With the 2020 League of Legends World Championship starting soon, the hype for the most prestigious trophy in League of Legends is reaching an all-time high. As usual, we prepare our LoL Worlds Power Rankings as 22 teams prepare to compete for the ultimate battle in competitive League of Legends.
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Last year’s champions Fun Plus Phoenix have failed to qualify for worlds. SK Telecom are also going to miss Worlds after failing to qualify through the Korean regional. In fact, between 2019 and 2020 only five teams in total have managed to re-qualify for Worlds.
Top 10: LoL Worlds 2020 Power Rankings
In this LoL Worlds Power Rankings list, we will look at the most dominant LoL Worlds 2020 teams in each region. We rank and file the top ten most fearsome lineups that will surely make an impact on the biggest stage. A lot has changed in League of Legends this year, and the power rankings are the hardest to make out of all seasons to date.
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However, after some in-depth analysis, we have come up with what we think is an accurate representation of the relative strengths between all teams.
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10. Team SoloMid
Opening the list at the number ten spot, North America’s first seed has had a rocky road in the regular season and the entire way to Worlds 2020. This was not the year of TSM. Growing pains of in the Spring and Summer split that put question marks around just how good they could be at the highest level.
In spite of that, TSM managed to claw their way through the LCS Playoffs and make it into worlds as the #1 seed from NA. For players like Doublelift and Bjergsen this is probably the most important World Championship showing to date. After facing hard times and under-performance issues for the past few years, these two players can finally show why they are considered legends in the LoL scene.
Their Group Draw also turned out favorable as they are in what is considered the “group of life” at Worlds 2020. If TSM can get out of they way and perform well, they can potentially go far for the first time since Worlds 2014.
9. LGD Gaming
Despite their shortcomings when it comes to the rest of the LPL, LGD are still a strong contestant in their own right. Their fight against iG in the Regionals proves they deserve their spot in the Worlds Play-in stage. Furthermore, going ahead of opponents like FPX and Team WE within their region shows this squad has great highs if they all gel together.
As strong as they are when they are performing well, there are also the LGD lows that put them on par with wildcard teams. We can never know what LGD we will get at Worlds 2020 and we might see them falter at the Play-In stage. However, based on the roster they rock and the potential this team has, they can easily advance through Play-ins, and even the Group Stage, especially since they would be automaticly placed in the Fnatic/TSM/Gen.G group.
No matter where you rank the rest of the LoL Worlds 2020 teams, there is no denying LGD has a strong lineup that can easily match most of the western teams.
DRX (DragonX) are another peculiar team heading into this tournament. They are the #2 seed in Korea and are by no means a weak team. They do however fail at drafting throughout this entire season. This is why we place them in eight spot because DRX has shown time and time again that they can be countered fairly easily.
There is no doubt DRX will roll over FlyQuest and whoever joins their group even with a horrendous draft. But when it comes to series past the group stage, we can expect them falling out quickly in the first elimination match regardless of which opponent they face.
If DRX learns how to draft properly in the next few weeks we can easily bump them three or four spots higher. As things currently stand they are only good for 8th place.
Having Suning ahead of DRX might be blasphemy to many, but we do feel this team will at least make their groups run easier then the Korean counterpart. On the backs of SwordArt and huanfeng, Suning has earned their way into Worlds 2020 and are likely advancing together with G2 out of Group A.
Another big asset for this team is jungler Lê “SofM” Quang who should be considered one of the top five jungle players at this year’s event. With the trio (SwordArt, SofM, huanfeng) combined we can expect Suning easily advancing out of groups, but we also expect them quickly being eliminated in the Knock-out stage thereafter.
Fnatic is always hard to place in the Power Rankings. Year upon year FNC is having stranger and stranger Worlds showings. They struggle in Play-Ins, struggle in Week 1 of the Group Stage, yet always make it into Knock-outs and almost always fall to an LPL team (EDG being an exception).
