Group Stage #2 – LoL Worlds 2016

The 2016 League of Legends World Championship will continue with the second part of the group stage which will elect the best 8 teams for the knockout stage of the tournament. With Groupstage Week 1 coming to a close we’re finally discovering what these performing teams have in store. We’ve already been shocked and shown the potential of a lot of these teams, some of them are sitting in strong positions in their groups but as we head into week 2 this could quickly crumble. Over the history of the World Championship most teams have had a single good week and then a bad week, this will need to be avoided by the higher standing teams but with multiple days of preparation being made these games are going to be more challenging than ever! SKT T1 might face more trouble as they’re in attempts to defend their title and the WildCard teams might continue to show up and surprise us! Make sure you catch the World Championship live for week 2; it kicks off again on Thursday, October 6th! You can find more information about the complete schedule, latest results and all the teams in our LoL Worlds 2016 overview.

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LoL Worlds 2016 Group Stage #2 – Betting odds

Many of our well-known online bookmakers for esports have already provided bets for the second part of the group stage, e.g. bet365.com has covered betting odds for each match of week 2. Furthermore there is a variety of different special bets and you can still bet on the outright tournament winner of the LoL World Championship 2016. Alike week 1 of the preliminary round there are 24 matches scheduled for the second part of the group stage. You can find a comparison of betting odds and the full schedule for group stage #2 further down. Keep in mind that odds shown might have changed in the meantime. Follow the links to take a look at the latest betting odds.

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Schedule and Results | Group Stage #2

As opposed to the first part of the preliminaries group stage #2 changed the arrangement of games for week 2. Each day will conclude one group and elect two participants for the knockout stage 2016. Moreover starting times of the matches will differ on day 7 and 8 of the tournament. The full schedule of the 2016 League of Legends World Championship can always be found right here.

 Group Stage #2 – LoL Worlds 2016 – Schedule & Results

 Group Stage #2 – Day 5 – Thursday, October 6th 

Match #1: Team G2 esports Logo - LoL Worlds G2 Esports vs. Team Rox Tigers Logo - LoL Worlds ROX Tigers     0   1  
Start Time: October 6th, 04:00 PM PDT / 07:00 PM EDT / 01:00 CEST (next day)

Match #2: Team Albus Logo - LoL Worlds Albus NoX Luna vs. Team CLG Logo - LoL Worlds Counter Logic Gaming     1   0  
Start Time: October 6th, 05:00 PM PDT / 08:00 PM EDT / 02:00 CEST (next day)

Match #3: Team CLG Logo - LoL Worlds Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team G2 esports Logo - LoL Worlds G2 Esports     1   0  
Start Time: October 6th, 06:00 PM PDT / 09:00 PM EDT / 03:00 CEST (next day)

Match #4: Team Albus Logo - LoL Worlds Albus NoX Luna vs. Team Rox Tigers Logo - LoL Worlds ROX Tigers     1   0  
Start Time: October 6th, 07:00 PM PDT / 10:00 PM EDT / 04:00 CEST (next day)

Match #5: Team G2 esports Logo - LoL Worlds G2 Esports vs. Team Albus Logo - LoL Worlds Albus NoX Luna     1   0  
Start Time: October 6th, 08:00 PM PDT / 11:00 PM EDT / 05:00 CEST (next day)

Match #6: Team Rox Tigers Logo - LoL Worlds ROX Tigers vs. Team CLG Logo - LoL Worlds Counter Logic Gaming     1   0  
Start Time: October 6th, 09:00 PM PDT / 12:00 AM EDT (next day) / 06:00 CEST (next day)

Match #7: Team Rox Tigers Logo - LoL Worlds ROX Tigers vs. Team Albus Logo - LoL Worlds Albus NoX Luna     1   0  
Start Time: October 6th, 10:00 PM PDT / 02:00 AM EDT (next day) / 07:00 CEST (next day)

 Group Stage #2 – Day 6 – Friday, October 7th 

Match #1: Team Edward Gaming Logo - LoL Worlds Edward Gaming vs. Team Intz Logo - LoL Worlds INTZ e-Sports     1   0  
Start Time: October 7th, 04:00 PM PDT / 07:00 PM EDT / 01:00 CEST (next day)

Match #2: Team AHQ e-sports club Logo - LoL Worlds ahq e-Sports Club vs. Team H2k Logo - LoL Worlds H2K     0   1  
Start Time: October 7th, 05:00 PM PDT / 08:00 PM EDT / 02:00 CEST (next day)

Match #3: Team H2k Logo - LoL Worlds H2K vs. Team Edward Gaming Logo - LoL Worlds Edward Gaming     1   0  
Start Time: October 7th, 06:00 PM PDT / 09:00 PM EDT / 03:00 CEST (next day)

Match #4: Team Intz Logo - LoL Worlds INTZ e-Sports vs. Team AHQ e-sports club Logo - LoL Worlds ahq e-Sports Club     0   1  
Start Time: October 7th, 07:00 PM PDT / 10:00 PM EDT / 04:00 CEST (next day)

Match #5: Team Intz Logo - LoL Worlds INTZ e-Sports vs. Team H2k Logo - LoL Worlds H2K     0   1  
Start Time: October 7th, 08:00 PM PDT / 11:00 PM EDT / 05:00 CEST (next day)

Match #6: Team AHQ e-sports club Logo - LoL Worlds ahq e-Sports Club vs. Team Edward Gaming Logo - LoL Worlds Edward Gaming     0   1  
Start Time: October 8th, 09:00 PM PDT / 12:00 AM EDT (next day) / 06:00 CEST (next day)

Tie-breaker: Team H2k Logo - LoL Worlds H2K vs. Team Edward Gaming Logo - LoL Worlds Edward Gaming     1   0  
Start Time: October 8th, 10:00 PM PDT / 02:00 AM EDT (next day) / 07:00 CEST (next day)

 Group Stage #2 – Day 7 – Saturday, October 8th 

Match #1: Team Samsung Logo - LoL Worlds Samsung vs. Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid     1   0  
Start Time: October 8th, 01:00 PM PDT / 04:00 PM EDT / 22:00 CEST 

Match #2: Team Splyce Logo - LoL Worlds Splyce vs. Team RNG Logo - LoL Worlds Royal Never Give Up     1   0  
Start Time: October 8th, 02:00 PM PDT / 05:00 PM EDT / 23:00 CEST

Match #3: Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid vs. Team Splyce Logo - LoL Worlds Splyce     1   0  
Start Time: October 8th, 03:00 PM PDT / 06:00 PM EDT / 00:00 CEST (next day)

Match #4: Team Samsung Logo - LoL Worlds Samsung vs. Team RNG Logo - LoL Worlds Royal Never Give Up     1   0  
Start Time: October 8th, 04:00 PM PDT / 07:00 PM EDT / 01:00 CEST (next day)

Match #5: Team Splyce Logo - LoL Worlds Splyce vs. Team Samsung Logo - LoL Worlds Samsung     0   1  
Start Time: October 8th, 05:00 PM PDT / 08:00 PM EDT / 02:00 CEST (next day)

Match #6: Team RNG Logo - LoL Worlds Royal Never Give Up vs. Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid     1   0  
Start Time: October 8th, 06:00 PM PDT / 09:00 PM EDT  / 03:00 CEST (next day)

 Group Stage #2 – Day 8 – Sunday, October 9th 

Match #1: Team I May Logo - LoL Worlds IMay vs. Team Flash Wovles Logo - LoL Worlds Flash Wolves     1   0  
Start Time: October 9th, 01:00 PM PDT / 04:00 PM EDT / 22:00 CEST 

