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League of Legends MSI 2019 Odds and Picks

Zack Bowker

by Zack Bowker in eSports

Jan 18, 2019 · 8:13 AM PST

Royal Never Give Up
Last years Mid-Season Invitational winners Royal Never Give Up celebrate after winning their first international trophy. Photo by @iCrystalization (Twitter)
  • Griffin are favored to win the 2019 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational
  • Can Royal Never Give Up beat the odds and win back-to-back MSI titles?
  • Which region will produce this year’s MSI champion? 

The Mid-Season Invitational is set to take place after each region finishes their first split in the 2019 League of Legends season. The winner of the first split from each competitive region is invited to the tournament, as they battle it out not only for personal glory, but also for bragging rights for their region.

With each of the regions sending their best representative, it is one of two tournaments during the year that will see teams from every competitive region matching up against each other. With MSI being such a prestigious tournament, we are sure to see some top tier League of Legends. With that being said, let’s take a look ahead at some potential challengers for the title at MSI 2019.

2019 Mid-Season Invitational Odds

Teams Odds to Win 2019 Mid-Season Invitational Outright
Griffin +320
SK Telecom T1 +450
Invictus Gaming +500
Royal Never Give Up +1400
Gen.G +1800
Topsports +2000
KT Rolster +2000
Liquid +2200
DAMWON Gaming +2500
SN Gaming +2500
KDX +2800
Afreeca Freecs +3000
Fnatic +3500
EDward Gaming +3500
G2 +3500
100 Thieves +4500
Misfits +5000
Vitality +9000
Hanwha Life +9000
Flash Wolves +13500
TSM +20000
Cloud9 +25000

Will the LPL Claim Back-to-Back MSI Titles?

Last year saw Uzi’s Royal Never Give Up come out of MSI with the trophy and bragging rights for the LPL. They currently sit at fourth in the odds to win back-to-back titles at MSI, but I would’t put much stock in them doing so.

The other team from the LPL that sits high in the odds are reigning world champions, Invictus Gaming. They come into the 2019 season with all the confidence in the world, but first they will have to manage come out on top of the LPL.

The story of Invictus has seemingly been them doing well during the regular season and then falling apart in the playoffs of the LPL. As I predicted before, I see this being the story yet again for IG in the LPL Spring Split.

So if they fail to qualify by not winning out in the LPL, then there is just no way they can take it at MSI. Rather than looking at an LPL representative winning out at MSI, I think the real money lies with their neighbors to the east.

Can Korea Find Themselves Back on Top in the International Scene?

After a disappointing year for the Korea, the powerhouse region looks to bounce back in 2019. Last year saw the first time since 2011 that the LCK hasn’t produced one of the top two teams at Worlds.

The top two teams in odds to win MSI 2019 are Griffin and SK Telecom T1, both of which come from Korea. SKT struggled all of last season, where as Griffin choked in the playoffs of the Summer Split and then again in the Regionals to miss Worlds. Both look for redemption this season, but only one can be the representative for the LCK.

The team that I believe will end up winning the LCK Spring Split and book a ticket to MSI is SKT T1.  Faker now has the proper pieces around him to once again dominate the region, and I think that’s what we’re in store for in 2019. Expect SKT Telecom T1 to not only come out on top in the LCK Spring Split, but also on the international stage at MSI.

Pick: SKT Telecom T1 (+450)

2019 Mid-Season Invitational Region of Winner Odds

Region Region to Win 2019 Mid-Season Invitational Outright
LCK -135
LPL +140
LEC +1600
LCS +1800
Other +3000

Return of the Titans

The LCK heads into MSI as the favorite sitting at -135, with the LPL sitting with the second best odds to win the first international event of 2019. Like I stated earlier, I think it will be the year of Korea after a rough 2018 season for the region.

This will be the year of Korea after a rough 2018 season for the region.

I fully expect at least one of the two international events to go to the LCK, if not both in 2019. I wouldn’t say they are a shoo-in to win at MSI, but I would say the Koreans should be the overwhelming favorite to do so.

Pick: LCK (-135)

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