2021 LoL Worlds Quarterfinals | DWG KIA vs. MAD Lions Match Preview & Betting Tips

DWG KIA vs. MAD Lions is a bucket list kind of match-up, and a Best of 5 that’s bound to deliver. So, naturally, a fairly comprehensive preview is in order! The LEC champions always put on a show, and this particular clash should be no different.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t say that DWG KIA are the heavy favorites in this one (to put it mildly), and that they’ve looked like the de facto best team at this year’s Worlds. Heck, it’s not even close! They’ve been dominant beyond measure and have run circles around their opposition with staggering ease.

Whether that’s because they’ve elevated their play even further or because no one in Group A was capable enough to compete on even footing still remains to be seen.

In any case, it’s hard to envision a world in which they lose a Best of 5. It would take a truly great team with very few weaknesses to stand a chance, and MAD Lions — talented though they are — probably don’t fit the bill. That doesn’t mean they won’t challenge the LCK champions or perhaps even push them to the brink of defeat, though. Quite the contrary!

Please Note:
These two teams had already faced each other at this year’s Mid-Season Invitational, and it was a hotly contested Best of 5, one that eventually went in DWG’s favor. But they certainly had to fight for it.

So, needless to say, this probably won’t be a one-sided shellacking à la T1 vs. HLE. MAD Lions have very distinct strengths and whenever they bring their “A game” good things tend to happen. Do they have a shot against DWG? Well, probably not, but they’ll definitely try, that’s for sure. They’re not the kind of team that’s easily deterred and discouraged by grim odds. Far from it, actually.

DWG Have Evolved

It’s no secret that DWG KIA have grown tremendously since MSI. One simply has to wonder how in the heck is that even possible and, frankly, there’s no obvious answer in sight. Their depth is staggering, and it’s like they don’t have a skill ceiling at all.

Kim “Khan” Dong-ha, especially, has blown us away with his carry performances.

He’s echoing much of what made Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon so darn great, and has evolved quite a bit since his initial DWG days. At first, he was more of a tank player, someone who would stand in front and soak in all the damage so as to enable his staggeringly talented teammates — all of whom would then take over and dominate.

Nowadays though:
He’s the one doing the hard-carrying, at least more often than not; watching his growth has truly been a blast, and he’s obviously playing with the utmost fervor and dedication seeing how his professional career is going to end in a matter of weeks because of mandatory military service.

His champion pool is also as diverse and vogue as it gets. All of his most potent picks are currently running rampant in both competitive and casual play, so it’ll be nigh impossible for MAD to shut him down in the draft. İrfan Berk “Armut” Tükek’s teamfighting prowess is undeniable, but his laning definitely leaves a lot to be desired. How well he’ll fare against a giant like Khan still remains to be seen, but MAD cannot expect to win through top given the circumstances.

The situation isn’t much better in other roles either:
Javier “Elyoya” Prades Batalla will be going up against a player many consider as the de facto best jungler in the world, with Marek “Humanoid” Brázda facing off against a bona fide mid lane legend. Now, make no mistake: they’re both exceptional at the game and have shown a metric ton of promise, but Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu and Heo “ShowMaker” Su are on a whole ‘nother level. Heck, they’re the defending World Champions for a reason, and they’ve already made it very clear that they don’t intend on relinquishing their throne any time soon.

MAD might be able to find a bit more success through the bottom lane, but even that feels like an overly optimistic stretch.

MAD Have a Chance, Despite The Odds

Now, we’ve spent a fair bit of time talking about DWG’s many strengths and the fact that they seem rather infallible, and while they’ve no doubt earned such praise, we still have to give a bit of credit to the MAD Lions — they have a shot at making history here, in spite of what the oddsmakers have to say.

It might be unlikely, but when did they care for the odds?
MAD already went the distance with the LCK champions a few months back, so if it could happen once, it can sure as heck happen again.

With all of that being said, when placing those wagers at the esports betting sites – going against DWG KIA at this point simply doesn’t make any sense. In fact, doing so would defy all good logic and reason. They’ve been nothing short of exceptional thus far and should, by all means, be able to get the win over the LEC champions.

DWG KIA vs. MAD Lions Preview:
Elias Andrews / Author

Elias identifies as more of an esports geek rather than a sports geek. While he enjoys playing tennis and enjoying the outdoors once in a while, he’s most comfortable in the darkness of his self-proclaimed “man cave.” When Elias isn’t partaking in anything himself, he enjoys writing about the nuances of the esports betting world, including covering controversial takes, where esports might be headed, and why bettors should get in on the industry while it’s growing.

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