Somewhat introduction to the Wildcard groups attending Worlds 2022.
There are a variety of League of Legends matches being performed world wide in the course of the common season of a number of leagues. Some LEC or LCS followers can take time away from their day to maintain up with main Asian leagues like LCK or LPL, however it’s a lot tougher to search out alternatives to look at smaller areas. However it’s also a a lot better expertise to have some thought of those groups going into Worlds, as we are going to see most of them play within the Play-in Stage. So, in case you didn’t have the prospect to catch these groups’ video games all through their respective Summer season Splits, that is the right alternative to get to know them and which gamers you must maintain your eyes on.
PCS (Southeast Asia)
CTBC Flying Oyster (Taiwan)
- Hsu “Relaxation” Shih-Chieh
- Huang “Gemini” Chu-Xuan
- Chen “Mission” Hsiao-Hsien
- Chao “Shunn” Ying-Shun
- Lin “Koala” Chih-Chiang
Three splits in a row, PCS was dominated by the powerhouse of PSG Talon, who additionally gained the common season within the Summer season. Flying Oyster, however, joined the league firstly of the 12 months. And regardless of them making the Finals, and dropping to PSG, not many anticipated them to repeat that efficiency. Nonetheless, Flying Oyster impressed the audiences with a formidable Playoff run after a fourth-place end within the common season.
The roster consists of gamers who performed within the LMS days, besides the rookie ADC. Shunn was splitting time with extra skilled Sung “Atlen” Ya-Lun throughout all Spring and Summer season common season, however after displaying up persistently, he was the first starter for all Summer season Playoffs. Shunn is among the greatest laners in PCS and his crew’s essential focus in the course of the early recreation. Together with his help Koala, who prefers interact champions, they performed a variety of lane-focused picks like Kalista and Draven.
But when the sport goes late, the main focus shifts to the solo laners, not like most groups. Each Relaxation and Gemini prefer to play for his or her lane, getting particular person benefits and contributing throughout extra teamfight-oriented instances, and the crew doesn’t have a lot prio on drakes earlier than quarter-hour.
- Gamers to look at: Mission, Shunn
Past Gaming (Taiwan)
- Liao “Likai” Li-Kai
- Huang “HuSha” Tzu-Wei
- Lu “Minji” Po-Wei
- Tsou “Wako” Wei-Yang
- Chu Wu “Kino” Hsin-Jung
Whereas Flying Oyster’s Playoff run was spectacular, Past’s second-place end is nothing to scoff at. Past did make Worlds in 2021, the primary 12 months they performed in PCS, and needed a repeat efficiency. Regardless of this, they didn’t have the most effective begin to the common season, ending sixth. To make Worlds, they needed to play 5 Bo5 series, and solely misplaced to the eventual champions in Higher Bracket and in Grand Finals, overcoming the primary and second place groups within the league, PSG Talon and Deep Cross Gaming.
Probably the most thrilling a part of this crew is little question, their high laner, Likai. He by no means shies away from a talent match-up and prefers to get himself on carry high laner like Camille, Fiora and Gwen. Regardless that he’s not the most effective at producing lane leads, with some jungle consideration, he has nice carry potential. This example can be the identical for Past’s bot lane.
Wako and Kino had some struggles of their early laning throughout playoffs, particularly in opposition to J Group, however as soon as the crew fights begin, they’re the most effective within the league. One scary half is that Kino nearly by no means performed any enchanters, besides Lucian/Nami, however he’s distinctive at interact helps, and enchanters are already hit by nerfs.
However the most effective participant on the crew is certainly the jungler HuSha. The younger participant has dominated his opponents all Playoffs, extra so when he acquired his fingers on his Wukong. With Minji on roaming picks like Taliyah and Ahri or skirmishers like Sylas, this Past roster has an explosive early recreation and they are often onerous to cease in the event that they ever get a lead.
- Gamers to look at: Likai, HuSha
- Trần “Kiaya” Duy Sang
- Đỗ “Levi” Duy Khánh
- Đặng “Kati” Thanh Phê
- Mai “Sty1e” Hoàng Sơn
- Trần “Bie” Đức Hiếu
Regardless of each GAM’s, or GIGABYTE Marines’, and VCS’s lengthy historical past in earlier Worlds, the area hasn’t been capable of attend the occasions in 2020 and 2021. GAM Esports themselves missed in 2020, regardless of qualifying for a Play-in spot. Whereas the group was lastly capable of make the occasion, this 12 months was additionally crammed with visa points. Ultimately, a lot of the crew has been capable of purchase their visas and can have the ability to play in Worlds 2022 essential stage.
Ever since updating their identify, GAM Esports has been the highest crew in Vietnam, and this was additionally true in Summer season. They completed the common season in first place with a file of 24-10. They misplaced one playoff series to their closest competitors in Saigon Buffalo, however they acquired their revenge by 3-0’ing them within the Finals.
