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League of Legends – The Road to LCS Worlds: NA Team Previews

Having covered all the home teams, we will now look at their challengers from across the Atlantic. These teams will be hoping to bring the League of Legends World Championship trophy to the United States for the first time.

Seed 1: Counter Logic Gaming

Line Up: ZionSpartan, HuHi, Pobelter, Doublelift, Aphromoo

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Doublelift is hoping to repeat his star performance during play-offs at worlds.

Many people were expecting to see TSM as the North American first seed, but CLG managed to crush them in the play-off final to claim the top spot as their own. The team that managed to achieve this is, however, not the same team heading to Europe. Xsmithie, CLG’s starting jungler, had some ‘visa issues’ and will be replaced by HuHi, which may be a cause for concern as the team was very much stronger than the sum of it’s parts. Doublelift, their mercurial marksman, will be hoping that he can lead from the front as he did in the playoff final to give a good account of the team at worlds.

Seed 2: Team Solo Mid

Line Up: Dyrus, Santorin, Bjergsen, WildTurtle, Lustboy

After an embarrassing display in the play-off finals TSM will be playing for their pride at worlds.

After an embarrassing display in the play-off finals, TSM will be playing for their pride at worlds.

Always fan favourites, TSM will be hoping they can overturn their weak showing at Madison Square Garden to reassert their fame. Worlds is not a new stage for TSM, but they will still be going into the tournament as an outsider, in particular against the biggest eastern teams. TSM will be hoping that their slow and steady players will be able to grind out results and, hopefully, snag a place in the later stages of the tournament.

Seed 3: Cloud9

Line Up: Balls, Hai, Incarnation, Sneaky, Lemonation

Hai will be hoping to put C9's critics to bed at worlds.

Hai will be hoping to put C9’s critics to bed at worlds.

For a long time, it looked like C9 may not have qualified for worlds this year. The team has gone through ups and downs, with inconsistency being one of a myriad of issues for the squad. However, they have clawed their way into the world finals and will be trying to impress themselves on the global stage again. Cloud 9 have a lot to live up to and they will have to excel themselves to survive at a very dangerous worlds.

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William Whittingham
Hey there guys! I’m Phil and I’m a 19 year old from the lovely UK. I’ve always loved video games and can remember the first time I played Age of Empires on my mum’s laptop. This passion for gaming grew as I grew and went into overdrive when I found myself with money I could spend and my own computer and consoles. While you’ll mostly find me on the PC, either being shouted at in online games or shouting at the screen on Steam, I also have a soft spot for my Xbox One. My favorite games of all time include Crusaders Kings 2 and Thomas Was Alone.When you can find me away from gaming it was almost certainly not by choice. I’m currently still a student International Relations and Political Science. While away from keyboard I also enjoy playing football (or soccer if you prefer) and recording a podcast with some of my friends who should know better.I love keeping up to date with all the latest gaming news and I hope I can help you to do the same.I’ll see you out there!