The League of Legends World Championship soon approaches, after a grueling season including two splits, a Mid-Season Invitational, and hundreds of games all around the world, the group stages have finally been confirmed. The event will be a month-long marathon and is heading to Europe this year, featuring teams from 13 different regions all ready to compete for the illustrious Summoner’s Cup.
The World Championship begins on October 2nd with the ‘play-in’ stage to be held in Berlin. The group stages will take place between October 12th and 15th, and the playoffs October 25th and November 10th. 12 teams have so far qualified for the play-in stages and have been sorted into four groups, 4 teams advancing to the group stages.
Group A includes play-in teams like Clutch Gaming, Unicorns of Love and Mammoth; Group B including teams like Splyce, Isurus Gaming and DetonatioN FocusMe. Group C features the Hong Kong Attitude, Lowkey Esports and Mega, while Group D includes Damwon Gaming, Royal Youth and Flamingo Esports.
The group selection has stacked against teams from North America and Europe. Cloud9 will face off against European powerhouse G2 Esports and South Korean team Griffin. For Fnatic, a tough draw against SK Telecom T1 and RNGU comprise a difficult group. For Team Liquid, a group including the defending world champs Invictus Gaming and minnow AHQ Esports Club, also means a less than straightforward draw.
In terms of rankings, who makes up the top 10 going into the League of Legends World Championship? Below is our list of the top 10 teams to look out for, at this LoL major event.
- G2 Esports
- SK Telecom T1
- FunPlus Phoenix
- Royal Never Give Up
- Team Liquid
- DAMWON Gaming
- Invictus Gaming
G2 have never been stronger than now, coming into the League of Legends World Championships. Their recent form has given them food for thought and makes them a real dark horse to take home the trophy. The chance still exists for G2 to do what no other team has done before and win the ‘Golden Road’ – they may become the first ever team to win every tournament they have taken part in during a single season. Will it happen? Only time will tell.
Sk Telecom T1 will be keen to restore the South Koreans reputation after a poor showing in last year’s World Championships. Their intelligent and adjustable gameplay makes them a definitive threat to any would-be-champion at the LoL major event. Will they do better than last year? Only one way to find out!
The rest of the top 10 all have a chance to make a significant impact during the World Championships. How is this event going to go, only time will tell and LoL and Esports fans will just have to be patient, and wait and see! Keep your eyes peeled here at Esportsnow for all the latest and upcoming news.