- LLA Apertura starts Janury 19th in Chile
- Is Isurus Gaming rightfully the favorite?
- Will imports be the difference?
The LLA Apertura starts January 19th, and will take place in Chile during its inaugural season following a merger of the LLN and CLS. With eight teams battling it out to claim the throne in the Latin America Region, there are a few that stand out to be take the title in the LLA Apertura.
Isurus Gaming leads the way as the favorites to take the title in the LLA Apertura coming in at +200, but I believe the value here is elsewhere. There are two other teams that I think have a better chance of sitting on the throne of Latin America after the first split of 2019.
2019 LLA Apertura Odds
|Kaos Latin Gamers||+1600|
|Pixel eSports Club||+5000|
Can Infinity Stay at the Top of the Latin America Region?
Last year’s representative for the LLN at worlds, Infinity eSports, look to keep themselves at the top of the newly formed LLA. They are the only roster in the league that didn’t make a roster change since last season, so the team chemistry should be on a different level than the other teams in the league.
Following wins over EDward Gaming and Dire Wolves at the World Championships, they fell to eventual semifinalist G2 3-1, placing 17-20th. The experience Infinity gained at Worlds should give them an advantage over the other teams in the LLA Apertura as it features the best of the best from each region.
The only other team competing in the LLA Apertura that also competed at Worlds last year was Kaos Latin Gamers, who placed 21-24th after failing to get a win during the first round of the play-in.
Can All Knights Come in the LLA With a Bang?
The all new team All Knights, come into the LLA Apertura as a total wildcard. They are a team formed to compete in the inaugural split, and have not even played together yet in official competition.
They’ve imported two players from Korea, in Parang, and Hoglet. Both coming from the CK in Korea, they are accompanied by head coach Stardust, who has previous coaching experience in EU and NA.
If All Knights are able to successfully bring over the Korean style of play to the LLA, they should be able to beat the majority of the competition.
If they are able to successfully bring over the Korean style of play to the LLA, they should be able to beat the majority of the competition in the LLA Apertura. Look for All Knights to pose a serious threat in their first ever season.
Pick: Infinity eSports (+225)