Match #2: Team Cloud9 Logo - LoL Worlds Cloud9 vs. Team SK Telakom T1 Logo - LoL Worlds SK Telecom T1     0   1  
Start Time: October 9th, 02:00 PM PDT / 05:00 PM EDT / 23:00 CEST

Match #3: Team Cloud9 Logo - LoL Worlds Cloud9 vs. Team Flash Wovles Logo - LoL Worlds Flash Wolves     0   1  
Start Time: October 9th, 03:00 PM PDT / 06:00 PM EDT / 00:00 CEST (next day)

Match #4: Team SK Telakom T1 Logo - LoL Worlds SK Telecom T1 vs. Team I May Logo - LoL Worlds IMay     1   0  
Start Time: October 9th, 04:00 PM PDT / 07:00 PM EDT / 01:00 CEST (next day)

Match #5: Team I May Logo - LoL Worlds IMay vs. Team Cloud9 Logo - LoL Worlds Cloud9     0   1  
Start Time: October 9th, 05:00 PM PDT / 08:00 PM EDT / 02:00 CEST (next day)

Match #6: Team Flash Wovles Logo - LoL Worlds Flash Wolves vs. Team SK Telakom T1 Logo - LoL Worlds SK Telecom T1     0   1  
Start Time: October 9th, 06:00 PM PDT / 09:00 PM EDT  / 03:00 CEST (next day)

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 Group Stage #2 – Day 8 – Preview & Predictions 

I May vs. Flash Wolves World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #1: Team I May Logo - LoL Worlds IMay vs. Team Flash Wovles Logo - LoL Worlds Flash Wolves

Start Time: October 9th, 01:00 PM PDT / 04:00 PM EDT / 22:00 CEST
Head to head record: IMay 1:0 Flash Wolves

IMay previously came out on top of their encounter against Flash Wolves and that’s something that should be giving them hope. They’ve got an opportunity here to push forward and work their way out of the group; it all starts here for them. Flash Wolves are sitting on the same 1:2 score as IMay and have shown phenomenal potential, if they take this away they could be looking at a way into the knockout stage.

I May LPL Team Logo LoLI May they may only be on a 1:2 score but they’ve shown that they’re able to push their opponents to their limits. They’ve already taken a game off of Flash Wolves before and if they manage to do it again they could be looking at the start of a push that could send them into the quarterfinals for Worlds. They didn’t have fantastic performances against other teams but small improvements over the short break could fix that.

Flash Wolves LMS Team Logo LoLFlash Wolves are a team that have been able to take down the Korean teams 100% of the time, with potential like that they’ll be looking to work their way through the group stage and prove their value in the quarterfinals. To make it past IMay they’re going to need to show their control of the map and will need to make very decisive engagements. They’re sitting on the same score but have shown more potential.

I’d give Flash Wolves the advantage here, they’ve been able to take down the assumed strongest team in their group and although they looked rough against some of their other opponents they have shown promise. IMay on the other hand were only able to take down Flash Wolves previously and because of the short break between week 1 and week 2 of the group stage I think Flash Wolves will come back stronger. Flash Wolves will need to use aggressive movements in the earlier stages of the game to build momentum; this will give them objective and lane control. IMay will need to work around any early aggressive movements and try to find advantageous opportunities of their own; this will give them a lead which they can translate to quick objective control.

Prediction: Flash Wolves Victory. Even though IMay have proven that they can beat the Flash Wolves I think after the short break between the group stage weeks FW will come back stronger. They’ve been able to experience first-hand how IMay play and now they’ll be able to work around it. FW have also shown phenomenal potential which I think is going to show during this game.

Cloud9 vs. SK Telecom T1 World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #2: Team Cloud9 Logo - LoL Worlds Cloud9 vs. Team SK Telakom T1 Logo - LoL Worlds SK Telecom T1

Start Time: October 9th, 02:00 PM PDT / 05:00 PM EDT / 23:00 CEST
Head to head record: Cloud9 0:1 SK Telecom T1

SK Telecom T1 was the assumed top team of the group but they fell to the Flash Wolves, Flash Wolves have regularly had phenomenal performances against Korean teams but were confidently taken down by Cloud 9. If Cloud9 are looking to take this game they’re going to want to take notes on how Flash Wolves handle these teams and they’re going to need to execute it in a controlling fashion. SK Telecom T1 is going to need to watch out for any quick adaptions.

Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoLCloud 9 – A fairly strong showing during the 1st week has C9 sitting in a strong position in the group. They’ve got a 2:1 score and are looking to have a stable week to push into the quarterfinals, they’re going to need to put on some phenomenal performances as each team has the potential to take a game but Cloud9 have their sights set on being the NA team to push through and have shown that they have the strength to do it.

SK Telecom T1 LCK Team Logo LoLSK Telecom T1 – SKTT1 have always been considered an outstanding team, apart from some small slips, and they’re continuing to show why that is. They’ve taken a top standing position in their group after week 1 and heading into week 2 they’ll want to push forward into the quarterfinals to open up their chances at defending their title.

SK Telecom T1 looks to be at a bit of an advantage here, they’ve had stronger performances and also hold a victory over Cloud 9 already. In their previous encounter SKTT1 took full control of the game and quickly made it apparent. They’re going to want to keep the aggression up and this’ll leave C9 in a terrible position. Cloud9 are going to need to work around SKTT1 in the earlier stages and try to pick off a few opponents in skirmishes, they’ll be able to make it to the middle and later stages of the game where they will have the most impact. It could be quite a struggle for both teams and a lot of the pace will be dependent on the aggression in the earlier stages of the game.

Prediction: SK Telecom T1 Victory. SK Telecom T1 has already proven that they’ve got a well practice strategy that works against the weaknesses of C9. I think C9 will be able to put up a good fight and maybe even contest the game but ultimately I expect SKTT1 to push on forward and claim the game.

Cloud9 vs. Flash Wolves World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #3: Team Cloud9 Logo - LoL Worlds Cloud9 vs. Team Flash Wovles Logo - LoL Worlds Flash Wolves

Start Time: October 9th, 03:00 PM PDT / 06:00 PM EDT / 00:00 CEST (next day)
Head to head record: Cloud9 1:0 Flash Wolves

A fairly intense game was previously held between these 2 teams where a few clutch moments made up the game. I believe it’s the longest World Championship game ever played and if you’re looking for a game to make you anxious then I suggest catching it. I expect this game to play out in a similar way but after the short break between the group stage weeks I think there will be a more decisive winner.

Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoLCloud 9 – In the previous match where these 2 teams encountered each other C9 had a very weak early game, an unstable and risky middle game but eventually pulled forward in the later stages of the game where their risks paid off. They’re going to need to pressure earlier as a few decision making changes from FW could lead to a lot of trouble.

Flash Wolves LMS Team Logo LoLFlash Wolves – Flash Wolves managed to put on a fantastic performance when they last faced off against Cloud9 but some of their vision control struggles left them in the dust. They were unable to come out on top of C9 because of some positioning errors and a lack of vision control in the later stages of the game, if they can improve these then they’ll prove to be a huge problem for everyone.

I would say Cloud 9 look to be at a bit of an advantage but both of these teams have shown that they’re on a very similar level. Depending on how much has changed over the short break, I think we could be seeing some more early aggression from C9; this could set FW behind more quickly and could open up a lot more opportunities for C9. Flash Wolves will need their superior skirmishes to shine here, they’re going to want to rotate often and play at a fast pace, creating small encounters whenever they can to try to take an earlier lead. This will feed their aggression for them to find even more opportunities and could open up the map for them.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. Cloud 9 already managed to take the 1st game off of Flash Wolves at it was for good reason. Cloud 9 was able to stall out the game, even with things got extremely tough, and they managed to play to the weaknesses of FW. I think we could see something similar this time from C9 but significantly more decisive and in their favour.

