Group B at the 2021 League of Legends World Championship is about to be decided, and it’s currently looking to be extremely close between EDward Gaming and T1.
The two Eastern teams were the ones to perform the best during the first round-robin stage, with EDG going undefeated and T1 only losing once. This puts EDG in a prime position to advance as the first seed from the group, but T1 is only one win away against EDG to make it all dead even.
The two will clash in the third game of the day. A win for EDG would put the Chinese champion in the perfect spot while T1 could end up in danger of elimination if they fail to beat EDG this time around. T1 will still have a buffer against 100 Thieves and DetonatioN FocusMe, but it would not be an ideal spot for the former championship-winning organization.
The first game between the two was a fairly one-sided affair with EDG getting the better of T1 right from the early game. EDG jungler Zhao “Jiejie” Li-Jie had a lot of impact on Jarvan, getting both his solo laners ahead. The early control also meant that EDG got to prioritize the dragons, which led to a cloud soul as the teams entered the late game.
Even though cloud soul is considered the weakest of the four dragon souls, it still gave EDG the boost needed to stay ahead in team fights. T1 tried to fight back and stall the game with Ziggs and Twisted Fate, but didn’t manage to shut down the LPL aggression. Ultimately, EDG closed out the game after 35 minutes.
For T1 to turn things around in the second game, the players will need to step up in the early game and be able to handle the pressure from Jiejie. If that doesn’t happen, EDG will likely run away with the game once again and win through superior team fighting.
On the esports stock exchange Fandex, it’s clear that the EDG stock is performing the best between these two squads. Since EDG was expected to win this group before the tournament, the stock didn’t take off even after three wins but has instead been climbing steadily. While it’s not the most explosive stock in the Fandex Worlds competition, it does seem safe and stable. The EDG stock is currently valued at $11.23 and could climb further if the team keeps up the winning streak.
T1 on the other hand has seen its stock dip over the first week, but it’s now up at $10.84 again. So far, the T1 stock hasn’t paid off much during Worlds and likely won’t before the team advances or beats a team like EDG. T1 is still expected to perform well for the rest of the tournament but isn’t the clear favorite it once was.
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Based on the first week of games, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that EDG will enter the match against T1 as the betting favorite. EDG is already showing its versatile play style and its incredible coordination in team fights. Team fighting was once the strongest aspect of T1, but now it seems that the LPL has caught up to that while also playing an aggressive early game. This is a cocktail that makes it hard for a team like T1, which isn’t always as explosive in the early stages. Because of their contrasting styles, it’s expected that EDG will run away with another victory against T1.
A win for EDG will still give solid odds of 1.56 despite its dominance so far. Meanwhile, a win for T1 gives odds of 2.27 as there is still a chance for an upset.
The brawl between EDG and T1 takes place on Saturday, October 16.