2021 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational Rumble Stage Day 1 Betting Preview
The Group Stage of the Mid-Season Invitational had a little more drama than expected. Every team won at least one game, and we had a few surprises. Japan’s Detonation FocusMe gave Cloud9 and DWG KIA real scares in Group C, and Oceania’s Pentanet.GG became the first team from that region to advance out of the Group Stage. Will we see the surprises continue in the first day of the double round robin Rumble Stage?
2021 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational Rumble Stage Day 1 Betting Odds
DWG KIA -108
Royal Never Give Up -122
After struggling in the Group Stage, DWG KIA is no longer the overall favorite to win the Mid-Season Invitational. Khan has not looked sharp in the top lane, and DWG KIA’s drafts have shown a contempt for the meta.
China’s Royal Never Give Up is now a narrow favorite to win MSI. RNG were the only team to go unbeaten in the Group Stage, winning all four of their games against Unicorns of Love and Pentanet.GG. They weren’t tested by either team, as they simply outclassed their opponents. This will be their first real test.
MAD Lions -769
There were plenty of skeptics when it came to MAD Lions, but they proved their mettle. Top laner Armut and jungler Elyoya both played well in their international debuts, and the bottom lane shined with Carzzy dishing out a lot of damage.
They have a huge skill edge over Pentanet. The Australian representatives are a great story, but it’s clear that they are a tier below the other five teams in the Rumble Stage. They will be fortunate to win a game before being mathematically eliminated, so lay the heavy chalk.
PSG Talon +346
DWG KIA -556
This could be a tricky game for DWG KIA. While they are more talented than PSG Talon, it’s clear that the PCS champions are coming together. Doggo only joined the team a couple weeks ago as Unified was unable to head to Iceland for health reasons, and they didn’t have much trouble with anyone in their group other than MAD Lions. Maple and Hanabi have a lot of experience on this stage, and River is a solid jungler.
Royal Never Give Up -526
Analysts and fans were too quick to bury Cloud9. The veteran team came together on the final day of the Group Stage to beat the three other teams in their group, including DWG KIA. Top laner Fudge silenced the doubters with his play, and Perkz took his game to another level and dealt 32.5% of his team’s damage per Games of Legends.
They are a live underdog against RNG, as they have shown an ability to scout an opponent well and prepare effective drafts. However, Fudge and Zven will have to play well against the LPL champions.
PSG Talon -435
It will be difficult for Pentanet to compete with any of the other teams here. They might have the best chance against PSG Talon, but even than it’s hard to see a victory for the team that started the “Send It” meme. Biopanther is probably the most talented player on the roster, yet he will have to outperform Hanabi.
MAD Lions -159
The EU vs. NA rivalry will see another chapter added at the end of the first day. European teams have had the advantage over their North American counterparts in recent years, but there are reasons for C9 to be optimistic about their chances. They are used to competing in international tournaments at this point, and they seemed to turn the corner.