It’s the most anticipated time of the year for League of Legends (LoL) players and punters. Starting in October and concluding one month later, the League of Legends World Championship (Worlds) 2021 brings the best teams in the world together.
The tournament begins with the Play-In stage and continues with the Main Event, where the four qualifying teams join 12 champions and regional finals winners. The World Championship provides excellent LoL Worlds betting opportunities on the outright winner, individual matches, and select markets. Riot Games have yet to publish the exact dates for the upcoming event. Based on past tournaments we can assume that it will be held sometime between September and October.
Where to place your LoL Worlds bets?
The LoL Worlds odds for the play-in matches are already available at leading bookmakers such as Bet365, Betway, and Unikrn. DWG KIA, Top Esports, and T1 are the main favorites to advance, with Invictus Gaming and G2 Esports the most likely candidates for the fourth and final, eligible place.
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Odds taken from GG.Bet on April 19th, 2021
Since the games are in a best-of-one format, punters can’t bet on LoL Worlds spreads for LoL Worlds championship betting. On the bright side, they can bet on special events, such as first blood, first Dragon, first tower, first Baron, and the total number of kills.
League of Legends World Championship Betting at a Glance
For an entire month, the top League of Legends teams will compete in best-of-one matches and best-of-five series, all for their quest to reach the grand final. During the play-in stage, the League of Legends Worlds betting options are limited to the winning team and special markets.
As the Vietnamese teams were unable to participate, the play-in format this year is different. Ten teams participate in the Play-in stage, divided into two groups of five. Each team plays a best-of-one round-robin in their group.
The top of each group advances to the Main Event, and the last in each group is eliminated. The remaining six teams then compete in a set of best-of-five series to determine the final two teams to qualify for the Main Event.
For the Main Event, sixteen teams participate, divided into four groups of four. Each group plays a best-of-one match in a double round-robin format—the top two teams from each group move on to the playoffs.
In the playoffs, the final eight teams compete in a single-elimination bracket. Each match is a best-of-five series. From those teams, one will emerge triumphant as the winner.
Top three bookies to bet on Worlds
Unikrn: Unlike traditional sportsbooks, Unikrn betting is focused solely on esports and as such, under the stewardship of founders Rahul Sood and Karl Flores, they have become market leaders in the esports betting industry. When it comes to esports betting, you cannot find a better or more specialist operator in the market than Unikrn.
Betway: Betway is one of the most respected names in online gambling, so esports gamblers had a lot to gain when they entered the market in 2016. They were one of the first mainstream betting sites to integrate gaming. Now, they’re a household name in esports. Their esports section has many of the same great features as their traditional sports offers.
Bet365: Bet365 esports is one of the premiere esports betting sites currently available. From its roots in the UK, Bet365 Sports has expanded across the globe to offer sports betting and other gambling services in over 200 different countries. The Bet365 LoL betting service also allows you to wager on things like first team to get 10 kills, team to slay the first dragon or baron, or you might also be able to bet on the team to destroy the first tower or inhibitor.
How does Ante-post LoL Worlds 2021 Betting Work?
The most important esports betting sites have already published the odds for the outright winners for those who want to bet on LoL Worlds champions. There isn’t a consensus about the main favorite. Instead, there are a few teams that stand out from the crowd.
Top Esports is a strong and in-form team that won the Mid-Season Cup in May 2019 and, more recently, their first domestic championship. The Chinese team’s dominant form explains why they are highly favored by betting sites in their LoL Worlds odds to win it all.
Top Esports’ superstar bot-laner Wen-bo “JackeyLove” Yu is one of the few players attending Worlds 2021 as a former World Champion. The 2018 champion will likely want to stake his claim as a true great by claiming a second title.
Other teams ranked highly in LoL Worlds power rankings are JD Gaming, G2 Esports, and DWG KIA.
JD Gaming finished in the semifinals at the Mid-Season Cup and placed second to Top Esports in the League of Legends Pro League (LPL). The Chinese region’s second seed features who many consider the best jungler in the tournament with Jin-hyeok “Kanavi” Seo.
The 2019 silver medalists G2 Esports return after winning both the Spring and Summer seasons for the League of Legends European Championship (LEC).
G2 Esports’ star mid-laner, Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther, finished in second place twice-in-a-row on two different teams at Worlds. This year, he will hope to overcome that final hurdle and lift the trophy himself finally.
DWG KIA finished in the quarter-finals last year. Some believe the team underperformed last year, and expect great things from the Summer champions and first seed of the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK). All eyes will be on superstar mid-laner Su “ShowMaker” Heo.
For these strong teams, punters should take care to check the LoL betting lines for their matches. As heavy favorites, these teams will often have some form of handicaps in their LoL betting lines that punters must keep in mind before deciding on their bet.
One of the main challenges of LoL Worlds betting is that most of the early games are in a best-of-one format. Punters have a single opportunity to guess the winner in their LoL Worlds predictions, and the odds are relatively low, especially during the play-in.