This year, FNC has a favorable group to come out of but is almost guaranteed facing an LPL team straight out of groups. Based on their track record, we can place them just on the precipice of elimination in the Knockout stage. If they find themselves lucky enough to be matched against an LCK team we might see them advance to the semifinals.
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5. Gen.G Esports
Gen.G shares a group with Fnatic and also a similar fate. We can interchange both squads in our rankings and it wouldn’t make much of a difference.
Having a competent Jungler between the bushes is also imperative to World Championship success, and Gen.Gs Kim “Clid” Tae-min is an absolute superstar in the role. Between him and Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong in the mid lane, Gen.G have the right tools in the most relevant meta lines at Worlds 2020. We fully expect Gen.G to make it out of their group next to Fnatic, and hope for a favorable draw coming into the quarterfinals.
If they are lucky enough to face an opponent that wont exploit their comfy drafting they could potentially make it into the top four. But there are too many “IFs” to place them into the top four at this years event.
4. G2 Esports
Depending on how highly you rank LEC play this year, G2 might go higher or lower on this list. We cannot forget the dominating run G2 showed at last year’s event only falling short in the finals against FPX.
The roster now has a long standing synergy, with the organization not changing a single thing for over a year. Each individual on the roster can deliver clutch plays in the “clutchiest” of moments and bring G2 a win. Where G2 does falter is in their ongoing meme machine attitude where they take plays too far or act too casually on the map. The LEC Summer season exposed the weaknesses in the botlane duo and general lack of activity in the early game.
When it comes to best-of-one scenarios, G2 might strugle heavily. Their group stage might look wonky and analysis might sleep on the giants as they did before the LEC playoffs. But come Knockouts expect G2 to show a totally different mentality and start plowing through the competition.
We place them just shy out of the top three section only due to the dominance the top three teams have shown in their respective regions this season. G2 had a wonky season and still became EU’s #1 seed but how well they will scale versus the LPL and LCK champions remains a mystery.
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3. JD Gaming
JD Gaming are without a doubt the most a championship level team. Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok and Lee “LokeN” Dong-wook are hard carrying this team throughout the entire LPL season and are likely going to continue at Worlds 2020. Between JD Gaming and TOP Esports, its really hard to select who we favor more in the competition. Both teams have incredible play and are probably a whole division ahead the rest of the LPL and potentially the rest of the competition at Worlds 2020.
When it comes to LoL betting, this team likely has the best outright odds for World Champions, on top of almost guaranteed being a top three finisher regardless of performance. They are just that good.
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2. DAMWON Gaming
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DAMWON is the team expected to defend LCK’s honor at this years Worlds. While Korea generally struggled over the past few years, DAMWON has remained the Korean team that doesn’t falter in international competition.
Last year, they fought through play-ins, groups and all the way to knockouts. Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee is probably the best support at Worlds 2020, as his map impact is simply unprecedented as a support player. Heo “ShowMaker” Su and Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon offer the stability and consistency DWG needs to go far this year.
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We are fully expecting DWG in either the finals or being eliminated before the finals by the team that ultimately wins Worlds 2020.
1. TOP Esports
With absolutely no surprise at number one, TOP Esports come into this tournament with all the hype on their shoulders as the ‘hometown’ region favorite on this LoL Worlds Power Rankings. TOP Esports possesses the best chance of securing a triple LPL crown at the World Championship. The roster has been praised by pretty much every single analyst on the planet as the best GELed roster in league history.
No player on this roster (when healthy) is a weak spot to their team. With Hung “Karsa” Hau-Hsuan in the jungle, Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo in bot and Bai “369” Jia-Hao in top, TOP has three of the best rated players in all three lanes.
Talent and name value aside, TOP Esports do have some interesting challenges ahead. JD Gaming is their domestic archenemy, while DAMWON and G2 have everything to prove against them. Pretty much every competitor is also putting every single match they ever played under a microscope. It will not be easy for TOP Esports to pull out new tricks at Worlds, but we belive they are strong enough with the old tricks to do just fine and still lift the trophy.