By the time that the final game in the 2020 League of Legends World Championships is concluded on Saturday October 31st we’ll have seen twenty two teams whittled down to one eventual winner.
With more entrants than ever before, and more excitement being generated than in any of the previous championships, there are certain questions that many e-sports fans are hoping will be answered.
It’s also the first time that the event is being played in a single location, so it will be very interesting to see what effect this has on the tournament. But, over and above that, there are three crucial matters that may be resolved over the five weeks that it runs over.
Can G2 Esports go all the way this time?
The Spanish team, based in Berlin, came very close to overcoming the eventual winners of last year’s world championships, the Chinese Fun Plus Phoenix team, This year, they’ll surely be hoping to go one better and take home the big prize to Europe. With a team that looks to be unchanged from last year’s runners up, having another year’s competition experience should well work in their favour – as should the absence of last year’s winners.
The team has already had a very good year having clinched the 2020 LEC Spring Split and shown their fighting spirit to reach the final. In doing so, this also meant that they had matched the record of winning a seventh title; until then, held by Fnatic.
Will this be the biggest e-sports betting event ever?
Steadily, interest in betting on e-sports has been gathering momentum with more and more fans discovering that it adds an extra level of interest as they watch their favorites battle it out. So, many are wondering if this will become the event that attracts a record level of interest from fans. The fact that more and more sportsbooks int he US like DraftKings are now including e-sports should certainly help in States where it is permitted. For example, anyone who wants to do some online sports betting in PA from your cellphone will find a number of options available, as well as some generous free bet and deposit bonus offers for newbies. So it could well prove to be the ideal introduction to the activity.
Will the new loan system catch on?
For the first time ever, the organizers of the tournament have introduced a ruling that, should certain team members be unable to play, it could be possible to recruit replacements from other non-qualified teams on a temporary loan basis. This is a virtually unique phenomenon in professional sport – imagine an NFL team being allowed to use one of the opponent’s players as a replacement. So it will be very interesting to see if the system ever has to be used and, if it does, how it works out for the team involved.
With these, and many more conundrums, waiting to be resolved, it promises to be one of the most captivating LOL events ever.
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