For LoL Worlds betting, betting on the favorites makes little sense at this stage, as the odds are ridiculously low. Instead, punters should focus on the potentially decisive matches between the teams competing for the second place in competitive groups.
Instead of betting on DWG KIA, Top Esports, or T1, punters looking to win big should focus on G2 Esports and JD Gaming.
Another way of navigating this early phase of the tournament is to resort to League of Legends Worlds 2021 betting on special markets.
Unikrn esports review details the LoL Worlds betting opportunities presented by the bookmaker on the key objectives that teams try to secure in game. Aggressive teams who tend to finish games sooner can be trusted to take down the first Baron or claim first blood.
For LoL Worlds championship betting, betting on the first tower and Dragon depends more on chance unless teams have junglers such as Olaf that are better at killing dragons, respectively, efficient pushers on the bottom lane to destroy towers.
Best-of-Five series a whole different ballgame when compared to Best-of-Ones. Outright bets are with somewhat equal odds between both teams and exotics are the main differentiating factor. Live Betting and betting in-play can net great returns for punters seeking to place bets during the Playoffs matches.
In each Bo5 series, you are guaranteed at least three games in which you can place bets on exotic markets like in-game objectives, Dragon Kills and First Bloods. However, you will need to have deeper insight into how each team operates, how they play the game and how they approach the current meta.
All matches in the Worlds 2021 Knockout Stage are in the Best-of-Five format, which theoretically means you have at least 21 games to bet on at the very least and over 30 at best.
2021 Favourites and Underdogs
DWG KIA, formerly known as DAMWON Gaming are the clear favourites for this year’s event. They recently won the Korean Esports Association KeSPA Cup. They have retained their winning 2020 team, Kim” Canyon” Geon-bu, Heo “ShowMaker” Su and Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun already had their contracts extended until the end of the 2021 season and Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon and Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee were also retained. There have not been many teams to win Worlds back to back but the team behind DWG KIA could be the ones to do it.
For a real underdog team, I would recommend checking out any of the Western teams. For years, the Asian teams have completely dominated the international League of Legends esports scene, but some Western teams have quietly been improving year on year. G2 Esports could be a dark horse candidate for this year’s event. They have a score to settle with DWG KIA and their signing of Martin “Rekkles” Larsson from Fnatic has stacked their team with some of the best players out there. Don’t count them out.
Previous League of Legends World Championship Winners
- 2020: DWG KIA
- 2019: FunPlus Phoenix
- 2018: Invictus Gaming
- 2017: Samsung Galaxy
- 2016: SK Telecom T1
- 2015: SK Telecom T1
- 2014: Samsung White
- 2013: SK Telecom T1
- 2012: Taipei Assassins
- 2011: Fnatic
Worlds 2021, what we know so far
The League of Legends World Championships 2021 are still a few months away. Riot Games has not made the exact dates of the tournament public knowledge yet, but we can assume that it will be held sometime between September and December and that it will last for around one month.
Looking at the history of the prize pool for the event, we can expect to see a prize of between $2 million and $6 million. The lack of in-person events due to the pandemic may reduce the available prize pool but it will still be one of the largest in the esports calendar.
Unlike many other current esports events, the League of Legends World Championships 2021 will be held in person. The simple fact is the integrity of the event could not be upheld if the teams were playing on anything other than a LAN connection. We do not yet know the exact stadium, but we do know that the tournament will be held in Shenzhen, China.
LoL Worlds 2021 Betting on Playoffs
Bet365 and Betway were among the first bookmakers to publish the odds on Play-in, Groups and Knockout matches and the outright winners. This made it possible to engage in LoL Worlds betting even before the tournament has started and take advantage of the best odds in the market.
Moving onto the Playoffs, some of your outright bets from before Worlds 2021 started might have survived. Additionally, a whole new set of In-play and exotics are available for the Knock Stage of the event. Based on the LoL Worlds schedule, the Knockout Stage lasts for 15 days in total with a total of seven best-of-five series to be played in between.
The most exciting League of Legends Worlds 2021 betting opportunities will be provided by the playoffs matches. The highest odds during this stage can be found on guessing the Winner and the exact score in each match-up.
At this point of the event, you should already have a lot of information regarding each team’s form and how they perform against specific rosters. This opens up LoL Worlds 2021 betting on spreads, to mitigate the risks or increase the return on investment, based on their appetites towards chance in their LoL Worlds predictions.
As we mentioned above, best-of-five series are best taken step by step with betslips created for each individual match-up and paired with singles bets on various exotic markets. You may attempt to guess all four series results in an accumulator betslip. Ideally, you should focus on smaller singles bets on various match-up specifics and slowly build up your bankroll.
Unikrn is one of the bookmakers offering the best odds on traditional sports and video games, bettors should consider using it for League of Legends Worlds 2021 betting.