The Group State has reached the halfway point at the 2016 League of Legends World Championship, and the top favorites heading into the tournament are still the top favorites on the E-Sports futures market. ROX Tigers and SK Telecom T1 are tied at +175, followed by EDward Gaming at +350.
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Nothing’s guaranteed for any of these three teams going into the final Group Stage matches. All three have records of 2-1 in their respective groups; ROX Tigers dropped a match to Counter Logic Gaming in Group A, SK Telecom T1 coughed one up against Flash Wolves in Group B, and EDward Gaming lost their opening Group C contest to INTZ e-Sports, one of the two International Wildcards in this 16-team tournament.
None of the four teams in Group D have made it this far unscathed, either. It’s a three-way logjam at 2-1 among Team SoloMid (+1000), Samsung Galaxy (+1200) and Royal Never Give Up (+1400). Only two of these teams will advance to the quarter-finals in Chicago; Samsung Galaxy is generally considered the worst of the three, but that clutch win over Royal Never Give Up on October 1 has captured everyone’s attention.