Betting preview: League of Legends World Championship group stage wraps up

08 October 2016


League of Legends World Championship’s is the most watched event in the esports world. We have a look at the action this evening and where we think there may be a bit of value to be had.


League of Legend’s World Championships continue this week and it’s safe to say that it’s not been short of upsets thus far. EDG (pictured above) came into the tournament as the top seed from China and the community had extremely high expectations for the Chinese giants. However, their tournament so far has not gone to plan. After losing to second European seed H2K late last night they see themselves scrape through the group in second place but it does mean they will have to face one of the top placed teams in the next round.

The outcomes of the group stage are very nearly decided. It looks likely that SK Telecom T1 will top Group C. If one thing’s for sure, it would take a brave man to back against the 2015 World Champions. However, they did drop a game last week against Flash Wolves and in the repeat fixture tonight some bookmakers are pricing the Taiwanese team at as long as 4.00 to achieve the same feat as they did last week.

Group D, on the other hand, looks extremely tough to call. TSM have the backing of a raucous home crowd and in a heated esports environment, it’s definitely worth taking into consideration. It remains to be seen whether or not they can transfer the energy of the crowd into a positive performance but we saw glimpses at just how good all parts of their game can be when they dismantled Korean team Samsung Galaxy. The Koreans then went on to beat Royal Never Give Up – who TSM dropped a game to. Bookmakers are extremely cautious on this group with the three names above all priced at around 2.80 to win the Group. Our area of interest is Splyce. H2K surprised the world last night when they went 4-0 and whilst Splyce were handed the dubbed ‘Group of Death’ – there’s hope for them yet. They’re priced at 101.00 to even qualify from Group D, and 201.00 to win the Group.

Esports insider: Judging by the roller-coaster that this World’s has been so far – we’re going for a small bet on Flash Wolves to beat SK Telecom T1 @ 4.00 and Splyce to qualify @ 101.00 – both on Bet365.