The 2019 League of Legends World Championship kicks off today, October 12. 16 of the best teams around the world battle it out to hoist the Summoner’s Cup. Fans will generally say their favorites are from the home region. Esportz Network analyzed and profiled the number one team emerging from the LCK, LPL, LCS and LEC regions.
LCK – SKT
SK Telecom T1 is back on the biggest stage of League of Legends after a hiatus. Last year saw the fall of the LCK. All three teams failed to reach the sem-finals for the first time in Korea’s history of League of Legends.
While the rest of the world plays a new aggressive style, the three-time world champions remain true to their roots. For the most part, bot-lane is left to fend for themselves, opting into high scaling picks for star ADC, Park “Teddy” Jin-seong.
SKT boasts superstars across the board, but Jungler Kim “Clid” Tae-min brings a proactive early game to the table. He offers more than the standard “LCK style” and brought back multiple championships.
SKT went under the radar as the rise of G2 begun at the Mid-Season Invitational. Many forget that SKT took G2 to five games and on another day, could kill the G2 hype before it starts. SKT stays true to themselves whilst studying how G2 plays and exploits them. Fans mark them as a favorite to lift the Summoner’s Cup for the fourth time.
LEC – G2 Esports
For every world-class team, there is an equally explosive team waiting on the other side. G2 Esports is the most unique and dominating western team of all time. Against the correct opponent, they make a scary opposition. G2’s coach plays a pivotal role in the style they have taken on.
Martin “Wunder” Hansen and Rasmus “Caps” Winther are two world-class solo laners. Along with LEC Summer MVP Jankos, these stars punish mistakes at the first opportunity. Luka “Perkz” Perković and Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle bring variety to the bot-lane, making them incredibly difficult to prepare for.
G2 are their own enemies. It is unexpected for them to pick high-risk low reward champions such as Soraka in the top lane. In a best of one scenario, they are historically known for disrespecting their opponent and dropping easy win games.
LCS – Team Liquid
As Andy “Reginald” Dinh always said, Team SoloMid was built for Worlds. Now that mantle falls at the hands of Team Liquid, the most dominant roster in North American history. Like usual, the number one seed from North America dropped out of the world championship with a 3-3 record. This year, Team Liquid enters the stage and hopes to surpass Cloud9’s semi-final appearance last year.
Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng finally eliminated his demons as he finally makes it out of an international event’s group stage. Fans are excited to see the best North American player of all time making it big on the biggest stage in League of Legends.
Fans expect Team Liquid to succeed at Worlds. Others believe they will falter like they always have. MSI was a warning to players that Team Liquid has it in them to take down giants. They have more than enough international experience in hands like Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in, Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen and Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong to help get out of Group Stage.
LPL – Fun Plus Phoenix
FPX is the most consistent team coming out of the LPL region into the World Championship. LPL earned a name as knowing only one way to play League of Legends, uncontrollable aggression. Their catalyst for success is Kim “DoinB” Tae-sang who finally gets to have his mark on international competition. DoinB, while not the most mechanically skilled player, more than makes up for it with in-game leadership and unorthodox picks.
FPX is one of the strongest teams heading into the tournament and should have no trouble leaving their group. They are widely tipped to go 6-0 in their group but carry an exploitable playstyle. DoinB facilitates the majority of the resources to his team which can be capitalized on.
League of Legends begins the Worlds Group Stage today with fierce matches between these teams. Fans will not be disappointed by the biggest esports event of this year.
Written by Jordan Marney