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Final 24 Set for League of Legends 2019 World Championship: SK Telecom T1 Set as +450 Favorites

Matthew Hempstead

by Matthew Hempstead in eSports

Sep 17, 2019 · 6:54 AM PDT

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SK Telecom celebrate after winning LCK Summer. Photo By @T1LoL (Twitter).
  • All 24 teams are now decided for the 2019 League of Legends World Championship that begins on October 2, 2019
  • Twelve teams will compete in the Play-In Stage for four spots in the Main Event
  • SK Telecom T1 are slight favorites over the likes of G2 and RNG

The biggest League of Legends event of the year begins in a couple of weeks on October 2, 2019 and we finally know which 24 teams will be competing for the World Championship. With all 24 teams decided, the LOL World Championship odds have undergone some change but SK Telecom T1 are still favorites to win it all.

2019 LOL World Championship Odds

Team Odds to Win
SK Telecom T1 +450
G2 Esports +500
Royal Never Give Up +600
Invictus Gaming +650
Griffin +800
Damwon +1000
Fnatic +1000
Team Liquid +2500
Cloud9 +5000
Splyce +6600

*Odds taken 09/16/19. 

The Three-Time World Champs

SK Telecom is no stranger to being the best team in the world. They’re the three-time world champions and have arguably the best player in the world in Faker as their starting mid laner. With that said, SK Telecom haven’t won since 2016 and they’ve had some ups and downs over the past couple of years. The skill gap between Korea and the rest of the World has shrunk and there’s no better example of it than MSI. G2 knocked SKT out of the tournament on their way to winning it all.

The summer split was all over the map for SKT. They ended up finishing fourth place with an 11-7 record but in playoffs SKT looked like a threat to win Worlds. They swept both SANDBOX Gaming and DAMWON on their way to beating Griffin 3-1 in the finals.

SKT have every right to be the favorites, but they’ve shown weakness several times over the course of the split and it’ll be interesting to see how they hold up against the stylistic differences from other regions.

Threats From Europe

After G2 won MSI, the European region has received a lot of praise with several players and analysts crowning G2 as the best team in the World. Aside from two best-of-five’s against Fnatic, G2 absolutely cruised through the summer split. Going back to Worlds 2018, G2 made it to the semifinals with a significantly weaker roster.

Now they have a very unique style with an endless supply of crazy picks and unusual compositions that make them very difficult to take down in a best of five. It’s weird to see a European team right behind SKT in the odds, but G2 have earned it and they might actually be a better bet with Worlds taking place in Europe.

The biggest change in the odds come from Splyce. Their odds have moved from +15000 to +6600 thanks to their qualification for Worlds by sweeping FC Schalke 04 in the regional finals. Splyce impressed in the match against Schalke, however, the very next day they were crushed by Fnatic to determine seeding for Europe. Yes, Splyce has better odds now that they’ve qualified, but realistically they’re still the third-best team in Europe and won’t fare well against the best teams in the World.

Can China go Back-to-Back?

The current odds don’t include FunPlus Phoenix but they could be the team that takes down SK Telecom. Back on September 16, FPX had odds of +500 and that shouldn’t change much as Worlds approaches. Last year, China’s Invictus Gaming won the World Championship. This year FunPlus Phoenix enter as the best team from China and they have a lot of confidence after putting their past of choking behind them.

Led by DoinB, this team is aggressive, unpredictable and dangerous. All three teams from China have a chance to win Worlds but FunPlus Phoenix has been the most dominant coming off of a 3-1 win over RNG in the Summer Finals.

Pick: G2 Esports (+500)

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