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Griffin Favored to Win LoL 2018 KeSPA Cup

Zack Bowker

by Zack Bowker in eSports

Dec 17, 2018 · 12:17 PM PST

Griffin Jungler Tarzan
Griffin Jungler Tarzan is looking to redeem themselves after failing to qualify for last years World Championships. Photo by @kenzi131 (Twitter)
  • League of Legends KeSPA Cup starts December 18th in South Korea
  • The top teams are in action for the first time since the 2018 LoL World Championship
  • Get the odds for all contenders

The fourth annual League of Legends KeSPA Cup is scheduled to start December 18th in South Korea, and is set to run all the way until New Years Day on the 31st.

This is the first tournament that will show top teams in action since the Chinese/Korean Mix team Invictus Gaming was able to capture the 2018 LoL World Championship.

Though the tournament is open to just Korean teams, some of the top teams in the world will be in attendance, battling it out to claim the title of top Korean squad heading into the new year and new season.

The region has always produced top talent in League of Legends, claiming 5 of the 8 World Championships to date.

Odds to Win 2018 KeSPA Cup

Teams Odds to Win Outright
Griffin +225
SK Telecom T1 +350
KT Rolster +450
KDX +450
Gen.G +700
Afreeca Freecs +1600
Hanwha Life +5000
Battlecomics +5000
APK Prince +10000
MVP +10000
KAGW +10000
Brion Blade +25000
Winners +25000
Seoul +25000
BBQ Olivers +25000
ES Sharks +25000
REVERSE +25000
GC Busan Rising Star +25000

The tournament consists of teams from both the LCK as well as the CK, meaning that there is opportunity for a massive upset, though very unlikely.

For my money, I wouldn’t be focused too much on any of the CK teams, rather I would set my sights on three teams that have been near the top of the Korean scene for quite some time.

Griffin Looking For Redemption

Heading into the tournament as the favorite at +225, Griffin look to bounce back and show that they are truly the best team in the region after failing to win the LCK Playoffs and then placing 3rd in the Korea Regional Finals.

Led by Jungler Tarzan, the team was looking dominant on top of the LCK during the Summer Split, and was considered to be a lock for Worlds.

The disappointment of the end of the 2018 season and the fact they missed Worlds should fuel the fire inside of the Griffin roster. Look for them to make a run late into the tournament.

KT Rolster Looking to go Back-to-Back

Last years KeSPA Cup champs look to go back-to-back and set the tone for the year heading into the 2019 LCK Spring Split.

After a top-8 finish at worlds, KT added two more players in UmTi and Gango in hopes to have more depth in the Jungler role as well as replace Korean superstar ADC Deft.

If the new look KT can surpass what they were able to achieve last year, then they are a real threat to not only win this tournament, but sit on top on the throne of the LCK for the coming season.

Only time will tell what this roster will be able to achieve, but they are definitely worth taking a look at in the KeSPA Cup.

SKT T1 Looking to Reclaim the Throne

For years SKT Telecom T1, led by Korean legend Faker, was considered to be the best team in the world, winning three of four world titles between 2013-2016.

The SKT side was very underwhelming last season, finishing with an 8-10 record, with Faker even seeing some time on the bench throughout the year.

But new year, new team, as the Korean giants made waves in the offseason adding some pieces to stand alongside their midlaner captain.

With the addition of some of the top players in the region, SKT looks like they are going to be back to their dominant ways in the 2019 season, all starting with the KeSPA Cup December 18th.

Expect SKT Telecom T1 to make a run to the finals, and possibly even add another trophy to the cabinet before 2018 comes to a close.

Pick: SKT Telecom T1 (+350)

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