This year’s League of Legends World Championship is going to be a special one.
For the first time in 13 years, the format will switch from Group Stage to Swiss Stage bringing new exciting matchups down the road. But that is not the only significant change.
Most play-in teams have been decided already and the bracket has formed already.
One team has not been seeded yet and that team is going to be either Team BDS from EU or NA’s Golden Guardians. The two teams will fire up the NA and EU fans this year in a spectacular best-of-5 match for the last play-in spot. Let’s take a look at both team’s strengths and weaknesses as well as common champions in the player’s pools. If you need a boost on your LoL rank, you better check up the cheap LOL boosting at U7BUY. With their professional LoL boosting for sale, you can achieve your desired rank quickly and efficiently.
TOP LANE MATCHUP | LICORICE VS ADAM
Starting off on top lane we immediately have to pay attention to this matchup as most analysts believe it will be the most vital matchup in the whole game. Adam is a talented player that can carry games all on his own sometimes but there are other times in which he will single-handedly throw a whole game due to his make-or-break champion pool. On the other side we have the veteran Licorice, a player who everybody thought of as a done deal, an NA legend far past his prime. This year he silenced everyone. He took his team to MSI and held his own against two of the most skilled Top laners in the world, Bin and 369.
He managed to get solokills and also frontline for his team throughout the whole tournament with his selfless tank picks.
ADAM : OLAF , DARIUS , SETT , SION
LICORICE : JAX , POPPY , RUMBLE , K’SANTE
SHARED : RENEKTON , GNAR , AATROX
JUNGLE MATCHUP | RIVER VS SHEO
Both of the junglers usually employ a selfless team-oriented playstyle that revolves around utilizing tanks with low resource gain. Sheo has shown promise this year in the LEC as his rookie year ended up reaching Worlds with a team that couldn’t even make summer playoffs the past few years. River on the other hand has always been a force to be reckoned with in every League he has participated in. River dominated NA this year and many put him as far as top 2 NA junglers.
SHEO : IVERN , GRAGAS , MAOKAI
RIVER : VIEGO , KINDRED , NOCTURNE
SHARED : SEJUANI , VI , WUKONG
MID LANE MATCHUP | GORI VS NUC
Expect to see many long range mage matchups in mid in this Best-of-5 since both of the midlaners usually prefer to play for late game scaling. What is interesting is that both of them almost exclusively play the meta champions and rarely deviate from those. Peaceful midlane farming is what I would expect in this matchup.
GORI : YONE , TALIYAH , SYLAS
NUC : CASSIOPEIA , LEBLANC , SYNDRA
SHARED : AZIR , TRISTANA , JAYCE
BOT LANE MATCHUPS | CROWNIE AND LABROV VS STIXXAY AND HUHI
What’s really interesting is how similar those two botlanes play. Both Stixxay and Crownie prefer the late game hyper carries way more often than the lane bullies. Similarly, Labrov and Huhi play engage tanks on most of their games. This will make for a very interesting dynamic in bot lane where we probably will be seeing a lot of early game skirmishes in bot lane and/or around the neutral objectives. At the same time, if any game goes to late game we will likely see two hyper carries farmed up and ready to dominate each other’s teams.
CROWNIE: KOG’MAW , SAMIRA
STIXXAY: TRISTANA , LUCIAN
SHARED: ZERI , JINX , XAYAH , APHELIOS , KAI’SA
LABROV: BRAUM , KARMA
HUHI: RELL , NAMI
SHARED: LULU , RAKAN , NAUTILUS , THRESH
Don’t forget to tune in to the Worlds Qualifying Series Best of 5 match at October 8, 9 PM PT / 6 AM CET / 1 PM KST.