China has 3 possible positions for the LoL Worlds 2016 and they’ve been filled with the best teams in the region. These teams were determined to be the best after a long and hard fought season along with a LPL Summer Playoff, which was taken by Edward Gaming, and a LPL Regional Qualifier, which was won over by IMay, only leaving the no.2 seed to qualify through their total Championship Points. The team that qualified by having the most Championship Points was Royal Never Give Up, a team that has historical controversy but has always put on fantastic performances. I have no doubt that every single one of these teams deserves their place on the world’s stage but they’re going to be facing off against the strongest teams in the world with their pride on the line. They will be representing their region as its strongest teams; they’ve got quite a journey to make if they want to make it to the top. They’re going to need to work through the group stage first.
After the groups are drawn they’ll be in a group of 4, with teams from all regions, where they will be heading into a double round robin, this means they’ll face each team in the group twice and if they come out in either 1st or 2nd then they’ll gain access to the knockout stage. The knockout stage is where the real action starts as it’s a single elimination style tournament where 1st and 2nd seed teams from the group stages are pinned against each other to climb through to the finals. In 2015 this region was unable to perform once they made it to the knockout stage and I’m certain they’re coming back with intentions to redeem themselves. They’ll be pulling out some phenomenal aggression and team fighting so make sure you catch this regions volatile style, it’ll either propel them far in the tournament or leave them in a difficult situation in which they’ll need to adapt quickly.
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Qualified by: Winning the 2016 LPL Summer Playoffs.
Groupstage: LoL Worlds 2016 Group C.
Achievements: 1st Place 2016 LPL Summer Playoffs, 1st Place 2016 LPL Summer Split (Group A), 2nd Place 2016 LPL Spring Playoffs.
EDward Gaming are a veteran team and organisation who’ve held onto their staff and players for the better part of a year, they’ve been able to put on fantastic performances for the entire year and have regularly contested the top place in the region. They had a slightly harder time at the start of the year when they fell to Royal Never Give Up during the spring playoffs but they redeemed themselves and got revenge after coming out on top when it really mattered, during the summer playoffs. They’ve proven time and time again that they’re going to be a constant top performing team in the LPL and they’ll always be a threat. Their formidable performances have got them to the World Championship before but it was a bitter ending. They’ll be more prepared this year and teams from the western regions have always feared being in a group with them, the trend will continue as Edward Gaming have improved, adapted and I think they’re going to be one of the strongest performing teams this year. With great control over aggressive movements on the map and devastating team fighting they’re going to be making confident movements on the map. With confidence to let them take hold of their strengths I think they’ll breeze through the group stages without much trouble but heading into the knockout stage will be the true test, this is where a strong Edward Gaming from the past fell; will they be able to show their improvements with a better placement this year? Their pride will be riding on it, representing their region is huge for this team and because it means a significant amount they’re going to be playing out of their minds.
Update: Due to a death in the family the top lane player of Edward Gaming Yu-hao “Mouse” Chen will return to China and replaced with Yang “Koro1” Tong. The official rules of the tournament allow teams to swap starting players in emergencies if the substitute player was part of the (active or inactive) roster at the end of the summer split 2016. Although Koro1 hasn't played a professional League of Legends game for almost one year he is still member of Edward Gaming, therefore is able to participate in the quarter finals.
Edward Gaming – World Championship Roster
- Top: Chen “Mouse” Yu-hao / Yang “Koro1” Tong
- Jungle: Ming “ClearLove” Kai
- Mid: Lee “Scout” Ye-chan
- ADC: Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu
- Support: Tian “Meiko” Ye
Qualified by: Highest Circuit / Championship points.
Groupstage: LoL Worlds 2016 Group D.
Achievements: 1st Place 2016 LPL Summer Split (Group B), 1st Place 2016 LPL Spring Playoffs, 1st Place 2016 LPL Spring Split (Group B).
Royal Never Give Up is another long standing team, veterans of the game which should be feared. After their destructive performances during the Mid Seasons Invitational teams are going to be worried, RNG managed to get through to the semi-finals with only 2 losses; this was before things quickly ended for them. The team that took them out, SKTT1, could very well end up in the same group as them and RNG will be looking for redemption. Royal Never Give Up has performed at previous world championships but they’ve been surrounded by an astounding amount of controversy. The team has rebranded and recruited new members, this gave them a lot to work with this year and they’ve proven that they’re well oiled. During the 2016 LPL Spring Playoffs and even during the Spring Split they weren’t considered the favourite team; this was quickly silenced when they took the throne after taking down Edward Gaming. Royal Never Give Up have got a lot to fight for here and look like they’ll have a fairly comfortable group stage but if they’re going against top teams from other regions they’re going to be tested. Royal Never Give Up has a good track record against top western teams but they’ve not help up too well against other regions. This could be because of the style in which they play, they’ve often adopted the aggressive ‘Chinese style’ in which they destroy economies and work through their opponents quickly and relentlessly; this can work extremely well against a few of the less experienced teams competing but it won’t work against everyone. Royal Never Give Up will need to prove that they’re able to adapt, even though the group stages only give them a few opportunities to prove this they’re going to want to assert their dominance.
Royal Never Give Up – World Championship Roster
- Top: Jang “Looper” Hyeong-seok
- Jungle: Liu “Mlxg” Shi-yu
- Mid: Li “Xiaohu” Yuan-Hao
- ADC: Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao
- Support: Cho “Mata” Se-hyoung
Qualified by: Winning the 2016 LPL Regional Qualifiers.
Groupstage: LoL Worlds 2016 Group B.
Achievements: 3rd place 2016 LPL Summer Playoffs, 3rd place 2016 LPL Summer Split (Group B), 1st place 2016 LPL Regional Qualifiers.
I May are a fairly new team, they were brought together by a retired professional player who has quite a history. IMay are going to be the most challenged team from the CN region, not only because they’re the lowest placed team participating in the 2016 World Championship from the region but because their performances were good, not outstanding. In comparison to a lot of the other competing teams IMay actually look a little bit behind. They’ve not been the most consistent team but when they get going they become a real challenge for their opponents. IMay have shown some ability to adapt, this is how they managed to earn their place in the World Championship. The only issue with that is the lack of merit in their qualification, was it just down to adapting through a series? If that’s the case then we’ll know by the end of the group stage where they will be challenged in single matches at a time, the double round robin will be how IMay prove their strength. If they managed to make it to the knockout stage they’ll be able to show their full potential. When IMay were under the name ‘EDE’ they were in the LSPL which they had a hard time winning but when push comes to shove IMay have always thrived under pressure. During key moments and games they’ve always been on form, putting on their best and most notable performances. With the entire World Championship being on the line IMay could very well shown up and be an extremely dominant team as long as they’ve improved their consistency. IMay have a lot of critics but they’ve always managed to overcome hard times and work their way up, in just 1 split they managed to go from a rising team to a World Championship contender, this is their time to shine and it’s their chance to make a story.
I May – World Championship Roster
- Top: Shek “AmazingJ” Wai Ho
- Jungle: Fan “Avoidless” Zeon Wai
- Mid: Kang “Athena” Ha-Woon
- ADC: Xie “Jinjiao” Jin-Shan
- Support: Yun “Road” Han-Gil
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