League of Legends World Cup Preview

Oct 10 2019 8 min read

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League of Legends World Cup Play-In has recently ended, with DAMWON Gaming, Clutch Gaming, Splyce, and Hong Kong Attitude to be the winners. They were spread to join groups with teams who got direct invites to the tournament.

Group A

G2
Griffin
Cloud9
Hong Kong Attitude
Wunder
Jankos
Caps
PerkZ
Mikkyx
Doran
Tarzan
Chovy
Viper
Lehends
Licorice
Svenskeren
Nisqy
Sneaky
Zeyzal
3Z
Crash
M1ssion
MnM
Kaiwing

Europe has never had such a glowing hope for success. G2 proved to the whole world that they are able not only to compete with the best teams of China and Korea but to defeat them. The victory at the off-season MSI tournament showed that the mockery about narrowing the gap in the level of the game between the regions has ceased to exist. G2 plays an innovative game with non-standard picks and strange-looking solutions, backed up by a very high individual skill of the players.

Their main rival is Griffin. Korea doesn’t look as intimidating as a couple of years ago: the victories of EDG, IG, and G2 at international tournaments showed that the era of the titans has come to an end. But this just doesn't mean that they should be written off the list. After entering LCK from the second level of the Korean league, Griffin immediately became a leader: they repeatedly slapped some recognised masters: KT Rollster, Kingzone DragonX, and Afreeca Freecs. Tarzan and Chovy are considered to be one of the best jungler-mid pairs in the world, comparable only to Clid and Faker from SKT T1

Proceeding to the playoffs looks like a colossal task for Cloud9 and Hong Kong Attitude: on the one hand, there's the explosive and chaotic G2, on the other — methodical Griffin who does not forgive mistakes. However, Cloud9 is famous for the fact that every year they become the best representative of North America at the World Cup. It’s difficult to talk about HKE’s chances, as the Hong Kong team looks like the weakest participant in the World Cup main draw and had difficulties even at the Play-In stage. But the absence of any expectations can allow players to relax and just show their game.

Players to watch: Caps (G2), Tarzan (GRF), Svenskeren (C9)
Placement predictions:

  1. G2
  2. Griffin
  3. Cloud9
  4. Hong Kong Attitude

Group B

FunPlus Phoenix
CTBC J Team
GAM Esports
Splyce
GimGoon
Tian
Doinb
Lwx
Crisp
Rest
Hana
FoFo
Lilv
Koala
Zeros
Levi
Kiaya
Zin
Slay
Vizicsacsi
Xerxe
Humanoid
Kobbe
Norskeren

Until the beginning of 2019, FunPlus Phoenix was considered a nondescript middle team from the Chinese LPL championship. They failed to beat the favourites and often gave way to teams weaker. But the management decided to sign Doinb and an unknown jungler Tian from the Suning bench, and the roster began to play incredibly, largely thanks to the new coach — WarHorse, who had previously worked with Flash Wolves in LMS. The team’s game became an avalanche: slowly but surely, they snowball the opponent, not allowing resting.

CTBC J Team is Taiwan's brainchild. Players have skills and the best mid-laner of Southeast Asia: FoFo will try to show everyone his strength. GAM Esports are known for their absolute recklessness, and Levi is the first among them. The current roster can play greatly. Obviously, the European Splyce will try to say their word. They've got to the simplest group possible, but if the team’s performance in the Play-In stage is saying that it won’t be easy even here. Make no mistake: Splyce is by no means a bad team. If Duke manages to establish communication between the players, as well as eliminate the reason for the incomprehensible decisions that the team often makes in mid-game, they will become the favourite for second place in the group.

Players to watchTian, Doinb (FPX), FoFo (JT), Levi (GAM), Vizicsacsi (SPY)
Placement predictions:

  1. FunPlus Phoenix
  2. GAM Esports
  3. Splyce
  4. CTBC J Team

Group C

SKT T1
Fnatic
Royal Never Give Up
Clutch Gaming
Khan
Clid
Faker
Teddy
Effort
Bwipo
Broxah
Nemesis
Rekkles
Hylissang
Langx
Karsa
Xiaohu
Uzi
Ming
Huni
Lira
Damonte
Cody Sun
Vulcan

SKT T1 is the main favourite for winning the World Cup. Many call their game boring, but there is a better word: methodical. Players gradually increase their advantage by putting pressure using the opponent’s weaknesses, but at the same time, they don’t make any particularly spectacular manoeuvres and sometimes they don’t even fight. The synergy between Faker and Clid is the main catalyst for the team’s actions, whether it is killing a dragon or setting up ganks on any line. But the main argument in favour of SKT T1 is simple: the king wants his crown back.

