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
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
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
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.