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Esports: League of Legends World Championship final

It does not get any bigger than this in the world of Esports as Saturday night marks the pinnacle of the League of Legends season as T1 and DRX lock horns in the World Championship final in California.

The winners will automatically be regarded as the best League of Legends team in the world and will scoop an estimated $489,500 in prize money.

The event is set to be watched across the globe, with some countries broadcasting the final in cinemas and theatres.

This year's final has an extra spice to it as well, with both finalists hailing from South Korea's LCK, which has proven itself as the best region in the Esport once again, and there is a David vs Goliath narrative to it with T1 among the most iconic outfits in League of Legends and DRX serious underdogs going into the final.

It is a match not to be missed.

What:T1 vs DRX, LOL World Champs
Where:Chase Center, California, USA
When:17.00, Saturday 6th November 2022
How to watch:Riot Games Twitch & Youtube channels
Odds:T1 -400, DRX +300

T1 red-hot favourites to claim Summoner's Cup

T1 last won the League of Legends World Championship back in 2016, having then been known as SK Telecom T1, and that was also on American soil.

And although they have had to wait some time for another appearance in the final, they remain one of the most feared outfits in the Esport.

It is, therefore, no surprise to see them rated -400 to win the match, especially given how ruthless they were in the group stage.

Many will be shocked to see DRX in the final and that is reflected in the price with the LCK fourth seeds available at +300 to win.

'Faker' and company hoping to finish tumultuous year on a high note

But while T1 go into this final as favourites, it has not been plain sailing for the LCK giants.

They began 2022 in blistering form, going unbeaten in the LCK Spring with 18 wins from 18 matches in the group stage before bulldozing their way through the playoffs and beating Gen.G Esports in the final.

But then came the Mid-Season Invitational and a defeat to Chinese powerhouses Royal Never Give Up in the event's final.

That knocked the team back with Lee "Gumayusi" Min-hyeong admitting the loss dented his confidence and the team went into their shell.

They consequently lost the LCK Summer final, this time losing to Gen.G, and that prompted changes with Bae "Bengi" Seong-woong coming in as head coach shortly afterwards.

"Bengi" ensured focus would turn to the team's mental resilience in the time after the LCK Summer and it seems to have worked wonders - T1 have once again looked a real force in this year's Worlds.

After posting a 5-1 record in Group A - the supposed group of death at this year's tournament - they were the only team to advance to the knockout stages as group winners without the need for a tiebreaker.

Knockout victories over strong Royal Never Give Up and JD Gaming outfits followed and they look unstoppable ahead of the final.

DRX are in the final on merit but T1 are a much stronger unit and look a fine bet at -1.5 on the handicap at -163.

One player who will be in the limelight will be mid laner Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok, considered one of the best individuals to ever play League of Legends competitively, and this is the kind of occasion where he will thrive. Back him to record over 3.5 kills on map one at -120.

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DRX can hold heads high

It is not a surprise to see T1 in a major final but very few would have envisaged that they would be up against DRX.

The LCK outfit had to come through the play-in stage to reach this year's Worlds and were not even expected to progress.

But the warning signs were there as they won all five of their play-in matches to top Group B, finishing above Mid-Season Invitational champions Royal Never Give Up.

They went on to top their section in the main event group stage too, edging the likes of Rogue and Top Esports to top spot, but it was in the knockouts when they really turned on the style, beating defending champions Edward Gaming in the quarter-finals and outright favourites Gen.G in the semi-finals.

T1 should have the experience to carry them through and, while they still represent value at -1.5 on the handicap, DRX could nick a map, meaning the 3-1 correct score could be worth backing at +220.

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