Starting September 23rd, the League of Legends World Championships will commence. Twenty-four teams will battle against each other for the title of the World Champions. This event is being held at the Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium in Wuhan, China. Teams reigning from twelve different that gained enough points over the season to qualify will take to the stage in front of a worldwide audience to gain respect, a high prize amount and the choice of having the next set of team skins dedicated to them.
Sanghyeok Lee, or better known as Faker and his team SKT (SK Telecom T1) are hailed as the best League of Legends team in the world. With Faker being called the best player in the world. He has been covered by not only e-sports outlets but also being on the cover of ESPN's E-Sports issue. Faker and the rest of SKT are no strangers to worlds. They are also no strangers to fans; in the preseason Heo Seun-hoon, or better known as Huni shocked the community when he left the North American team Immortals to join SKT as their toplane carry. In the "World's 2017 Top 20" list analysis Joshua "Jatt" Leesman, Martin "Deficio" Lynge, and Chris "Papasmithy" Smith listed three of SKT's members. Bae "Bang" Jun-sik, Lee "Wolf" Jae-wan, and Faker were listed among the 20 players. All of the listings praised the player's improvements during this current season. Wolf was also praised for picking up the slack when his team was in a slump. SKT will be fighting to win their fourth World's title and their third in a row.
This tournament will have new entrants like the North American team, Immortals. TSM (Team SoloMid) and C9 (Cloud 9) were participants last year. Immortals are replacing CLG (Counter Logic Gaming). CLG have has a tragic year gameplay-wise, the finished fourth place this season after rotating two junglers. They traded out longtime member Jake "Xmithie" Puchero for Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett. Dardoch did not last long in CLG, he lasted for a little over two months. Dardoch followed his reputation of being a harsh teammate and not easy to work with, he was soon replaced by Omar "Omargod" Amin. Xmithie and former midlaner for CLG Eugene "Pobelter" Park will be going to the finals because they are now a part of Immortals.
This season has been filled with flips and flops. With the League meta favoring tanks and supports team fights will be different than before. This World's Championships will prove to be different than previous years. The tournament runs from September 23rd to November 4th and can be watched on various platforms.
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