GAM is among the most aggressive groups in VCS, and the driving pressure behind that is the duo of help and jungle. The younger help Bie is among the most lively early recreation gamers within the league and has nice synergy along with his jungler. Levi, who is among the most identified Vietnamese gamers, remains to be as explosive as he was in Worlds 2017. He additionally nonetheless performs a variety of Nocturne.
The GAM solo laners are considerably reverse sides of the spectrum, with Kiaya preferring his carries and Kati going for supportive champions. Kati has been some of the versatile and open-to-change gamers in, truthfully, in every single place. We noticed him play something from Corki to Morgana, as he had 17 distinctive picks in Summer season alone. Nonetheless, GAM’s ADC Sty1e is the other of this, with solely seven distinctive picks. Whereas he’s wonderful at them, he largely performs late-game scalers like Sivir and Jinx, which may make it simple to ban him out for higher groups.
- Gamers to look at: Levi, Bie
- Lâm “Hasmed” Huỳnh Gia Huy
- Trần “BeanJ” Văn Chính
- Bùi “Froggy” Văn Minh Hải*
- Nguyễn “Shogun” Văn Huy
- Đinh “Taki” Anh Tài
Saigon Buffalo is a a lot newer face in VCS in comparison with GAM, however they’ve been difficult them for the highest spot lately. This 12 months was no completely different as they completed second, even after profitable their first series in opposition to GAM. Saigon additionally was the primary crew to interrupt the pandemic curse of Vietnam, attending the final MSI after the champions GAM selected to attend SEA Video games.
Saigon additionally acquired affected by visa points this 12 months, however they had been capable of kind it out finally. Solely two members’ fates nonetheless haven’t been determined, the mid laner Froggy and the coach Nguyễn “Ren” Văn Trọng. This could show to be a troublesome scenario as BeanJ and Froggy had been nice at producing early leads for the crew. After all, it might’ve been worse if their bot lane wasn’t as lane dominant as they had been.
We noticed Shogun/Taki beating main area bot lanes in MSI 2022 with picks like Tristina and Lucian and so they’ve been doing the identical factor in VCS as effectively. All 5 members of the Buffalo have champion oceans, however no yet one more than Taki. The 19-year-old performed a formidable 20 distinctive champions, together with not one however two Rumble help video games. Final however not least, Hasmed within the high lane is constant his spectacular run from MSI. His favourite champion is Gwen, however he’s additionally snug on tanks which fare effectively for subsequent week.
- Gamers to look at: Hasmed, Shogun
*Pending visa standing.
- Shunsuke “Evi” Murase
- Mun “Steal” Geon-yeong
- Lee “Yaharong” Chan-ju
- Yuta “Yutapon” Sugiura
- Lee “Harp” Ji-yoong
DetionatioN FocusMe might be essentially the most dominant crew of their regional league that ever existed within the League scene. They lifted the trophy in eight of the final 9 LJL splits, and so they have been “the” worldwide Japanese consultant ever since LJL acquired a spot. The primary core of this crew, consisting of Evi, Steal and Yutapon have been enjoying collectively since 2017, the latter first becoming a member of DFM approach again in 2013.
DFM has been thought of a harmful Wildcard crew ever since their spectacular MSI 2021 efficiency. The Japanese crew had an excellent worldwide displaying final 12 months with their play on the Rift and by taking a recreation off the NA champions Cloud9, regardless that they acquired eradicated in the course of the Stage 1 Teams. Sadly, they may not ship too many upsets within the following two worldwide occasions.
DFM has a 25-3 file within the Summer season of 2022, 19-2 within the common season. Nonetheless, as a result of LJL Playoffs format, they solely performed two Bo5 series and each had been in opposition to the identical crew, Sengoku Gaming. Sengoku additionally completed the common season 19-2, however DFM misplaced just one recreation in opposition to their closest native opponent.
The primary carries for the crew proper now are the younger mid laner Yaharong and the veteran ADC Yutapon. Yaharong was particularly spectacular along with his control-mage performances within the playoffs. Yutapon had some shaky laning phases and fell behind persistently, extra so within the first Bo5, however he was a relentless risk as soon as the crew fights began. The remaining three gamers largely play a supportive model, however you must particularly regulate Evi, who is thought for his pocket picks like Urgot or the Lillia he pulled out within the final Finals recreation.
- Gamers to look at: Evi, Yaharong
Chiefs Esports Membership
- Kim “Topoon” Ji-hoon
- Park “Arthur” Mi-reu
- James “Tally” Shute
- Quin “Raes” Korebrits
- Ryan “Aladoric” Gregory Richardson
Chiefs had been only one recreation away from an undefeated Summer season Break up, and that loss got here of their Finals series, which they gained 3-1 in opposition to Pentanet.GG. The group has an extended historical past within the Oceanic scene, be it OPL or LCO. Nonetheless, they had been struggling within the earlier seasons, earlier than they shaped this iteration of the roster with gamers with experiences in different leagues, and this would be the first Riot-hosted worldwide occasion they attend.
