Following a surprising elimination of Gen.G, the LoL Worlds 2023 Playoffs enter the penultimate round of the quarterfinals on Saturday, November 4, when we’ll see JD Gaming take on KT Rolster in what promises to be a very one-sided affair.
KT Rolster are a team that can make it far in this tournament, and they’re on a good path to do so. However, the general consensus is that JD Gaming are significantly stronger team and arguably the current best team remaining in the race for the Summoner’s Cup.
JD Gaming vs KT Rolster
When: Saturday, November 4, 9:00 CEST (17:00 KST)
JD Gaming enter the LoL Worlds 2023 Playoffs as 1.16 favourites (at bet365) to defeat KT Rolster and take one step closer to completing the Golden Road. Korea’s third seed, on the other side, are priced as 5.00 underdogs, which gives them just a 20% implied probability of upsetting what is shaping up to be the most dominant LoL roster in history.
As always, we’ll start talking about the offered betting odds, which are getting very pricey on the favourites.
JD Gaming entered LoL World Championship 2023 as the main favourites to win the whole tournament, priced at just above even money on outright betting markets. And so far, they’ve yet to give us a reason to doubt them.
They reached the LoL Words 2023 Playoffs with a perfect 3-0 record and haven’t come close to losing a single game in the Swiss Stage. But at the offered esports betting odds, we’re getting about the same price on JDG to win as we did on Gen.G to defeat Bilibili Gaming on Thursday.
This is also a similar price to the one we got for Weibo Gaming vs NRG Esports and the Swiss Stage match between Bilibili Gaming and Fnatic. These comparisons don’t necessarily lead to any conclusions, but it’s interesting to see how one-sided the bookmakers expect this match to be.
There are reasons for it.
If we go purely off the individual talent of the players for this LoL Worlds 2023 Playoffs clash, JD Gaming are better than KT Rolster. JDG field one of the best players in their respective roles across all positions, especially the bottom lane. granted it’s not like KT Rolster lack talent. But more importantly, JD Gaming’s style matches up nicely with KT Rolster.
KT Rolster are unquestionably one of the best LoL esports teams in the world. They have struggled a bit against Gen.G and T1 domestically, and we haven’t seen them play internationally this season, but they performed well leading up to LoL Worlds 2023 Playoffs, beating Weibo Gaming and Dplus KIA (twice).
Still, KT have only beaten WBG, who are not even remotely as consistent as JDG and another LCK team in Dplus KIA. On the other side, KT Rolster couldn’t match Chinese teams.
They lost against BIlibili Gaming and LNG Esports, and even though KT Rolster didn’t play poorly in either of the two games, we must also consider that JDG are stronger than LNG and BLG.
KT Rolster had by far the most brutal schedule of any team leading up to LoL Worlds 2023 Playoffs, so they entered this match battle-hardened. Still, that doesn’t take away from the fact that KT have lost against both Chinese teams, and not necessarily because KT Rolster aren’t good enough.
The big issue with KT Rolster is that they’re more reactive than proactive. KT like to wait around until something happens and react to it rather than initiate fights, which will be a HUGE problem when faced with JD Gaming.
This playstyle difference alone is a good enough reason to believe JD Gaming can win their opening game of LoL Worlds 2023 Playoffs quite easily, but we must also consider that JD Gaming have side choice, which is much more impactful in games like this (between two elite teams).
I can see KT Rolster taking a map from JD Gaming (1.50 at bet365), but unless they adapt to JD Gaming’s playstyle, this could easily end in a 3-0 sweep.
I wouldn’t hold it against anyone who wants to wait for the draft, but we’re getting great odds at Unibet on JD Gaming to cover an 8.5-kill handicap. While a relatively big number, JDG covered eight kills against LNG and BLG, which are arguably better teams than KT.
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- Prediction: JD Gaming -8.5 kills (Map 1) – 2.35 at Unibet