Who will rise, who will fall, and who will take all of it?
The most important League of Legends occasion of the 12 months, Worlds 2021 is quickly approaching! There’s a couple of week left till it begins, with the primary section of the competitors being the Play-In stage. Right here, the bottom seeds from the most important areas, such because the LPL, LCK, LCS and PCS, will compete with the champions of the smaller areas for the remaining Group Stage spots. However among the many 22 greatest groups within the World, which three are almost definitely to raise the Summoner’s Cup firstly of November?
Whereas it appears a bit lazy to choose a former World Champion, FunPlus Phoenix had a extremely lackluster season after profitable Worlds again in 2019. The squad, which held the Cup of their fingers, stayed collectively. Nevertheless, they didn’t discover a lot success within the 2020 LPL season. Kim “GimGoon” Han-saem and Kim “Khan” Dong-ha cut up the season within the prime lane, which didn’t work out so properly for the group. Whereas their third place in each common season and playoffs in Spring was not that dangerous, the Summer season Cut up was a disaster. The group, which gained Worlds only a few months earlier than, completed eighth place within the common season. Then they obtained knocked out of their first playoff match. They even didn’t qualify to Worlds 2020 within the Regional Finals after they misplaced to Invictus Gaming.
Nevertheless, for the 2021 season, they introduced in former DWG KIA participant Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon, whereas additionally getting two substitute junglers, Zhou “Bo” Yang-Bo and Yang “Beichuan” Ling, who performed about the identical variety of video games as Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang, their beginning jungler. They completed fifth in Spring, after which they determined to drop the junglers, preserving Tian as the one participant to help from the forest of the Rift. This appears to be the format that works, as they completed second in each Spring and Summer season Playoffs, whereas being the perfect group of the LPL within the Summer season common season. There was no group they couldn’t beat. And whereas they misplaced to Edward Gaming within the Finals, they’re nonetheless considered the strongest Chinese language squad in the intervening time. They’re again in type, and even stronger, in order that they is likely to be the group to win Worlds this 12 months.
Versus FPX, it’s not lazy to choose the present World Champion, DWG KIA. They certified for his or her first Worlds within the first LCK season they participated in again in 2019, making it to playoffs earlier than dropping to G2 Esports within the first spherical. Then, they completed first within the 2020 LCK Summer season Cut up, having a near-perfect 16-2 rating within the common season, whereas dropping no matches in opposition to DRX earlier than qualifying. The DWG KIA’s 2020 Worlds run then grew to become a factor of legends, because the Korean superteam solely misplaced 4 video games complete, one within the Group Stage in opposition to JD Gaming, one in opposition to G2 within the Semis, and one in opposition to Suning within the Worlds Finals.
The group didn’t let up this season both. They signed ex-SKT and FPX participant Khan to the highest lane after the departure of Nuguri, then proceeded to complete first in each section of the 2021 LCK. Afterward, they made it to Finals at MSI, dropping 3-2 to Royal By no means Give Up. However now they’ll take their revenge. They’re the only real rulers of Korean League of Legends, and we imagine they’ve the perfect shot of being the one two-time Worlds winners subsequent to T1.
And the European group that has the perfect likelihood to take the Summoner’s Cup residence since Season One Worlds is the MAD Lions. Buying Splyce’s spot earlier than the 2020 LEC season, MAD Lions completed fourth in summer season. This meant they might attend Worlds within the first season they ever performed in, very like DWG KIA. Nevertheless, that they had a extremely dangerous efficiency within the greatest occasion of the 12 months, failing to make it out of the primary stage. After Worlds, the group stated goodbye to prime laner Andrei “Orome” Popa and jungler Zhiqiang “shad0w” Zhao, and introduced in TCL-champion İrfan Berk “Armut” Tükek and Spanish rookie Javier “Elyoya” Prades Batalla.
The brand new Lions labored wonders. Whereas they solely completed third within the Spring common season, they grew to become the one group to win an LEC title whereas not being named G2 Esports or Fnatic since Alliance in 2014. They beat Rogue within the finals, went to MSI, then completed within the prime 4. They even made it to Recreation 5 in opposition to DWG KIA. Then, they returned to take the crown once more, being the one group apart from Fnatic and G2 Esports to get two consecutive European titles. They’re a world-class group with explosive group fights and actually good synergy, and truthfully, Armut may simply stare down the opposition. However he chooses to not.
These three groups are the almost definitely to win this 12 months’s Worlds. Upsets could occur, however we might be actually shocked if these groups didn’t make it to (a minimum of) the semifinals. The 2021 League of Legends World Championship begins on October 5, and can final for greater than a month, with the Finals being held on November 6!