Two formidable opponents will try to stop the Koreans in the group at once: the finalist of the last World Cup Fnatic and Royal Never Give Up led by the super-motivated Uzi. Many believe that last year the Europeans were lucky and they just jumped above their heads, but the team over and over again proves that this is wrong. There are no favourites in games against Fnatic; they will play their style against any opponent. It's SKT T1 and RNG who are locked in a group with them, and not vice versa. And Uzi is rightfully considered the best botlaner in history. The way he pilots characters, gains an advantage on the lane, chooses positions in teamfights — makes him the best. But the best players do not always play in the best teams. Therefore, we can call Uzi the main loser of the World Cup.

No one expected Clutch Gaming to appear in this tournament. TSM or, at worst, CLG, were supposed to become the third representative of North America but certainly not by the team that finished ninth in the LCS spring split. However, one single change - replacing Piglet with the Cody Sun - brought an incredible result. It’s hard to talk about any chances for Clutch in the group, considering who will be the rival and what level they showed in the Play-In stage. But next season there will be no Clutch (Dignitas bought them), so they need to play like the last time.

Players to watch Clid, Faker (SKT T1), Rekkles (FNC), Uzi (RNG), Huni (CG).
Placement predictions:

  1. SKT T1
  2. Royal Never Give Up
  3. Fnatic
  4. Clutch Gaming

Group D

Team Liquid
ahq e-Sports Club
Invictus Gaming
DAMWON Gaming
Impact
Xmithy
Jensen
Doublelift
CoreJJ
Ziv
Alex
Apex
Wako
Ysera
TheShy
Leyan
Rookie
JackeyLove
Baolan
Nuguri
Canyon
Showmaker
Nuclear
BeryL

At the moment, some fans expect that Team Liquid should, even must, reach at least the finals. Team Liquid is arguably America's best team of all time. But what does it cost when the only victory in recent years in the tournament was brought by TSM at IEM Katowice, in a tournament that is not even on the Riot Games calendar. On the other hand, should this concern the fans? Not at all. Thus, Team Liquid has only one way: to make America great again.

Time spares no one: the once imposing LMS region has become a shadow of its past. But ahq has the ability to say the last word very loudly. The players do not have a goal to proceed somewhere or to win. But if they do this, it will be possible to raise their heads proudly: “This is us! We were the last of the LMS to prove themselves! Witness us!”

Invictus Gaming performed the LPL spring split in great style, TheShy dominated the top, and Rookie made people doubt the absolute greatness of Faker. And then the game faded. It is difficult to name a specific reason, because these are, after all, the reigning world champions. Unsatisfactory finish in the regular season, early departure from the playoffs, loss of any hope before regional qualifications. But the chaotic jungler Ning was replaced by the newcomer Leyan, who brought stability, and so the problems disappeared. The team has not yet managed to reach its previous level, but this could very well happen at this tournament.

DAMWON Gaming is a unique team. Their playing style, performance and dominance attracted attention when the team played in Korea’s second-strongest league. After entering the elite, many immediately began to call them the best LCK team. DAMWON was able to qualify for the World Cup the same season they entered LCK. Showmaker and Nuguri can say something to such LCK legends as Dade and Marin. But, as you know, a team is not about individuals. And if DAMWON can achieve harmony, the whole world will tremble.

Players to watch Doublelift (TL), TheShy, Rookie (RNG), Showmaker, Nuguri (DMW).
Placement predictions:

  1. DAMWON Gaming
  2. Invictus Gaming
  3. Team Liquid
  4. ahq e-Sports Club

World Cup Power Rankings:

  1. SKT T1
  2. G2
  3. FunPlus Phoenix
  4. Griffin
  5. DAMWON Gaming
  6. Royal Never Give Up
  7. Fnatic
  8. Invictus Gaming
  9. Team Liquid
  10. Cloud9
  11. GAM Esports
  12. Splyce
  13. Clutch Gaming
  14. CTBC J Team
  15. ahq e-Sports Club
  16. Hong Kong Attitude

Top 20 LoL World Cup Players:

  1. Tarzan
  2. Uzi
  3. Clid
  4. Faker
  5. Teddy
  6. Showmaker
  7. Doinb
  8. Tian
  9. Jankos
  10. Nuguri
  11. Chovy
  12. Crisp
  13. TheShy
  14. Wunder
  15. Xiaohu
  16. Viper
  17. JackeyLove
  18. Mikyx
  19. Caps
  20. Doublelift

League of Legends World Cup Group Stage starts on Saturday, October 12th.

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