The group ceremony for the 2017 League of Legends World Championship has been completed. The 12 teams with direct main events were separated into four groups, awaiting the last four contenders to come in from the play-in phase.
Although there are few to none particular outliers in terms of group drawing, fans’ attention surely will land on Group A, featuring both SK Telecom T1, inarguably the best team in League of Legends history, and undisputed LPL champions EDward Gaming, on top pf LMS silver medalists ahq e-Sports Club. It’s a dream come true for those who appreciate fine eastern League.
On the other side of the spectrum are West-heavy groups like D, featuring EU runner-ups Misfits Gaming and the ever consistent locally Team SoloMid, who just took yet another first place in the LCS, beating Immortals in the grand finals. These western teams are to play LMS champions Flash Wolves, who defended their SEA crown for fourth time in a row.
European champions G2 Esports are bound to have a hard time, sharing a pool with Korean powerhouse Samsung Galaxy and China’s four-time grand finalists Royal Never Give Up. Despite strong showing at MSI, finishing second behind SK Telecom, G2 Esports will have a lot more to prove come Worlds. The last directly seeded western team, Immortals, is between the hammer and the anvil of Longzhu Gaming and GIGABYTE Marines.
The play-in stage of 2017 Worlds begins on September 23, and esports legacies like Fnatic, Team WE, Cloud9 and Gambit Gaming will struggle to survive and earn berths into the main event.
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