League of Legends Worlds 2020 - Everything you need to know
Last week Riot Games announced that the 2020 League of Legends World Championships would be held from the 25th of September, with finals on October 31st. With this announcement, we want to share with you everything you may need to know for Worlds 2020.
Originally Riot had planned for the event to be hosted across different locations within China for its various stages, however, due to Covid-19, all stages are being held in Shanghai to minimise the travel of the players and potential spectators. This is good news for us in NZ, as all matches will be played with only a 4 hour time lag. Comparatively, last year's Worlds was hosted in Europe which was a whole 12 hours behind. *Keep an eye out for when and where we will be hosting viewership parties*. To make it up to Chinese fans from outside Shanghai who may be missing out, Riot Games announced that the following 2021 Worlds would be held in China, with Worlds 2022 being held in North America.
Teams to watch
“The Gap” is a pretty common League catchphrase, basically referring to how China and South Korea tower over everyone else. It’s not surprising either; besides Fnatic back in 2011, no team from outside Asia has ever won the World Championships. But there is talk that ‘the gap’ has closed…
Last year at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational, G2 Esports took out Team Liquid in an EU vs NA final to claim the new top spot in the world. Of course, MSI is a different tournament, however, the last two years at Worlds has provided runners-up from outside of Aisa. Could this be the year that we see a new champion from the west?
LOL European Championship
Rogue is a relatively new team Debuting in 2019. They are currently top of the table in the LEC summer split and are looking very strong. MAD Lions is second on the table, followed by other big names such as G2 Esports and Fnatic.
LOL Championships Korea
Damwon and DRX share the top spot currently in the LCK, followed by Gen.G and SKT T1.
LOL Professional League (China)
In the LPL Top Esports and JD Gaming are top of the table, followed by Invictus Gaming and Sunning. Last year’s champions, FunPlus Phoenix, are currently 7th on the table and will have to fight for their spot at Worlds.
LOL Championship Series (NA)
In the LCS Team Liquid is top of the table, followed by Cloud 9, Team SoloMid, and FlyQuest.
As for any Oceania representation, the champions of the Oceania Professional League Split 2 will have a chance to compete in another qualification stage before they can make it into groups. Currently, in the OPL Legacy Esports are top of the table with Order in second and Pentanet. GG in third. The OPL playoffs are beginning in the coming weeks so we will keep an eye on who takes the title.
There is one huge question leading up to every Worlds is “what will the META be?”. And unfortunately, it is probably too early to know. There are still 3 to 4 patches before Worlds which means that anything could be on the cards. However, there is no better time to look back on some of our favourite (most hated) METAs.
Funnel: The name of this strategy is pretty descriptive of how it works: choose one carry, 4 supports, and then funnel all the gold and resources into your carry until you pentakill the enemy team.
Split Push: This strategy consists of choosing a high DPS duelist who has one job: hit towers. While the rest of the team groups to take baron or dragon, the split-pusher will remain in the side lane and take the entire enemy’s base.
Gold Generation: don’t want to fight early game? No worries, just buy season 7 Ardent Censer, Targon’s Brace and/or Ancient Coin, and get free scaling stats to auto-win the late game.
Juggernaut: Right before Worlds 2015, Riot released an update titled: Juggernauts, which buffed Garen, Darius, Skarner, and Mordekaiser. This crippled champion diversity as there was such a blatant power imbalance.
Every Worlds has its own twists and turns and we can’t wait to be there with you all to watch it unfold.