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League of Legends competitive action is slowly returning after the usual offseason and the Chinese Pro League is leading the charge with its spring season, which kicks off on January 9.

It’s the first league to be returning, meaning we can expect a steady stream of League matches to wager on from this weekend onward. The LPL even kicks off with the hottest match of the league, as Top takes on Suning in a Worlds semifinals rematch.

If you’ve been missing League of Legends action and are keen to place some wagers, then you’ll definitely be happy with what the LPL has to offer.

Which Teams Are Competing in The LPL Spring Season 2021?

We’ll see the same teams as usual in the LPL, with the majority of teams remaining as they were in 2020. There are two key changes to keep in mind, however, as Dominus Esports rebranded to TT, and Vici Gaming rebranded to Rare Atom.

Other than that, we’ll see all the usual Chinese favorites and underdogs, including former Worlds champions Invictus Gaming and FunPlus Phoenix, as well as recent headline teams like Top Esports and Suning.

When it comes to the season itself, that also remains largely unchanged. Teams will still compete in best-of-three matches weekly, although the spring season has been extended to 10 weeks, compared to last season’s seven.

Odds to Win LPL Spring Season 2021
Top Esports+135
Invictus Gaming+400
FunPlus Phoenix+400
JD Gaming+550
Team WE+800
Victory Five+3300
Edward Gaming+1800
Royal Never Give Up+3300
LNG Esports+6600
Bilibili Gaming+6600
LGD Gaming+10000
Rogue Warriors+12500
Oh My God+20000

Odds as of January 5 at Bovada

How Has The Offseason Affected The LPL?

As with any league, an offseason is bound to raise some questions. Players have been inactive for some time and a flurry of transfers may have taken place. While the first is true, surprisingly enough the LPL has not seen too many changes in rosters.

Both of the Worlds performers, Top and Suning, have seen only slight changes, shifting around supports and coaches. Even notable performers like Invictus and Victory Five have done little to shake things up, only really adding a few academy players as rotation options.

Some teams, though, have made quite big moves. LGD Gaming completely reshuffled their squad, signing an entirely new lineup featuring three academy talents and an unexpected Worlds star in Uniboy. Meanwhile, FunPlus Phoenix made the biggest headlines by signing Worlds champion Nuguri, completing a star-studded lineup.

Overall, other than a select few teams, things remain largely the same in the LPL and for most, results will come down to form and player skills, rather than radical winter changes.

Is Top Esports Still The Top Dog?

Top was definitely the team to watch in the LPL during the summer. They dominated the regular season, losing just three times in 16 matches, and expectedly took the top spot in the playoffs.

They did struggle a tad at Worlds, almost losing to Fnatic and being eliminated in the semis by regional rival Suning. However, with changes only to the coaching staff and a substitute support player, we can expect to see much of the same from them in 2021.

The team still features some of the best (if not the best) players in their respective roles and will only be looking to learn from the mistakes they made at Worlds. With a fresh pair of eyes from the coaching perspective, it’s likely we’ll see an improvement in their play style and holes in gameplay being patched.

Should You Back Suning?

One of the biggest talking points of the LPL is definitely Suning. The team went from being relatively unknown to reaching the grand finals of the world championship. If you weren’t a fan of the LPL, you may not have heard about Suning, but all eyes will be on them now.

Much like Top, the roster remains relatively unchanged, with a coaching change being the only real difference. Suning was already a top performer in the league in 2020, losing just one more match than Top and qualifying for Worlds in third place.

They did impress at Worlds by not only reaching the finals but overcoming Top in a convincing 3-1, so there’s definitely hope for them in the spring season. It’s a bit difficult to say if they can win it, but if you’re looking for an underdog bet, Suning has the best value by far.

Old Favorites Look to Make Big Return

This season of the LPL is shaping up to be a competitive one as some of the old guard of the LPL have really bolstered their squads. FunPlus Phoenix, Team WE and to an extent Invictus Gaming have all made some moves to get back to Worlds after missing out on qualification in 2020 despite having either won or performed well at previous world championships.

The biggest move of the LPL offseason was definitely FunPlus Phoenix signing Nuguri from Worlds champion DAMWON, creating a lineup that features arguably two of the best players in the world, and a very solid base in the jungle and bot lane.

Team WE also made some waves, bringing in two very talented youngsters in Breathe and Yimeng, who add some much-needed versatility and flair to the squad. Invictus, meanwhile, stays relatively the same, only bringing in some academy talent as rotation options and changing coaches. However, considering they already have one of the best lineups in China, a change in coaching and ideals is all they might need to succeed.