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DWG Kia Odds-on Favorite to Win MSI

MSI 2021 Iceland
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International League of Legends action is back with the Mid-Season Invitational kicking off in May. We’re set to see the best teams of all the competitive LoL regions battle it out in one amazing international clash where we can get a sneak peek at which regions we may expect to excel at Worlds.

The event also comes as a much-needed return of elite-level League, as the spring seasons for the majority of leagues finished in early April and there has not been much LoL to watch or wager on. Luckily, there will be a ton of games here and it will fill the void as we await the start of the summer seasons.

Before we take a look at the event details, make sure to familiarize yourself with all things League of Legends betting, and let’s dive right in.

Who’s Playing at MSI 2021?

The Mid-Season Invitational features the champions of each League of Legends competitive region. In total, this normally includes 12 teams, but this year we will see just 11 as Vietnamese champion GAM Esports is unable to attend due to COVID-19 regulations.

Regardless, it’ll still be an amazing event featuring just about everybody’s favorites. We’ll see MAD Lions representing Europe, Cloud9 from North America, DWG Kia from Korea, Royal Never Give Up from China, and many more.

As for the event itself, it will be split into three stages. First up is a group stage, where teams are split into three groups of four teams. This features a double round robin in best-of-ones, meaning each team plays the others in its group twice. The top two of each group advance, while the others are eliminated.

Next is the rumble stage, which is essentially another group stage. This time, however, there is just one group, and we see the same format as the group stage, except four teams advance. Last but not least comes the playoffs stage. The playoffs are played in a single-elimination best-of-five format; this means just one series loss spells elimination and series can last up to five games.

Odds to Win Mid-Season Invitational 2021
DWG Kia-200
Royal Never Give Up+155
MAD Lions+1300
PSG Talon+4000
Unicorns of Love+6600
Istanbul Wild Cats+9000
paiN Gaming+10000
Detonation FocusMe+15000
Infinity Esports+25000
Pentanet GG+25000

Odds as of May 5 at Betway

Can Anyone Stop World Champion DWG Kia?

DWG Kia enters the event as the strong favorite and is looking to build on its success at Worlds and in the LCK. The Korean champions absolutely breezed through the competition at the 2020 World Championship, losing just three maps across six series and generally looking head and shoulders above the rest.

They continued that form in their domestic league in 2021, losing just twice in 21 games, and don’t show any sign of stopping.

It’s difficult to see anyone being able to defeat DWG in this form, but with so many teams from so many different regions, there’s always the possibility that someone is able to cook up something special.

Will Europe and North America Repeat 2019 Success?

The last Mid-Season Invitational took place in 2019 (COVID forced 2020’s event to be cancelled) and saw the rise of the West. Both Team Liquid and G2 Esports stunned their opponents as they made their way to the grand final, taking down Invictus Gaming and T1 respectively.

It was a sight to behold for most western LoL fans, as Korea and China had ruled international competition in the years prior. Going into 2021, eyes will no doubt be on the two major western representatives as they aim to once again upset the odds and take down the favorites.

We’ve seen it done before, so it’s very possible it may happen again, although the competition is very tough.

Do The Minor Regions Stand a Chance?

While the focus is expectedly on the major regions, the minor regions heavily outnumber the favorites. Unlike Worlds, where the major regions get more slots, at MSI every region is handed just one place at the event. This means that there are just four teams from major regions, and seven from the minor ones.

Still, despite a numbers advantage, the minor regions have struggled to make waves. Only the legendary Flash Wolves side has ever managed to reach the playoffs, and even then the team was swiftly eliminated by a major region side.

Things aren’t looking too great this year either, as there’s still a huge gap between major and minor regions, from player pool to finances and everything in between. It’s very unlikely we’ll see a minor region side take the trophy, but considering the performances of the likes of PSG Talon and ⁠Unicorns of Love, there’s at least hope for a match win or two.