Everyone would like it if all teams were equally strong, and the one you like would always win in a glorious match you could talk about for weeks. Unfortunately, that’s not how the world works. Some teams are stronger than others, barring jarring upsets, they usually win. Let’s ignore The International 6, shall we? Anyway, the League of Legends World Championship is coming up soon and it’s time to talk about the teams which can be expected to do well. For that purpose, here’s the list of the top 10 best teams competing in the World Championship.
10. H2K Gaming
With two world class AD Carries on the roster in Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou and Aleš "Freeze" Kněžínek, H2K has some depth in the bottom lane. It remains to be seen which AD Carry will start in the tournament, after all, Freeze’s health issues should be solve by now. Even if the player is okay, FORG1VEN seems to be a better bet, unless the team actually requires Freeze’s skillset in some situations. Finding themselves in a group which isn’t a shooting gallery, H2K actually has a chance to make it into the Playoffs of the World Championship for the first time in their history. Quarter Finals is where their journey will likely end even if they make it there.
9. Flash Wolves
The Taiwanese team is probably good enough to roll over the sub-top 10 opponents, even though some might provide more of a challenge than others. Still, the fact that they are very likely to have problems against the higher-placed teams which have enough individual skill and equal or better teamwork to stop them in their tracks, stops us from placing this team any higher.
For the second year in a row, Cloud9 make it into the World Championship after the gauntlet, however, this time, they appear to be much stronger, getting street cred after defeating Immortals to earn their spot in the tournament for the second time in the Summer Split period. While weaker than TSM, C9 is the second best team from the NA LCS, which took great strides in shattering the NA anything meme over this season. In short, NA is better than ever and the same could be said about Cloud9. They will still have to prove that Flashe Wolves don’t deserve the Number 8 spot if they are to make it into the Playoffs, though.
7. Royal Never Give Up
Led by one of the best Supports to play the game, World Champion Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong, with Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao on the team as well, RNG have enough firepower to blow every other team in the tournament out of the water. But. They didn’t do very well at all in the finals of their region, losing to EDward Gaming. If they can find their groove in time for the matches that matter, they would jump into the top half of ranks, however, there’s been a lot of chatter about problems within the team, so I have to evaluate them cautiously.
6. G2 Esports
G2 Esports were convincing in their win of the EU LCS Spring Split, however, they only got stronger with the addition of Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez, proved by their second LCS title in a row. While the decision to place them higher than RNG might be controversial, I value team dynamics over individual talent in this case. G2 Esports have no reason to get sucked into a whirlpool of drama, they are doing well. Especially once Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek left the team due to having to share playtime with Dae-han “Expect” Ki.
5. Samsung Galaxy
The third seed org from Korea has some great losses and even greater victories in its history on the World Championship stage. While their current roster isn’t chock-full of superstars like it was in the past, they were good enough to take the third seed in Korea, the doubtlessly strongest region in League of Legends. That alone grants them the benefit of a doubt, however, actually placing them higher wouldn’t be advisable. Especially when you remember the disaster of the first World Championship the Samsung organization was seen at. Granted, they won the next one, but still. This can either go very well or very bad, thus, fifth place.
4. Team SoloMid
Not many would have expected TSM to be placed this high after the Spring Split, however, the addition of Vincent “Biofrost” Wang as well as the team’s superstar veterans finally finding their groove, led to one of the most dominating Summer Splits in the team’s history. If they keep their momentum for World Championship, working harder than anyone else, just like they’ve been doing for the whole Summer Split, only the absolute teams in the World will be able to stand in their way, which brings us to…
3. SK Telecom T1
The reigning World Champions have been having a fall from grace over the season following the conclusion of Worlds. Shockingly, some analysts even decrowned God, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok as the greatest player in the world, giving it to Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho of ROX Tigers. The recent results of SKT seem to be proving these analysts right, because SK Telecom is NOT the first seed out of Korea, having to be satisfied with 2nd. SKT should be able to absolutely destroy most of the teams in the tournament, TSM included, however, they are likely to have a hard battle on their hands if they meet the team ranked second in this list, while the number 1 is proven to be able to win against them.
2. EDward Gaming
EDG looks to be stronger than ever coming into this tournament, especially after their dominating dismantling of RNG in the LPL Finals. Ming “ClearLove” Kai, Lee “Scout” Ye-chan, and the ADC Godling himself, Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu is enough make EDG strong. Very. Very. Strong. If they don’t go far, maybe even reaching the Grand Final, I will be surprised.
1. ROX Tigers
Starting his pro career as a bit of a joke, Smeb worked his @$$ off to get better. He succeeded, however, he still couldn’t find a team which would allow him to start winning. Well, he has a team like that now. It seems that ROX Tigers are not only the best team in Korea, full of superbly skilled players, but good friends as well. It looks as if when one of them is having a bad game, the rest rally to rise to the occasion and pull off a win. That, as well as their, frankly, awe-inspiring skill, makes ROX Tigers the strongest TEAM in the League of Legends World Championship 2016.