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SK Telecom T1 Now Odds-On Favorites to Win LoL World Championship

Matthew Hempstead

by Matthew Hempstead in eSports

Oct 22, 2019 · 8:13 AM PDT

Tarzan of Team Griffin stares down the camera ahead of a match at Worlds 2019. Photo By @TeamGriffinLoL (Twitter).
  • The group stage of the League of Legends World Championship is over as the tournament moves on to the knockout stage
  • SK Telecom T1 are now massive favorites to win after dominating during the group stage
  • Fnatic’s fantastic final day of groups saw their odds skyrocket from +4000 to +1800

The LoL World Championship odds have once again undergone a massive shift as the tournament enters the knockout stage on October 26th. SK Telecom T1, Griffin and Fnatic all saw their odds of winning increase after strong performances during the group stage.

Odds to Win the LoL World Championship

Team Odds to Reach Finals Odds to Win
SK Telecom T1 -300 -120
Griffin +125 +450
FunPlus Phoenix +225 +800
Invictus Gaming +350 +1100
Fnatic +375 +1800
G2 Esports +500 +900
DAMWON Gaming +550 +1000
Splyce +7500 +20000

*All odds taken 10/21/19

SK Telecom T1 Top Contenders

It’s no surprise to anyone, but SK Telecom looked incredibly powerful as they ran through Group C. Faker proved that he still has the ability to completely runaway with games, and Clid put up a massive performance in the jungle as SKT finished the group at 5-1. SKT was very impressive but their odds of winning seem incredibly high considering they showed that they were beatable. In the opening game of the group stage, RNG took FNC the distance as SKT pulled off a backdoor to earn their first win.

SKT finding a way to win that game was impressive but the real concern comes from their loss to Fnatic. The second seed out of Europe absolutely handed it to SKT proving that the top Korean team isn’t invincible.

I’d agree that SKT should currently be the favorites to win Worlds, but at the odds presented, there’s not much value left in SKT. This isn’t as sure of a bet as the odds make it out to be.

Fnatic Pull off the Miracle Run

After the first half of the group stage, Fnatic was in a lot of trouble. But all was forgotten as they went 3-0 in the second half to make the quarterfinals over RNG. Fnatic is the only team that’s beaten SK Telecom so far at Worlds and they’ve overcome their history of losing to Royal Never Give Up. They defeated their long time international rivals in a do-or-die match to see who would advance to the quarterfinals.

This is a different Fnatic team that has the potential to make a run at the World Championship. Even despite their strong showing, their odds have only increased to +1800. Yes, they’re still a longshot to win the title but +1800 is a bit extreme considering they’re on the weak side of the playoff bracket. Although I don’t think it’s worth betting on them to win Worlds, they could be an excellent dark horse of making it to the finals like they did in 2018.

Group A’s Number One Seed

For most of the group stage it looked like Griffin would emerge as the second place finisher. All of that changed as Griffin won back-to-back matches over G2 to snag the top seed and prove that they’re still a top contender to win it all.

Griffin has been scrutinized for struggling in big moments, however they showed up in a big way to steal the group away from G2 Esports. Griffin’s style is quite dissimilar to many teams in the tournament. They tend to take things a little slower in the early game, and then push advantages in the late game.

It’s still a team filled with playmakers and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them make finals. The big question is how they’ll perform in a best of five. Griffin is viewed as a best-of-one team that thrives in situations where they can bring out surprise picks. Nonetheless, Griffin looked stronger than expected during the group stage and now find themselves in a winnable first round matchup against Invictus Gaming. If they get past iG, expect them to be one of the two grand finalists.

Pick: To Reach Finals – G2 (+500) & Griffin (+125), To Win – G2 (900)

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