New kings will take over the Summoner's Rift this year.
Top 22 teams from different regional tournaments will clash for the prestigious Summoner's Cup in the 2020 League of Legends World Championship in Shanghai, China starting on Friday, September 25.
While 12 teams already secured their seats in the group stage, 10 other teams – led by LPL's LGD Gaming, LCS' Team Liquid and LEC's MAD Lions – will have to compete for the remaining 4 spots in the play-in stage.
With previous champions – Invictus Gaming (2018) and FunPlus Phoenix (2019) – already out of the picture, here are the best teams to watch in the Worlds:
Top Esports is one of the favorite teams to go all the way and grab a third straight title for China's LPL.
The tides turned in the favor of TES midway through the Spring Split when it signed AD Carry and former world champion Yu "JackeyLove" Wen-Bo. Since finishing as a runner-up in the Spring Split, TES clinched both the Mid-Season Cup and the Summer Split championships.
This will be the world stage debut for TES' mid laner and LPL Summer Split regular season MVP Zhou "Knight" Ding, who led the action-loving region in the Summer Split in terms of kills-death-assist (KDA) ratio (7.2) and in total kills (211).
Aside from Jackeylove and Knight, Top Esports will also showcase its talented top laner Bai "369" Jiahao and its veteran jungler Hung "Karsa" Haohsuan.
Damwon Gaming is arguably the best team outside the LPL.
Korea's best hope in its quest to reclaim its glory in the League of Legends esports scene is coming hot into Worlds – DWG won its last 10 best-of-three series during the regular season of the LCK Summer Split before sweeping Dragon X in the finals, 3-0.
The No. 1 seed of LCK displayed its ability to engage in team fights and the impressive individual mechanics of its players.
Four of its 5 players – Summer Split MVP Heo "Showmaker" Su, Kim "Canyon" Gunbu, Jang "Nuguri" Hakwon and Jo "Beryl" Gunhee – earned spots in the Summer Split All-LCK First Team.
The No. 2 seed of LPL proved its worth for the Summoner's Cup after its impressive run this year at home.
JD Gaming snatched the LPL Spring Split title over Top Esports and continued its strong performance in the Summer Split, where it finished with a 13-3 record in the regular season and reached the finals once more.
JDG, though, had to settle for a runner-up finish in the Summer Split after a close 3-2 loss against TES.
Heading into its first Worlds appearance, JD Gaming boasts of one of the best junglers in the world, LPL Spring Split MVP Seo "Kanavi" Jin-hyeok, and its support Zhuo "LvMao" Minghao, who is considered one of the best support players this year.
The best team from the west showed that it can compete in the international stage when it won the Mid-Season Invitational last year and reached the finals in 2019 Worlds.
G2 Esports has been the unstoppable force in Europe for the past few years, and despite the struggles it faced this year – including a scare from a perky Rogue squad in the Summer Split playoffs – it still managed to power through to secure the LEC Spring and Summer Split titles.
The Europe powerhouse will bank on its world-class mid laner Rasmus "Caps" Winther and star AD Carry Luka "Perkz" Perkovic. Filipino-Danish AD Carry Kristoffer "P1noy" Pedersen will serve as a substitute player for G2 in the Worlds.
The play-ins for the Worlds will kick-off on Friday at 4 pm. The Worlds will conclude on October 31 at the Pudong Football Stadium in Shanghai. – Rappler.com