The time has come for the large canines to play at Worlds 2021. Forward of the Predominant Occasion group stage kicking off, we’ve ranked each single crew who’s made it this far, and who’s largely more likely to raise the Summoner’s Cup in only a few weeks time.
The Worlds 2021 Play-In Stage introduced its justifiable share of surprises. To start with, Japan lastly made it out after years of attempting. Their fairytale run has resonated with League of Legends followers globally, and there’s an underdog story for the ages proper there ready for them.
Nevertheless, the large canines at the moment are right here to play. DWG KIA, FunPlus Phoenix, MAD Lions, T1 — all of those squads and extra have one purpose to raise the Summoner’s Cup.
Who’s obtained essentially the most lifelike probability? Dexerto’s League of Legends specialists have damaged down the complete Worlds 2021 energy rankings forward of teams so you already know who to look at (and perhaps assist your Choose’Ems).
16. DetonatioN FocusMe
DetonatioN FocusMe’s journey from small-fry to Predominant Stage is the stuff of fairy tales. It’s obtained the flavour of Albus Nox’s 2016 run, however not like the Russians, there’s little hope for this one making it to playoffs.
Whereas Evi and Aria are nice solo lane threats, and DFM have a various champion pool, they lack the expertise to duke it out with the very best of the very best. Teams will probably be an important studying alternative, however possible nothing extra. Nevertheless, by no means low cost the ability of fairytale.
15. Hanwha Life Esports
They’re known as Chovy Life Esports for a cause. Throughout the Play-In Stage, the mid lane star needed to raise his crew to get a spot within the Predominant Occasion. Positive, they solely dropped one recreation to LNG Esports, however they weren’t essentially the most convincing of their victories.
There’s massive query marks round Morgan and whether or not he can sustain with high quality prime laners at Worlds. Willer proved himself within the jungle and Deft is a veteran down bot, however Hanwha Life so simply loses video games by means of their prime aspect — one thing groups will certainly exploit within the Predominant Occasion.
Cloud9 are a little bit of a wildcard. Their group draw of DWG KIA, FunPlus Phoenix, and Rogue hasn’t helped their possibilities of attending to playoffs once more. Primarily based on their Play-In performances although, it feels laborious to again them.
They have been vulnerable in the best-of-ones, finally lacking out on automated qualification to Japan’s DFM. Additionally they misplaced to the last-placed Unicorns of Love, and practically dropped Recreation 1 towards PEACE.
Perkz had some nice video games, and Blaber obtained Olaf two too many occasions (twice). Nevertheless, Cloud9’s bot lane was missing consistency, one thing they want in the event that they need to begin the miracle run.
Rogue may be rated low, however they’ve the potential to shock. The ability cap of this squad is extremely excessive as seen by their consistency this yr. Nevertheless, they haven’t actually managed to set themselves aside as the highest canine of Europe.
A few issues have to go proper if Rogue desires to be aggressive in the terrifying Group A. Larssen must not fall right into a droop like he did throughout the LEC Summer Playoffs, and Odoamne wants to face able to face the likes of Nuguri and Khan. Hans sama can stand tall, however he wants some assist.
12. Staff Liquid
They cheered once they averted Group A, however can Staff Liquid make it out of Group D? It doesn’t look promising. The NA squad virtually regarded their greatest once they introduced Santorin again for the LCS Championship, however didn’t safe the primary seed.
Now two months on, and issues must be steady once more — hopefully. If Alphari and Santorin can keep match and wholesome by means of Worlds, then good issues may very well be on Liquid’s horizon. They’ve been the crux of Liquid’s success in 2021 with Tactical having a quieter yr, but when they will unlock the AD carry, we may be having a special dialog in every week’s time.
Gen.G will both be a semi-finals crew or the worst of their group. For this squad, there may be seemingly no in between. After a red-hot begin in LCK Summer, slumps throughout the map virtually noticed them fall out of rivalry. That see-saw may very well be their undoing at Worlds.
Bdd and Ruler are nice however ageing. Actually, many of the carry accountability falls on the latter — if he falters, Gen.G flop. Their success may also hinge on what Clid exhibits up at Worlds. Whereas he has all the time made playoffs, he has fallen off considerably in 2021. If Gen.G are pressured to play YoungJae, issues may get tough.
We’re rating Fnatic on the premise they might be enjoying Upset. Nevertheless, with the news Academy AD carry Bean would be taking his place, expectations aren’t too excessive.
Bean joined Fnatic Rising in 2021, and was a key half of their push to the EU Masters Grand Last. Whereas he couldn’t get the crew over the road, he confirmed nice proficiency on Aphelios and Varus. The Worlds meta moved on to picks like Miss Fortune and Lucian although, and Bean solely has 9 mixed video games on them in his three-year professional profession (3-3 on MF, 2-1 on Lucian).
Fnatic shouldn’t be immediately discounted with out Upset. Adam has been a star of the present in 2021 along with his knack at discovering solo kills, and Bwipo is an insanely efficient jungler. Nevertheless with out Upset they lose their main carry risk (Nisqy doesn’t fill that void), and it’s laborious to rebuild from there.
9. 100 Thieves
The ability of friendship introduced 100 Thieves again to Worlds, however can it push them to new heights? When evaluating the 2018 roster to 2021’s, it’s an evening and day distinction. Nearer is the very best jungler (if not participant) in North America proper now, and Abbedagge has broadened the scope of what 100 Thieves can do.
