JD Gaming are Slight Favorites to Win the First Mid-Season Cup

There will be no Mid-Season Invitational this year, but the powers that be in China and Korea are giving us the next best thing. The Mid-Season Cup will pit four teams from the LPL and four teams from the LCK against each other over the next four days, and there is plenty of excitement for this event in the League of Legends community. Teams from these two regions have gone on to win the last seven World Championships, and all four teams that won those titles will be involved in this competition.


T1 +450
GEN.G +550

After winning their first LPL title last month, JD Gaming are the favorites to win the Mid-Season Cup by the Esports betting odds. The Dumpling Brothers of Zoom and Yagao have been exceptional together, and JD Gaming are 22-2 this year with their top laner and mid laner in the lineup. Kanavi was the best jungler in China this year, proving that Griffin never should have let him leave for the LPL, and Korean import LokeN is eager to show his prowess in the bottom lane.

The team JD Gaming beat in five games for the LPL Spring title is among the second group of favorites. Top Esports came out of nowhere to nearly claim their first LPL championship. They upset Invictus Gaming in the semifinals, and AD Carry JackeyLove was the difference maker. He joined the team just before the start of the postseason, and he was phenomenal in the second season. His bold, confident play changed the dynamic of this team’s bottom lane, and it allowed Knight to shine more in the mid lane.

The nine-time LCK champions have the lowest League of Legends betting odds at this tournament for a Korean team. T1 has the most famous player in the history of the sport in Faker, and he is still playing at a high level in his eighth season. Faker continues to be the top mid laner in Korea, and he has arguably the region’s best bottom laner in Teddy. Effort has taken a real step forward as a support, so this team is certainly dangerous.

FunPlus Phoenix won the 2019 World Championship, but this squad underwhelmed in the LPL Spring Split. They were swept by JD Gaming in the semifinals, and they have had some concerns in the top lane. Khan and GimGoon have split time in the role, but Khan’s inconsistency has really hurt this team considering what they were expecting from T1’s former top laner. This team probably has more boom or bust potential than any other squad at this tournament.

Revenge is on the mind of Gen.G after the organization was swept by T1 in the LCK Finals. This team was the last world champion from Korea, and they have the most underrated bottom laner in Ruler. Ruler carried Gen.G to the 2017 World Championship, and he is still playing at a very high level. His chemistry with Life has been great, while Bdd had a fantastic bounce back split in the mid lane after struggling throughout 2019.

The best value on the board is in Invictus Gaming. The 2018 World Champions are 7-1 to win the Mid-Season Cup, and that is great value considering the talent on this roster. Rookie and TheShy are two of the best at their positions in the world, and they are set to move forward with Ning in the jungle after Leyan moved to Vici Gaming earlier this week. Puff has played better than critics give him credit for in the bottom lane too, and this team can put it all together.

It’s tough to see a path to the title for the final two teams though. DragonX have one of the best young supports in Keria, and Chovy is one of the most talented mid laners in the world. However, their top lane issues are well documented, and that puts them at a major disadvantage against other teams. Meanwhile, DAMWON have two excellent laners in Nuguri and ShowMaker, but the bottom lane is a bit of a mess.

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