The group stage and play-in stage for the 2020 League of Legends World Championship are set, and we have more than our fair share of exciting matchups to look forward to. As always, our writers have plenty of thoughts about the upcoming action.
We now have the main event groups. Which would you say is the group of death?
Jacob Wolf: Group D. If MAD Lions qualify from play-in, that group will be them, Top Esports, DRX and FlyQuest. Boy, what a group. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a group so chock-full of some of the best mid laners in the game right now — Zhuo “Knight” Ding, Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon, Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage and Marek “Humanoid” Brázda. Holy cow. Just typing that makes me excited.
I think Top and DRX make it out of this one pretty easily. But I hope FlyQuest and MAD can give them a run for their money. That’d make this group even better.
Emily Rand: I think most will point to Group B, by virtue of the fact that both DAMWON Gaming and JD Gaming (two teams that have been named as potential title contenders) were both immediately drawn into that group, followed by Rogue. With either JDG or DAMWON (or both) taking games from each other, it’s probably that group regardless of who qualifies from the play-in stage (either Team Liquid, PSG Talon, or a minor region team).
Tyler Erzberger: I agree with Emily that Group B is the group of death. DAMWON Gaming and JD Gaming are two of the three teams (alongside Top Esports) that I feel are a level above the rest of the competition in Shanghai, and the fact that they’re in the same group almost feels like a death knell for any other team that happens to get stuck with them. I have been a big supporter of Rogue, but DWG and JDG are just different beasts entirely, maybe even more so than what they faced in Europe with G2 Esports.
Arda Ocal: Well, it definitely isn’t Group A. Group B looks stacked with DAMWON, JD and Rogue, Group D looks menacing with Top Esports and DRX being the favorites; no matter which play-in team joins Flyquest to round out that group, the favorites are already locked in. If LGD make it out of play-ins, they would be put into Group C, which would make it a seemingly Herculean task for TSM, with Fnatic and Gen.G already in their group (side note: our Stats and Information Group let us know that TSM and Fnatic have never met at worlds. Fnatic beat TSM at the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational, which is the only time they’ve met in a major international competition.)
If there’s a group of death, there is often a group of life. Which group is the most wide open?
Rand: If Group of Life is defined by the idea that anyone can make it out, it’s probably going to be Group A. We have G2 Esports, who are highly ranked based on what we know they’re capable of, with scrim practice and a lineup that made it to worlds…
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