spots in the Main Event through a best-of-five, single-elimination bracket.
The Main Event follows a similar format where sixteen (16) teams are drawn into four (4) groups based on seeding. They then play best-of-ones in a double round robin where the top two teams from each group will be advancing to the Knockout Stage. The Playoffs or Knockout Stage is the last stretch of Worlds where teams fight in best-of-fives in a single-elimination bracket. Despite calls to adjust the format in the past years, Riot has yet to implement a double-elimination bracket for Worlds.
Who’s Competing – LoL Worlds 2021 Teams
In 2021, regions from all over the world fought for their spot at Worlds across Spring and Summer with only the best teams qualifying for the awaited tournament. Worlds has qualifiers from all the regional leagues including:
- North America
- Latin America
Despite Riot’s efforts however, the VCS will not be able to take part in the international tournament once again due to travel restrictions brought by the pandemic. This gave Rogue, who came behind MAD Lions and Fnatic, a direct seed into the Main Event.
You can check all the standings thus far in Liquipedia. Get to know the following teams that will be competing in the tourney:
|LCK||Korea||Hanwha Life Esports|
|CIS||Russia||Unicorns of Love|
|LCS||North America||100 Thieves|
|LPL||China||Royal Never Give Up|
|LCS||North America||Team Liquid|
LoL Worlds 2021 Betting Odds, Tips & Predictions
Worlds 2021 will set the tone for LoL Esports in the coming decade. As such, the regions and their teams are going to be pressed to start the next wave of Rift dominance at LoL Worlds 2021. Read on to see how we’re approaching betting on the much-awaited int’l tournament.
LoL Worlds 2021 Betting Odds
LoL Worlds 2021 Betting Predictions
In the past year, we’ve seen the fall of Damwon KIA to Royal Never Give Up in the return of the Mid-Season Invitational. Even if the series went all the way to Game 5, this has planted doubts about Korea being the regional powerhouse to beat despite just winning Worlds in 2020.
Qualifiers Per Group
The Worlds 2021 Group Draw is out of the way with Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski having decided the course of the competition at the tournament. Seeing groups with teams such as DWG KIA and FunPlus Phoenix on one hand and EDward Gaming and T1 on another, this Worlds 2021 will be one of the closer tournaments we’ve had in the past years.
To start this year’s Worlds, we’re seeing the LCK and the LPL have a team of their own in the play-ins in Hanwhat Life Esports and LNG Esports. This is a result of their performance in the past years which has each given them a final and fourth seed at Worlds 2021. This simply means that the competition at the Play-Ins is going to be more cutthroat than last year with how oppressive these major regions can be. But given the best-of-one format at the beginning of play-ins, we can expect upsets to be had at the hands of the more inconsistent regions such as the LCS and the LPL.
— LoL Esports (@lolesports) September 22, 2021
Nevertheless, at the end of it all, we expect Hanwha Life Esports to top Group A with the prowess that Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon demonstrated at the LCK Regional Finals 2021. Meanwhile, all hopes are on Cloud9 in Group B to learn from their past mistakes and perform at the level they are expected to against Play-In teams. Behind them, we can see LNG Esports easily qualifying for the Group Stage through the hands of Lee “Tarzan” Seung-yong, one of the best junglers of the world right now. Lastly, DetonatioN FocusMe looks to secure the last slot ahead of the Unicorns of Love for their consistent performance at the Mid-Season Invitational 2021 earlier in the year. With a win over Cloud9 and close games over the former world champs DWG KIA, it’s safe to say that this team has potential to make their name be known internationally in Worlds 2021.
- Hanwha Life Esports
- LNG Esports
- DetonatioN FocusMe
This Worlds seems to be top-heavy with veteran teams looking to dominate the competition once again. With returning Worlds and Mid-Season Invitational champions such as DWG KIA, FunPlus Phoenix, T1, and EDward Gaming, these teams will be at each other’s throats trying to put each other down.
