The League of Legends World Championship —the most-watched eSports tournament in the world— enters the Group Stage on October 12th.
It will run through October 20 at Verti Music Hall in Berlin, Germany.
- The Group Stage features four groups of four teams.
- The two teams in each group will be promoted after a Double Round Robin schedule.
After that, the remaining 8 teams will head off to Madrid for the Knockout Stage, October 25th to November 3.
LoL World Championship Betting Odds
|SK Telecom T1
|Royal Never Give Up
|Hong Kong Attitude
|Ahq E-Sports Club
The initial prize pool at Worlds is $2.25 million but that figure is expected to grow to over $7 million thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.
- The Knockout Stage is a single-elimination bracket with all matches being best-of-five.
- The Grand Final, also a best-of-five, will take place November 10 at Accorhotels Arena in Paris, France.
Top LoL World Championship Contenders Per Region
Now entering the group stage, the 16 teams remaining in the competition represent regions in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Let’s take a look at the strongest contenders for each region.
Highlighting the field are tournament favorites and three-time world champions SK Telecom T1, led by Faker, the world’s most popular LoL player. SKT breezed through LCK play this year having won both the Spring and Summer Splits. They are in pole position to take the crown at Bovada (+300).
Defending champions Invictus Gaming enter the Group Stage with +650 odds to win the title. The Chinese outfit have struggled in 2019 after their surprise Worlds triumph a year ago.
One of the hottest teams in the world coming into the Group Stage are FunPlus Phoenix (+400), LPL Summer champions. They secured an impressive 3-1 win over eternal contenders Royal Never Give Up in the Grand Final and have been given the second-best odds to win Worlds.
Europe’s best chance at a world championship comes in the form of G2 Esports, who have had the best 2019 of any team at Worlds.
This year alone, G2 has claimed victory at both the LEC Spring and Summer Splits and swept Team Liquid in the Grand Final of the prestigious Mid-Season Invitational.
G2 (+500) have the third-best odds to take the crown and are legitimate contenders to bring Europe its first world title since 2011.
Out of North America comes Team Liquid (+3300), LCS Spring and Summer Split champions and undeniably the best team in the Western Hemisphere.
Despite a heartbreaking loss to G2 in the MSI Grand Final in May and pure domination throughout the LCS season, Liquid would make an intriguing bet for any willing punter.
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