Few esports events can compare to the League of Legends World Championship 2019 (LoL Worlds 2019). It is the largest League of Legends yearly event and consists of the strongest competitive teams from all over the globe. The stakes are high, with the league of legends worlds 2019 prize pool expected to exceed $7,000,000 USD after crowd funding from worlds themed items are calculated.
Given the many areas you can bet on, not only limited to the winning team, there is a bit of complexity when betting. As a result, we’ve decided to make an in-depth LoL Worlds betting guide with relevant information on teams, start dates, and structure of this League of Legends competition! The article also includes betting tips where our esports experts share their insight for the most anticipated matches of League of Legends Worlds 2019!
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When Does League of Legends Worlds 2019 Start?
The 2019 League of Legends World Championship starts on October 2nd. Everything kicks off with a Play-In Stage that pits 12 teams from emerging regions against each other in an exciting battle for 4 Group Stage spots. But the real show comes with the beginning of the Main Event on October 12th, where the true top 16 teams in the world all compete to enter the quarterfinals, cutting the participants from 16 to 8.
The Quarterfinals will be played on October 26-28, with the Semifinals following on November 2-3, and ultimately, the World Championship finals on the 10th of November.
As for the LoL World 2019 location, the tournament takes place across Europe. The tournament will travel to Germany, Spain and finally ending in France.
Which Teams Qualified For LoL Worlds 2019?
The first part of the League of Legends World Championship (aka the Play-In Stage) is all about the emerging regions. The competition is short but fierce, and you’ll see many up-and-coming lineups trying to prove their worth at the international stage. With that in mind, here’s a list of teams that have qualified for the Play-In Stage: Clutch Gaming, DAMWON Gaming, HK Attitude, Splyce, Isurus Gaming, Lowkey Esports, Royal Youth, Unicorns of Love, DetonatioN EM, Flamengo eSports, MAMMOTH and MEGA.
The teams who have already been seeded in the main event are: FunPlus Phoenix, G2 Esports, SK Telecom T1, Team Liquid, ahq e-Sports Club, Cloud 9, Fnatic, GAM Esports, Griffin, Invictus Gaming, J Team and Royal Never Give Up.
What Stages Are There at League of Legends Worlds 2019?
As we’ve mentioned above, League of Legends Worlds 2019 can be broken down into two distinct parts. The first one is the Play-In Stage. This a cutthroat competition between the best wildcard teams and the third lineup from major regions. Each wildcard team dominated a minor region, but it remains to be seen whether any of them can hold their own against top-tier opponents. Meanwhile, teams will be striving to prove themselves and advance to the next stage of the event. With that, only 4 out of 12 Play-In squads can qualify for the Main Event. Combine that with the fact that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most of these lineups, and we’re in for a bloody skirmish that will separate the best-emerging regions from the rest.
Still, the tournament reaches its peak during the Main Event. First, the remaining wildcard lineups meet top-tier teams from major regions in a grueling group stage. Each squad is thoroughly tested, so only the strongest can break into the playoffs. Then, tensions escalate to new highs as teams battle each other through vicious Bo5 series and the margin for error becomes so incredibly slim that even the slightest misstep can knock someone out of the tournament. Finally, the last team standing will raise the trophy and bask in the fame and glory that comes with being the best League of Legends team in the world!
Invictus Gaming, the 2018 defending world champions
Invictus Gaming entered the 2018 League of Legends World Championship in the shadow of the #1 LPL team Royal Never Give Up. They stole the spotlight with a confident victory against Fnatic in the group stage, but their success was short-lived, as Fnatic snatched the first seed right under their nose. Still, IG regained their composure and knocked out the strongest South Korean team—KT Rolster—in a close 5-game quarterfinal. They kept the momentum going with a 3-0 victory against G2 Esports in the semifinals, and now they’re setting their gaze on the Worlds trophy.
The main reason behind Invictus Gaming’s success lies in the solo lanes. Their ace – Rookie – has made a solid claim to being the best mid laner at LoL Worlds 2018 by overwhelming his opponents with razor-sharp mechanics and never-ending barrages of outplays. Meanwhile, TheShy turned the entire top lane into his kingdom, and his carry-oriented playstyle became the cornerstone of IG’s strategies. Combine that with a daring jungler in Ning and an explosive bot lane in JackeyLove and Baolang, and Invictus Gaming have all the tools needed to exact their revenge.
Unfortunately, heading into 2019, Invictus Gaming has fallen from glory, only claiming China’s third seed in the League of Legends World Championship event. Invictus definitely struggled, recently placing 6th in the LPL 2019 Summer season, and being knocked out straight away in the LPL 2019 Summer Playoffs, placing 7-8th.
SK Telecom T1, favorites in LoL Esports bets
SKT has finally returned following their poor 2018 showing, where they failed to even appear at worlds. However, this is nothing new, considering their disaster in 2014, where they failed to qualify for worlds then while being the defending champions from the LoL World Championship in 2013.
In 2019, SK Telecom T1 had managed to take victory in the LCK 2019 Spring and Summer Playoffs, a major sign of strength for the team. Despite placing 4th in the LCK 2019 Summer Playoffs, many believe SKT to have tuned down performance and kept their cards close for preparations for Worlds.
Team Liquid, a safe bet
Team Liquid have dominated North America, by far being the strongest team in the region. Despite this, little have faith in TL despite their success. As a result, their odds are extremely favourable. While by no means the tournament favourites, they stand a fair chance, and considering the high odds if you are looking to bet on lol worlds, a small to medium sized bet should be wagered on TL.
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LoL Worlds 2019 Betting Tips
The 2019 League of Legends World Championship is filled with countless opportunities with punters from all over the globe looking to get in on the action. That said, you need to be very careful about picking your battles. After all, LoL Worlds 2019 is the largest LoL esports tournament of the year and the sheer number of participants makes it very difficult to tell how everyone matches up against each other.
Don’t fret, though, because we’ll be doing weekly betting tips to help you make sense of the competition! Here, you will find expert insight and exclusive match predictions for some of the most anticipated matches of the tournament. If you are looking to bet on lol worlds, stay in tune for our upcoming League of Legends Worlds 2019 betting predictions.
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