— LoL Esports (@lolesports) September 22, 2021
Group A: This Year’s Group of Death
Sorry to say Rogue but your luck may have run out this Worlds as DWG KIA and FPX are together in one hell of a group in Group A.
Now, debates will be had over which of these Eastern teams will stand on top at the end of groups. In defense of the Korean overlords, DWG KIA has consistently been able to perform at the highest level. Whether it’s through Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu’s ability to solo carry through the jungle or Heo “ShowMaker” Su just being ShowMaker, DWG KIA have been able to stand on top for this long because of their clutch playmaking. When it matters, DWG KIA have always been able to step up despite whatever disadvantage is thrown at them. Kim “Khan” Dong-ha has done well to fill in the shoes that Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon left behind in the past year as well. However, the question remains as to why DWG is at these disadvantages in the first place. As such, Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun and Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee will need to step it up in the bottom lane if they want to do what only SKT T1 have done in League’s history — winning Worlds back-to-back.
Despite losing a close series to Royal Never Give Up at MSI 2021, never count DWG KIA out as they adapt and adjust to the tides at Worlds 2021.
FunPlus Phoenix was heralded as the team to beat in the LPL Summer Playoffs 2021. They were on pristine form as they were in 2019 when they won the World Championship. Doinb was the super carry that the team needed with the highest gold generation (452 GPM) and kill participation for his team (at 82%) throughout the playoffs. Their jungler Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang is having his own resurgence as well following a break from competitive play earlier in the year. With an impressive 8.1 average assists, he and Doinb were key in unlocking the team to play their fullest throughout their matches. What sets FunPlus Phoenix apart however is how the team has a consistently high bar of play which was unmatched except by EDward Gaming in the Grand Finals. Even in their worst days, FPX still have the firepower to take down top-tier teams at Worlds 2021.
Thus, look out for this explosive team as they reclaim the trophy for their region and hope to earn their chance to hoist the Summoner’s Cup once again.
Group B: East Dominates Once Again
Despite what looks to be a promising group for North America’s 100 Thieves, the competition may be a bit too tough as T1 and EDG look to secure their spot at the Knockout Stage.
EDG are coming hot off their heels following their upset win against FunPlus Phoenix. With an all-new lineup and everything to prove at Worlds 2021, hopes are high for EDG to prove themselves in the international tourney. After finally breaking their Quarterfinals curse by winning MSI 2015, the team now looks completely different with their core of Park “Viper” Do-hyeon and Tian “Meiko” Ye. In the Finals, Viper shut down the hopes of Doinb’s reverse sweep with an impressive 11/1/3 performance on Aphelios carrying his team to victory at every step of the way. But don’t slouch against the rest of their team because Zhao “Jiejie” Li-Jie can carry on his own from the Top Lane with MVP performances on Lucian in the Grand Finals. All that’s left is for the team not to underperform to their standard and they’ll have the individual prowess to make it out of whatever situation they’re forced in.
Perhaps the team with the most anticipation coming into the tournament, T1, formerly known as the dominant SKT T1, is returning to the international stage after their last appearance in 2019. At the helm of course is the Unkillable Demon King himself, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, who has been the team’s veteran leader since time immemorial. But this time he’s got a squad of youngsters around him to lead. The rebranded T1 has a completely different style with an aggressive early game that likes to push leads from the top side of the map through the duo of Kim “Canna” Chang-dong and Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan. With an impressive 1078 gold differential at 15 minutes in the LCK Regional Finals 2021, it’s clear that if T1 can get a lead, they can snowball the game out of control. Furthermore, the carry potential of their bot lane in Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong or Park “Teddy” Jin-seong has gotten them out of games where they should have lost if it weren’t for their monstrous performances.
Despite being a former world champion, T1 is an underdog heading up against the tournament favorites. However, they can win a match against anyone on any given day.
Group C: Looks Can Be Deceiving
Even with Fnatic going all the way to the semis in the LEC Summer Playoffs 2021, their caliber of play will be challenged by the stalwart Royal Never Give Up and the 18-0 PSG Talon in the Group Stage.
