The League of Legends European Championship and League of Legends Championship Series will both attract a huge global audience when the summer 2020 group stage action gets underway on June 12. The games will be broadcast on Twitch and YouTube in at least nine different languages with more than 20 different nationalities represented across the two events.
LEC & LCS Summer 2020 favourites
G2 eSports won the LEC Spring 2020 event with a 15-3 record ahead of Fnatic to claim their seventh title, while Cloud9 won the American spring edition ahead of surprise package FlyQuest to make it three titles in total and their win first since 2014. With 10 teams in each tournament and a double elimination system, there’s plenty to play for. So let’s check out the main contenders.
G2 eSports made their first appearance in the European event in 2016 and have since won seven out of nine editions including the last three in a row. They were also runners-up at the 2019 League of Legends World Championship where they were beaten in the Grand Finals by Chinese team FunPlus Phoenix. Therefore, it is no surprise that they will start as favourites again with odds of 1/2 available.
Fnatic dominated this series before G2 rocked up in 2016 and snatched their crown. The experienced London-based team have also won seven titles in this series but have only won two of the last nine. However, they did finish runners-up in four of those events and have never been far from glory. They were world champions back in 2011 and runners-up in 2018 and remain one of the heavyweights of eSports. They will start the split priced at around 4/1 and will attract plenty of interest at that price.
Cloud9 ended an 11-series drought in the LCS when they won the spring 2020 split ahead of FlyQuest. The LA-based outfit enjoyed wins in 2013 (summer) and 2014 (spring) and have finished runners-up on six other occasions. Only Team SoloMid have enjoyed more success in this League of Legends series. They begin their campaign against the spring runners-up and will be priced at 19/100 to take all the points and are 2/5 to win the tournament outright.
Based in the Netherlands, Team Liquid have 20 years of professional gaming under their belts and dominated this series in 2018 and 2019, winning four splits in a row before Cloud 9 prevailed back in March. In that event, they astounded everyone by finishing way down in ninth place and will be keen to bounce back from that spectacular fall from grace. They responded by appointing veteran Riot Games commentator Joshua “Jatt” Leesman as their new head coach and demoting former chief Jang “Cain” Nu-Ri to assistant.
They are hoping that new blood can help them to get back to winning ways, something they have taken for granted for so long. All eyes will be on their tough opener against Team Solomid for which they are priced at around 17/20.
G2 eSports are LEC royalty and look all set to retain their crown. Fnatic will push them all the way but are likely to be frustrated again as Fabian "GrabbZ" Lohmann’s team find that crucial edge once again.
In the LCS split, Cloud9 are streaks ahead of the rest of the field, with Evil Geniuses currently second-favourites ahead of the out-of-form Team Liquid. Only a shock can prevent the team coached by Bok Han-Gyu from claiming their fourth title.
Royal Panda will have all the 2020 summer split odds available ahead of the action on Friday.
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