Yesterday, the groups for the upcoming League of Legends World Championship were drawn in a live ceremony. We have covered it already, but now is the time to take a bit of a deeper look into the likely outcomes of the Group Stage.
Three teams have been seeded into Group A with one more to come after the Play-In. Currently, there are EDward Gaming, SK Telecom T1, and ahq e-Sports Club. No matter who gets put in this group after Play-In, that team won’t have much of a chance to make it out of there, unless something really unexpected happens. SKT T1 is likely to place first, while EDG will take second. Teams like Cloud9, Fnatic, or Gambit.CIS are the favorites to get seeded into Group A after Play-In, which would be extremely unfortunate for them.
With Longzhu Gaming, Immortals, and GIGABYTE Marines in the group, it’s weaker than Group A. Cloud9 can’t be seeded into this group, so it might feature Fnatic or Gambit.CIS. If Fnatic is the one to go there, we will have an interesting group with Longzhu favored to take the first place and Immortals fighting Fnatic for the second seed.
G2 Esports, Samsung Galaxy, and Royal Never Give Up being there makes Group C the Group of Death. Gambit or Cloud9 are the most likely teams to get seeded there from the Play-In and neither of them really has a chance to get out. Samsung Galaxy and Royal Never Give Up are our favorites to get out of there, though G2 Esports could possibly challenge RNG.
God’s gift to TSM, Group D also features Flash Wolves and Misfits with Team WE the most likely one to join after the Play-In. Team SoloMid can win against Flash Wolves unless they really screw up a la 2016, Misfits should be even less of a problem, while Team WE could challenge Flash Wolves and TSM for a spot in the Worlds Playoffs. In the end, if TSM doesn’t reach Playoffs this time, it will be a tragedy because it doesn’t get much easier than Group D in the World Championship of League of Legends. They would have had a much harder challenge in any other group.