Rough Drafts League of Legends World Championship preview: Group A

The League of Legends World Championship is just a week away! With that, our friends at the Rough Drafts Podcast decided to break down every team in every group heading into worlds, which kicks off Sept. 29 in San Francisco. The podcasts are broken up individually by team, but the collective video for the whole group is available as well.

G2 Esports

Head Coach: Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool

EU LCS Regular Season Record: (18-8-0) [28-8]

Summer Playoffs: 3-1 Semifinals over Unicorns of Love, 3-1 Finals over Splyce

Players

All stats are from Summer Playoffs

Top Lane  –  Ki “Expect” Dae-han

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
8 31 19 67 5.2 72.6% -3.8 -82

Jungle – Kim “Trick” Gang-yun

1st Team All-Pro

Summer Season MVP

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
8 26 10 75 10.1 74.8% 1.01 0.44

Mid Laner –  Luka “PerkZ” Perković

2nd Team All-Pro

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
8 39 26 36 2.9 55.6% 1.8 15

AD Carry – Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen

1st Team All-Pro

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
8 36 15 65 6.7 74.8% 3.3 87

Support –  Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez

1st Team All-Pro

Summer Finals MVP

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
8 3 21 85 4.2 65.2% 1.32 0.43

ROX Tigers

Head Coach – Jeong “NoFe” No-chul

LCK Regular Season Record – (15-3) [30-10]

Summer Playoffs – 3-2 Finals over KT Rolster

Players

All stats are from Summer Playoffs

Top Lane  – Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho

Summer Season MVP

Highest Regular Season Top Lane KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
5 16 16 29 2.8 65.2 5.2 34

Jungle – Han “Peanut” Wang-ho

3rd Place Summer MVP

2nd Highest Regular Season Jungle KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
5 14 13 35 3.8 71.0 0.67 0.51

Mid Laner – Lee “Kuro” Seo-haeng

Playoffs MVP

Highest Regular Season Mid Lane KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
5 18 13 37 3.2 79.7 -1.8 .221

AD Carry – Kim “PraY” Jong-in

3rd Highest Regular Season AD Carry KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
5 20 12 34 4.5 78.3 0.8 -89

Support –  Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon

2nd Highest Regular Season Support KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
5 1 15 48 3.3 71.0 1.51 0.38

Albus Nox Luna

Head Coach – Konstantin “Ansva” Chanchikov

LCL Regular Season Record – (13-1)

Summer Playoffs – 3-0 Semifinals over RoX, 3-2 Finals over Vega Squadron

International Wild Card Qualifier – 5-2 Group Stage, 3-2 in Qualifier over Lyon Gaming

Players

All stats are from International Wildcard Qualifier

Top Lane  – Dmitri “Smurf” Ivanov

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
12 42 22 56 4.5 56.3 -1.9 21

Jungle – Aleksander “PvPStejos” Glazkov

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
12 27 25 91 4.7 67.8 0.67 0.43

Mid Laner – Mykhailo “Kira” Harmash

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
12 37 26 77 4.4 65.5 -0.7 45

AD Carry – Vladislav “aMiracle” Scherbyna

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
12 46 16 81 7.9 73.0 -1.1 -26

Support –  Kirill “Likkrit” Malofeyev

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
12 22 35 119 4.0 81.0 1.12 0.33

Counter Logic Gaming

Head Coach – Tony “Zikzlol” Gray

NA LCS Regular Season Record – (10-8) [25-21]

Summer Playoffs – 3-1 over Team Liquid, 0-3 loss to TSM, 2-3 loss to Immortals

Players

All stats are from Summer Playoffs

Top Lane  – Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaha

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
12 23 27 78 3.7 62.3 -2.8 -82

Jungle – Jake “Xmithie” Puchero

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
12 25 30 93 3.9 72.8 0.74 0.53

Mid Laner – Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
12 45 34 59 3.1 64.2 -7.9 -88

AD Carry – Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
12 65 35 59 3.5 76.5 4.3 296

Support –  Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black

2nd Team All-Pro

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
12 4 32 119 3.9 75.9 1.18 0.31

Chase “RedShirtKing” Wassenar Group A Predictions

  1. ROX Tigers: Korean supremacy reigns until proven otherwise. Too much talent on this team to see them anywhere but the top of the standings..
  2. G2 Esports: Trick’s leadership and the team’s overall game sense combines with the deadly bot lane of Zven and Mithy into the great European hope. I’m buying the redemption arc 100 percent.
  3. Counter Logic Gaming: Despite their recent struggles, I can see a world in which Darshan remembers how to play the game again and Huhi adapts perfectly to this new meta. To me, there’s too much that needs to break right to be good enough to escape the group.
  4. Albus Nox Luna: The “happy to be here” team will be ecstatic if they manage to get a game off of any of the teams above. Unless Kira has an actual death note ready to go, that will be a tall order.

Walter “Ceades” Fedczuk Group A Predictions

  1. The ROX Tigers are the best team in the world, and their position as favorites to win Group A should come as no surprise to even the most casual followers of the Korean scene. Smeb has become the first player to truly test analysts in their unanimous assessment of the No. 1 player in the world, and the addition of jungler Peanut has brought mid laner Kuro’s play to another level. Conquering Group A should be a walk in the park for the Korean Champions, as anything less than a spot in the finals would be a disappointment.
  2. Another international tournament, another chance to explore a foreign land for European Champions G2 Esport. Despite laying down at the Mid-Season Invitational, G2’s stranglehold at the top of Europe means no harm, no foul, and landing in Group A provides an easier path to the quarterfinals than other groups. Two-time European MVP Trick has shown that he’s no one-trick pony, displaying his mastery of hard carry and tank utility styles over the course of his year-long stint in Berlin. The real story will be whether top laner Expect can hold his own against Smeb and the slumping but still dangerous Darshan, but G2 will figure out how to weather the storms of San Francisco and make their way to the Windy City.
  3. As a TSM fan, I’ve made it a habit to disregard Counter Logic Gaming, only praising them as a not so clever counter-jinx in important matches. Fortunately for me, CLG won’t face TSM in the group stage and all my good will can go out the window. Aphromoo has continued his run as one of the best shot callers in North America at times will CLG into successful team fights against Immortals in North America’s third place match. The continued story has been the rapid fall off of top laner Darshan, whose performances in the spring and at MSI are now a distant memory. Perhaps the bruiser type meta will prove more useful for him, but his lack of success during the recent rise of Gnar and Shen point to it not being the case. CLG won’t have to go far after their Group Stage exit; LA is only a short hour flight away.
  4. I wish “godspeed” to the team that’s stolen my heart for this world championship. In play style and ingenuity, Albus Nox Luna embodies its Eastern European/Russian roots in a way that makes it hard not to root for them. Their devil may care fighting attitude is a breath of fresh air and mid laner Kira is a bonafide start in the CIS LCL. They won’t make it out of the group but when North American fans are having flashbacks to last year’s 0-10 Week 2, Albus Nox may just be the catalyst to those fears.

Freelance writer and co-host of the Rough Drafts podcast.

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