SK Telecom T1 vs. I May World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #4: Team SK Telakom T1 Logo - LoL Worlds SK Telecom T1 vs. Team I May Logo - LoL Worlds IMay

Start Time: October 9th, 04:00 PM PDT / 07:00 PM EDT / 01:00 CEST (next day)
Head to head record: SK Telecom T1 1:0 IMay

IMay are currently sitting in one of the weaker positions in the group, they were only able to take a single victory during the 1st week and haven’t been able to put on many phenomenal performances. They’ve proven to have potential, taking down FW isn’t easy at all, but will it be enough to take down SKTT1? SKTT1 are pushing for a top position already and heading into week 2 they’re going to want to extend that into the quarter finals of the 2016 World Championship.

SK Telecom T1 LCK Team Logo LoLSK Telecom T1 – Phenomenal performances have followed this team but after losing to Flash Wolves, once again, they were set back slightly. If IMay come into this strong then SKTT1 could be in trouble, they’ll need to assess the earlier stages of the game and find engagements around the middle stages of the game that favour them. They could take a lead from the laning phase but unless they’re focusing on controlling the map they could fall out of favour.

I May LPL Team Logo LoLIMay – IMay have already proven that they have masses of potential; the issue for them is channelling it. Because of their lack of consistency they’ve fallen to one of the bottom positions in the group, this means trouble for them as we head into week 2 because they’re unable to drop many games and everything is on the line for them here.

If IMay have improved their consistency over the short break then they could be ready and prepared to cause a lot of issues for SKTT1 but I’d still consider SKTT1 to be at an advantage. With their more precise style of play SKTT1 should be able to get control of a lot of objectives and take them in a strategic and calculated fashion. IMay are going to need to throw out early aggression to cause trouble for SKTT1, they’ll need to scale up and look for advantageous fights where they pick the engagements, this leaves SKTT1 in a troubling position and could open up their base for IMay to take.

Prediction: SK Telecom T1 Victory. SKTT1 already managed to take down IMay before and they did so with a fairly convincing victory. With how things have played out after the 1st week of the group stage it became apparent that SKTT1 were on a higher performing level in comparison to some of their competitors and I think it’s going to shine through here.

I May vs. Cloud9 World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #5: Team I May Logo - LoL Worlds IMay vs. Team Cloud9 Logo - LoL Worlds Cloud9

Start Time: October 9th, 05:00 PM PDT / 08:00 PM EDT / 02:00 CEST (next day)
Head to head record: IMay 0:1 Cloud9

Cloud 9 might be in a mood to upset, IMay’s competing chances could be riding on this game but seeing as C9 have already managed to take down IMay before they could make things interesting here. IMay will need to be assertive in the earlier stages of the game and will need some great jungle pressure, they have shown that the potential to perform is there; all it needs is a time to shine.

I May LPL Team Logo LoLIMay – IMay were able to take down the Flash Wolves during the 1st week and even though it’s a single victory in comparison to Cloud9 it’s proven to people that they have the potential. IMay are going to need to make a lot of aggressive moves in the earlier stages of the game if they want to push ahead but it’s going to be extremely difficult as a lot of C9 plays in a very reserved style. They’ll want a large front-line that can apply pressure; this should get them past C9.

Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoLCloud 9 – C9 have already managed to take a game off of IMay but things could have changed over the short break. C9 are going to need to watch out for messy or unfavourable early game skirmishes, they wouldn’t want to get set behind early and once the middle or later stages of the game roll around then C9 stand a great chance to prove why they’re a higher placed team.

It appears that Cloud9 is in an advantageous position here. They’ve already managed to take down IMay before and if they’re able to repeat their strategy they’ll be heading for the Quarterfinals in no time. C9 will want to pressure the earlier stages of the game fairly slowly but IMay will contrast this and use some of their own earlier aggression to take a lead. If IMay are able to find a fairly significant lead there should then be nothing stopping them from taking the win. C9 have already shown that they’re able to stall out games and avoid engagements if things are going badly for them, this ability to adapt could cause a lot of trouble for IMay.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. After week 1 C9 were sitting in a higher position in this group for a reason. They were able to take down both IMay and Flash Wolves; this means that they’re a very consistent team too. Because of the C9 consistency and their large variety of strategic options I think they’ll be able to push ahead and maintain control of the game.

Flash Wolves vs. SK Telecom T1 World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #6: Team Flash Wovles Logo - LoL Worlds Flash Wolves vs. Team SK Telakom T1 Logo - LoL Worlds SK Telecom T1

Start Time: October 9th, 06:00 PM PDT / 09:00 PM EDT  / 03:00 CEST (next day)
Head to head record: Flash Wolves 1:0 SK Telecom T1

Flash Wolves are proving to be an extremely challenging team for SKTT1 and if the trend continues then SKTT1 could be looking at being unable to progress further through the World Championship tournament. SK TT1 are going to need to take down a huge obstacle of an opponent here, they’ve been unable to beat the Flash Wolves for a very long time now but things need to quickly change. Flash Wolves are going to be a huge issue for the SKTT1 that wants to make it to the quarter finals of the 2016 World Championship.

Flash Wolves LMS Team Logo LoLFlash Wolves – FW has a great standing against the Korean teams, during many international tournaments FW have been able to come out on top of their Korean opponents. With such a strong track record we can only assume that FW will continue with the same strategy and will be looking to take down SKTT1 to open up their own opportunities to progress through the tournament.

SK Telecom T1 LCK Team Logo LoLSK Telecom T1 – Even though SKTT1 have proven themselves to be one of the strongest competing teams at this tournament they’ve always hit a difficult time when they’ve had to face off against the Flash Wolves. SKTT1 will need to find more opportunities during earlier stages of the game; they should be waiting for opportunities when they could be creating them. This earlier aggression should set them up nicely for the remainder of the game.

It would appear that Flash Wolves are at an advantage here, having not dropped single game to SKTT1 in a significantly long time the Flash Wolves could be looking to push further into the tournament but signs of aggression in the earlier stages of the game should be avoided by them. They’ll want to find their own opportunities to gain a lead through skirmishes and if they find a lead then SKTT1 are going to be pressured by relentless aggression. SKTT1 will need to stay on top of the vision control and if they can play at a faster pace than they could throw FW off and find some opportunities for themselves to gain a lead; knowing SKTT1 this lead would likely lead to complete objective and map control.

Prediction: Flash Wolves Victory. Flash Wolves have proven time and time again that they are a formidable opponent, even if it is only against the Korean teams. SKTT1 are likely to run into trouble during the earlier stages of the game and if FW can stay decisive they should be able to extend that lead before taking fights. It’s how they could open up the game to take another win.

 Group Stage #2 – Day 7 – Preview & Predictions 

Samsung vs. Team SoloMid World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #1: Team Samsung Logo - LoL Worlds Samsung vs. Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid

Start Time: October 8th, 01:00 PM PDT / 04:00 PM EDT / 22:00 CEST
Head to head record: Samsung Galaxy 0:1 Team SoloMid

Both Team SoloMid and Samsung Galaxy are in a fairly strong position in their group, 3 of the 4 competing teams in their group are sitting on 2 wins with a single loss. This means that these 3 teams all have the potential to push forward in the group and take a seed into the knockout stage. This match could impact the entire day as this game holds great importance to the competing teams. Team SoloMid has shown that they’re able to take down SSG before but it could be SSG’s chance to reach for that tie-breaker.