Royal Never Give Up
Despite being the third seed of the LPL, their name deserves more respect than the seeding they were given. At the start of the year, no one would have thought that Li “Xiaohu” Yuan-Hao role-swapping to Top Lane would have made waves for RNG. But as they have proven at MSI 2021, RNG have already proven the worth of this roster coming into Worlds 2021. The success of RNG thus far can be attributed to their jungle-support duo in Yan “Wei” Yang-Wei and Shi “Ming” Sen-Ming. Their roaming dominance gave them an insane 2425 gold differential at 15 minutes at MSI 2021 This was thanks to their herald control which was around 72.2% of all heralds taken. Even though they had a few hiccups in Summer 2021, it was primarily due to starting the season late coming from quarantine from Iceland.
As such, Royal Never Give Up are alongside the likes of DWG KIA, FPX, and EDG for the contenders of this year’s Summoner’s Cup.
We’ve heard of PSG before as they made their way to the semifinals of MSI 2015 and even took a game from the eventual champions, RNG. In the past year, they’ve slowly made their way up the ranks as an up-and-coming major region and perhaps, Worlds 2021 is the time for them to make their statement loud and clear. Up against their biggest competition in Fnatic, we believe PSG Talon stands a good chance against them because of their diverse playbook that they’ve shown in Summer. As a first, Huang “Maple” Yi-Tang’s proficiency at roam-heavy and skirmish champions alike will prove to bottleneck Fnatic’s choices. This is because Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer’s champion pool has only seen success with Ryze and Twisted Fate with his most-picked champion Sylas at an abysmal 42.9% win rate. This trend continues to the Top Lane where Adam “Adam” Maanane’s bruiser-heavy champion pool can be made irrelevant with Su “Hanabi” Chia-Hsiang’s ability to play weak side.
It will then come down to PSG’s bottom lane to exploit the mistakes that Fnatic’s Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev and Galabov “Upset” Elias Lipp commit to turn fate in their favor and qualify for Groups.
Group D: The West’s Return?
Though we’ve primarily talked lowly of the West in this year’s Worlds, this could be a year where a team that couldn’t make past Play-Ins last year makes it big in the following year.
MAD Lions have come a long way since last year’s fall at the Worlds 2020 Play-Ins. They have taken down G2 Esports and started a dynasty of their own as the New Kings of Europe. In the past year, their mid laner Marek “Humanoid” Brázda has been a force to be reckoned with proving to be one of their team’s biggest assets. Their top-jungle duo has been revitalized as well with İrfan Berk “Armut” Tükek and Javier “Elyoya” Prades Batalla. Altogether, MAD Lions look like an unstoppable beast that can bounce back from any given situation. They are aggressive and take opportunities that teams wouldn’t dare to pounce on; as fitting to their name. This is further supported by the fact that they win 100% of their games when ahead at 15 minutes, as shown in the LEC Summer Playoffs 2021.
All in all, MAD are a well-rounded team that can get it past Groups and make a deep run in the Knockout Stage if they play their cards right.
Since their beginnings in 2017, Gen.G has been a consistently good team. After all, they do have championship-caliber players such as Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk in their roster. Throughout the years, Gen.G’s playstyle have always been to play slow-and-steady and play front-to-back teamfights. This still holds today with Kim “Clid” Tae-min preferring champions such as Volibear and Jarvan IV in the jungle and Kim “Life” Jeong-min playing Leona and Thresh. Their playstyle is as cookie cutter as it gets with their mid laner on a scaling mage, Ruler on a carry-type AD, and Kim “Rascal” Kwang-hee on bruisers such as Lee Sin, Camille, and the like.
Although their individual and team prowess has been good enough to get them out of Groups in the past years, it’s yet to be seen if teams such as Team Liquid are now good enough to challenge them for their spot at the Knockout Stage. And even if they do make it past Groups, their odds of winning against a simply better team is way lower. As such, I’d be wary to bet on them past the Group Stage.