The crew was one recreation away from victory and MSI the final break up, however they took that final step with the addition of Aladoric. The younger help has been the most effective gamers in his position in OCE, and his aggressive play model introduced the crew a contemporary breath of air. He has an excellent synergy along with his jungler Arthur, beforehand of Hanwha Life, who’s the no-argument greatest jungler within the league. The duo is vastly helped by the supportive playstyle of the mid laner Tally, who is among the most veteran gamers within the area.
The 2 carries of the crew are the highest and bot laners. Raes, who had a disappointing stint on Immortals, seemed like a brand new man in the course of the 12 months. He has been a crew combat monster however he additionally has some aggressive picks like Kai’Sa and Draven. The highest laner Topoon has began to develop into identified for his carry champions and his solo kills and is little question the most effective gamers within the league. He lacked time on weakside tanks in the course of the break up, besides Sejuani, which can develop into an issue in opposition to extra succesful high laners within the Play-in Stage.
- Gamers to look at: Topoon, Arthur
- Soner “StarScreen” Kaya
- Hakan Mert “Ferret” Çakmak
- Tolga “Serin” Ölmez
- Anıl “HolyPhoenix” Işık
- Berk “Farfetch” Badur
Whereas the Wildcats aren’t any stranger to profitable Spring, that is the primary Summer season Playoffs victory and the primary Worlds journey for the younger group. After including the Turkish esports legend HolyPhoenix, who gained MVP this break up, to their roster, IW gained the TCL 3 times within the final 4 splits and attended two MSIs in a row, which they may not present a stage they might’ve needed.
Wildcats lifted the trophy in Summer season Break up in a really shut 3-2 series in opposition to Fenerbahce, who eradicated the dominant common season leaders in NASR eSports. Probably the most essential features of the Summer season Playoffs was the efficiency of IW’s mid laner, Serin, who was the primary carry of the crew of their most wins, particularly with Azir and Sylas turning into robust meta picks.
Normally, this position has all the time been crammed with HolyPhoenix, who is among the most aggressive ADCs in Turkey. We noticed Lucian and Kalista as everlasting bans in opposition to him, and so they nonetheless stay a hazard regardless that the champions acquired slight nerfs earlier than Worlds.
The highest/jungle and help are as soon as once more extra supportive and weak aspect gamers, however they’d video games the place they confirmed they weren’t afraid to play by high. One unlucky level to bear in mind is the worldwide performances of Farfetch, who struggled loads in the course of the earlier two MSIs.
- Gamers to look at: Serin, HolyPhoenix
LLA (Latin America)
- Kang “ADD” Geon-mo
- Jesús Alberto ‘Grell” Loya Trujillo
- Édgar Ali “Seiya” Bracamontes Munguía
- Omar André “Gavotto” Gavotto
- Son “Jelly” Ho-gyeong
Isurus is again at Worlds for the primary time since 2019. The group had some shut finishes, however they couldn’t discover that win that will ship them again to the worldwide stage. They completed the common season second behind Estral Esports, and regardless of dropping their first Playoff series to EST, they climbed again to the Finals and acquired a 3-2 victory.
Their crew composition is far more normal with a supportive meta-playing jungler and a weakside tank high laner. The primary carries are Seiya, who vastly loved the Azir meta, and Gavotto, who prefers Aphelios over meta carries like Sivir and Zeri. Nonetheless, they will present completely different types with Seiya on melee assassins and with Gavotto on lane bullies like Kalista and Lucian. Their help Jelly was additionally some of the adaptable gamers in LLA.
- Gamers to look at: Seiya, Gavotto
- Leonardo “Robo” Souza
- Park “Croc” Jong-hoon
- Thiago “tinowns” Sartori
- Diego “Brance” Amaral
- Denilson “Ceos” Oliveira Gonçalves
What a Summer season for LOUD as a company. Not solely their Valorant crew lifted the trophy in VCT Istanbul, however their CBLOL crew managed to win the title of their third break up ever, over Brazillian giants like paiN, RED Canids and FURIA. LOUD is an aggressive crew that likes to combat, early and late, and is nice at it.
Regardless of the group’s youth, the crew is headed by two of the CBLOL’s most veteran solo laners, Robo and tinowns. Robo has been an aggressive laner this Summer season, with a large pool consisting of various counter picks. He had no hassle selecting non-meta picks like Olaf, Rumble or Kayle high and did very effectively on them. Tinowns however is a bit more passive in lane however has nice management of the map. His jungler being very targeted on his lanes as a substitute of farming is a giant a part of this.
Their bot lane generally is a robust go well with in opposition to higher groups as they’re versatile with their picks. We noticed Brance play something from Varus to Zeri to Seraphine this break up, whereas his help is proficient at each enchanters and have interaction helps.
- Gamers to look at: Robo, Brance
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