2021 League of Legends LCS Championship First Round Betting Preview
There are eight teams taking part in the LCS Championship over the next month. Counter Logic Gaming and FlyQuest were eliminated from postseason contention after dismal regular seasons, but everyone else still has a chance to lift the LCS Championship trophy and qualify for one of the three spots in the League of Legends World Championship in China this fall. Team SoloMid and 100 Thieves are in the best position after receiving first-round byes, but Evil Geniuses, Cloud9, and Team Liquid all have the potential to play spoiler.
2021 League of Legends LCS Championship First Round Betting Odds
Evil Geniuses -526
The best team in the LCS over the last six weeks has been the Evil Geniuses. They have won 14 of their last 17 matches, and that nearly led to them running down 100 Thieves for the second first-round bye last weekend. Given their recent form, it’s no surprise they are a prodigious favorite against Dignitas on Saturday.
Dignitas has a winning record against Evil Geniuses in 2021. They won both of their matches in the Spring Split, and they won the first match of the Summer Split too. We have seen the Evil Geniuses put away Dignitas twice during this recent run though.
Opponents have had a tough time getting the better of Evil Geniuses in pick and ban. Both of their junglers (Contractz and Svenskeren) can play Diana extremely well, and they can put Viego into all three lanes. Jiizuke can play Ryze and Lucian very well in the mid lane, and Danny has been tough to hold down in the bottom lane with a veteran like Ignar to protect him.
It’s going to be tough for Dignitas to pull off the upset. Yusui has not looked that sharp in the mid lane, and FakeGod has not been as strong as he was in the Spring Split up in the top lane. Neo has had a very shallow champion pool too, so Dignitas will be fortunate if they can win one game in this best-of-five series.
Team Liquid +111
This first round series figures to be far more competitive. Cloud9 and Team Liquid were seen as two of the top four teams in North America heading into the season, but they have both struggled and both squads might fail to make it to Worlds. It would be a massive disappointment given the number of resources they have invested into their teams.
Cloud9 has an edge ahead of this series. They have looked like the better team in recent weeks, and there are a lot fewer questions surrounding C9 than there are with Liquid. C9’g biggest issue lately has been Blaber, as he has struggled to make the same impact in the jungle. Meanwhile, Liquid have seen middling performances in the top lane and mid lane, and Tactical hasn’t been too impressive in the bottom lane.
There isn’t an area where Liquid has a clear edge. Although this was one of the favorites coming into 2021, imports Alphari and Santorin have been disappointing, and the only player that has continually played at a high level is support CoreJJ.