Samsung Galaxy LCK Team Logo LoLSamsung may have lost to TSM previously but SSG have also taken a win off of the 3rd team sitting on a 2:1 score. Team SoloMid fell to that team so SSG have shown that they have the potential to take this game and reach for the tie-breaker. Team SoloMid had proven to be a challenge during Week 1 but SSG could find revenge here to push forward in the group.

Team SoloMid NA LCS Logo LoLTeam SoloMid were followed by high expectations as they headed into the group but they’re been unable to push so far. They’re on a balanced level to 2 of the other competing teams but this is their chance to take that extra step forward and gain control of the group. Team SoloMid managed to take down SSG before and if they play around with their strategy they could knock SSG down once again.

Team SoloMid look to be in an advantageous situation here, they were able to take the previous game from SSG and with both teams sitting on a similar score in their group I think TSM will be favoured because their play style was advantageous. SSG are going to need to try and play around the repetitive style of TSM and try to work through it, it can be difficult to overcome though and they unfortunately lost the game in their last encounter but after the short break and a little bit of extra research into the team they could have a strategy themselves to push ahead.

Prediction: Team SoloMid Victory. Team Solo Mid were able to take the previous game when they last faced off against SSG, this is quite a significant feat at this point. SSG are another top standing team in the group but TSM will head into this game and prove to us why they won during the last encounter.

Splyce vs. Royal Never Give Up World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #2: Team Splyce Logo - LoL Worlds Splyce vs. Team RNG Logo - LoL Worlds Royal Never Give Up

Start Time: October 8th, 02:00 PM PDT / 05:00 PM EDT / 23:00 CEST
Head to head record: Splyce 0:1 Royal Never Give Up

Splyce are yet to take a game on the Worlds stage and it’s been an extremely tough time for them. Their performances have been lacking and they’ve been unable to put up much of a fight. The short break between week 1 and 2 could be significant for SPY as it could have given them the extra time needed to prepare. Even if it’s not likely for RNG to fall here they’re going to need to keep an open mind and their eyes out as SPY are at Worlds for a reason.

Splyce EU LCS Team Logo LoLSplyce have ran into a lot of trouble at Worlds, they’re placed in a fairly difficult group. It’d be difficult for any team to push through this group but the pressure is on Splyce and they’ve been unable to step up. This could be their 1st step back into the race and if they lose it then their chances are gone. A lot is on the line for them here so keep an eye out for a surprising strategy.

Royal Never Give Up LPL Team Logo LoLRoyal Never Give Up are a team followed by high expectation, they came into this group as one of the favourites but fans are quickly moving over. RNG haven’t been able to put on the best performances but each and every one of them has lead RNG to be in a commanding position in the group. If they can avoid the small mistakes then they’re sure to give Splyce hell, even if SPY has improved.

Royal Never Give Up looks to be in a very advantageous position heading into this game. Splyce are yet to take a single victory and having to face off against teams that have been beating each other is proving to be a bit difficult for them but now they’ve got no choice. It’s either a win or a flight back home for them, they’re bound to put everything they have into this game so we could see them playing whilst driven with passion and fear. Royal Never Give Up are likely to stick to fairly comfortable champions for the time being and that should be enough, as long as they don’t make mistakes during the earlier stages of the game they should be able to control team fighting later on, making things extremely difficult for SPY.

Prediction: Royal Never Give Up Victory. RNG have already proven that they are the strong and more consistent performing team. They hold multiple victories whilst Splyce don’t hold a single one. This group will be a battle of the top 3 and Splyce doesn’t play a part in that for a reason. I think RNG are going to head into this game fairly confidently and prove why fairly quickly.

Team SoloMid vs. Splyce World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #3: Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid vs. Team Splyce Logo - LoL Worlds Splyce

Start Time: October 8th, 03:00 PM PDT / 06:00 PM EDT / 00:00 CEST (next day)
Head to head record: Team SoloMid 1:0 Splyce

Team Solo Mid are in a fairly commanding position at the moment, they sit close to the top of the group and have been given an opportunity to push even further forward. Splyce have put on some unreliable and fairly upsetting performances and it’s really taking its toll. Splyce need to step up here to push for a more significant opportunity but depending on how their day has gone so far that opportunity might already be gone.

Team SoloMid NA LCS Logo LoLTeam SoloMid have a lot to prove at this World Championship Tournament, with what’s widely considered as their strongest roster ever. Team Solo Mid has had fantastic performances all year and Worlds has been no exception. They’ve managed to overcome the majority of their opponents and if they manage to repeat this they could take a seed into the knockout stage.

Splyce EU LCS Team Logo LoLSplyce, depending on how well the day has gone for SPY they might have already lost their opportunity to climb through the group and take a seed into the knockout stage. Unfortunately for Splyce, they’ve been unable to take a single victory yet and now we’re heading into week 2 where things will only get more difficult for them. If they’ve not managed to fix their issues over the small break then they’ll just be running into more trouble.

Team Solo Mid look to be in a fairly advantageous position heading into this game against Splyce, they’re in a strong position in their group and with Splyce not holding a single victory they’re looking like the weakest team in the group. Team Solo Mid has the opportunity to rise and be considered the strong team in the group but Splyce could have packed a few surprises for a moment like this. Splyce are going to need to pressure the earlier stages of the game to try and take a lead, TSM will want to control earlier objectives and focus on map control to try and force SPY into bad positions where TSM can pick their fights to take control of the game.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. TSM have already proven that they’re one of the strongest teams in their group and that’s heavily contrasted by Splyce. SPY are at the bottom of the group by quite a large margin, because of this I think TSM will be able to force a lead and take a fairly confident victory.

Samsung vs. Royal Never Give Up World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #4: Team Samsung Logo - LoL Worlds Samsung vs. Team RNG Logo - LoL Worlds Royal Never Give Up

Start Time: October 8th, 04:00 PM PDT / 07:00 PM EDT / 01:00 CEST (next day)
Head to head record: Samsung Galaxy 1:0 Royal Never Give Up

Samsung Galaxy and Royal Never Give Up are both push for a top seed in the group, SSG have looked a little more troubled during their games but RNG aren’t without issues of their own. Royal Never Give Up have already lost to SSG before but if they’re looking to push through the group they’re going to need to conquer and overcome the opposition here, claiming a stronger position.

Samsung Galaxy LCK Team Logo LoLSamsung Galaxy have already taken a fairly good victory against RNG. This puts them in a fairly strong a confident position as they’ve got the information they need on their opponents to overcome and take down whatever might be thrown at them.  SSG are a well experienced team looking to push through Worlds and this is just another step forward for them.

Royal Never Give Up LPL Team Logo LoLRoyal Never Give Up were unable to overcome SSG in their previous encounter, because of this there’s a lot more on the line than you’d first expect. If RNG don’t manage to take a win here then there is no chance for them to play a tiebreaker against SSG. This means that they’re going to need to come out on top of this encounter to avoid ending in a lower seed at the end of the group stage. It’s going to be a challenge but RNG have already proven themselves as a top performing team.

Samsung Galaxy looks to be in an advantageous position here as they’re in the lead when it comes to the head to head. This means that they’ve already got a practiced and mastered strategy that works well against RNG. They’re going to know exactly what to do and RNG are going to be challenged here. RNG will need to change things up, find more engagements and be more decisive. They’ve got to find a way to push ahead as this could be one of their last chances to climb through their group.

