A bit of introduction to the Wildcard groups attending Worlds 2022.
There are numerous League of Legends matches being performed world wide throughout 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 concept of those groups going into Worlds, as we’ll see most of them play within the Play-in Stage. So, when you didn’t have the possibility to catch these groups’ video games all through their respective Summer season Splits, that is the proper alternative to get to know them and which gamers you need to preserve 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, then again, joined the league at the beginning 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 powerful 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 exhibiting up persistently, he was the first starter for all Summer season Playoffs. Shunn is without doubt one of the finest laners in PCS and his workforce’s primary focus throughout the early sport. Together with his assist Koala, who prefers interact champions, they performed numerous lane-focused picks like Kalista and Draven.
But when the sport goes late, the main focus shifts to the solo laners, in contrast to most groups. Each Relaxation and Gemini wish to play for his or her lane, getting particular person benefits and contributing throughout extra teamfight-oriented occasions, and the workforce 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 wished 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 collection, 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.
Essentially the most thrilling a part of this workforce is little doubt, their prime laner, Likai. He by no means shies away from a talent match-up and prefers to get himself on carry prime laner like Camille, Fiora and Gwen. Although he isn’t the most effective at producing lane leads, with some jungle consideration, he has nice carry potential. This case can also 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 Workforce, however as soon as the workforce fights begin, they’re top-of-the-line within the league. One scary half is that Kino virtually 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 workforce is certainly the jungler HuSha. The younger participant has dominated his opponents all Playoffs, extra so when he obtained his palms on his Wukong. With Minji on roaming picks like Taliyah and Ahri or skirmishers like Sylas, this Past roster has an explosive early sport 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 in a position to 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 in a position to make the occasion, this 12 months was additionally stuffed with visa points. Ultimately, a lot of the workforce has been in a position to purchase their visas and can be capable of play in Worlds 2022 primary stage.
Ever since updating their title, GAM Esports has been the highest workforce in Vietnam, and this was additionally true in Summer season. They completed the common season in first place with a report of 24-10. They misplaced one playoff collection to their closest competitors in Saigon Buffalo, however they obtained their revenge by 3-0’ing them within the Finals.
GAM is without doubt one of the most aggressive groups in VCS, and the driving power behind that is the duo of assist and jungle. The younger assist Bie is without doubt one of the most lively early sport gamers within the league and has nice synergy together with his jungler. Levi, who is without doubt one of the most recognized Vietnamese gamers, continues to be as explosive as he was in Worlds 2017. He additionally nonetheless performs numerous 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, actually, in all places. We noticed him play something from Corki to Morgana, as he had 17 distinctive picks in Summer season alone. Nevertheless, GAM’s ADC Sty1e is the alternative of this, with solely seven distinctive picks. Whereas he’s wonderful at them, he principally performs late-game scalers like Sivir and Jinx, which may make it straightforward 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 in recent times. This 12 months was no totally different as they completed second, even after successful their first collection in opposition to GAM. Saigon additionally was the primary workforce to interrupt the pandemic curse of Vietnam, attending the final MSI after the champions GAM selected to attend SEA Video games.
Saigon additionally obtained affected by visa points this 12 months, however they had been in a position to 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 tricky state of affairs as BeanJ and Froggy had been nice at producing early leads for the workforce. In fact, 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 properly. All 5 members of the Buffalo have champion oceans, however no yet one more than Taki. The 19-year-old performed a powerful 20 distinctive champions, together with not one however two Rumble assist video games. Final however not least, Hasmed within the prime lane is continuous his spectacular run from MSI. His favourite champion is Gwen, however he’s additionally comfy on tanks which fare properly 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 workforce 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 obtained a spot. The principle core of this workforce, consisting of Evi, Steal and Yutapon have been taking part in collectively since 2017, the latter first becoming a member of DFM method again in 2013.
