It’s another big week in League of Legends as the LCS Mid-Season Showdown continues, the LEC Spring Playoffs kick off, and the LPL and LCK enter the final week of their regular seasons.
We’ll see some huge matches this week, some of which have just about everything on the line. This includes playoff spots, all-important seeding and, for the LCS, some teams even have their tournament lives to play for.
Before we dive into our picks, make sure to familiarize yourself with all things League of Legends betting, and let’s dive right in.
Team WE vs Edward Gaming - March 24
We kick things off with a crucial bout at the top of the LPL with third-place Team WE taking on second-place Edward Gaming. The two teams are tied in overall results and this match may just decide who comes second and gets seeded all the way in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
Edward enters as the favorite at -167 on Sportsbook, while WE sees a higher moneyline of +120. However, despite the odds differential, we’ll be looking to back Team WE, who I’d even tout as the favorite.
WE is the hottest team in the league, having made a late surge up the rankings and coming into the match on a six-game win streak. EDG, meanwhile, has looked very shaky lately, dropping their incredible run of form over the last four weeks as they have lost three of their last six – all to teams further down the rankings.
This match essentially comes down to the best form in the league vs a very shaky squad. We’ll be backing WE to continue its strong run here and at +120 the moneyline is a great pick.
Best Bet: Team WE (+120) at Sportsbook
Nongshim RedForce vs KT Rolster - March 25
Next up we look at Nongshim RedForce vs KT Rolster, this time in an all-important playoffs decider match. Nongshim currently sits on the cusp of the playoffs, with KT just below them having won one fewer game. This one will no doubt seal the final playoff spot in the LCK.
Once again it’s another match where form is the key indicator. This time, however, the focus is on a team with very poor form, as KT Rolster has lost six in a row, including being swept 2-0 by dead-last Afreeca Freecs. Nongshim, meanwhile, has been in decent form, having won two of its last four, including an impressive performance against playoff-bound DRX.
Still, the match mostly comes down to KT’s terrible form as the team looks incapable of beating anyone lately, never mind a decent opponent like Nongshim. The best bet here is once again a simple moneyline, with Nongshim RedForce being the pick at -167 on Sportsbook.
Best Bet: Nongshim RedForce (-167) on Sportsbook
G2 Esports vs Schalke 04 - March 27
Moving on to the weekend, we set our focus on western League of Legends, starting off with G2 battling it out against Schalke.
As many would expect, G2 enters as a very strong favorite here at a whopping -833 on Sportsbook and they will most likely be taking it. Overall, G2 is no doubt the best team in the LEC, with individual skill, experience and just about every advantage going their way. We’ll certainly see the favorites secure another trophy this season.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Schalke did manage to sneak a game off of G2 in the regular season and enters the playoffs as the most in-form team, having won four matches in a row.
This won’t be enough to overcome G2, especially considering the playoffs are lengthy best-of-five series, but there is still a very good wager we can make here. Considering Schalke’s previous success and form, it’s very possible for them to take a game or two off of G2 in this series and at -167, a +2.5 map handicap is a very strong pick. All the underdog needs to do is win one map for this one to come through.
Best Bet: Schalke 04 +2.5 (-167) on Sportsbook
Rogue vs MAD Lions - March 28
Up next is another LEC playoffs match, once again featuring a strong favorite. Rogue has had a very strong spring season, coming just behind G2 on head-to-head while otherwise tying in overall results.
They’re definitely the team to watch for the playoffs and if anyone is to end G2’s dominant LEC run, Rogue has the best shot. However, before they get to face G2, they must first take on MAD Lions.
Much like in our first LEC match, the favorites see heavy odds for good reason. Rogue lost just four games in the regular season, compared to the MAD Lions’ eight, and their team has an advantage in overall skill and experience. This should be another one that the favorites win and I wouldn’t be too surprised to see Rogue show off here and complete a clean sweep against the Lions.
Still, it is the playoffs and everyone has had time to prepare, so it’s very possible there is at least some fight from MAD Lions. As such, the best bet here is another map handicap, this time a safer -1.5 for Rogue. It’s difficult to say exactly how dominant the favorites will be, so taking a small handicap is best, as they could very well win 3-0, or drop a map and this pick would still win in a 3-1 situation.
Best Bet: Rogue -1.5 (-182) on Sportsbook
100 Thieves vs Dignitas - March 28
Last but not least comes the LCS’ Mid-Season Showdown where 100 Thieves take on Dignitas in the losers bracket.
This match is set to be an exciting one as both teams have a certain flair to them and the regular season has shown things can get very close, even when they shouldn’t. Still, 100 Thieves enter as quite strong favorites and they’re the ones we’ll be backing here.
Despite the shakiness of the regular season, 100 Thieves still managed to complete a 2-0 over Dignitas, and despite finishing with the same overall scoreline did look just a touch more impressive. I do expect it to be quite close, however, with this match possibly being one that could even go to all five maps.
It’s difficult to predict the exact scoreline, but overall 100 Thieves should have it, so the best bet here is the safer option of the 100 Thieves moneyline, which comes in at -200 on Sportsbook.
Best Bet: 100 Thieves (-200) on Sportsbook
League of Legends Betting for Dummies!
How To Bet League of Legends Moneyline
Moneyline bets are one of the most straightforward ways of betting and if you’ve done it in any other sport, it’s no different in League of Legends. Simply pick which team you think will win, place your bet and wait on the result.
These bets always feature a favorite and an underdog, represented by a (-) minus sign or (+) plus sign in American odds. When betting on the favorite, the (-) minus signifies what you would need to bet to win $100, while on the other hand, the (+) plus shows what you’d win if you bet $100.
It’s important to note that not all Sportsbooks currently offer League of Legends options, and while it is becoming more popular, many sportsbooks that have integrated esports may have a limited selection. However, we’ve made finding a good place to bet very easy, with a comprehensive list of the best online esports betting sites.
What Are League of Legends Prop Bets?
Prop bets, aka proposition bets, are as common in League of Legends as they are in any sport. Rather than betting on the outcome, you can bet on specific events in the game.
When it comes to League of Legends, this includes things like the number of games in a series, which team will win a specific game, first kills, towers, dragons or barons – really just about anything that will happen in the game.