RNG might be behind in terms of the head to head but they’ve proven to be a phenomenal team with vast amounts of potential, they could push hard here so SSG will need to be wary.

Prediction: Royal Never Give Up Victory. After the short break I’m sure RNG will head into week 2 with more confidence than ever. They may have lost during the first encounter between these 2 teams but RNG have great ability to adapt to their opponents and if they manage to get comfortable then we could be looking at a fairly confident or motivating victory for them.

Splyce vs. Samsung World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #5: Team Splyce Logo - LoL Worlds Splyce vs. Team Samsung Logo - LoL Worlds Samsung

Start Time: October 8th, 05:00 PM PDT / 08:00 PM EDT / 02:00 CEST (next day)
Head to head record: Splyce 0:1 Samsung Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy has already proven their worth as they’ve taken a game off of Splyce. Splyce have been unable to take a single victory as of the start of week 2 and it’s got to be extremely worrying for them. Splyce need to have utilized the small break, they’ve got quite a few steps to make if they want to compete against the other teams in their group and SSG is no exception, Splyce could have already lost their opportunity to push through the group stage by the time this match is played so maybe they’ll be looking for a bit of vengeance.

Splyce EU LCS Team Logo LoLSplyce with their opportunity to reach the knockout stage quickly falling out of sight, Splyce will need to win every game available to them. This is more than challenging, it’s damn near impossible; Splyce could pull something off though. Splyce have shown some potential as they’ve competed against the other teams in their group and even through they’ve not been able to take a win they’ve caused quite a bit of trouble.

Samsung Galaxy LCK Team Logo LoLSamsung Galaxy are in a great position here, they’ve already won a game against Splyce and they’re now in a position to climb through their group and to the top for the best seeding into the knockout stage. Samsung have shown great potential in their performances against the other top teams in the group and they’ll be trying to do their region proud by pushing hard, making sure to give Splyce hell.

Samsung Galaxy is at a fairly obvious advantage here. They’ve got a hold of the head to head record, for the time being, and have also been able to take down other teams that have given Splyce hell.  Samsung are going to want to get a repeat of their last encounter, using comfort and confidence to take down their opponents or build a significant lead. Splyce are going to need to make some aggressive decision in the earlier stages of the game and will need to be more decisive if they’re looking to take a win.

Prediction: Samsung Galaxy Victory. SSG hold the head to head, have proven to be a more consistent and reliable team. They’ve also been able to hold their own and take down the other competing teams in their group. Because of all of these factors I think SSG will be able to find a fairly confident win against SPY.

Royal Never Give Up vs. Team SoloMid World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #6: Team RNG Logo - LoL Worlds Royal Never Give Up vs. Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid

Start Time: October 8th, 06:00 PM PDT / 09:00 PM EDT  / 03:00 CEST (next day)
Head to head record: Royal Never Give Up 1:0 Team Solo Mid

This here is expected to be the most exciting and most meaningful match of the day. Team Solo Mid and Royal Never Give Up are both in fantastic positions to push forward; at least they were from the end of week 1, so this game could open up potential tie breakers for teams to push into a higher seed for the knockout stage. These 2 competing teams are often considered the strongest in their group but now only 1 team can prove who’s stronger and why.

Royal Never Give Up LPL Team Logo LoLRoyal Never Give Up with a lot on the line for RNG, if they’ve had a fairly good day up to this match, they’re going to need to look to take a win here to avoid any potential tie breaker opportunities where they’d have to face off against TSM once more to battle for the group seeding. RNG will need to play patiently and will need to work around the confident strategy of TSM. They’ve proven they have the potential, now would be the time to show it.

Team SoloMid NA LCS Logo LoLTeam SoloMid After a fantastic year and a few fantastic performances at the World Championship 2016 Tournament, TSM could be looking to reach into a tie-breaker here. As the last match of the day this could be meaningless but TSM will need that tie-breaker to take a higher seed into the knockout stage. After showing phenomenal potential and use of strategies I think TSM will give RNG a run for their money.

Royal Never Give Up appear to be an advantage at first but with how much practice and research TSM have been able to do during the short break I would imagine that their fantastic staff has helped them adapt their strategies to work more consistently against RNG. TSM will need to play with patience and precision if they want to look to contest the game. Royal Never Give Up have shown phenomenal skill and potential which could push them ahead during the earlier and middle stages of the game if they look for aggressive rotations but if they’re unable to find something significant then RNG could be in a lot of trouble here.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. Team Solo Mid might not hold the head to head record here but with a phenomenal staff behind them I think they’ll be more than prepared whilst heading into this match. Team Solo Mid have proven to be as consistent as the other top teams but this is their opportunity to prove themselves and I think they’ll do it after a fairly extended game.

 Group Stage #2 – Day 6 – Preview & Predictions 

Edward Gaming vs. INTZ e-Sports World Championship 2016 League of LegendsMatch #1: Team Edward Gaming Logo - LoL Worlds Edward Gaming vs. Team Intz Logo - LoL Worlds INTZ e-Sports

Start Time: October 7th, 04:00 PM PDT / 07:00 PM EDT / 01:00 CEST (next day)
Head to Head Record: Edward 0:1 INTZ

INTZ had a phenomenal and surprising uprising on the Worlds stage as they were able to take a win off of Edward Gaming in their previous encounter. This had a lot of people expecting some serious performances from this team and although they looked strong they were unable to progress. Edward Gaming quickly recovered from their early fall and are holding a top position in this group, can INTZ knock them down again?

EDward Gaming LPL Team Logo LoLEdward Gaming now have experience against the wildcard team that previously managed to stop their progress in the group. Edward Gaming have had some fantastic performances in which they were able to quickly take over the pace of their games and control them in both a methodical and aggressive way. EDG are a top contender of this group but ITZ might being their kryptonite.

Team INTZ e-Sports Logo - LoL WorldsINTZ e-Sports with a surprising victory on their 1st day people were expecting some more phenomenal performances from this team, unfortunately they fell a bit short and are sitting by the bottom of the group with only a single victory. ITZ have shown that they’re able to take down strong teams if they can get an early lead; they’ve done it against EDG before and could be in a position to do it again.

After the week had concluded ITZ were looking weaker than initially anticipated, they took down EDG quickly and precisely after getting a hold of an early lead, if they can replicate this early lead then their decisive aggression and engagements could propel them into a controlling and overpowering position. EDG have had a stronger week than ITZ, have shown more consistency and have had more compelling victories, this is why they’re in a stronger position in the group and it could show through during this game.

Prediction: Edward Gaming Victory. Edward Gaming have had a better 1st week and after the short break I expect them to come into week 2 with more confident and a better understanding of each individual team. They should be able to avoid falling into an early deficit and then their experience and more reliable strategy will carry them through the game.

ahq e-Sports Club vs. H2K Gaming World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #2: Team AHQ e-sports club Logo - LoL Worlds ahq e-Sports Club vs. Team H2k Logo - LoL Worlds H2K Gaming

Start Time: October 7th, 05:00 PM PDT / 08:00 PM EDT / 02:00 CEST (next day)
Head to Head Record: ahq 1:0 H2k

AHQ are sitting in a strong position in their group and are in a place where they are heading into week 2 with the possibility of a seed to the knockout stage. H2k are slightly worse off because they were only able to take a single victory instead of the 2 in comparison to AHQ, H2k will need to have made serious preparations over the small break as each and every small improvement could open up opportunities for them to thrive this week.

ahq e-Sports Club LMS Team Logo LoLahq e-Sports Club were able to take down H2k and ITZ in the previous week, they did so with some strong performances and have proven to be a formidable opponent in this group but if they’ve been unable to make significant progress during this week’s break then they could run into trouble as other teams make subtle improvements. AHQ will need to step up to take a high seed in this group.