Betting Tips for LoL Worlds 2021
With all the teams coming together at Worlds, it can be a tall task to decide on which teams to side with and what matches to bet on. But, that doesn’t mean you have to go in blind! Here are but a few reminders to go by as you go all in on LoL Worlds 2021.
The Information Game
As a rule of thumb, it’s better to bet on a team knowing what you’re actually getting into. Do your research or you’re going to painfully lose your bets. To start, you want to go back to the Summer playoffs to see how a team has been performing in the past month. Then, you want to trace it back to their regular season and see how consistent they are across their games. Through these analyses, you can start to see patterns of play and hopefully, be able to predict match outcomes.
As an example, the LCK Summer Playoffs saw teams putting down 3.4-4.1 wards per minute. This is significantly lower to the LEC who only had a highest of 3.4 wards per minute. This signifies a playstyle that revolves around vision control which tends to be slow and calculated — which is reflected in their game time that tends to be a minute or two longer than the LPL’s. If you haven’t the time to spare, you can check out highlights of the regional matches on channels such as Kaza LoL Esports Highlights on YouTube.
Alongside watching their VODs, you can take it a step further and look up these teams’ stats on platforms such as Games of Legends and Oracle’s Elixir. With the stats to back up your decisions, you can be more confident that you’ll be getting a return on your hard-earned investment.
When in Doubt, Look to the East
We know we’ve always had the conversation about the “gap closing”, but you’ll see that the teams from Korea and China are incredibly stacked in Worlds 2021. Across the board, no matter if it's the first or third seed, these are teams that could easily win the tournament. Take EDward Gaming for example, who won MSI in 2015. Then, you have FunPlus Phoenix behind them with Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang holding the line in the mid lane. And you can never take RNG out of the equation when they just won MSI 2021.
Meanwhile for Korea, you have the former World Champions DWG KIA who are just as strong as ever having finished Summer Playoffs as champions. You have the ever-reliable Gen.G who have been a force to be reckoned with since their days in Samsung Galaxy. Lastly but definitely not the least, you have T1 who are five-time international champions. With the fall of former goliaths such as G2 Esports, who were responsible for putting the West on the map in international play, it’s only to be expected for doubts to be placed on rising teams such as MAD Lions and 100 Thieves in Worlds 2021.
Although we can never take them out of the equation, we can easily tell you to keep your eye on these Eastern teams for Worlds 2021 as they look to lift the Summoner’s Cup.
Remember TSM’s 0-6 Run
Now, we’re not slandering Team SoloMid for their winless run at Worlds 2020 last year but it is a reminder of what can happen at the international stage. Even a major region with an esteemed history, despite whatever they have going on for them, can fall at the Group Stages. Expectations can be shattered, and dreams can come true in Worlds.
Take a look at last year’s Worlds where one of the tournament favorites Top Esports lost to their own region’s lower seed in Suning after a convincing 3-1 series. Suning would then go on to reach the Finals when no one ever expected them to and make Damwon sweat after a tense series. As such, this opens up the opportunity for you to find these upsets and win big on your own right.
In the Group Stage, matches are held in best-of-ones so that means an even higher chance for one-off upsets to happen. Meanwhile for the playoffs, it’s more likely that the better team will perform during the given series. As such, you’ll have to go back to Step 1 and analyze the Group Stage games to see if a team is truly worth their mettle or just all the hype.
Popular Bets for LoL Worlds 2021
Worlds will have a ton of games for you to bet on from start to finish. From moneyline betting to handicap betting, you can check out how these bets work in our comprehensive betting guide or read down below.
Moneyline bets are simple and straightforward for those just starting out; those who’ve only started getting into LoL Esports will find moneyline bets as their go-to. In this kind of betting, you simply pick the team you want to bet behind and name your price. Of course, predicting an upset, wherein an underdog wins against a favored opponent, will net you higher returns. Simple, right?
