The 5 Biggest Teams Of LoL Worlds 2019
Posted 27th September 2019 By: ThisIsSam    142 Views
Esports News – The League of Legends World Championship final last year broke records with over 205 million viewers locked in to witness the action between some of the world’s top pro teams. It also helped LoL establish its status as the most popular esport. Today, hopes are high for LoL teams around the globe and the community is fired up as the League of Legends World Championship unfolds this October 2 in Berlin, Madrid, and Paris.
If you’re looking for a team to place your bets on or simply follow the journey of a team vying for glory, here are the top five contenders for this year’s Worlds:
SK Telecom T1
SK Telecom T1 is a glorified team in the LoL Worlds scene, having won the trophy in 2013, 2015, and 2016. The team made it to the final in 2017 and they were favorites to seal a hat trick but failed to take down Samsung Galaxy.
2018 was not SK Telekom’s year as the team failed to qualify. This ended the five-year spell of Korean dominance in the sport when one team after another before the semi-final stage. However, SK Telekom T1 responded by fine-tuning their roster with new star players surrounding Faker. Their lineup was d with Khan, Crazy, Haru, Clid, and Teddy. These players are backed by Mata, and coaches Zefa and Fly.
Ultimately, the revamp spoke for itself after SKT claimed the LCK Spring Playoffs and LCK Summer Playoffs to regain their status as Korea’s number 1 LoL team.
The team revised their lineup with jungler Tian and seasoned mid-laner Doinb at the start of 2019. This exhibited massive improvements and cemented FunPlus Phoenix’s name as a dominant force in the league.
FunPlus Phoenix topped the tables of LPL Spring’s regular season, boasting a 13-2 record. They suffered an upset to JD Gaming but beat TopSports Gaming in the playoff match to claim third place. Furthermore, FPX topped the standings once more and reached the grand final, which put them against three-time champions Royal Never Give Up. They drew up a 3-1 win to give them their first-ever title. This is a promising year for FPX as they look to lift their first LoL Worlds trophy.
Pitted as underdogs at last year’s Worlds, G2 Esports shocked fans by going all the way to the semi-finals. They fell out to eventual champions Invictus Gaming but gained the respect of the entire community after their astonishing run.
G2 Esports topped the LEC Spring table and sailed to a Grand Final face-off with Origen. Next came one of their biggest achievements, as G2 cruised to win the Mid-Season Invitational in Ho Chi Minh City in May.
They forced their way out of the group stage to a semi-final clash with SKT. It turned into one of the most memorable matches of the contest, which G2 claimed in a narrow 3-2 win. That set them up with a meeting with Team Liquid, also making it the first time since 2011 that an international final did not feature a Chinese or South Korean team.
G2 Esports continue their form after topping the LEC Summer standings and winning the tournament after beating Fnatic 3-2 in the final. This puts the team in a good place ahead of the Worlds.
Royal Never Give Up
Royal Never Give Up is a force to be reckoned with throughout 2017. Despite that, their form dropped last year after a 3-2 defeat to G2 at the Worlds. This ranked as one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport and calls for a revamp in 2019. They fought their way to a runner-up stop at LPL Summer after suffering a 3-1 loss to FPX in the grand final. Meanwhile, their last significant win was last 2018 at the LPL Summer.
With star player Uzi back in the roster, RNGU has a better shot at the title. On top of that, Xiaohu and Ming are on top of their game, so expect RNG to put up a fight in this year’s Worlds.
IG impressed fans all over the world last year after they took down Fnatic to win the grand final. Majority of the 205 million viewers in 2018 were based in China, so organizers will hope to see this team far into the tournament this year.
Impressively, Invictus Gaming kept the same roster in 2019 together with their amazing form. The team finished top of the LPL Spring standings and annihilated Topsports Gaming in the semis. They faced JD Gaming in the final and sealed the deal in just 82 minutes, making it the quickest win in LPL Final history.
Even though the team’s showing at the LPL Summer was underwhelming, odds still put the team fifth as winners of the tournament. Should the team step up and generate their previous form, they can successfully defend their title.