North America’s Golden Guardians and Europe’s Team BDS are set to clash in the newly-introduced League of Legends Qualifying series to determine which of the two teams will secure a ticket for the LoL Worlds 2023 Play-In stage and represent their region on the international stage.
With all other teams locked in and everything ready for the LoL World Championship 2023 to begin, it comes down to just one best-of-five (Bo5) series between teams of two rival regions in what promises to be an entertaining affair. But the question remains – who will come out on top?
Golden Guardians vs Team BDS Betting Preview
- When: Friday, October 9, 2023
Golden Guardians and Team BDS will cross swords on Friday, October 9, in the newly-introduced League of Legends Worlds 2023 Qualifying series. The North American and European fourth seed will clash in a best-of-five (Bo5) series for a ticket leading to the LoL World Championship 2023 Play-In stage, adding a bit more fire to the long-standing rivalry between the two regions.
With just one LoL Worlds 2023 ticket on the line and two hungry teams looking to make an appearance on the big stage, the upcoming clash promises to bring out the best out of GG and BDS. Yet the question remains – who will come out on top and represent their region in South Korea?
The Never-Ending NA vs EU Debate
Esports betting sites have priced Golden Guardians as 1.62 (at Pinnacle) favourites to defeat Team BDS, who are 2.20 underdogs for the upcoming series. The betting odds seem to be based mainly on how the teams have performed in their regional leagues – which, as always, leads to the question: how much does one team’s results in the LCS or LEC mean relative to one another?
We can’t simply compare stats as they are, as there’s no secret the leagues are not the same.
The League of Legends EMEA Championship (formerly the LoL European Championship) is widely considered to be a stronger league than the LCS, largely because the LEC teams regularly outperform their North American counterparts at international events. But this wasn’t necessarily true this season.
At the MSI 2023, Cloud9 and G2 Esports both placed fifth-sixth. Things get a bit different at LoL Worlds, where Europe has consistently outperformed North America. But does that mean anything?
We’ve, throughout history, seen the same names do their region proud, and those same names usually dominated their respective leagues. So, while the top LEC teams are objectively more successful than LCS’s top teams, things get a bit muddier when we talk about mid-table teams, such as Golden Guardians and Team BDS.
Who Will Advance To LoL Worlds 2023?
The best way to approach betting on games between two teams from different regions is to put a bit more focus on the eye test and the team’s strengths, which gives a fairer comparison of the teams.
It’s important to note that GG and BDS won’t make it far this tournament, as they’re significantly weaker than any other team from their region, and they’re both flawed to a degree where there’s a chance neither makes it out of the Play-ins. But I can’t agree with the bookmakers who have Golden Guardians as a stronger team than Team BDS.
Team BDS are not as strong as they were in the LEC 2023 Spring when they made the finals – which largely has to do with the fact that the meta shifted away from carry top laners. But they still performed well in the final stages of the season.
One big concern with Team BDS is that they can be very inconsistent, but as long as they find a way to play their game and either play through top or mid, they’re in a good spot. Yet most of their success will rely on the LoL Worlds meta, namely which champions will be strong in the top and bottom lane.
Golden Guardians don’t seem to be as reliant on the game’s meta, but that doesn’t mean that they’re any more stable, nor would I call them a good team. Their second-place finish in the LCS 2023 Summer and a fourth-place finish in the LCS 2023 Championship gives off an illusion that GG are one of the best teams in North America, but this is only partially true.
Golden Guardians should’ve never finished the LCS playoffs in fourth place, and they wouldn’t have had LCS not been a complete fiesta. This is not an attempt to undermine Golden Guardians and what they’ve accomplished but had Evil Geniuses and FlyQuest not shat the bed; GG would be a sixth-best team in the LCS.
I don’t have high expectations for either team, but there is no reason to have Team BDS priced as 2.21 underdogs against Golden Guardians. This is a 50/50 match at best, so it’s hard to pass on betting on Team BDS at the offered betting odds.
- Prediction: Team BDS to win – 2.21 at Pinnacle