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DWG Kia Has Top Odds to Win LCK Spring 2021

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The return date of League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) has been revealed and with it, we now know when all the major leagues will kick off. This means that competitive League is set to be back in full swing very soon and the long wait for bettors will finally be over as LoL wagers will be open all around the world.

Of course, the LCK also means the return of world champion DWG Kia and we’ll finally be able to see how the legendary squad performs going forward. Considering their form in 2020, it’s no surprise that DWG Kia enters as the favorite for the Spring Season, and it’ll be very exciting to see how the league plays out.

Who’s Playing in LCK Spring 2021?

The lineup for the LCK remains relatively unchanged going into 2021. Most of the big favorites like T1, DRX and Gen.G remain the same, although there have been a few rebrands and one fresh face in the league.

SeolHaeOne Prince, which finished last in Summer 2020, has been replaced by Fredit Brion. Meanwhile, Sandbox Gaming has rebranded to Liiv Sandbox, Team Dynamics is now Nongshim RedForce, and thanks to a new sponsorship deal, DAMWON Gaming has rebranded to DWG Kia.

Most teams have also seen some roster changes, ranging from small shuffles to complete overhauls. There have even been some very unexpected roster moves, which we’ll talk about next.

Odds to Win LCK Spring Season 2021
TeamOdds
DWG Kia-120
T1+275
Gen.G+550
Hanwha Life+750
NS RedForce+1600
Afreeca Freecs+2500
DRX+2500
Liiv Sandbox+3000
KT Rolster+3300
Fredit Brion+6600

Odds as of January 11 at Bovada

Can DWG Kia Continue Its Success Without Nuguri?

To say that 2020 was a success for DWG Kia (aka DAMWON) would be a bit of an understatement. The team absolutely dominated in the Summer Season of the LCK, losing just two matches in 18.

They then continued their incredible form at Worlds, dropping just three maps in total on their way to the 2020 world championship trophy. It was about as dominant as it gets in League of Legends and truly a sight to behold.

However, the question remains: Can they do it again in 2021? It’s impossible to deny their results, however, in esports, a lot changes in just a few months and the team even lost superstar top laner Nuguri.

With the core of players remaining the same, DWG will very likely continue to be a top team. However, with the loss of a superstar, the spotlight being on them, and every other top side considerably bolstering their rosters, it’ll definitely be a closer year in the LCK.

DRX Complete Shock Overhaul for 2021

DRX also had a very good year in 2020. They came second in the LCK Summer Season, just behind DWG Kia, and secured a spot at Worlds for the first time in the organization’s history. They even managed to reach the playoffs, where they were eliminated by DWG – a result that was to be expected.

Considering that the roster consisted largely of rookies and young players, it was quite an incredible run and many would expect DRX to try to build on their results this year.

However, they instead shocked fans everywhere by removing four members of the squad and signing on five new youngsters. This included two academy starlets, as well as three players who had never played in the LCK before.

Now, it’s difficult to know what to expect from the team. They did perform incredibly well with a young roster last year – but can they do it again?

T1 Attempts Comeback With 10-Man Roster

T1 is a historic League of Legends team, having seen a ton of success between 2015 and 2017, winning two world championships and multiple LCK titles.

The last few years have been a bit rough on them, with the team even failing to qualify for Worlds in 2018 and 2020 and very few trophies to be seen. They are no doubt desperate to be a real force in LoL again and are going into 2021 with an unorthodox approach.

Currently, T1 houses one of the largest rosters in the game, with a full 10-man lineup being formed for the 5v5 game. Of course, legendary mid-laner Faker is still at the helm, but almost every role now features multiple options, making T1 one of the most flexible sides in the competitive scene.

This is a somewhat uncommon approach to the game and it’ll be interesting to see how T1 makes the most of it. They can chop and change their lineups every week and perhaps even use players as “specialists” against certain opponents. There is a risk of not getting enough synergy or practice with the team, so it remains to be seen how it goes. Nevertheless, T1 is definitely worth keeping an eye on in 2021.