LCS, LEC, and LPL Worlds Teams Finalized
The LCS and LEC playoffs are coming to a close, and fortunately, we won’t have to wait for the end of the week to find out who’ll represent each region at Worlds come October. The last couple of weeks were, quite frankly, mind-blowing. There was such an insane amount of top-tier League and more than just a couple of unexpected twists and turns. Let’s go over what happened and what it means for all of these teams going forward as they move closer to the biggest of stages the world of competitive League has to offer.
LEC Representatives at Worlds
The four LEC teams representing Europe at Worlds are G2 Esports, Fnatic, Rogue, and MAD Lions. Because there was no Mid-Season Invitational this year, Europe and China have gotten an additional seed because they’ve found the most success over the last couple of years.
Without a shadow of a doubt, these four teams are the four best and most capable teams in all of Europe. They’re all incredibly good at League of Legends, but they find success through different means and avenues, which means Europe will be sending four entirely different challengers to Worlds, at least playstyle-wise.
We’ve already seen G2 and Fnatic perform on the World Championship stage, and needless to say, both “kings of Europe” have found quite a bit of success over the years. They don’t always perform up to expectations, but they tend to shine brightly, almost like clockwork once the going gets rough. Rogue and MAD, however, are the next breed of LEC talent. They bring something extra to the stage, and we’re dying to see whether it’ll be enough actually to do some damage and leave a mark. They’re not as strong as their more seasoned peers, but they’re hungry for the spotlight and have all the right tools. Their mental fortitude and sheer flexibility stand out in all the right ways, and as far as Worlds rookies go, these two young lineups stand a chance of trading blows with the best teams out there.
They might not accomplish much once the dust settles, but they’ll fight every step of the way regardless. Overall, there’s a reason to be excited if you’re a LEC fan.
LCS Representatives at Worlds
The situation isn’t quite as optimistic across the Atlantic, but we still believe in North America, despite the odds. Frankly, there’s no concrete reason to trust in any of their challengers, but NA often missed out on greatness by the slimmest of margins, and it stands to reason that a reversal in fortune can happen sooner or later. The only team that ever accomplished much on the international stage (not counting MSI) is Cloud9, and they’ll miss out on Worlds for the first time in the organization’s history.
After dominating beyond measure throughout Spring (and the first half of Summer), the boys in black and blue have imploded without any apparent reason. They regressed both individually as well as a five-man unit. Their drafts were abysmal in every way, shape, and form, they failed to adapt when it mattered the most and looked quite stubborn in the face of opposition many fans and analysts deemed inferior.
Still, as it is so often the case, their loss is someone else’s gain — most notably Team SoloMid’s. The perennial North American titans have secured a ticket to Worlds even though no one believed in them. This means they’ll join Team Liquid and FlyQuest in China come October.
Overall, as a region, the LCS hasn’t been all that impressive lately. Most teams struggled to maintain a respectable level of play, and a good number of them also played the game in quite an outdated way. Still, there’s a lot of talent over in NA, be it native or imported. They can compete, and they’re used to their seemingly inherent underdog status.
Team Liquid is like the quintessential LCK team, and while such a playstyle isn’t as potent or viable these days, they still have a metric ton of talent and potential. FlyQuest, on the other hand, echo the same virtues that made Cloud9 so great and competitive in the past. Maybe that’s because they have more LEC blood within their lineup than anything else. They’re a team that has been assembled with ultimate care and patience — five players who synergize perfectly in terms of playstyle. They’re all on the same page, always willing to engage and create a lead. They also have a ton of bravado and mechanical prowess, which are necessary to pull off their crazy plays and strategies. They’ve just secured their second LCS final, and they’re also the favorites to win the whole split. So, frankly, they’re North America’s best chance of leaving a mark internationally, and with Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage and Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun aboard — two dudes who brought SKT T1 to the brink of defeat in 2017 — they’re well-equipped for the monumental task at hand.
Team SoloMid, on the other hand, doesn’t have a lot of hype behind their backs, but they’re still a worthy challenger and have improved steadily as the weeks went on. Hopefully, they’ll do some damage in a couple of weeks and make their fans proud. TSM hasn’t graced any international stage since 2017, and the world of competitive League looks much different than it did back then.
Hopefully, they’re not in for a rude awakening.
The LPL Dynasty
The 2020 LPL Summer Split has just concluded, with Top Esports emerging victorious after a five-game brawl against JD Gaming. This means they’ll represent China as the number one seed, with JD Gaming going as number two. Suning will also make their first appearance on the biggest of stages after taking down LGD Gaming in swift 3-0 fashion in the third-place decider. Finally, to round out the LPL Top 4, LGD found a bit of redemption by outclassing Invictus Gaming in a relatively clean 3-1 fashion in the regional qualifier’s finals. Mid laner Su “xiye” Han-Wei and former SKT and Longzhu alumni Han “Peanut” Wang-ho stood out in all the right ways, setting JDG up for success and sending this organization to Worlds after a five-year-long drought.
The four Chinese representatives are all extremely capable. Heck, maybe that’s even an understatement. They’re playing a different brand of League, really, and no one’s giving Europe, North America, or Korea much of a chance. Their aggression, mechanical talent, and synergy are second to none. You can imagine just how talented and capable these four teams are when the defending World Champions FunPlus Phoenix couldn’t even reach Top 4.
Let that one sink in.
All signs are pointing towards yet another one-sided World Championship, in which China dominates across the board. Still, we can at least hope for a more competitive and even state of affairs. In the meantime, make sure to tune in to the LCK, LCS, and LEC playoff finals this weekend! Some of the world’s best teams will duke it out in a bevy of Best of 5s, so make sure to prepare enough popcorn and enjoy the show!