League of Legends World Championships 2018

What is it?

After a month long tournament similar in style to the FIFA World Cup, the League of Legends World Championship features China’s Invictus (-165) versus Europe’s Fnatic (+135).

When and where is it?

Starting at 3 a.m. CST, the best of five series is being played in Incheon, South Korea. Previously used in FIFA World Cup matches, Incheon Munhak Stadium is hosting the Championship, which is expected to be at capacity with nearly 50,000 attendees.

How to watch it?

The finals are being broadcast live on Twitch and YouTube, both of which are available on most smart TVs and devices.

What to watch for?

In an extremely odd occurrence, two teams from the same group made the finals. Fnatic won the group series two to one in extremely close fashion. These two teams are either first or second in almost every statistical category this tournament and were the favorites to meet in the finals.

Historically, teams from the East have dominated Worlds, winning every title since 2012. This is Fnatic’s second trip to the finals; they won in 2011. Invictus has never been in the finals before, but coming out of China, they are looking to keep the East’s dominance intact.

What Meta has developed at Worlds?

Teams throughout the tournament have been moving away from tanks (high health, low damage champions). Top lane is being dominated by carry champions like Aatrox, who has a pick/ban rate of 99%. The jungle is also shifting to more damage and less health. This shift in the meta should hold true for the Finals as well. Both team’s top laners are comfortable on carry champions so this should be an exciting and explosive final series. There will be more team fighting, more kills and deaths, and more action in general than regular season matches, and that is always more entertaining to watch.

Who are we picking?

From a betting perspective, I am loving getting extra money from a team that won the previous series, though I can see how this series could go either way. I am placing two units on Fnatic and I think they will take it in four games. – Brandon Campbell

This match up is going to be close. Invictus won’t go down as easily as they did in the group stage. There will be a lot of action leading to chances for crazy upsets. Fnatic is the underdog, but I think they will pull this one off. They have a better lane match up against Invictus in the top lane, jungle, and in the bottom. Even if Caps loses in the mid lane, they can still win every other lane. I think Fnatic wins in five, and I would put two units on that. – Tim Orr

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