LCS Pro’s React With Fighting Talk After The Worlds Group Stage Draw

Following Saturday night’s live draw, the 16 teams participating in the 2016 League of Legends World Championship have been succinctly sorted into four groups. With every fan, pro player and coach glued to their monitors, the live reactions flooded onto social media as each ball was plucked from the bowl of teams. 

With any random draw there are bound to be winners and losers, but generally the groups appear to be relatively favourable to the NA and EU LCS teams.

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Group A: ROX Tigers, G2 Esports, Counter Logic Gaming, Albus NoX Luna

 

Korea’s ROX tigers are rightfully considered to be one of the favourites to take the entire tournament, whilst the wildcard Albus NoX are expected to be fodder for the more established regions. G2 and CLG will expect to fight it out for the 2nd qualification spot.

G2 are clearly feeling confident of reaching the quarter finals, after star AD Carry, Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen, indulged in some classic ‘EU vs NA’ banter.

In contrast, Counter Logic Gaming were very quiet on the social media front, positioning themselves as the underdogs in the groups once again, exemplified by Mid laner, Choi “HuHi” Jae-hyun:

Group B: Flash Wolves, SK Telecom T1, IMay, Cloud9

 

Cloud9 must be feeling fairly happy with their group draw. Overlooking the obvious challenge they face in SKT, IMay AKA ‘the retirement home for former EDG players’ and Flash Wolves, the weakest 1st seed available, present a genuine opportunity for the C9 boys to qualify from pool 3.

Many have tipped SKT to top the group, but there’s no reason C9 shouldn’t expect to follow them through to the knockout rounds – the meme kings clearly fancy their chances:

Swiftly followed by a word of caution from G2’s Luka “Perkz” Perković:

Group C: Edward Gaming, AHQ e-Sports Club, H2K Gaming, INTZ e-Sports

 

Group C is near perfect for H2K, undoubtedly they have received the best draw of any western team. Edward Gaming are expected to win the group, though they certainly have their weaknesses – AHQ and INTZ on the other hand should be guaranteed victories for the European squad.

Attending Worlds for the first time is a crowning achievement for H2K’s AD Carry, Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou. Ever the prolific twitter user, Forg1ven summarised his expectations for the match-up with EDG in one retweeted image:

Group D: Team SoloMid, Royal Never Give Up, Samsung Gaming, Splyce

 

There’s no doubt about it, Group D is the group of death, no team will be happy to have been drawn against such stiff competition. Many expect TSM to progress through the group as the number one team, but anything can happen in a single game. Splyce on the other hand… well, they were just here for the experience anyway.

For TSM, this is potentially the toughest possible group they could’ve drawn. Splyce were the toughest 3rd Seed TSM could get, RNG have improved dramatically and Samsung Gaming were always going to present tough opposition. Unsurprisingly, TSM’s Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg was far from impressed with the outcome.