It's time to prepare a cool glass of champagne and some nibbles for all of your friends – the Grand Finals of the 2016 League of Legends World Championship is already scratching at the door. The final teams have been decided. Korea has proven, once again, to be the most dominant and reliable region in the world. Their rigorous practice and structure has allowed Samsung Galaxy and SK Telecom T1 to advance to the finals. A lot of people think this series could be fairly one sided but I believe that both teams have the potential to take a win, because of how strong both of these teams have proven to be we could be looking at an intense finals! Make sure you catch the game when they go live on Saturday, October 29th. But don't look wistfully at the imminent end of this great Championship, the LoL All-Stars 2016 tournament is almost at the ready! All information about the Championship tournament, the whole schedule, all participating teams and all dates can as always be found at our LoL Worlds 2016 tournament overview,
Finals LoL Worlds 2016 | Facts
- Date: 29/10/2016
- Location: Los Angeles, California – Staples Center
- Patch: LoL Worlds Patch 6.18
- Grand Final of the tournament, winner is World Champion 2016
- Teams: 2 international LoL teams from South Korea
- 1 best-of-5 match
- Live-Stream for all games
- Betting Odds for all matches available
- Finals – Schedule and Results
- Finals – Match Predictions
- Hashtag: #Worlds #Worldsbigplays #Worlds2016
LoL Worlds 2016 Finals – Betting odds
As soon as our well-known online bookmakers for esports will provide betting odds for the most important match of the tournament you will find a comparison of all betting providers right here. Currently bet365 has already provided betting odds for the grand finals of the tournament. Unsurprisingly the SK Telecom T1 team leads over Samsung by means of betting odds. Keep always in mind that all the odds shown here might have changed in the meantime. Follow the links to take a look at the latest League of Legends (LoL) betting odds.
Quarterfinals betting odds in comparison
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Titleholder SK Telecom T1 is hungry for their third World Championship and first successful defense of the title in the history of competitive League of Legends. In the other corner of the boxing ring we find the Samsung team, ready to prove themselves to be a worthy opponent and dangerous contester for the title. The live stream starts on 01:00 CEST for all European watchers, don't forget to turn in! The full schedule of the 2016 League of Legends World Championship can always be found right here.
Grand Finals – LoL Worlds 2016 – Schedule & Results
Saturday, October 29th
Grand Final: SK Telecom T1 vs. Samsung 3 : 2
Start Time: October 29th, 04:00 PM PDT / 07:00 PM EDT / 01:00 CEST (next day)
Substitutes and Roster Changes
Currently there are no roster changes for the grand final games announced.
Grand Final: SK Telecom T1 vs. Samsung Galaxy
Samsung Galaxy really overwhelmed their opponents in the semi-finals and had shown a mastery of dominance, it’s going to be extremely difficult for them to pull something like that off against SK Telecom T1 who has only fallen to niche or surprising champion compositions. SK Telecom T1 were challenged with surprising champion picks that caused a lot of issues for them but through the best of 5 series they were able to overcome the Rox Tigers in what is being considered the most exciting and highest quality series of the 2016 World Championship. Will Samsung Galaxy bring more of this excitement and make this World Championship something to remember?
Samsung Galaxy – Overcoming H2k wasn’t much of an issue for SSG, even though H2k were looking exceptional SSG were able to pick them apart and take them down in an extremely convincing 3:0 series. If they can take the same steps when facing SKTT1 they might be able to create boundless early game pressure to gain a lead, using this lead is where their issues could arise. SSG will need to control vision in a precise manner and use it to throw off SKTT1 wherever possible.
SK Telecom T1 – After working tirelessly to beat the surprising Miss Fortune support, SK Telecom T1 were facing a few issues internally, they were making decisions that were causing them trouble and were tiring throughout their best of 5 series. They did come out on top but they were faced with more issues than they were comfortable with, when facing off against SSG they’re going to need to tread carefully during the earlier stages of the game and claim their lead through strategic use of objectives and well executed engagements for team fights.
SK Telecom T1 are being considered the stronger and more advantageous team by the vast majority of people but this doesn’t mean they’re going to just take the series. Samsung Galaxy has already shown that they can take and push a lead in the earlier stages of the game and can easily follow up with calculated and strategic decisions. If SKTT1 fall into bad habits they’re going to need to find opportunities to quickly recuperate. With this being a best of 5 series I expect the 1st game to be a bit faster paced than the remainder of the series, the teams will be testing each other and figuring out strengths and weaknesses. I think SKTT1 will adapt more quickly at this point but SSG will show a lot of strength throughout the series, pushing against SKTT1 and creating an exciting series for us all.
Samsung Galaxy and SK Telecom T1 have fought through easy and difficult games, they’ve shown near complete mastery of the game but a lot of this series is going to come down to the mistakes they make. Both teams are fantastic at capitalising on mistakes and whoever missteps first is going to have a harder time. Because of this I think we could be looking at quite a few slow and reserved games before a team steps up and turns aggressive.
Prediction: SK Telecom T1 Victory. SK Telecom T1 had a few issues in their series against the Rox Tigers but is known for their quick adaptions and their formidably precise style of play. Because of this I think they’ll be able to take a lead in the series and hold it comfortably. Samsung Galaxy will put up a fight with everything they have but I doubt it’s enough to take the series to 5 games where they take the final game.
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Predictions by Addam ‘Canvas’ Burrows, English Literature and Journalism student of 2013. Diamond League Marksman. Contact Addam ‘ Canvas’ Burrows on Twitte