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FPX, TES Co-Faves to Win LPL Summer Split

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One of the most competitive and exciting League of Legends leagues is finally returning on June 7. The Chinese LPL is set to bring us another two months of crazy and unpredictable LoL action.

As opposed to the usual 10-team leagues, the LPL features 17 different teams but still runs for the same amount of time as the other major leagues. As such, we’ll have a ton of matches and countless wagering opportunities almost every day.

Make sure to check out our guide on all things League of Legends betting and let’s take a look at the event in more detail.

What’s Changed in the LPL?

We’re set to see all the usual faces in the LPL this season, with only eStar rebranding and changing its name to Ultra Prime. Meanwhile, there have also been quite a few minor roster moves.

Victory Five is the team that made the most moves, signing three new players, Uniboy, Youxin and Kepler, as well as bringing up Invincible from the academy roster. Meanwhile, some of the elite teams made much smaller changes, with Edward Gaming, FunPlus Phoenix and Suning all bringing up a player or two from their academy to extend their rosters.

A few other teams also shuffled players around, but the majority of movement there was internal, with academy players joining as substitutes or returning to the academy roster.

Odds to Win LPL Summer
TeamOdds
FunPlus Phoenix+250
Top Esports+250
Royal Never Give Up+275
Edward Gaming+400
JD Gaming+1000
Suning+1600
Team WE+2500
Invictus Gaming+2800
Rare Atom+2800
LNG Esports+6600
Bilibili Gaming+15000
LGD Gaming+15000
Ultra Prime+20000
TT Gaming+25000
OMG+40000
Rogue Warriors+50000
Victory Five+50000

Odds as of June 4 at Bovada

Top Esports Looks to Reclaim LPL Crown

Top was the talk of the town in late 2020, having secured the LPL summer title and even been tipped as the favorite for the world championship.

Things didn’t quite turn out perfectly for them, however, as they were defeated in the semifinals by regional rival Suning. Still, they were a big dog in China, but yet again failed as they finished third in the spring regular season in 2021 and then bowed out in Round 4 of the playoffs.

They’ll now look to reclaim their lost playoffs crown and get back to winning ways after a turbulent few months. Their roster remains as strong as ever and the players have proven they can win, so there’s a very good shot they can do it again.

FPX Aims to Bounce Back

FunPlus Phoenix is another squad that had a bit of a fall from grace. They dominated China in 2019 and even went on to win the world championship. However, things did not go to plan in 2020 as the team failed to do much of anything.

This year they aimed to come back in a big way, bringing in world champion Nuguri to enforce their top lane. Things went fairly well as they had a solid regular season and made it all the way to the grand finals of the spring playoffs, where they were defeated by Royal Never Give Up.

For FPX, the Summer Split will be all about bouncing back from a tough loss in the grand finals and getting straight back there and finally securing another trophy.

Why Isn’t Royal Never Give Up Favored?

Royal Never Give Up has made waves recently. They completed a very solid spring season by taking home the trophy and moved on to the Mid-Season Invitational, where they took down world champion DWG Kia to claim another trophy.

However, they still aren’t favorites for the summer season of the LPL. You’d think winning two trophies in a month and taking down the world’s best team would make them definite favorites, but it’s not so simple.

The LPL is a very tough region and while there’s no doubt RNG is good, other teams do seem to have advantages over them. This mostly comes in the form of the individual players. Both FPX and Top have some of the best players in their roles. Nuguri, Doinb, Knight and JackeyLove are some of the standout players, which could easily carry either team to a title.

Also, in the LPL there is somewhat of a “winner’s curse.” In the last 12 seasonal playoffs, a team has only won two in a row once. This means we’ve seen a team win, then a different team win afterward, for 10 of 12 seasons. As such, it can be considered quite unlikely that RNG would win two in a row, although they were also the last team to do just that, so who knows what will happen.