The reigning World Champions, DWK Kia, are heavy favorites entering MSI 2021.
- The 2021 Mid-Season Invitational begins on May 6th and runs until May 23rd
- The first place team from 11 international regions will compete in Reykjavik, Iceland
- The winner of MSI earns their region an extra team slot at Worlds 2021
With the League of Legends spring season in the rearview mirror, 11 league winners from around the world will compete at the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational. The field was supposed to be made up of 12 teams, however, GAM Esports from Vietnam are unable to participate because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The reigning World Champions, DWG Kia, are heavy favorites at -167. They followed up their 2020 World Championship by winning the LCK 2021 Spring Season. Not to mention, they are the current favorite in the 2021 LoL World Championship odds. They proved they’re superior than their regional opposition, but can any of the international teams knock them down a peg?
Let’s take a look at the MSI 2021 betting odds:
MSI 2021 Odds
|Royal Never Give Up||+140|
|Istanbul Wild Cats||+8000|
|Unicorns of Love||+8000|
Odds as of May 4th at Betway
LCK vs LPL
According to oddsmakers, MSI is really between two teams: DWG Kia and Royal Never Give Up. Based on what we’ve seen so far in 2021 and the history of international events, it’s a fairly safe bet that one of those two will win MSI. As previously mentioned, DWG Kia won the 2020 World Championship. They also swept their way through the LCK Spring Playoffs to secure their spot at MSI.
As for Royal Never Give Up, their road to MSI was significantly more turbulent. They got knocked to the lower bracket by FunPlus Phoenix. Then with no room for error, RNG ripped off nail-biting wins over Top Esports, Edward Gaming, and finally FPX in the grand final. Royal Never Give Up are playing their best League of Legends of the year entering MSI, but is it enough to topple DWG Kia?
Looking at a larger scale, the LCK and LPL have dominated the international League of Legends scene. The Korean league held the title of the best region in the world for several years, before China ripped that title away by winning the 2018 and 2019 World Championships. In 2020, DWG Kia (formerly DAMWON Gaming) put the LCK back on top. It really has been an arms race of sorts between these two regions. For the 2021 season, as impressive as RNG has been, it’s hard to bet against DWG Kia in their current state.
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