H2K Gaming EU LCS Team Logo LoLH2k Gaming are one of the stronger performing European teams but so far every team from their region has lacked success. H2k were able to take down ITZ and this group is going in a circular motion where all the teams appear to be beating each other. H2k have a good opportunity in week 2 to pull into a stronger position but they’ll have needed to make some strong improvements over the short break.

H2k have shown potential, they had a pretty good performance during week 1 but were only able to take the single victory. If they want to push further in week 2 they’re going to need to have made significant improvements over the small break. They’re going to need to be more consistent and more decisive if they want to push ahead of the other teams.

AHQ have proven to be a more dominant and driven team in this group, they’ve had fantastic performances and have won the majority of the games they’ve played on the Worlds stage so far. They’re proving to be trouble for the other teams in the group and will need to try to stay ahead if they want to take a higher seed in this group.

Prediction: H2k Victory. Although H2k have looked like the weaker team I think the small break would have given them the time to make progress. This progress could be enough to overcome the trouble they previously encountered against AHQ and I think it’s going to lead them into a position where they can take the game during the middle or later stages.

H2K Gaming vs. Edward Gaming World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #3: Team H2k Logo - LoL Worlds H2K Gaming vs. Team Edward Gaming Logo - LoL Worlds Edward Gaming

Start Time: October 7th, 06:00 PM PDT / 09:00 PM EDT / 03:00 CEST (next day)
Head to Head Record: H2k 0:1 Edward

H2k have had a fairly average week, they were able to take the assumed bottom team out when they faced off but they’ve been unable to performing against the current higher standing teams. Edward Gaming and sitting in a significantly stronger position and will be able to control the standings of the group if they continue to power through week 2, this could leave H2k in an extremely difficult position.

H2K Gaming EU LCS Team Logo LoLH2K Gaming might not have been able to put on exceptional performances during their 1st week but after a small break they could come back to bite. They’re a team who’ve proven to have a lot of passion and drive; this could cause them to make significant improvements and could bring some shocking performances during the 2nd week of Worlds.

EDward Gaming LPL Team Logo LoLEdward Gaming have proven to be one of the most formidable teams at the World Championship so far but after a weak 1st performance they’re probably feeling a little let down. If they had put on a performance against ITZ that was similar to when they faced the other teams then they could have been undefeated but they’re going to need to head into the 2nd week with new strategies and minor improvements to assist them if they fall into a deficit.

Edward Gaming are at a certain advantage here, they’ve had significantly better performances against the other teams in the group in comparison to H2k and are also showing better consistency. They’ve been able to pressure games and cause aggressive engagements with their decision making and this could throw any opponents balance off. H2k are going to need to try and get an earlier advantage with their aggressive decision making or objective control, this could put them into a controlling position from an earlier stage in the game and could give them opportunities to force EDG into a huge deficit.

Prediction: Edward Gaming Victory. Edward Gaming have shown a better master of the current meta-game. They’ve learned things more quickly and have taken control over their group, they’ve had phenomenal performances in which they were able to make fairly quick work of their opponents and I think they’re going to put on a performance that outclasses H2k.

INTZ e-Sports vs. ahq e-Sports Club World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #4: Team Intz Logo - LoL Worlds INTZ e-Sports vs. Team AHQ e-sports club Logo - LoL Worlds ahq e-Sports Club

Start Time: October 7th, 07:00 PM PDT / 10:00 PM EDT / 04:00 CEST (next day)
Head to Head Record: INTZ 0:1 ahq

AHQ have had some strong performances so far on the Worlds stage, but INTZ blasted their way onto the stage by taking down the assumed strongest team in the group. That very same team is sitting by the top of the group and INTZ have shown some serious potential, this could threaten AHQ. AHQ have their sights set on a top 2 seed in this group and it’s possible for them but they’ll need to conquer INTZ first.

Team INTZ e-Sports Logo - LoL WorldsINTZ e-Sports came into worlds from the 2016 Wildcard international, whilst they may have dominated their region they seem to have had a hard time coming to terms with the pressure that international matches brings, currently down on 1 win and 2 losses they going to need to pull together the strength and potential they had shown on their 1st day to climb through the group.

ahq e-Sports Club LMS Team Logo LoLahq e-Sports Club are a team that came to worlds through the LMS Regional Qualifiers Tournament but that’s not really done them justice. Whilst they’ve been at Worlds they have shown great potential and are currently sitting on 2 wins to 1 loss, showing they won’t be easily taken down and are willing to put all of their effort and strength to climb from the group stage to the knockout stage.

I think AHQ are going to show some early game initiative, play careful and wary of their opponents as to fall behind. This could bring us a slow laning phase if ITZ are looking to take this game then they might be pumping out some early aggression to take a lead. During the middle stages of the game things are likely to pick up, even if these teams are equal on gold there will be aggressive rotations and engagements and I think AHQ are in an advantageous position if INTZ haven’t got a controlling lead. ITZ will need to take a hold of the earlier stages of the game and try to force themselves into a more dominating or faster paced position so they can find their own engagements to take over the map.

Prediction: AHQ Esports Club Victory. AHQ have proven to be the more reliable to of the 2 competing teams, they’ve got a stronger standing in the group at the moment and have shown that they’re no stranger to a few oddball strategies. They should be well prepared for any early aggression from ITZ and this game could quickly become AHQ favoured.

INTZ e-Sports vs. H2K Gaming World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #5: Team Intz Logo - LoL Worlds INTZ e-Sports vs. Team H2k Logo - LoL Worlds H2K Gaming

Start Time: October 7th, 08:00 PM PDT / 11:00 PM EDT / 05:00 CEST (next day)
Head to Head Record: INTZ 0:1 H2k

Both of these competing teams close in the group standings at the moment but this battle will decide which of the two teams can come out on top to climb open up an opportunity to climb through this group and possible contest and higher seeded position. INTZ have taken down the formidable EDG but H2k were able to take a fairly confident victory too. Both teams seem like unlikely top seed teams for this group but if there’s an opportunity then there’s a way, one of these teams might be able to seize it.

Team INTZ e-Sports Logo - LoL WorldsINTZ e-Sports is a wildcard team they have shown great gameplay while out of their comfort zone, they have been working great as a team and to have come so far, if you look over their game against EDG then I’m sure you could make a small highlight reel from their phenomenal performance. Both teams competing here are on a 1:2 score and need to take this win to try and push forward, does INTZ have what it takes to open up a history making opportunity?

H2K Gaming EU LCS Team Logo LoLH2K Gaming are prepared for any fight to hold their position they could find themselves with a great opportunity if they’re able to pull out a win here. They’ve been able to thrive under pressure to some extent and when against ITZ they might be able to put on a confident enough performance to scare the other teams, but after the short break will they be up to the task?

Even though INTZ are fairly new to the international scene they are slacking under the pressure which would normally make even the veteran teams underperform, this will certainly assist them in holding their own against H2k but if they’re unable to find a lead in the earlier stages of the game then they could quickly run into trouble. H2k have been able to take a fairly confident win of their own and seeing as they’re one of the stronger performing European teams on the Worlds stage they’ve got a lot to prove; not only for them as a team but for their region. H2k look to be at an advantage here as their victory was more precise and their consistency is more reliable.