DFM has been thought-about a harmful Wildcard workforce ever since their spectacular MSI 2021 efficiency. The Japanese workforce had an excellent worldwide exhibiting final 12 months with their play on the Rift and by taking a sport off the NA champions Cloud9, although they obtained eradicated throughout the Stage 1 Teams. Sadly, they might not ship too many upsets within the following two worldwide occasions.
DFM has a 25-3 report within the Summer season of 2022, 19-2 within the common season. Nevertheless, because of the LJL Playoffs format, they solely performed two Bo5 collection and each had been in opposition to the identical workforce, Sengoku Gaming. Sengoku additionally completed the common season 19-2, however DFM misplaced just one sport in opposition to their closest native opponent.
The principle carries for the workforce proper now are the younger mid laner Yaharong and the veteran ADC Yutapon. Yaharong was particularly spectacular together 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 continuing risk as soon as the workforce fights began. The remaining three gamers principally play a supportive type, however you need to particularly control Evi, who is thought for his pocket picks like Urgot or the Lillia he pulled out within the final Finals sport.
- 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 sport away from an undefeated Summer season Break up, and that loss got here of their Finals collection, 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. Nevertheless, they had been struggling within the earlier seasons, earlier than they fashioned 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 workforce was one sport away from victory and MSI the final break up, however they took that final step with the addition of Aladoric. The younger assist has been top-of-the-line gamers in his function in OCE, and his aggressive play type introduced the workforce a recent breath of air. He has an excellent synergy together with his jungler Arthur, beforehand of Hanwha Life, who’s the no-argument finest jungler within the league. The duo is significantly helped by the supportive playstyle of the mid laner Tally, who is without doubt one of the most veteran gamers within the area.
The 2 carries of the workforce are the highest and bot laners. Raes, who had a disappointing stint on Immortals, regarded like a brand new man throughout the 12 months. He has been a workforce combat monster however he additionally has some aggressive picks like Kai’Sa and Draven. The highest laner Topoon has began to change into recognized for his carry champions and his solo kills and is little doubt top-of-the-line gamers within the league. He lacked time on weakside tanks throughout the break up, besides Sejuani, which can change into an issue in opposition to extra succesful prime 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 successful 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 might not present a degree they’d’ve wished.
Wildcats lifted the trophy in Summer season Break up in a really shut 3-2 collection in opposition to Fenerbahce, who eradicated the dominant common season leaders in NASR eSports. Probably the most necessary points of the Summer season Playoffs was the efficiency of IW’s mid laner, Serin, who was the primary carry of the workforce of their most wins, particularly with Azir and Sylas turning into sturdy meta picks.
Normally, this function has all the time been stuffed with HolyPhoenix, who is without doubt one of 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 although the champions obtained slight nerfs earlier than Worlds.
The highest/jungle and assist are as soon as once more extra supportive and weak facet gamers, however they’d video games the place they confirmed they weren’t afraid to play via prime. One unlucky level to remember is the worldwide performances of Farfetch, who struggled quite a bit throughout 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 collection to EST, they climbed again to the Finals and obtained a 3-2 victory.
Their workforce composition is way more commonplace with a supportive meta-playing jungler and a weakside tank prime laner. The principle carries are Seiya, who significantly loved the Azir meta, and Gavotto, who prefers Aphelios over meta carries like Sivir and Zeri. Nonetheless, they’ll present totally different kinds with Seiya on melee assassins and with Gavotto on lane bullies like Kalista and Lucian. Their assist 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 workforce lifted the trophy in VCT Istanbul, however their CBLOL workforce managed to win the title of their third break up ever, over Brazillian giants like paiN, RED Canids and FURIA. LOUD is an aggressive workforce that likes to combat, early and late, and is sweet at it.
Regardless of the group’s youth, the workforce 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 prime and did very properly on them. Tinowns then again is a bit more passive in lane however has nice management of the map. His jungler being very targeted on his lanes as an alternative of farming is an enormous a part of this.
Their bot lane could be a sturdy 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 assist is proficient at each enchanters and have interaction helps.
- Gamers to look at: Robo, Brance
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