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Esports: T1 look more dangerous than expected

The dust has settled on the group stage of the League of Legends World Championship and we now know which eight teams will be competing in the event's knockout stage, which begins on Thursday.

It is therefore a good time for punters to reassess any of their outright selections and take a look at which teams have underperformed and overperformed.

The four quarter-finals, which are each in a best-of-five format, are JD Gaming vs Rogue, T1 vs Royal Never Give Up, Gen.G vs DWG KIA and DRX vs Edward Gaming.

WhatLeague of Legends World Championship
WhereUSA
WhenKnockout stage: Thursday October 20th 2022 - Sunday November 6th 2022
How to watchRiot Games Twitch channel, League of Legends Youtube channel
OddsGen.G +162, JD Gaming +175, T1 +600, Edward Gaming +900, DWG KIA +1000

Gen.G remain frontrunners for Summoner's Cup

After an electrifying group stage full of twists and turns, the outright market looks similar to how it did before the opening day of action.

South Korean giants Gen.G remain much fancied to win this year's Summoner's Cup, having followed their superb performance at the LCK Summer with a strong showing in the Worlds group stage.

Gen.G showed their class to pip Royal Never Give Up to top spot, winning five of their initial six group matches and then going on to beat their LPL counterparts in a tiebreaker for top spot.

They were ruthless in that tiebreaker, winning the kill count 20-2 and destroying eight towers in what was a complete performance.

JD Gaming look like serious outright contenders

It is hard to argue with Gen.G's outright price at the World Champs but they could nonetheless face serious competition from JD Gaming, who are +175 to rise to the top.

The LPL giants quickly got to grips with the meta at this year's Worlds and blew apart Group B, which was considered one of the stronger sections, featuring DWG KIA, Evil Geniuses and G2 Esports.

JD Gaming posted a 5-1 win-loss record in Group B before swatting aside DWG KIA in a best-of-one tiebreaker, in which they racked up an eye-watering 28 kills.

Their roster is loaded with quality and top laner Bai "369" Jia-Hao continues to go from strength to strength, so it is no surprise to see them so high up in the betting.

T1 emerge as decent contenders for final berth

While the odds suggest a Gen.G v JD Gaming final is on the cards at this year's Worlds, tournaments like this rarely unfold in that way.

And while JD Gaming look a decent selection to win the title, another team in their half of the draw look worth chancing to at least reach the final.

LCK outfit T1 have long been one of the biggest-hitters on the League of Legends stage but have arguably exceeded their high expectations at this tournament, comfortably coming through a challenging Group A.

They were the only group winners to not require a tiebreaker contest and won five of their six contests in a section featuring defending world champions Edward Gaming, talented North Americans Cloud9 and a plucky Fnatic team. 

Royal Never Give Up will not be easy quarter-final opponents but it should ensure T1 do not get complacent and they look overpriced to make the Worlds final.

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Rogue should hold heads high regardless of outcome

Once again this year's Worlds has been dominated by the best Asia has to offer but one team outside of the continent managed to squeeze through into the knockout phase.

Rogue managed to pip Vietnamese side GAM Esports and China's Top Esports to second spot in Group C in one of the shocks of the tournament.

Unfortunately for them, their knockout stage journey looks as though it will come to an end quickly, though, with red-hot JD Gaming their opponents in the quarter-finals.

Gen.G talents are appealing in finals MVP market

Another way punters can have a bet on the League of Legends World Championship as it approaches the knockout stage is in the finals MVP market.

It is a market unsurprisingly dominated by players from Asia and LCK's Gen.G in particular with Park "Ruler" Jae-hyuk +400 and the team's mid laner Jeong "Chovy" Ji-hoon +500.

At the bigger price of +1600, Han "Peanut" Wang-ho could also be of interest after having topped the MVP standings in the LCK Summer.

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