Prediction: H2k Victory. H2k have proven to be a more consistent team, although they’re also only sitting on a single victory. INTZ victory over EDG can be chalked up to a bit of luck and misplay from EDG but H2k’s victory will only even be seen as them overcoming their opponents. H2k most certainly have had more understanding performances but I think this match could cut it close. It think H2k will take this game from the middle stage with their team fighting and objective control, using a pace that will challenge INTZ.

ahq e-Sports Club vs. Edward Gaming World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #6: Team AHQ e-sports club Logo - LoL Worlds ahq e-Sports vs. Team Edward Gaming Logo - LoL Worlds Edward Gaming

Start Time: October 8th, 09:00 PM PDT / 12:00 AM EDT (next day) / 06:00 CEST (next day)
Head to Head Record: ahq 0:1 Edward

AHQ have put on a few strong performances and are sitting in a strong position in their group, equalled by Edward Gaming. Both teams have dropped a game against other teams in the group but Edward Gaming are favoured here. AHQ Esports Club will need to try and build a lead against EDG if they want to create opportunities to push forward, this will prove difficult but it’s certainly possible.

ahq e-Sports Club LMS Team Logo LoLahq e-Sports Club are currently on a 2-1 score already, previously being beaten by EDG, AHQ will be looking to take a bit of vengeance here as they’re going to need to overcome this formidable team to take a higher seed in this group. They have shown us they won’t be shaken by the pressure in these important games but they’re going to need to show us their determination and improvements from the short break.

EDward Gaming LPL Team Logo LoLEdward Gaming have been dominating worlds this year with an astounding 2-1 score after the 1st week, showing us they thrive under pressure and are willing to take challenges and risks in their gameplay to take and push a lead. They have previously beaten AHQ but they won’t let their guard down, they have already shown why they won’t be outshined easily and with the top positions in the group being closely contested I’m expecting EDG to show us something special.

This game could be a reminder of the 1st game between these 2, a lot control and even aggression to match. EDG certainly look like the team with an advantage here, they hold a victory over AHQ and will look to push away from a tie-breaker opportunity. To solidify their position at the top of the group they’re going to need to overcome this challenge but AHQ are proving to be fairly formidable themselves and will most certainly put up a fight. Edward Gaming are going to need to avoid any early deficit they might fall into and then power through with aggressive control over the map around the middle stages of the game. AHQ will need to try and build and early lead or stall the game out until the later stages where they might pull ahead after a few advantageous fights.

Prediction: Edward Gaming Victory. Edward Gaming took a pretty convincing victory over AHQ previously and without much changing between these 2 teams I’m expecting it to be repeated. EDG have shown that they are a dominant force in this group and won’t be taken down easily, with their strong control over games I think they’ll take this one more confidently than their last.

 Group Stage #2 – Day 5 – Preview & Predictions 

G2 Esports vs. ROX Tigers World Championship 2016 League of LegendsMatch #1: Team G2 esports Logo - LoL Worlds G2 Esports vs. Team Rox Tigers Logo - LoL Worlds ROX Tigers

Rox have had a fairly strong showing so far, they’ve been one of the more challenging teams in the group to take down. They may have lost a game but so have the other 2 contenders for the top 2 seeds from this group. G2 Esports are yet to take a single game at Worlds and European fans are filling with disappointment but as we’re heading into week 2 they’ve had time to make preparations and learn more about their opponents from first-hand experience; will it be enough?

G2 Esports - EU LCS team LogoG2 Esports are 1 of 2 teams at Worlds who are yet to take a victory, all of the other 14 competing teams at worlds are contesting positions apart from these 2 particular European teams. G2 Esports have shown potential, pushing teams to the very brink of games but have been unable to succeed in taking victory. They’re going to need to find opportunities to punish opponents and will need to give this week everything they’ve got if they want to scrape a higher position in the group.

ROX Tigers LCK Team Logo LoLROX Tigers have been one of the best and most consistent teams performing at the World Championship. They’re constantly pressuring games and taking them, even when they lose it’s a challenge for their opponents. Rox are sitting by the top of their group and if they want to take a seed into the knockout stage they’re going to need to make a bigger impact during week 2.

Rox Tigers are most certainly at an advantage here, they’ve had significantly stronger showings during their games and have proven to be a more consistent and reliable team. They’ve shown that even when they fall into a deficit they’re able to slow down the pace of the game and pull things back into their favour.

G2 Esports are going to need to put everything they’ve got into this game, this could possibly be their most difficult match in the group stage and could either set them up for a fantastic week of games or set them up to fall, making terrible Worlds history.

Prediction: Rox Tigers Victory. Rox have already proven that they’re able to take games away from the other competing teams in the group, G2 on the other hand have had a miserable time at Worlds so far. Rox Tigers have proven to be a stronger and more consistent team and because of this I think they’ll be able to work through any minor improvements G2 have made during the short break.

Albus Nox Luna vs. Counter Logic Gaming World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #2: Team Albus Logo - LoL Worlds Albus Nox Luna vs. Team CLG Logo - LoL Worlds Counter Logic Gaming

Albus NoX Luna, ANX, is a wildcard team showing great dedication and motivation. ANX are aiming to be the best and are proving that they’re quite a bit of an obstacle to overcome. They were a heavily underestimated team and have even challenged Counter Logic Gaming in a thrilling match before. Heading into week 2 Counter Logic Gaming are going to want to settle the score and take away this victory, hoping to avoid a tie breaker in the future.

Team Albus Nox Luna Logo - LoL WorldsAlbus Nox Luna dedicated to show us there willing to stay, on a current winning streak ANX are pushing hard into worlds and I’m sure this is motivating them, they are performing amazingly under the pressure, showing great teamwork and synergy especially for a wildcard team. Previously coming first in both the LCL Summer playoffs/split, they truly are trying there hardest and after taking a strong position in the group after week 1 they only need this 2nd week to go well to make history.

Counter Logic Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoLCounter Logic Gaming while previously coming 4th in the summer playoffs/split, CLG are not to be underestimated, they show great performances against international teams and have shown that they’re great under pressure. Counter Logic Gaming are in a nice position to contest the top seeds in their group but to reach this point they’re going to need to overcome an obstacle that they previously fell to.

This match has the potential to be fairly back and forth, CLG have shown great utilization of the jungle whilst ANX have shown a ruling of the top side of the map. ANX are already making Worlds history and are trying to push for a significant impact during week 2 but Counter Logic Gaming will be extremely challenging as there’s a lot on the line here. Week 2 will be important for both of these teams and neither of them will be pulling their punches; everything they’ve got will be thrown into these coming games so stand by for some thrills.

Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming Victory.  I’m sure they’re determined to make a comeback and this is there moment. Counter Logic Gaming have significantly more experience playing against teams after small preparations, especially international teams, and they’ve also shown to be more reliable. When they fall they’re still pushing for a comeback whereas ANX can fall quite hard. Because of this I think CLG will take the win in the end.

Counter Logic Gaming vs. G2 Esports World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #3: Team CLG Logo - LoL Worlds Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team G2 esports Logo - LoL Worlds G2 Esports

Counter Logic Gaming are sitting in a fairly strong position in the group and this week could set them up to take one of the top seeds to make their way into the knockout stage. G2 are looking rough, they’re yet to take a win in the group stage but they’ve shown some potential. They’ve been able to contest a few games and keep teams on the edge, if they’ve made the right preparations they could have a good second week at Worlds.

Counter Logic Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoLCounter Logic Gaming are pushing for a top seed in this group, they’ve shown some great performances and have contested their games whilst showing great strength. They’ve been given a great opportunity during week 2 because as a top team in the group they’ve got an easier time gain access to a top seed to make it to the knockout stage, something they will be striving for. With a strong staff and talented team they’re going to be formidable opponents.