When you think you’ve got the hang of moneyline bets, you can start moving your way up the ladder. If you’ve put in the time grinding in Ranked queue, you’d know that there are objectives to be taken in each game aside from kills such as dragons, towers, and inhibitors. In propositional betting, you bet on the occurrence (or its lack thereof) of these objectives getting taken by the team you’re eyeing on.
In Rivalry, for example, you can put prop bets on events such as:
- Both teams to destroy an inhibitor
- First team to slay Baron Nashor
- Team to take down the first Tower
- Team to take First Blood
Even before Worlds starts, you can already start placing your bets on categories such as outright winner of the tournament, the teams to make Finals, region of the champion, and teams to go undefeated during the entirety of the tournament. If you want to go a step further, you can even predict specials such as the team to have the highest average game duration, most deaths in a game, and even the most slain elemental dragon across the tournament!
In this way, you can make serious cash betting on what’s happening on the Rift outside of who wins or loses. But, prop betting needs a good amount of research on the teams you’re betting on and their playstyle because you’re practically predicting what will happen in-game when they go head-to-head.
If you’ve heard of over/under in traditional betting, total betting works in the same way. In this kind of betting, you are asked to predict if the match will go over or under an in-game metric such as towers taken, dragons slain, and game time. For example, predicting whether the longest game in Worlds will be over or under 51 minutes and 30 seconds.
Total betting can be compared to moneyline betting in the sense that it’s relatively straightforward. To do this, you can simply look at a team’s performance over the course of the competitive split and go from there. But before you confidently place your bets, always remember that players are just human at the end of the day. They can underperform compared to their ‘norm’ of play at any time.
In a best-of series, you can also bet on how many games the match-up will go. For example, you can predict that FunPlus Phoenix will 3-0 MAD Lions in the Knockout Stage by betting under the 3.5 map spread.
Lastly, handicap bets allow bookmakers to even out the playing field for the underdogs. In League of Legends, they do this through maps won (in best-of series) and the number of kills they need to be ahead of to be considered a win.
In this kind of betting, you can cash out on a bet put on a team at +1.5 as long as they manage to win one game in the best-of-three or win it outright. Meanwhile, a -1.5 bet means that the team must win two straight games to have the bet paid out. This increases the risk that you can take while betting, but with an equivalent increase in payout if you manage to get it right.
The kill handicap functions in the same way. A -7.5 kill handicap means that your chosen team must end the game with over 8 kills ahead than their opponent. Meanwhile, a team with a +7.5 kill handicap must end the game only having 7 kills under the opposing team.
As in total and prop betting, the outcome of the match (winner and loser) does not influence the results of handicap betting.
Best betting sites to use for Handicap betting: Pinnacle
LoL Worlds 2021 Schedule
Worlds 2021 will be held from October 5 to November 6, 2021 in Reykjavík, Iceland with games played in the Laugardalshöll indoor sporting arena (the same location where MSI was played out). The LoL Worlds schedule follows after the venue for the international tournament was changed from China to Europe after concerns for safety due to the pandemic.
— LoL Esports (@lolesports) August 24, 2021
The schedule will be as follows:
- Play-Ins: October 5-9
- Groups: October 11-13 and October 15-18
- Quarterfinals: October 22-25
- Semifinals: October 30-31
- Finals: November 6
The Fame, The Glory: LoL Worlds 2021 Prize Pool
Lifting the Summoner’s Cup is the greatest achievement a League of Legends professional can ever get in their career. But aside from that, the winners will be taking a hefty slice of the initial $2.25 million prizing which is expected to grow based on a percentage of the profit of Worlds 2021 Jarvan IV. The champions will be getting their own, personally-designed skins such as last year’s DAMWON Gaming signature line.
History of LoL Worlds
League of Legends is now past its first decade as an esport. From Fnatic to Damwon KIA, we’ve had champions from Europe, Southeast Asia, Korea, and China since the World Championship was held in Phreak’s basement in 2011.
