The 2019 LoL Worlds Championship is about to begin, starting on October 2 through November 10 in Berlin, Madrid and Paris where 24 different teams will vie for becoming the world’s powerhouse in League of Legends. Today, we will share how we think the event will pan out and who will be crowned the world’s LoL champion.
LoL Worlds 2019 Preview: SK Telecom T1 – Favourites to Win
The South Korean powerhouse SK Telecom T1 has been listed as a favourite to become champions at Worlds 2019 by most bookmakers according to esportsbettingtop. With the team soaring to the top of the regional division leaderboard, that is not at all surprising. The team has been winning all major events since 2015, blasting to the finals in 2016 but losing 2017, and falling short last year. They are presently ranking World 2, but the team’s recent form has demonstrated some exceptional qualities.
While we know that a sole player alone may not win on his or her own, Sang-Hyeok Lee, better known as Faker has helped his team achieve the gut-wrenching 73%-win rate – an unprecedented success rate for any League of Legends team.
Recent form suggests that SKT are back in their swing, after the team conquered the 2019 LCK Spring Split, finishing second, and then taking the Playoffs to clean off, finishing first. A small upset was their loss to G2 Esports at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational, but SKT is overall in a very good form and therefore favoured by the bookmakers – and ourselves -as the up-and-coming champion for 2019’s Worlds.
Other Teams That Will Catch Your Eye for the LoL Worlds 2019
The field of contestants promising a challenging fight for the top. Not surprisingly, the most popular names are all here. G2 Esports and Royal Never Give Up, which rebranded in 2018, are coming back in full strength to lay claim for the title. G2 Esports had a great go, defeating the tipped favourite from STK in the Mid-Season.
While G2 and RNG are somewhat tied, and G2 are even given a great chance to win the tournament outright, there’s yet another team that stands out as the underdog. The 2018 winners, Invictus Gaming fell to 6th spot in the Mid-Season, but overall the team is given a decent chance of making it to the top.
Why Not Team Liquid or Fnatic?
While it may seem we are currying favour with some teams, we feel strongly that the Asian powerhouses have the best chances of winning yet again. South Korea has an infallible track record for conquering the events.
Since its conception, the LoL Worlds have been won by a non-Asian team once – in 2011, when Fnatic became the first world championships. Last year, the Chinese powerhouse Invictus Gaming clinched a victory, bringing the title to China for the first time. Yet, Fanatic has a similar winning rate in the past two months as SKT, which gives observers new hopes for the European powerhouse.
Team Liquid had a strong showing this year, however. They dismantled Invictus Gaming in the Mid-Season and came resurgent into the competition. Yet, South Korea’s rosters seem to be readying up for another title, and we will once again – very likely – see another Eastern showdown on November 10 in Paris.