Ssumday was beginning to come into his personal on the finish of the LCS season too. Nevertheless, there’s a distinction between nice and legendary. Again dwelling, 100 Thieves are insanely proficient. However that is Worlds, and it’s laborious to place confidence in NA. I assume they’ve obtained the very fact they’re 5 ‘imports’ going for them? It’s laborious to position 100 Thieves as a result of they’re only a strong unit moderately than individually flashy, however they for positive gained’t be a pushover.
8. PSG Talon
Lastly, PSG Talon can begin a global occasion with their major AD carry in Unified. No extra visa points for the PCS squad, hurray. We’ve seen that they will do internationally with subs, actually pushing to the world’s greatest with super-aggressive dives to try to generate laborious snowballs. Think about what they will do with their full roster.
Regardless of this, PSG Talon shares are positively down although after Past Gaming’s embarrassing exit in Play-Ins. This was a aspect that they went 5-5 throughout two best-of-fives again dwelling with. If Past performed like they did, and PSG is their equal, don’t count on a lot. Talon has defied expectations at the previous few worldwide outings although, so there’s some hope.
7. LNG Esports
A Play-In crew making it out of teams? It’s extra possible than you suppose. LNG Esports have been anticipated to do nicely, however they have been clear and medical in each single recreation. Actually, each participant had best-in-role stats by way of Okay/DA, and customarily regarded a reduce above the remaining.
This was the LNG Esports that began dominating in LPL Summer season, and one which may very well be a darkish horse for the Summoner’s Cup. Ale is a menace on the highest aspect. Pair that with Tarzan’s potential to search out picks out of nowhere, and LNG are an actual risk to snowball anyplace on the map.
It can’t be understated how massive that is, but Faker’s back. Higher but? He’ll be enjoying all of Worlds with Clozer not making the reduce. T1 have regarded rather a lot higher with Faker in 2021, and that solely improved as soon as they ditched former DWG KIA coach Daeny. One thing clearly wasn’t gelling, and each groups have improved for the higher.
Faker won’t be the carry risk of T1 anymore, however he doesn’t have to. Canna and Teddy (or Gumayusi) can do the heavy lifting because the Unkillable Demon King strikes round his pawns. Don’t neglect about Keria, who might be the very best help at Worlds. This T1 roster isn’t any joke, and they’re a title risk.
5. Royal By no means Give Up
It may appear bizarre placing the MSI 2021 champions down in fifth after the displaying they put up in Iceland final time, however Summer season didn’t deal with RNG properly. They struggled to get issues going, dropping straightforward video games. Nevertheless, they’re right here when it issues.
It’s a youthful RNG roster than you’d count on, however they don’t lack expertise. Xiaohu and Ming are big-game gamers, and an enormous point of interest of RNG’s success. With Ziggs and Varus slowly leaving the meta and Kai’Sa nonetheless lacking GALA’s champion pool may very well be exploited, however he’s additionally keen on Miss Fortune and that provides RNG one other risk. It’s not all doom and gloom for RNG, but it surely gained’t be as straightforward as MSI was.
4. MAD Lions
MAD Lions are the west’s greatest hope at Worlds. The 2-time European champions have confirmed they’re on a stage with among the area’s greatest sides of all time. Whether or not they can handle to match the prowess of the G2 Esports 2019 aspect that made a grand closing when Worlds was final in Europe although…it’ll be a tall order.
They’ve made loads of enhancements from 2020. Elyoya is an thrilling new jungler, whereas Armut fills a void within the prime aspect that provides MAD extra flexibility to mess around Carzzy and Humanoid — the latter being Europe’s definitive greatest participant heading into Worlds. With a comparatively straightforward Group D to show themselves in, MAD will probably be eyeing nothing lower than a semi-final.
3. FunPlus Phoenix
FunPlus Phoenix have risen from the ashes after 2020’s failure. Not solely that, however with Nuguri on their aspect, they’re possible much more of a risk than once they gained in 2019. The world champion prime laner is a strong improve over GimGoon, who principally performed Gangplank each recreation.
Doinb is in tip-top type again dwelling too. With Ryze floating again into the meta, and loads of emphasis on roaming, we might lastly see the god carry Doinb moderately than the Malphite-playing help. Oh, and Tian remains to be nearly as good as ever. Count on FPX to actually problem DWG KIA in Group A — the winner of that tie will probably be front-runners for the title.
2. EDward Gaming
We’re used to seeing top-class AD carries on Chinese language groups at Worlds: JackeyLove, Uzi, Huanfeng. This time, China’s greatest hope of reclaiming the Summoner’s Cup rests on Korean star Viper. The previous Griffin bot laner has torn up the LPL this yr, particularly in Summer season after the crew began transferring to play across the prodigy.
EDward Gaming may seemingly be all about enjoying by means of Viper, however they’re additionally greater than able to enjoying by means of Flandre prime. If Scout will get Ryze too, that’s hassle brewing (Word: Scout was as soon as a trainee below Faker’s wing, so watch that match in Group B).
Nevertheless, Viper and help Meiko will probably be doing the heavy lifting for EDward — it labored in China, and it ought to positively work at Worlds.
1. DWG KIA
The 2020 World Champions are on for the back-to-back. It’d be solely the second time in historical past a crew has gained two titles consecutively, with SKT having finished so in 2015 and 2016. A small hiccup at MSI rattled the Koreans — who said they weren’t at peak form.
With coach Daeny again from T1 although, they appear as formidable as ever. Canyon and ShowMaker are essentially the most terrifying jungle-mid duo at Worlds, and what Khan brings over Nuguri is a capability to let that shine as a result of his weak aspect nature.
If you happen to misplaced religion in DWG KIA after MSI, don’t be stunned once they raise the Summoner’s Cup once more, as a result of it’s like an entire new crew since Daeny’s return.
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