G2 Esports - EU LCS team LogoG2 Esports are unlike the majority of teams performing at the 2016 World Championship and it’s not a good thing either. In comparison to the other regions the European teams are looking a little out of practice. G2 are no exception to this and not holding a single victory will be hindering them as we head into week 2. They’ve shown great potential and have been able to hold their own fairly often but will it be enough?

Counter Logic Gaming have shown some formidable strategies and use of the map, this will help them against G2 throughout all stages in the game. The last time these 2 teams faced off G2 didn’t look too bad, CLG looked significantly more practiced though. G2 Esports will need to watch out for those tricky mind-games in the earlier stages of the game if they want to stand and chance but once the pressure is on they’re going need to be on an entirely stronger level in comparison to week 1.

Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming Victory. Counter Logic Gaming are looking like one of the more reliable teams in the group, they’ve regularly contested their games and haven’t gone down without a fight. G2 Esports are looking like one of the weaker performing teams at the entire tournament and I’m confident CLG will come out on top, even with G2 having time to prepare.

Albus Nox Luna vs- ROX Tigers World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #4: Team Albus Logo - LoL Worlds Albus Nox Luna vs. Team Rox Tigers Logo - LoL Worlds ROX Tigers

Albus NoX Luna burst into the World Championship with a surprising amount of strength. A lot of people underestimated the wildcard team, with me included, and that should have been avoided. Preparations have now been made as there was a small break between the 2 group weeks. Rox Tigers are a team with a phenomenal staff; they’ll know what to do to pressure the weakest points of ANX so they’re going to need to make some adaptions.

ROX Tigers LCK Team Logo LoLRox Tigers are a dominant Korean team who show great dedication and synergy in and out of the game. They had fantastic performances in their own region and it’s translated onto the Worlds stage nicely, they’re in an extremely strong position to come out on top of week 2 as the no.1 seed if they can put all of their efforts into working against each individual team instead of playing blindly.

Team Albus Nox Luna Logo - LoL WorldsAlbus NoX Luna while ANX are on their win streak i know they will find it hard clashing against ROX Tigers. They show great skill, motivation, synergy and dedication towards the game, willing to devote the training time every day to get to where they are now. Sitting in a strong position after the 1st week was a surprise to many but now will be the test on their adaption skills, will they hold up?

This game could neck and neck as both teams are showing great performances and ability to work against their opponents. I think ROX are going to try shaking ANX and making them slip up early and try asserting early dominance, this will come at a risk as ROX are usually weaker in the earlier stages of the game. They’ve got the safety net of great adaptability which could assist them if things go wrong though. ANX will need to recreate their lead from the 1st time they played Rox, only this time they’ll need to be more assertive with that lead.

Prediction: Rox Tigers Victory. ROX are a dominant Korean team who show astounding potential, they’re a team to watch out for as they’re in an extremely good position to work through this week and take a strong seed in the group. While it could look like a fairly close game during the earlier stages I think Rox will push ahead this time and show their true strength.

G2 Esports vs. Albus Nox Luna World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #5: Team G2 esports Logo - LoL Worlds G2 Esports vs. Team Albus Logo - LoL Worlds Albus Nox Luna

While we know ANX putting on some great performances G2 are showing great dedication in their games, although they may not have pulled out a win I’m sure they are carrying on motivated and have made the necessary preparations to put on game changing performances this week. ANX could be put under a lot of pressure here as G2 want to take their 1st win and have a strong week, which will put ANX’s position in the group on the line.

G2 Esports - EU LCS team LogoG2 Esports while G2 are showing great dedication they haven’t been the best performing team at all on the Worlds stage. Internationally G2 are looking like a weak team, they’ve got a bad history against teams from other regions but they’re in a desperate position and need to pull ahead during this second week. G2 have shown that they’re able to build leads, work against their opponents and get through the games all the way to the later stages but they’ve been unable to push further, they need to do this now as it’s their last opportunity to make an impact.

Team Albus Nox Luna Logo - LoL WorldsAlbus NoX Luna are showing great performances internationally, showing that even as a wildcard team they won’t be shaken easily. They’ve been able to contest games against the strongest teams in their group and they’re looking to take even more during week 2. They have great synergy with each other, as seen from their very first victory at Worlds, which is giving them a strong advantage in their gameplay. Along with fantastic late game skirmishes which could push them ahead of G2 here.

Both teams are showing great performance in Worlds 2016, to some degree, but ANX have been dominating much more than G2. They are doing themselves proud as they push through Worlds and have opened up an opportunity to make League of Legends history. G2 haven’t had much luck, they’ve shown that they can take leads and control games but they’ve not be able to come out on top a single time. They’re going to need to be more decisive and assertive, making quick decision which will pressure their opponents and open up games.

Prediction: Albus NoX Luna Victory. G2 are showing weakness and have not been able to take a single game during the group stage yet.  ANX are a slight contrast as they’ve shown slight weakness but have had significantly better overall performances, allowing them to take victories. When ANX gain a lead they’ve shown that they’re able to make strong, aggressive decision which open up games; this is what G2’s lacking and it’s the reason I think ANX will come out on top.

ROX Tigers vs, Counter Logic Gaming World Championship 2016 League of Legends
Match #6: Team Rox Tigers Logo - LoL Worlds ROX Tigers vs. Team CLG Logo - LoL Worlds Counter Logic Gaming

Rox Tigers and Counter Logic Gaming are in similar positions on the ladder, ANX is also in a similar position but have had weaker showings in comparison to these teams overall. Rox Tigers are looking like one of the most consistent teams in the group whereas the other teams in a similar position have had either strong or weak showings. Counter Logic Gaming aren’t going to be holding back at all here so Rox could be in for some trouble.

ROX Tigers LCK Team Logo LoLRox Tigers have proven to be one of the most formidable teams competing at the tournament and although they’ve not looked perfect they’ve certainly shown they can take teams out without much trouble. They’ve shown that they can reliable pressure the different stages of the game and they’ve also proven that even when they’ve fallen behind they can rely on their phenomenal use of strategy to pull themselves back.

Counter Logic Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoLCounter Logic Gaming could potentially be a top contender of the group, they’ve shown that they have a close mastery of possible strategies in the game. With the possible mind games they’ve got in store then they could throw Rox Tigers off in the earlier stages of the game which is their weakest point.  This could claw them ahead and leave them in a position where their strategies will keep them ahead throughout the game.

Counter Logic Gaming are definitely in a strong position to take this game but I think Rox Tigers are still at an advantage. Rox have regularly shown that they’re a top contender for this group and have rarely slipped up, Counter Logic Gaming had a much more drastic fall and because of his I think Rox Tigers stand a significantly better chance at coming out on top.

Counter Logic Gaming could abuse the earlier weaknesses of Rox and pull ahead, if they’re able to do this then they could strategically control the game but Rox are a formidable opponent who know how to survive and thrive under difficult conditions.

Prediction: Rox Tigers Victory. Rox Tigers have proven already that they’re the more reliable of the two teams and having shown capability of climbing back through a game when falling behind means they’re at an advantage in comparison to Counter Logic Gaming who have an increasingly hard time when they fall behind.

More about LoL Worlds 2016:

LoL Worlds 2016 – Tournament overview

Schedule and Results – LoL Worlds 2016

Betting, odds and betting sites – LoL Worlds 2016

Outright / Tournament Winner Odds – LoL Worlds 2016

Teams Overview – LoL Worlds 2016

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