The doubtlessly biggest League of Legends tournament of the season, World Championship, is going to start on September 29th. We already know the groups teams are going to play in and we know when they will do it. It’s now time to start looking at what is going to happen in the tournament.
First of all, let’s start off with the actual groups. Obviously, we have to start with Group A. Four teams are competing in it. Counter Logic Gaming, ROX Tigers, G2 Esports, and Albus NoX Luna. Out of them all, ROX Tigers are clearly the strongest, while G2 and CLG will try to take the 2nd place for themselves, making it into the Playoffs. While I normally love CLG, the fact of the matter is that they were having a hard time of it in the Summer Split, leading me to pick G2 as the team most likely to making out of the group in second place.
Group B has SK Telecom T1, Cloud9, Flash Wolves, and I May. Even though I do like Cloud9, I have a hard time seeing how they could make it out. If they do take SKT or Flashwolves’ spot in the Playoffs, it will be an upset I can get behind, even if I don’t hope for it exactly.
Group C will have ahq e-Sports Club, H2K, Edward Gaming, and INTZ E-sports. The clear favorite of the group is Edward Gaming. As for the rest… anything could happen, to be honest, however, I would really like for H2K to make it out. Unfortunately, I don’t know if they can actually compete against ahq. It’s hard to compare team’s strength with so few international tournaments. Rito pls.
Group D is probably one of the if not The strongest groups in the tournament, with Royal Never Give Up, TSM, Splyce (wouldn’t have believed you if you told me I was going to say that before the Summer Split) and Samsung Galaxy. In a weaker group, Splyce could have had a decent chance to make it out, however, there’s not much hope for them in Group D. They will probably have to accept being sacrificed to appease Rito. Who is going to make it out, then? I am going to say that it’s going to be Samsung and TSM, with Royal giving them both a very hard fight. Royal might also take Samsung’s place, however, the fact of the matter is that my fragile mind couldn’t take it if TSM didn’t get to the playoffs after such a dominating split. This is the year when NA finally doesn’t suck. I hope.
Anyway, the matches you don’t want to miss will be G2 Esports against Counter Logic Gaming, which is set to open the tournament on the 29th (head to lolesports.com for an exact time due to time zone differences), followed by TSM vs. Royal Never Give Up, which should take place five hours later. The next day will start with SKT vs. C9, TSM will play Samsng a couple of hours later, don’t miss those matches. The next truly noteworthy match will be RNG vs. Samsung Galaxy on day three of play. You also shouldn’t miss CLG’s match against ROX Tigers if you’re a fan of either team, it’s set to take place on October 3rd, at 5:00 AM in my time zone. Following that, the second week of play will start on October 7th, with G2 playing ROX, CLG facing G2, and ROX playing CLG over the whole day. On day 6 of the tournament, taking place on October 8, the only truly interesting match should be EDG vs. H2k, while day 7 is supposed to be very good, with TSM facing all three of their opponents. Mark October the 8th in your calendars, people, it’s going to be amazing. The teams will also play on the 9th, however, the only truly interesting match will be between C9 and SKT.