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Worlds 2021 Betting Odds: DAMWON Favored To Repeat

David Lee of Riot Games

Worlds 2020 has only just ended with DAMWON Gaming claiming the Summoner’s Cup in a 3-1 Finals victory over Suning. Though the dust has barely settled over Pudong Football Stadium, Bovada has posted odds on who will win Worlds 2021.

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Odds to Win League of Legends World Championship 2021
TeamOdds
DAMWON Gaming+200
Top Esports+400
Invictus Gaming+800
T1+800
Suning+1200
JD Gaming+1200
G2 Esports+1200
Funplus Phoenix+2000
Gen.G+2200
DRX+2200
Fnatic+5000
Afreeca Freecs+5000
KT Rolster+5000
Cloud9+5000
Team Liquid+6000
MAD Lions+6600
GAM Esports+15000
PSG Talon+15000
Unicorns of Love+20000

Odds as of December 28 at Bovada

Can DAMWON Go Back To Back?

Only once in the history of competitive League of Legends has a team won back-to-back world championships. SKT managed the feat in 2015 and 2016 on the back of a ridiculously talented lineup highlighted by Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, the greatest to ever play the game.

However, will we ever see another team go back to back again?

Worlds 2020 demonstrated the depth of competition across the globe while showing us that the gap between major and minor regions may be closing. There is little doubt that entering the 2021 season, there is no shortage of teams that we could see lifting the Summoner’s Cup.

DAMWON does feel like they are cut from the rare cloth, though. DWG looked utterly dominant in the LCK and Worlds, rarely if ever looking like they were truly challenged. Kim ”Canyon” Geon-bu, Heo ”ShowMaker” Su and Jang ”Ghost” Yong-jun already had their contracts extended until the end of the 2021 season earlier this year before Jang ”Nuguri” Ha-gwon and Cho ”BeryL” Geon-hee were also retained. 

DAMWON feels like a team that has the best chance since SKT to make a run at the rare back-to-back Worlds.

How Does The LPL Bounce Back?

After winning Worlds in 2018 and 2019, the LPL entered 2020 as the deepest region. There was little doubt both Top Esports and JD Gaming would make the bracket while Suning played their best League of Legends of the year under the brightest lights. But when all was said and done, the third-seeded Suning knocked out both TES and JDG with neither team playing up to its potential.

It will be interesting to see how those three squads specifically approach the offseason. JDG and Suning were both young teams with little to no international experience on the roster. TES had the veteran presence of Hung ”Karsa” Hao-Hsuan and Yu ”JackeyLove” Wen-Bo but there were clearly jitters in the best-of-fives.

It is likely in the best interest of all three squads to keep their cores intact and just look to take Worlds 2020 as a learning experience moving forward. However, the LPL is a meat grinder of talented and hungry players. The odds of TES, JDG and Suning all making Worlds 2021 are slim. At least one of those teams will fall off and someone will take their place. The question is who.

Does the West Have Any Hope?

Western League of Legends is still playing catch-up to the Eastern teams. We all knew that going into Worlds 2020, but it felt as though the upper tier of G2 or Fnatic had the pieces to make a run. However, both ended up being knocked from the bracket in devastating fashion, G2 getting absolutely decimated by DWG in the semis and Fnatic becoming the first team in Worlds history to be reverse swept.

Luka ”Perkz” Perković left G2 to play for Cloud9 in the LCS and will immediately be the best mid-laner in the entire region. C9 also replaced Eric ”Licorice” Ritchie with Ibrahim ”Fudge” Allami in the top lane. C9 was the top team in North America for the bulk of 2020 before they collapsed late in the season and failed to make Worlds. Obviously, all eyes will be on Perkz to see if he can follow the path to being the best player in NA and lift Cloud9 back to Worlds. 

However, G2 did not just plug a random up-and-comer into their lineup to replace Perkz. Instead, G2 went out and signed longtime rival Martin ”Rekkles” Larsson from Fnatic to become their new bot laner. On paper, G2 is absolutely stacked with arguably the best Western players at mid, top and now bot.