The 2015 League of Legends World Championship quarter finals get underway in London next month, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be getting just a teeny bit excited (okay, very excited) about the world’s greatest LoL teams playing live at a sold-out Wembley SSE Arena from October 15th to 18th.
To get you in the mood, we’ve crunched the numbers from the group stages to find out which teams are odds-on to play in the quarter finals.
Here’s a look at each of the four groups and the odds of each team winning their group:
Group A (aka the group of life)
- Koo Tigers – 4/7
- CLG – 6/4
- Flash Wolves – 9/1
- Pain Gaming – 20/1
The bookies’ clear favourites are Koo Tigers, with CLG in second place and Flash Wolves/Pain Gaming having much tougher odds of qualifying to the quarter finals.
Group B (aka the group of death)
- Fnatic – 8/15
- Invictus Gaming – 17/10
- AHQ eSports Club – 9/1
- Cloud 9 – 17/1
Poor old Cloud 9 have no hope according to the UK bookies, with Fnatic and Invictus most likely to progress from Group B.
- SK Telecom T1 – 1/4
- Edward Gaming – 12/5
- H2k – 25/1
- Bangkok Titans – 35/1
SK Telecom and Edward Gaming are odds-on to get through the group stage, with Bangkok Titans the least likely team to progress from the group stages overall, with paltry 35/1 odds giving them hardly any hope at all.
- LGD Gaming – 5/6
- Kt Rolster – 11/10
- TSM – 10/1
- Origen – 10/1
This group is pretty open according to the bookies, with LGD and Kt most likely to progress to the quarter finals.
So who will play who in London’s quarter finals?
Now that we have looked at the eight teams most likely to make it to the quarters in London, how will the teams probably match up against one another? Who will be playing who?
Well, no two teams from the same group can be placed against each other in the quarters or semis, meaning they would only meet each other again if they made it to the grand final.
Each quarter final will have one No. 1 seed and one No. 2 seed from the group stage. For example, check out this potential example from Riot:
Going by this prediction and the odds listed above, it would create the following four quarter final matches:
Quarter Final 1: Thursday October 15th (5pm BST)
Fnatic vs Edward Gaming (the winner will face the winner of quarter final 2 in the semi final)
Quarter Final 2: Friday October 16th (5pm BST)
Koo Tigers vs Kt Rolster (the winner will face the winner of quarter final 1 in the semi final)
Quarter Final 3: Saturday October 17th (2pm BST)
SK Telekom T1 vs CLG (the winner will face the winner of quarter final 4 in the semi final)
Quarter Final 4: Sunday October 18th (2pm BST)
LGD vs Invictus Gaming (the winner will face the winner of quarter final 3 in the semi final)
When will we find out the actual quarter final fixtures?
The actual confirmed quarter final matches will be drawn live on-air on October 11th – the final day of the group stage. The group stages take place from October 1st to 11th – see Riot’s full schedule here.
The quarter finals will be a best-of-five, rather than what we had in the group stages (a best-of-one, with each team playing every other team in that group twice).
Are you going to Worlds? What do you think of the most likely teams above? Do you agree or disagree with the bookies?
Odds taken from Paddy Power
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association and runs ENUK in his spare time.