From the 29th of September to the 5th of November 2022, the League of Legends World Championship tournament will take place. There’s no doubt about it – this is the biggest and most exhilarating event in the League of Legends competitive calendar, and it boasts untold opportunities for esports betting. If you’re a hardcore – or even casual – League of Legends fan, and you’re eager to place some wagers, we’re here to help you, providing you with the best LoL Worlds odds and markets.
There are few esports tournaments out there that are as prolific or as popular as LoL Worlds. Every year, millions of players flock to the tournament, eager to see which team will be crowned the champion of the League of Legends scene. It’s a global tournament, welcoming teams from all around the world – twenty-four of them, to be precise. There’s a massive prize pool worth $2,225,000 on the line, and of course, the bragging rights of officially becoming the best League team on Earth.
If there’s one thing for certain, it’s that the betting markets will be better than ever this year, and the top tips for LoL Worlds odds will make a difference.
Can China Continue The Winning Streak?
Last year, at LoL Worlds 2021, EDward Gaming pulled off a massive win against the then-reigning champions, DAMWON Gaming. It was a monumental moment for the Chinese team, and at every step of the way, the competition for the squad was as tough as it could possibly have been. This year, the odds on EDward Gaming completing a repeat performance are somewhat high, but they’re not the favourites to win LoL Worlds 2022.
At the top of the table in terms of LoL Worlds odds sits JD Gaming, another Chinese organisation. This is a team with five years of competition under its belt, and it enters the League of Legends World Championship tournament hot off a win at the LPL Summer Championship. This is how the organisation qualified for LoL Worlds, and it brought with it a massive $289k prize for the team.
If it won’t be JD Gaming lifting the world championship trophy, then the bookmakers have also placed a lot of faith in Top Esports. This is another Chinese organisation, and while Top Esports hasn’t won a major title since 2020, there are high expectations for the team to perform well at LoL Worlds. Out of these two teams, Top Esports has had a better experience in LoL Worlds, landing a 3rd place finish in 2020.
It could be another win in the bag for the Chinese region this year, but of course, there are plenty of other teams on the board, all eager to secure the ultimate prize. Here are the current LoL Worlds odds on the Chinese teams competing in the tournament:
- JD Gaming 3.30
- Top Esports 4.00
- EDward Gaming 6.50
- Royal Never Give Up 8.00
South Korea Could Secure The Top Spot
When DAMWON Gaming lifted the LoL Worlds trophy in 2020, it was a monumental moment for the region. In 2021, the team came so close to winning two years in a row, but the squad was stopped in its tracks by EDward Gaming. This year, DAMWON Gaming enters the tournament with lower expectations, sitting beneath every Chinese organisation playing in the League of Legends World Championship event.
But, there may be a saviour for South Korea this year in the form of Gen.G, a legendary team with plenty to play for. At present, Gen.G is the second-best team in the bookmakers’ eyes, having just secured the top spot at the LCK Summer 2022 tournament, netting a total prize worth $147k. It has been a strong year for Gen.G, which also came in second at the LCK Spring tournament, and at LoL Worlds 2021, the squad secured a third-place finish.
Those interested in League of Legends betting will need to pay attention to the LoL Worlds odds circulating around Gen.G. This is a world-class team with a cracked roster, and it’s a squad that could certainly go the whole way this year. It’ll be the first time the organisation has taken home the trophy at LoL Worlds, and it would mean a huge amount for the region if Gen.G could secure the grand prize.
If we can offer one top-tier LoL Worlds betting tip, it’s to keep an eye on Gen.G from the Group Stage onwards. In the meantime, here’s the breakdown of the LoL Worlds odds for the South Korean teams:
- Gen.G 3.50
- T1 6.50
- DAMWON 15.00
- DRX 34.00
Will Europe or North America Ever Top the LoL Worlds Odds?
Unfortunately, North America, Europe, and to a similar extent, LATAM regions, all find themselves suffering from unbelievably bad luck in the League of Legends space. Every year, the NA and EU teams are dismissed from the competition relatively early on, and in the history of the League of Legends World Championship, a ‘Western’ team has only won once. That was in 2011 when Fnatic took home the modest top prize in the first-ever League of Legends World Championship.
Since then, both North America and European regions have seen very little luck at LoL Worlds. At the best of times, they’ve produced a second-place finish – but that’s as far as it goes.
This year, the ‘only hope for North America’ is Cloud9. By 2022, the best that Cloud9 had ever managed was a fourth-place finish in 2018, and since then, the NA-based organisation hasn’t made any major waves. However, following a dominant spree at the LCS Summer event, Cloud9 sat at the top of the table, picking up a $100k prize and securing qualification to the League of Legends World Championship.
While Evil Geniuses and 100 Thieves both performed better in the Group Stage at the LCS, it was Cloud9 that steamrolled to victory in the Playoffs. In back-to-back fixtures, the team defeated Counter Logic, Evil Geniuses, and 100 Thieves twice, refusing to drop a map in the Grand Final. Now, Cloud9 is the highest-rated NA team when it comes to LoL Worlds odds. There are more or less balanced expectations when it comes to both Evil Geniuses and 100 Thieves at LoL Worlds.
Could Cloud9 pick up the first-ever North American win at the League of Legends World Championship? Here’s the breakdown of LoL Worlds odds for EU and NA teams competing at the event:
- Cloud9 20.00
- G2 Esports 34.00
- Rogue 34.00
- Evil Geniuses 50.00
- 100 Thieves 50.00
- Fnatic 55.00
- Team Liquid 65.00
Which team will you be betting on when the League of Legends World Championship tournament kicks off on the 29th of September?