In place of the canceled Mid-Season Invitational, Riot Games has announced the 2020 Mid-Season Cup. This Mid-Season Cup will feature “the best teams from each league’s 2020 Spring Splits (facing) off in a series of epic matches to see which team is truly the greatest!”
How Mid-Season Cup Works
Riot has yet to reveal many details about the tournaments specifically. We do know that the first tournament will be comprised of teams from the LCK and the LPL, while other tournaments that could feature other regions have been teased.
Teams competing will also be playing with a method to “artificially standardize the ping level to 30-40m/s through the use of third party tools.” This should keep the competitive integrity of the competition balanced with teams playing from different regions.
The LCK vs LPL Showdown will begin on May 28.
LCK vs LPL Showdown Odds
The first showing of the Mid-Season Cup sees the LCK and LPL face off. Both regions will be represented by the top four teams in their regions during the 2020 Spring Split.
Teams representing the LCK, and their odds to win the Mid-Season Cup, are:
· T1 (+350)
· Gen.G (+550)
· DragonX (+900)
· DAMWON GAMING (+1400)
The four teams representing the LPL with their odds to win it all are:
· JD Gaming (+425)
· Top Esports (+475)
· FunPlus Phoenix (+500)
· Invictus Gaming (+700)
The collection of talent in this group is truly remarkable. Assuming you count Gen.G purchasing Samsung’s roster and LCK slot, the past seven world champions will be in this field.
JD Gaming originally opened as the betting favorites after claiming the LPL 2020 Spring Split, which was the deepest region of talent in the world. They also have the luxury of being home to Spring Split MVP Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok. All of JDG is built around Kanavi, with the jungler participating in 76 percent of his team’s kills.
After winning the LCK Spring Split, T1 looks to be the class of the Korean region. And though the team is stacked with talent across the map, we all know that one player can almost single-handedly win the Mid-Season Cup for the org. That player is Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. Faker is unquestionably the greatest LoL player of all time and has a tendency to show up when the lights are the brightest on the international stage.
Top Esports own the third-best odds to win the Mid-Season Cup after taking JD Gaming to a Game 5 in the LPL Spring Split Finals. Though Top was a solid squad all Split, they unlocked their full potential when they signed Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo late in play. Despite losing in the Grand Finals, JackeyLove and teammate Zhuo “knight” Ding finished in the top two of Playoff MVP.
Odds as of May 25 at Sportsbook