LoL Worlds Power Rankings | Top 10 Teams in 2019
With the 2019 Season of League of Legends World Championship starting today, the hype for the most prestigious trophy in League of Legends is reaching an all-time high as 24 teams compete for the ultimate honor. And as usual we decided to prepare our LoL Worlds Power Rankings.
Last year’s champions Invictus Gaming have qualified despite their growing pains within the LPL. SK Telecom have looked more dangerous than ever given their late resurgence in Summer. G2 Esports command a hometown advantage as they possess the best chance of any western team in LoL history to defy the odds for their region.
Top 10: LoL Worlds 2019 Power Rankings
In this LoL Worlds Power Rankings list, we will look at the most dominant LoL Worlds 2019 teams of each region. We rank and file the top ten most fearsome lineups that will surely make an impact on the biggest stage of them all.
Opening the list at the ten spot, North America’s second seed has had a rocky road in the regular season on the way to their to Worlds 2019. The growing pains of adding a new mid laner to their roster took a toll in Spring, and Cloud9’s bot lane went through a rough patch during the Summer split that put question marks around just how good they could be at the highest level.
In spite of that, Cloud9 rank on this list over the likes of Splyce, GAM Esports and J Team based on their proven track record when it matters most. Players like Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen and Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi are proven commodities at the World Championship level, and if they hope to qualify over the likes of Griffin Gaming in Group A, these two players will need to perform at their apex.
While Cloud9 don’t have the caliber of players to appear on a top 10 list individually, their strength as a unit has proved vital in years prior, and their coaching staff and player roster have the capabilities of exceeding expectations if their opponents take them lightly.
9. Royal Never Give Up
Despite their shortcomings in the playoffs leading up to this tournament, Royal Never Give Up are still a high level roster in every facet of the game. With world class players in multiple roles such as Jian “Uzi” Zi-hao and Li “Xiaohu” Yuan-Hao, the rest of the RNG roster doesn’t need to try all that hard to secure wins on a domestic level.
However, against top flight opponents like FPX within their region, Royal Never Give Up have shown fundamental flaws in the way they set up their team for success. Sometimes RNG’s insistence to play around their star AD carry has proven detrimental to the overall team’s chances at winning, and in a tournament where each lane can carry high-level threats (i.e. G2, SKT) this playstyle may be exploited in the knockout stages.
No matter where you rank the rest of the LoL Worlds 2019 teams, there is no denying the ferocity and tempo Royal Never Give Up can put on opponents when ahead. Their consistency in groups in years prior will likely grant them another quarter final appearance at minimum, but can the rest of the team and coaching staff develop the strategy to get themselves ahead of the pack for the long run?
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8. Invictus Gaming
Invictus Gaming are another peculiar team heading into this tournament with their drastic change in form post-MSI. After losing a shock 3-1 series to Team Liquid, star mid laner Song “Rookie” Eui-jin was temporarily inactive as the rest of the roster fell in shambles during the Summer Split. Luckily, their Spring split heroics were enough to grant them a spot in the LPL gauntlet and their return to prominence started with Rookie and his compatriot Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok absolutely smurfing the competition.
iG are one of the few teams on this list to face sudden roster changes and still be strong enough across the board to merit a serious chance at the title yet again. When Rookie and TheShy are on point, there are few solo lane duos that are capable of handling the pressure. When all else fails, AD carry prodigy Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-bo has been the insurance policy in case of failure for Invictus Gaming that has regularly bailed them out of trouble when Rookie was on hiatus.
While it has been popular to snub reigning World Champions when ranking their abilities on a LoL Worlds Power Rankings, Invictus Gaming still pose a solid threat to anyone outside of the #1 seeds in Europe and Korea and their talent in name value alone is enough to make the competition take notice.
7. Team Liquid
For some fans of international LoL, having Team Liquid over the likes of RNG and iG without any historical precedent to merit that decision would seem blasphemous, but hear us out. Team Liquid’s road to dominance in the year 2019 has been quite a breathtaking run all things considered, and their performances as a North American team at MSI were the first of its kind as TL resurged from a nightmare start to force their way into the finals.
When it comes to specific matchups, the macro play Team Liquid showed against Invictus Gaming at MSI could be the key component that keeps their chances higher than teams such as RNG and iG once again at Worlds 2019. When Team Liquid are firing on all cylinders, Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen and Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng are enabled to outright carry any game with the assistance provided by the rest of the team.
Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in has enabled Doublelift to be the best player he has ever been, and that confidence heading into another hotly contested group stage will be the exact kind of boost he needs to end his ‘group stage curse’ once and for all. With the cards stacked in their favor for the first time in a long time, North America’s #1 seed has a chance to represent the region the right way. Time will tell if other regions have what it takes to derail their confidence train before it has left the station.
After finally qualifying for Worlds despite narrowly missing their rookie debut at the tournament last year, Griffin has a lot to prove to themselves, and the entire region of Korea in 2019. At the beginning of the year, it seemed like Griffin could do no wrong as Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon and Lee “Tarzan” Seung-yong dumpstered the competition week in and week out.
Losing their first playoff series to an in-form SK Telecom in Spring, the confidence started to slip for Griffin, and suddenly roster changes were made in an attempt to salvage their chances at a World Championship appearance. Adding Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon hasn’t been the game changer they expected, but the team has started to come into form again with Park “Viper” Do-hyeon finding his groove at AD carry once again.
