2021 League of Legends Worlds Groups Have Been Drawn
We’re just two weeks away from 2021 Worlds and, needless to say, the hype is at its peak! Twenty-two teams from around the world will take the stage in Reykjavik, Iceland and compete for a shot at glory (alongside a mind-blowing amount of money)! And, if today’s groups draw show is anything to go by, we should be in for one heck of a ride for Worlds 2021!
Seeding and group placement matter immensely as they invariably affect a team’s chances of advancing further and eventually leaving a mark. In other, more simpler terms: it’s a big deal. And, based on the way things unfolded, it’s fair to say that some teams had more “luck” than others. There’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s not waste any more time than necessary!
2021 Worlds | Groups Are Set!
The four 2021 World Championship groups are as follows:
|Group A — The “Group of Death”
|Group B — An Eclectic Mix
|Group C — Competitive, to Say the Least
|Group D — The “Group of Life”
|DWG KIA (LCK 1st Seed)
|EDward Gaming (LPL 1st Seed)
|PSG Talon (PCS 1st Seed)
|MAD Lions (LEC 1st Seed)
|FunPlus Phoenix (LPL 2nd Seed)
|100 Thieves (LCS 1st Seed)
|Fnatic (LEC 2nd Seed)
|Gen.G (LCK 2nd Seed)
|Rogue (LEC 3rd Seed)
|T1 (LCK 3rd Seed)
|Royal Never Give Up (LPL 3rd Seed)
|Team Liquid (LCS 3rd Seed)
Needless to say, we have quite an exciting mix here! Group A is arguably going to be the most action-packed, but Group C might deliver equally as much if PSG, Fnatic, and RNG bring their well-known craziness to the mix. Moreover, one could argue that this particular group is the hardest one to predict — all three teams have a shot at making it out!
Groups B and D are no doubt exciting, but they’re a lot more clear-cut. No one’s expecting 100 Thieves and Team Liquid to get out if their opponents perform up to expectations, and the same goes for Cloud9 regardless of which group they end up in (assuming they get out of play-ins). There’s always a small chance of it happening, but the odds are definitely stacked against North American teams this time around.
Our commiserations go out to Rogue who’ll once again go up against the number one team from Korea and the second-best challenger from China. That’s about as unlucky as it gets. To make matters even worse, they were automatically promoted to the Group Stage because of the VCS being unable to compete. They would’ve probably chosen to fight through the Play-In stage had they known in advance that they’d be forced to face DWG KIA and FunPlus Phoenix — the defending and former World Champions, respectively.
2021 Worlds | Play-In Stage Groups
The Play-In stage might not be as exciting as one following it, but it’ll still entertain us in all the right ways! And, well, it’ll serve as a foretaste of the things to come! Ten teams have been divided into two groups of five. Once the dust settles, four of the best teams among them will advance to the main event!
|Hanwha Life Esports (LCK 4th Seed)
|Beyond Gaming (PCS 2nd Seed)
|LNG Esports (LPL 4th Seed)
|Cloud9 (LCS 3rd Seed)
|Infinity Esports (LLA 1st Seed)
|Unicorns of Love (CIS 1st Seed)
|PEACE (OCE 1st Seed)
|Galatasaray Esports (TCL 1st Seed)
|RED Canids (CBLOL 1st Seed)
|Detonation FocusMe (LJL 1st Seed)
There’s quite a lot of potential here, at least on paper. Hanwha Life Esports and LNG are obviously favored in their group, but we still need to see them in action before making any kind of definitive prediction. Group B, however, is even more interesting as it’ll pit three very capable teams against each other: Cloud9, Unicorns of Love, and Detonation FocusMe. Now, the LJL champions might not be as popular as some of their peers, but if their performance at this year’s MSI is anything to go by, they’ll definitely have a shot at subverting our expectations.
Worlds 2021 is edging ever closer, and we can’t wait to see how these groups play out. All in all, October 5 can’t come soon enough!