Past Season 1 of Worlds LoL, we are yet to have a Western champion in the game’s hall of fame. Although G2 Esports and Fnatic have come close in 2018-2019, League has predominantly been won by the East with Korea and their dynasty and China stepping up in the past years.
Early into its history, the Taipei Assassins were able to upset Azubu Frost in the Season 2 World Finals. But afterwards, Korea were nearly unstoppable all the way from Faker’s dominance in SK Telecom T1 to Samsung Galaxy taking them down in 2017. It was at this point when China started to make a name for itself with the fearsome Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok and Song “Rookie” Eui-jin duo in Invictus Gaming in 2018. FunPlus Phoenix would continue their legacy in 2019 sweeping G2 Esports 3-0 in Paris, France.
It would only be last year that Korea had started to find its resurgence with DAMWON Gaming who were on form all-year long. Now, it’s anyone’s guess to see among which of these old champions and new challengers will take the crown in 2021.
|SK Telecom T1||2016||$2,028,000|
|SK Telecom T1||2015||$1,000,000|
|SK Telecom T1||2013||$1,000,000|
LoL Worlds 2020 Key Stats
- In 2020, viewership for the World Championship had an average of 1,113,702 viewers
- Viewership peaked at 3,882,252 during the Grand Finals between Suning and DWG KIA
- These numbers compare similarly to that of Worlds 2019 with 3,985,787 peak viewers in the Semifinals with T1 versus G2 Esports
- Damwon Gaming claimed the Summoner’s Cup in 2020 taking home $556,250
- The team went on to rebrand as DWG KIA in the following year
- Unfortunately, they lost to Royal Never Give Up in the Finals of MSI 2021 which put them at second place
- The last time North America sent a team past the Group Stage was Cloud9 in 2018
- They made it to the Quarterfinals after sweeping Korea’s Afreeca Freecs
LoL Worlds 2021 Betting FAQs
When does LoL Worlds 2021 start?
The League of Legends World Championship 2021 will start on October 5, 2021 and will run until November 6, 2021.
Where can I watch LoL Worlds 2021?
What format does Worlds have this year?
LoL Worlds 2021 will follow a three-stage format divided into Play-Ins, the Group Stage, and Knockouts.
Where will LoL Worlds 2021 be held?
Despite being initially set in China earlier in the year, Worlds 2021 will be held in Reykjavík, Iceland. The tournament will be held without live audiences in Hall A of the Laugardalshöll sporting arena.
What are the best esports betting sites for LoL Worlds 2021?
Esports Betting Pro: Our Verdict
Coming into Worlds 2021, we see China as the region to beat once again as it was in 2018 and 2019. Although Damwon still stands in their way, they seem to have but a fraction of their power from last year. In the West, MAD Lions and 100 Thieves have everything to prove as their region’s representatives from this year. Meanwhile, teams such as PSG.Talon have been looking upward with an 18-0 perfect season behind their back.
Our Top Teams
In honesty, the competitors for this year’s trophy can be divided into two: DWG KIA and the LPL. While we already went in-depth on why DWG KIA is one of our key runners for the Summoner’s Cup, we can definitively say that either of FunPlus Phoenix, EDward Gaming, and Royal Never Give Up can also win the championship on the day itself. We believe that these teams are simply at a caliber of their own and will take an ungodly level of coordination and individual prowess to overcome. Past the quarterfinals, we could even be seeing these teams as the last four standing at Worlds 2021.
Although they are strong within their own right, they have their flaws as well. DWG KIA’s loss to RNG at MSI 2021, FPX losing to EDG at the LPL Summer Finals 2021, EDG being sent to the lower bracket at the hands of World Elite, and Royal Never Give Up starting the half of Summer Season 1-5 — these are but a few of the pitfalls that these teams have suffered through in their run this year. Therefore, I’d encourage you to put your eye a bit closer to these teams in LoL Worlds betting and see how their performance comes along in the Group Stage as that would be a good indicator of their strength at LoL Worlds 2021.