For the League of Legends World Championship North America had 3 available positions at the 2016 LoL Worlds and those are quickly being filled. This gives North America to showcase their best talent on the international World Championship stage which will be held across America. Can they make their region proud? The World Championship 2016 will be showcased across American starting in San Francisco for the group stage and then heading to Chicago, New York and ending up in the Los Angeles Staples Centre. The North American teams that have qualified so far are Team Solo Mid, who took the 2016 North American Summer Playoffs which was quickly followed by Counter Logic Gaming who earned the 2nd seed from their acquired Championship Points over the course of the entire year. With these 2 filled roles we’ll need to check back into the NA LCS Regional Qualifier tournament once it’s concluded to find out the 3rd and final team that will be heading to the World Championship 2016 stage.
The groups for the World Championship 2016 will be drawn on September 10th, 16 teams will be in the draw and each group will have 4 competing teams. Only a few of these teams will be able to leave the group, quickly halving the competing teams to just 8. The groups stage will be played in a double round robin, each team will go against each other twice before the groups have ended. The 2 teams sitting at the top of each group earn a spot in the knockout stage where teams will quickly prove themselves or face the biggest challenges of their careers, working their way to the finals or to a trip home.
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Qualified by: Winning the 2016 NA LCS Summer Playoffs.
Groupstage: LoL Worlds 2016 Group D.
Achievements: 1st Place NA LCS 2016 Summer Split, 1st Place NA LCS 2016 Summer Playoffs, 2nd Place NA LCS 2016 Spring Playoffs.
Team SoloMid managed to work their way through the Summer Split without much challenge, there was a small stump in their perfect run but everything worked out well for them and they’ve earned their ticket to the World Championship 2016 after taking the NA LCS Summer Playoffs. Whilst having an easier time in the playoffs might have made some players or some teams take things easier Team Solo Mid were constantly working their best, trying their best and improving significantly. This came from improvements to the organisation, the staff and also the players. With huge attitude improvements to the players Team SoloMid were also able to earn an MVP award on their middle laner “Bjergsen”. Team Solo Mid looked shaky from time to time but they were constantly prepared to face off against the best teams in their region and they were always coming out on top. Because of these changes and huge improvements we’ve seen an enlightened Team Solo Mid this summer and I’m sure they’re going to have huge impact on the world’s stage. Team Solo Mid’s biggest challenge during the split was Immortals; TSM worked their way through a series against Counter Logic Gaming fairly convincingly and could have faced off against Immortals in the finals but IMT crashed out against Cloud9 in the Semi-Finals so we never got to see these teams face off under the pressure of the playoffs title. Many teams in the region had commended Cloud9 saying that they’d improved at a phenomenal pace and they were the favourite team to take away the Summer Playoffs but Team SoloMid went against what all of those people were saying as they took the series fairly convincingly. This is how they solidified their ticket but just how much will they be able to do at the World Championship? With how well they’ve been performing, with how precise their shot calling has been and with how on form the entire team has been synergising I think Team Solo Mid are going to play through the World Championship extremely well. They might even be able to break a few of their own records so make sure you keep an eye on them!
Team Solo Mid – World Championship Roster
- Top: Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell
- Jungle: Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen
- Mid: Søren“Bjergsen” Bjerg
- ADC: Yiliang (Peter) “DoubleLift” Peng
- Support: Vincent “Biofrost” Wang
Qualified by: Highest Circuit / Championship Points in NA LCS 2016
Groupstage: LoL Worlds 2016 Group A.
Achievements: 2nd Place 2016 Mid-Season Invitational, 1st Place NA LCS 2016 Summer Playoffs, 4th Place NA LCS Summer Playoffs.
Counter Logic Gaming are often being considered lucky for making it to the World Championship 2016 stage because they ended the summer playoffs in 4th place along with the summer split. This will leave 1 of the top 3 teams unable to qualify for the World Championship. This shouldn’t get CLG down though, they were the better performing team over the year and that’s shown through their championship points. Counter Logic Gaming ran into quite a lot of trouble during the summer split but they worked their way into 4th position after making a few large improvements, I’d consider them unlucky when it came to the Summer Playoffs. During their series against Team Solo Mid they were doing extremely well in the 1st game but it quickly ended due to a ‘visual bug’ that was said to be hindering Team Solo Mid. Because of this Counter Logic Gaming had their practiced middle lane champion, Aurelion Sol, banned for the entire series whilst Riot were looking into the bug. This meant that Counter Logic Gaming were unable to showcase their practice but if you take a look at their match history for the ending of the summer split along with their phenomenal use of Aurelion Sol you should feel confident in this team as they head into the group stage. They stuck with their roster from the Spring Split but they were constantly challenged throughout the split and this often lead to troubling positions for them, the team publicly stated that they were making internal changes that would bring improvement to their play and this became apparent. They were quickly able to improve and work against strong opponents; this should show during the group stage of the World Championship and with how much of a hard working team CLG is I expect them to make a lot of preparations. These preparations will hopefully become apparent as this extremely talented North American team represent themselves and their region as one of the best teams in the world.
Counter Logic Gaming – World Championship Roster
- Top: Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaha
- Jungle: Jake “Xmithie” Puchero
- Mid: Choi “HuHi” Jae-hyun
- ADC: Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen
- Support: Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez
Qualified by: Winning the 2016 NA LCS Regional Qualifiers.
Groupstage: LoL Worlds 2016 Group C.
Achievements: 3rd Place 2016 NA LCS Summer Split, 2nd Place 2016 NA LCS Summer Playoffs, 1st Place 2016 NA LCS Regional Qualifiers.
Cloud9 had an extremely difficult journey to get to this point, they were having an extremely rough start to the Summer Split but managed to equalise themselves on the ladder, after a few improvements they finally started to ascend and challenge the stronger teams in the region. They were still lacking consistency so they were having great performances followed by some not so astounding losses, they managed to get ahead of the issues and it became extremely apparent as they were heading into the 2016 NA LCS Summer Playoffs that they were ready to go to the World Championship. They managed to contest every single series they played, other teams in the region were saying that Cloud9 could win the Playoffs and when they didn’t they still had teams saying that they were going to make it to worlds. Well, they have! Cloud9 managed to put on fantastic performances and work their way through the ‘gauntlet’ to earn their place. They’ve had fantastic performances following great performances, this improvement is astounding and they’re going to be packing punches during the 2016 World Championship. I’m confident that Cloud9 will strive to aim higher than they ever have before; they’ve shown that they’ve got the potential and performing in high stress situations has been favouring them. Once they’re on the world’s stage I think they’ll work through the Group stage with some degree of comfort, depending on the group they’re placed in, and will prove themselves to be one of North Americas greatest teams, representing their region with everything they’ve got to show.
Cloud9 – World Championship Roster
- Top: Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong
- Jungle: William “Meteos” Hartman
- Mid: Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen
- ADC: Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi
- Support: Andy “Smoothie” Ta
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