On an international level, Griffin are very green to the rest of the rosters that have regularly attended the tournament. Regardless of their newness, Griffin possess a surprise factor akin to FunPlus Phoenix in the sense that they share an ability to play games completely unlike any other team in their region. When Griffin finds their mark, their ability as a five man unit is near unstoppable. The only problem will be staying consistent in a round robin format where other teams like C9 and G2 are much more experienced.
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5. DAMWON Gaming
DAMWON Gaming are the only play-in team to appear on this LoL Worlds Power Rankings list, and with good reason. They achieved the heights that Griffin could not in their debut season of the LCK after qualifying for Worlds through the regional gauntlet. Once again, the theme of dominant Korean solo laners reign supreme for this team as Heo “ShowMaker” Su and Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon have been clear standout talents on this roster.
Having a competent Jungler between the bushes is also imperative to World Championship success, and DWG have that in spades with Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu supplying much of the early game presence for his team. DAMWON were increasingly impressive during the regular season beating teams that were obviously less skilled than them, but their star attributes fade to obscurity when they face players at the elite level of their region.
Expect DAMWON Gaming to set a record pace at the play-in stage, and the extra experience earned through this round may become extremely vital as they continue through this tournament. Some lower seeded teams have performed noticeably under par when not given a proper warm-up on the international stage, but DAMWON will appreciate this warm-up en route to a potential deep run at the 2019 World Championship.
Depending on how highly you rank LEC play this year, Fnatic may be a few spots up or down on this list based on their exploits in the 2019 Summer split. After a noticeably bad slump at the beginning of the year adjusting to the addition of Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek, Fnatic have regrouped admirably behind some stellar individual play from a number of their players.
First and foremost, Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov has proven himself as the best playmaking Support in Europe, and his variance in playstyles has gifted Fnatic an entirely new dimension that was not readily used last year due to their reliance on Caps as a mid to late game carry. Martin “Rekkles” Larsson and Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pederson’s improved synergy over the season has also been another major breakthrough for this team.
Between their experience in coaching staff and long standing synergy amongst players to really deliver in clutch moments, Fnatic have a solid chance to make another knockout stage run at this year’s tournament. If they utilize the same creativity and high-tempo play that almost gave them a Summer Split LEC Championship over G2 Esports, they can exact those advantages against other international competition in a similar fashion.
The podium of our LoL Worlds Power Rankings
3. FunPlus Phoenix
FunPlus Phoenix are without a doubt the most ‘sleeper OP’ team in this LoL Worlds Power Rankings given their exploits in the Spring and Summer split of LPL this year. Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang has swept the LoL professional scene by storm with his wacky champ pool that has redefined the mid role entirely. At the moment, no player and no team in the world plays around their mid the way FPX does for Doinb. And because of that, their chances of success have flourished in spite of their meta breaking team compositions.
No team can dominate a region like the LPL without having at least two or three talented players on their team, but FPX possess much more than that at the AD carry position with Lin “Lwx” Wei-Xiang showing his true potential over the like of Uzi en route to a Summer split Championship. Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang is another promising Chinese talent that has taken FPX’s chances of success to another dimension this year as he improves with each and every outing.
The awkwardness of team style, Doinb’s impressively dynamic champion pool, and all-around solid playmakers at every position will make FunPlus Phoenix a force to be reckoned with this entire tournament. Their group stage opponents will have a tough time banning out players on this team that have more than a few avenues for success. When it comes to LoL betting, few teams are more volatile than FPX at shaking up the status quo.
2. SK Telecom T1
After a disappointing 2018 season that saw Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok miss out on the World Championship altogether, the revamped 2019 SKT roster has delivered on basically every expectation. Although their MSI performance left a lot lacking in terms of map performance, the subsequent return to LCK did SK Telecom a world of wonders as they went on a massive winning streak en route to clinching the LCK Summer split Championship, making it two domestic trophy wins in a row.
Across the board, SK Telecom T1 have a wide variety of win conditions as Kim “Khan” Dong-ha and Park “Teddy” Jin-seong have remained potent carry threats that can match Faker’s output when he can’t get his lane going. Faker’s return to assassins has enabled SKT to find a new identity that they haven’t had since their championship dynasty days. Most importantly, Kim “Clid” Tae-min has completely revolutionized the way SKT have approached jungle in recent years as he has been the instrumental spark plug to any advantage they get on the map.
Very few junglers are able to positively impact the game with consistency the way Clid has managed to approach the role for SKT. Now that the shift in focus has occurred to international play, players like Khan and Effort need to shake off the cobwebs and allow themselves to perform at the level needed to secure a record fourth World Championship for the SK Telecom organization
1. G2 Esports
With absolutely no surprise at number one, G2 Esports once again come into this tournament with all the hype on their shoulders as the ‘hometown’ region favorite on this LoL Worlds Power Rankings. G2 possess the best chance for a Western LoL team to win a World Championship ever, and the expectations for this all-star roster could not be higher given their run at MSI this year.
No player on this roster (when healthy) is a weak spot to their team. Rasmus “Caps” Winther and Luka “Perkz” Perkovic have defied the meta week in and week out within the LEC and somehow G2 always come away unscathed. Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski leads the team with an iron fist and his presence amongst a star studded roster has made him much more potent as a playmaker within his role, even on an international level.
Talent and name brand value aside, G2 Esports do have some interesting challenges that may derail their ultimate dream at World Championship success this year. The wrist injury to Support player Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle could prove disruptive in terms of bot lane synergy when up against the elite bot lanes this tournament has to offer. As long as Caps and the rest of G2 stay focused on performing at the highest level, they should achieve their goals without a hitch and secure the first European world title in League of Legends since 2011.
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