Posted 20th July 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Several esports tournaments already have their very own World Cup Championships, but what does the League of Legends World Cup look like and how is it different from the others? See the participating countries, team rosters, and fans and critics expectations below.
Top laner: Brandon “Swip3rR” Holland
Jungler: Shern “Shernfire” Cherng Tai
Mid laner: Simon “Swiffer” Papamarkos
AD carry: Calvin “k1ng” TruongSupport: Jake “Rogue” Sharwood
Substitute: Stephen “Triple” Li
Substitute: Richard “Phantiks” Su
Australia is one of the countries that is yet to achieve major awards in the LoL international arena. Like Japan, they are at the bottom. According to critics, the only commendable player on the team is jungler Shernfire. He made a significant contribution in the Oceanic Premier League and surpassed the ranks of North American and South Korean players. Australia’s fate in the World Cup rests on his shoulders.
Top laner: Felipe “Yang” Zhao
Jungler: Gabriel “Revolta” Henud
Mid laner: Ruan “Anyyy” Silva
AD carry: Leonardo “Robo” Souza
Support: Victor “Cabu” Oliveira
There were speculations that the safest World Cup team for Brazil is the entire Keyd Stars roster composed of Yang, Revolta, Gabriel “Tockers” Claumann, Micael “micaO” Rodrigues, and Luan “Jockster” Cardoso. The region turned it down and shuffled the roster. Good thing that the region’s best jungler remains present — Revolta.
Top laner: Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaya
Jungler: Andy “AnDa” Hoang
Mid laner Jean-Sébastien “Tuesday” Thery
AD carry: Jason “WildTurtle” Tran
Support: Andy “Smoothie” Ta
Substitute: Johnny “Altec” Ru
Substitute: Nicholas “Ablazeolive” Antonio Abbott
Canada’s team is a combination of beginners and novice LoL players. The captain of the team is their top laner, Darshan. Fans and critics are all happy about this choice, but they think that when it comes to the substitutes, there are better players than Ablazeolive. One great example is Cloud9’s “Licorice” Ritchie.
Top laner: Liu “Zz1tai” Zhi-Hao
Jungler: Ming “Clearlove” Kai
Mid laner: Li “Xiaohu” Yuan-Hao
AD carry: Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao
Support: Tian “Meiko” Ye
Chinese players, of course, trust the roster of Royal Never Give Up as the team is considered as one of the best LoL teams in 2018. Zz1ta, Xiaohu, and Uzi are the representatives of RNG, while the rest of the players are from EDward Gaming. China believes that the combination of the two teams will bring more control over the roster.
Top laner: Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg
Jungler: Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen
Mid laner: Rasmus “Caps” Winther
AD carry: Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen
Support: Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen
All LoL Danish teams prove to be strong mid laners. That’s why it’s no surprise that they included three original mid laners in the roster, with Broxah of Fnatic as the top player. After the addition of bot laner Zven on the team, Denmark can expect exceptional individual performances in the World Cup.
Top laner: Paul “sOAZ” Boyer
Jungler: Charly “Djoko” Guillard
Mid laner: Scott “Tonerre” Ménard
AD carry: Steven “Hans Sama” Liv
Support: Hugo “Dioud” Padioleau
Substitute: Lucas “Cabochard ” Simon-Meslet
Substitute: Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi
Given the players’ track records, France, certainly, has a shot at entering the knockout rounds. The veteran leader sOAZ and superstar talent Hans both have experiences in national teams so the future is bright for France’s roster. What people need to watch out for is how their young players would showcase their talents.
Top laner: Lennart “Smittyj” Warkus
Jungler: Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider
Mid laner: Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage
AD carry: Fabian “Exileh” Schubert
Support: Yannick “Pandar” Greff
Substitute: Erberk “Gilius” Demir
Germany is home to national talents and major esports tournaments. It is evident that the region’s roster only contains the best of the best. PowerOfEvil and Exileh are known mid laners, while Amazing is a novice jungler. They are the core of the team, but many still anticipate how the subs and support could plug in and own the game any time.
Top laner: Shunsuke “Evi” Murase
Jungler: Yuta “Astarore” Hiratsuka
Mid laner: Kyohei “Ceros” Yoshida
AD carry: Yuta “Yutapon” Sugiura
Support: Ryosei “Enty” Tanioka
Japan still struggles to achieve international results in LoL, even at the Asian Games. This is suspicious and alarming as many of their players were already playing professionally before the LoL Japanese server was introduced. Evi, fortunately, ranks high on the South Korean ladder. He is the best player on the team for now.
