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Worlds 2021 Betting Odds: EDG Favored to Win Summoner’s Cup

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One of esports’ biggest events, the League of Legends World Championship, is once again starting to loom on the horizon. The elite event pits LoL’s best teams against each other in a huge LAN event, deciding the best team in the world each year.

In 2020, Korean team DWG Kia (then known as DAMWON Gaming) swept through the tournament and claimed the trophy in dominant fashion. However, even just nine months later, the game is vastly different and new squads have risen to challenge the reigning champions.

Let’s take a look at the event in a bit more detail and check out some of the latest odds for Worlds 2021.

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Worlds 2021 Location and Dates

The League of Legends World Championship is returning to China in 2021. This year’s event is set to be played at multiple venues, with the finals taking place in Shenzhen, China at the Universiade Sports Center. Unfortunately for fans from Europe and North America, this will likely mean there will be some tricky time zone issues to overcome once again.

When it comes to dates, a full schedule hasn’t been revealed just yet. However, we do know the grand finals will take place on November 6. The Worlds event is usually around a month long, so it’s safe to assume it’ll kick off in the early to middle stages of October.

Meanwhile, Bovada has just released a fresh set of Worlds 2021 odds, so we can take a look at who the favorites are.

Odds to Win LoL Worlds 2021
Edward Gaming+550
FunPlus Phoenix+600
DWG Kia+800
Top Esports+800
Royal Never Give Up+1000
JD Gaming+1600
G2 Esports+1800
LNG Esports+3300
MAD Lions+3300
100 Thieves+5000
Team Liquid+5000
Team WE+6600
Invictus Gaming+10000
PSG Talon+15000
Unicorns of Love+20000
Afreeca Freecs+25000
RED Candis+40000
Rascal Jester+75000

Odds as of July 23 at Bovada

EDG and FPX Make LPL Strong Favorites

The Chinese LPL teams are once again favorites for Worlds, having won in 2018 and 2019, as well as coming in as favorites in 2020.

This time, however, a different team leads the charge. Edward Gaming is the slight favorite, having dominated both the spring and summer regular season in China. They currently sit at the top of the standings with an 83 percent win rate in summer and look primed and ready to take the regional playoffs, as well as enter Worlds in hot form.

Just behind them is FunPlus Phoenix, both in odds and regional form. The 2019 champions look to be bouncing back after a rough 2020 and are clearly aiming to arrive at Worlds as one of the best.

However, that’s not all the LPL has to offer. Top Esports, JD Gaming and Suning were all some of the best at the 2020 world championship. While they do look a bit shaky this year with mixed regional results, they’re still a big threat to just about anyone.

Overall, the Chinese LPL looks incredibly strong this year and definitely has more than a handful of teams that could challenge for the world championship title. Unfortunately for them, only four teams can advance to Worlds, but all four will no doubt challenge for the trophy.

Can DWG Kia Recover Their Winning Form?

After DWG Kia’s dominant Worlds win in 2020, it wouldn’t have been too far-fetched to put them as favorites in 2021. However, the summer regular season has been rough for them and they’ve fallen down the pecking order.

So far they sit at a scoreline of 7-5 in the LCK, having already lost to teams that didn’t even come close to reaching Worlds in 2020. As the champions, this definitely isn’t a good look, and if their poor form continues, they may fail to qualify for the event altogether.

However, it’s also possible their losses don’t stem fully from poor form, but rather a vast improvement in other Korean teams. It’s difficult to tell for sure, but squads like Nongshim RedForce and Liiv Sandbox have seen massive improvements across the board. Meanwhile, already prominent sides Gen.G and T1 have kept up their usual high level of play.

Even if DWG Kia does enter Worlds out of form, it’s very possible that other LCK squads may take up their mantle and challenge for the trophy.

Does Europe or NA Stand a Chance?

It’s time to talk about the two other major regions of League of Legends – Europe and North America. The two regions have always been fan favorites of the English-speaking audience, which has been left pretty disappointed year after year as neither region has taken home a trophy since 2011.

The only Worlds victory for the West comes from the very first world championship event, which many don’t even consider a real win, since it was so early in the game and lacked a proper level of competition.

This doesn’t mean they haven’t challenged, however, as G2 Esports have been the leading force of the West, claiming top-four spots in the last three years and even coming second in 2019.

Currently, the biggest West hopes reside with G2, Fnatic and Cloud9. As mentioned, G2 has been the best of the regions so far and even secured an upgrade this year, bringing in superstar ADC Rekkles. Their team is one that should technically be the best the West has ever seen. However, they’ve not been able to make everything click just yet, with some mixed regional results so far.

Despite a slower start, Fnatic actually looks to be in the best form of all European teams, currently topping the summer season rankings. They made some questionable changes over the year, but it seems to have all worked out, as young star Adam has slotted into the team nicely, creating a fresh and powerful lineup.

Meanwhile, in North America, things are a bit up in the air. On one hand, Cloud9 should be the definite favorite. Like G2, they have one of the best squads on paper, with their recent signing of Perkz bolstering the lineup.

However, they find themselves third in the league, behind 100 Thieves and TSM, two other teams powered by European mid-laners. In theory, the combination of experience and firepower should give Cloud9 the best odds out of NA, but it’s very possible a few other teams can come into Worlds as dark horses.