2021 League of Legends LCS Championship Semifinals Betting Preview
The winner of Saturday’s LCS Championship semifinals will automatically qualify for the Group Stage of the League of Legends World Championship. The loser will still make it to Worlds, but they will have to traverse a Play-In Stage that is increasingly more treacherous as teams from Vietnam, Turkey, Brazil, and other regions have really improved over the last couple years. Both 100 Thieves and Cloud9 want to avoid this and also earn the opportunity to take on Team Liquid in the LCS Championship Finals on Sunday.
2021 League of Legends LCS Championship Semifinals Betting Odds
100 Thieves +111
During the regular season, Cloud9 went 3-2 against 100 Thieves. C9 won both meetings in the Spring Split and emerged victorious in their most recent showdown in late July.
Mid lane will be key for both teams in this series. 100 Thieves made it to this point in large part thanks to Abbedagge. They acquired the former Schalke 04 mid laner after the Spring Split, and he has been instrumental in leading this organization back to Worlds. Although he has a 3.5 KDA in the postseason, he was great on LeBlanc and Irelia.
However, Perkz is clearly the better mid laner in this match. Perkz continues to show why he is the best Western mid laner in the history of League of Legends, carrying C9 at times last week in their victory against Team SoloMid. He has fallen off a bit from where he was at his peak, but he is still a mid laner to be feared.
The only area where 100T looks to have a clear advantage is in the jungle. C9’s Blaber has not been as good as he was in 2020, while Closer has been superb for 100T throughout the season. Closer is leading the way for 100T with a 5.3 KDA this postseason. He has thrived on Viego, Lee Sin, and Diana, and C9 will look to counter or take away those champions.
Although Ssumday is a solid veteran top laner, he isn’t as dominant as he was in 2020. Ssumday was the most important part of 100 Thieves last season, but he is largely playing off tanks now.
That’s something that Fudge can punish for C9. Fudge has shown some creativity in the top lane with Tahm Kench and Viego being among his most played champions. He was unfairly criticized for some of the team’s shortcomings in the Spring Split, and he is proving he is a very good top laner.
Cloud9 has the advantage in the bottom lane too. Zven is one of the most experienced AD Carries in the world, and Vulcan is a top tier support. They should be able to outplay FBI and Huhi, as although that tandem has been decent, they aren’t the type of players that can take over a series.
All that leads to a probable C9 win in this series. They survived their lower bracket scare, and they should be able to earn a place in the Group Stage of Worlds on Saturday.