League of Legends is one of the most popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) titles in the esports industry. The game is big when it comes to events, viewership, and betting. Every year, the developer of the game, Riot Games host a variety of tournaments which are followed by millions of esports enthusiasts and gamers.
Teams from different regions in the world participate in the events to eventually qualify for one of the biggest tournaments in the eSports industry, League of Legends World Championship Series. There are some other third-party events that take place in the world of League of Legends. However, the odds in almost every match of those events are bad because only a couple of top tier teams participate. This article will cover the best LoL Leagues to bet on in 2019. We have compiled a list in order to help you make most out of your betting.
League of Legends Championship Series NA and EU
The North American League of Legends Championship Series (LCS NA) and the European League of Legends Championship Series (LCS EU) are divided into two splits: spring and summer. In both competitions, the 10 best teams in the region participate. Throughout the season each team faces twice against each opponent. In total, 18 games.
After a LoL league phase, the playoffs are disputed among the first six classified teams, in eliminatory best of five format. Apart from contesting a final to proclaim a winner, a duel is also held for the third place.
The LCS NA and LCS EU use championship points (also known as circuit points) for qualifying for the World Cup. An LCS team can reach the World Cup in different ways:
- The team that wins the summer split automatically enters the Worlds as the first classified in that region.
- The team that has scored the most championship points throughout the season has access to the second place.
- In the event that several teams are tied at the end of the summer split, the club that has achieved the most points during that split will take part in the tiebreaker.
- The final place for the World Cup will be determined by the Regional NA and EU Qualifiers. The winners of each will be the third classified from their respective regions.
League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK)
The League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) is the most important LoL leagues in South Korea. In the LCK, 10 teams compete against each other twice during the season. All matches are the best of three. At the end of the season, the last two teams participate in a promotion/relegation tournament, while the top five finishers play the playoffs.
In the playoffs, the fourth and fifth place are contested first in a game that follows best of three format. Then the winner faces the third and the winner face the second. The final of the playoffs, the best of five, faces the survivor of these duels against the first classified team.
As in the LCS NA and LCS EU, the LCK uses championship points to qualify for the World Cup.
A team from the LCK can reach the World Cups in different ways:
- The winner of the summer split automatically qualifies for the World Cup.
- The team with the most championship points (spring + summer) enters the Worlds as second place in the region.
- The last spot is determined by the Regional Qualifiers of South Korea. The winner also gets a ticket to the World Cup.
League of Legends Pro League (LPL)
The Tencent League of Legends Pro League (LPL) is by far the most popular League of Legends leagues in China. The LPL has 14 separate teams in two divisions of 7 each. Each team faces its division’s rivals twice during the season and once against the rivals of the other division. All the games in the league are the best of three. Winning a series counts as a victory (or a point).
After the regular league, the playoffs are held. The two teams that are higher in each division are automatically moved to the playoffs. The third team of each division plays against the fourth of the other, and the winners also go to the playoffs. The matches in this phase are the best of five, and a match is played to determine the third and fourth place (not just a final).
The first two classified in the LPL are classified for the group stage of the World Cup and the third for the opening phase.
Mid-Season Invitational (MSI)
Mid-Season Invitational League of Legends (MSI) is almost held in May every year. This event has 14 teams representing 14 different LoL leagues. The positioning of the regional classifieds will depend on their previous results in the MSI and World Championship.
The teams that have won the spring split will participate in the MSI in the following regions:
- Brazil (CBLOL)
- China (LPL)
- Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
- Europe (LCS EU), Japan (LJL)
- Korea (LCK)
- North America (LLN)
- South America (CLS)
- North America (LCS NA)
- Oceania (OPL)
- Southeast Asia (GPL)
- Vietnam (VCS)
- Hong Kong
- Macao (LMS)
- Turkey (TCL)
The opening phase has 10 teams, which will imply that the other 4 will start in the group stage.
The two best of the groups in the opening qualifies for the next round, which will be eliminatory to the best of five series.
In the group stage, six teams will be measured in series at best from one to two matches. The best 4 will go to the elimination phase, where the format is the best of five.
Mid-Season Invitational always influence the positional of the regional qualifiers for the World Cup. The best regions of the MSI have the first four places of the group phase of the Worlds.
World Championship Series
The World Cup is the most prestigious League of Legends Championship. The championship has classified teams that fight for the supremacy in the game of Riot Games. This year, the event is taking place in South Korea with 24 teams initially contesting for the title of champion. Now we are down to top two teams only the fate of which will be decided in the grand finals of League of Legends World Championship Series at Incheon Munhak Stadium on Saturday, November 3.
In 2017, Riot Games modified the format of the event, dividing it into three stages: The Play-in phase, group stage, and knockout stage. We assume that, in the event of non-notification of changes, for this 2018 the same format is being maintained.
The strongest regions send some or all of their direct teams to the group stage, while other less powerful regions start in the Play-in.
The LCK sends three teams to the group stage, while the following leagues (LPL, LCS EU, LCS NA, and LMS) send two to the groups and another to the opening phase.
The following leagues bring a team to the Play-In phase:
How can they be classified? Proclaiming themselves as the champions of the summer split. However, a good performance in the MSI opens the doors to a second place in the World Cup in these regions.
Rift Rivals is an interregional competition in which the teams give their all to place their region at the top. The competition debuted last year in July and was also held in 2018. Therefore, it is safe to assume that Rift Rivals 2019 will also be held in the month of July.
This was the distribution of the five tournaments between regions in 2018:
- North America Europe – United States
- China vs. Korea vs. LMS – China
- Brazil vs. LATAM North vs. LATAM South – Brazil
- Oceania vs. Southeast Asia vs. Japan – Australia
- Vietnam vs. Turkey vs. Russia – Vietnam
The Rift Rivals teams are selected based on their classification in the spring split and are positioned for the event according to that classification.
To close the calendar year in League of Legends, the All-Stars are celebrated in a competition in which the teams are made up of the favorite players picked by fans. Fans vote for their favorites among the professionals of the best eight regional leagues (according to the World Cup results).
As in 2017, this year the All-Star will be in North America, although we do not know if Los Angeles will host the event.
The format has not yet been confirmed, but if you keep the one from last year it will be like this:
- Main event: eight teams, divided into two groups, seek to qualify for the knockout rounds with the aim of reaching the final and proclaim themselves champions.
- Tournament 1 vs 1: 16 players (two from each of the eight regions) are measured in single eliminations, at best one. The semi-finals and the grand finals are the best of three.
23 May, 2019