Many considered this to be the true final, with the champions of the undisputed best region in the world, JDG, facing T1, who looked the fittest team in the tournament coming into the series, after another first place finish in the group stage and a massacre of the reigning MSI champions, Royal Never Give up, in the quarterfinals.
The Worlds 2022 Quarter Finals are over and we have a very exciting round of semifinals coming our way. Despite all the odds against them, DRX managed the incredible feat of beating the current World Champions EDward Gaming, reverse sweeping them in the best series at Worlds so far. Gen.G is on a trajectory to win Worlds without facing any foreign opponent in a bo5 series, and JDG is the sole non Korean team in the semifinals.
More than likely we are heading into the biggest western League of Legends roster shuffle to date. After a horrid post-season for both the LCS and LEC, plenty of teams are likely rebuilding their rosters from scratch. To make things even worse, the best the west had to offer did not come even close to contesting the LCK and LPL at Worlds ’22 while being relatively dominant domestically. We already have hints of some big roster moves coming our way, and more to come post Worlds.
Now that the first stage of the League of Legends World Championship is over, it’s time for the qualified teams to put it all on the line. The top 8 teams will battle in a single elimination bracket to determine the 2022 World Champions: T1, JDG, DRX, Gen.G, Edward Gaming, DWG KIA, Rogue and Royal Never Give Up have formed one of the most stacked brackets in League history.
Right after the end of Group D, the qualified teams were drawn: T1, JDG, DRX and Gen.G were the number one seeds from their respective groups, while Edward Gaming, DWG KIA, Rogue, and Royal Never Give Up finished second. The top 8 teams will have to fight in a single-elimination, king of the hill format, in best-of-five series to become the World Champions.
Day 5 of Worlds 2022 started with three teams of Group A tied 2-1 in first place. The LPL team and defending world champions EDward Gaming, the LEC third seed Fnatic and the LCK’s second seed T1 had to put in everything in order to prevail, as one of them was certain to go home after the six matches.
Out of all regional winners JDG seems to be the strongest, JD Gaming have looked like a well oiled machine in a group that offers quite a lot of possible tough games. After ending Week 1 of the group stage with an undefeated 3-0 score line, JDG looked like nothing changed after the small break, coming with dominance once more after beating Evil Geniuses, G2 Esports, and DWG Kia in a tiebreaker.
The dream of a miracle run was at some point alive for NA LCS fans. After a dominant showing against G2 Esports, Evil Geniuses showed promise starting Week 2 of the League of Legends World Championship. Similar to other North American representatives, EG grabbed 0 wins during the first week of the group stage with tough defeats against G2, JD Gaming, and DWG KIA. However there was a little voice inside NA fans’ minds, as during those Week 1 games EG were able to match the early game against these juggernauts squads.
The 2022 League of Legends World Championship has just finished the first round robin of the group stage. We saw a lot of action in these first three days and while some things went as we expected, there was also a lot of stuff that threw fans completely off. Based on what we have seen so far, how will the rest of the group stage shape up? Will things go similarly to what we saw in the first round robin?
The LEC is known for one thing and one thing only, their fighting spirit to defy any and all expectations or predictions in the biggest stage of League of Legends. Fnatic followed this principle on the second day of the group stage at the 2022 League of Legends World Championship, showing incredible synergy against one of the favorites to win the coveted Summoners’ Cup, T1.
After an intense week of international League of Legends, the play-ins are over, and it’s time for us to set our eyes on LoL Worlds 2022 Main Event. With Fnatic joining the party, Group A is bound to be the most explosive group of the year. What can we expect from this “group of death” and which teams will advance to the Knockout Stage?
DK has been the most successful Korean team in the “modern” League of Legends era (around 2 to 3 years). Knowing that, the Korean representative captained by ShowMaker and Canyon did have an underwhelming 2022 compared to previous achievements. The bot lane roster switch and the return of top lane prodigy Nuguri to the squad, netted only a third place finish in the LCK.
Evil Geniuses absolutely demolished MAD Lions in a series where qualification for the group stage of the 2022 League of Legends World Championship was at stake. The NA representative made quick work of the matter, as MAD Lions is now the only team from a major region to not advance the play-in stage now for a second time.
MAD Lions defeated Saigon Buffalo in the first best of five series of the 2022 League of Legends World Championship. The VCS 2nd seed were sent home after four games and an incredible showing of talent, adaptability, and strong mentality. Both teams fought extremely hard, and thankfully for fans showcased heavily aggressive drafts with a lot of skirmishes included.