Top laner: Dmitri “Smurf” Ivanov
Jungler: Danil “Diamondprox” Reshetnikov
Mid laner: Anton “Ekka” Shestakov
AD carry: Egor “VincentVega” Medvedev
Support: Edward “Edward” Abgaryan
Russia is part of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region, and they consistently dominate LoL minor tournaments. The current roster of the team, like Canada, features a mix of veteran and amateur players. The core players of the team feature Diamondprox and Edward, former players of Moscow 5.
Top laner: Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho
Jungler: Go “Score” Dong-bin
Mid laner: Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
AD carry: Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk
Support: Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in
Substitute: Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong
Substitute: Park “Viper” Do-hyeon
The most favored team to win the World Cup is South Korea. At a glance, the squad boasts players from elite teams—all have experience in national competitions and can easily handle a best-of five tournament format. Fans and critics believe that the team can swiftly beat all the participating countries, but may encounter a tough battle against China.
Top laner: Jorge “Werlyb” Casanovas Moreno-Torres
Jungler: Iván “Razork” Martín Díaz
Mid laner: Challenger player
AD carry: Samuel “Samux” Fernández Fort
Support: Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez
Spain has the strongest teams in Europe. Their representatives are a variety of players known for their extraordinary performances in the LVP Superliga and the EU LCS. Established LCS players like Samux and Mithy, however, struggled in the NA LCS. The main goal for the team is to repeat their outstanding performances from the minors.
Top laner: Hsieh “PK” Yu-Ting
Jungler>: Hung “Karsa” Hau-Hsuan
Mid laner: Chu “FoFo” Chun-Lan
AD carry: Lu “Betty” Yu-Hung
Support: Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh
Substitute: Chen “Ziv” Yi
Substitute: Huang “Maple” Yi-Tang
Taiwan is one of the top countries representing LoL, but their teams haven’t achieved any significant glory since the Season 2 World Championship in 2012. The victory of Flash Wolves at the IEM Katowice 2017 is a good start, tough. All in all, Taiwan’s roster for the World Cup contains the same names from the recent Asian Games.
Top laner: Berke “Thaldrin” Demir
Jungler: Furkan “Stomaged” Güngör
Mid laner: Koray “Naru” Bıçak
AD carry: Berkay “Zeitnot” Aşıkuzun
Support: Mustafa Kemal “Dumbledoge” Gökseloğlu
The Turkish team showcases the same roster as the 2016 SuperMassive. It’s basically a reunion for players who competed on the event. All players are International Wildcard veterans, especially Dumbledoge who exerted flashy plays at the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational with Beşiktaş e-Sports Club.
Top laner: Barney “Alphari” Morris
Jungler: Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian
Mid laner: Marc “Caedrel” Robert Lamon
AD carry: Matthew “Deádly” Smith
Support: Raymond “kaSing” Tsang
Substitute: Jordan “Shikari” Pointon
Substitute: Alexander “Candyfloss” Cartwright
The strongest point of the roster is the dynamic duo of Alphari and Maxlore, the best top-jungle partnerships in all European tournaments over the past two years. But let’s not ignore Caedrel, a mid laner-turned-jungler after the EU LCS. Many say that they can make a run to the quarterfinals, but the semis is still out of the picture.
Top laner: Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell
Jungler: Jake “Xmithie” Puchero
Mid laner: Eugene “Pobelter” Park
AD carry: Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng
Support: Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black
Substitute: – Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett
Substitute: Tanner “Damonte”‘ Damonte
In the past tournaments of LoL, USA is one of the countries with the weakest mid laner players. That’s why critics demand better players than Damonte, but the USA stands with its decision and besides, Damonte is one of the most interesting American-born mid laner after Pobelter. For now, the American team is considered as an underdog until the semifinal run.
Top laner: Trần “Archie” Minh Nhựt
Jungler: Lê “SofM” Quang Duy
Mid laner : Võ “Naul” Thành Luân
AD carry: Đỗ “Levi” Duy Khánh
Support: Nguyễn “Palette” Hải Trung
After the recent Patch update, Vietnamese teams already got the hang of the game. They were playing a style that perfectly fits individual player champion pools, a complete opposite of champion pools assigned to individual roles like AD carry or mid laner. It is certain that Vietnam would be the most flexible team in the World Cup.
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