There are a lot of ‘minor’ regions compiled into the WildCard Qualifiers and unfortunately for them there are only 2 positions to fill. The WildCard is done in a very different way to the other regions, because there are so many competing teams they’ve got to be narrowed down dramatically. Brazil, Russia, Japan, Latin America Norte, Latin America Sur, Oceania, Southeast Asia and Turkey all get to put forward their 1st placed team from their local leagues. Once the teams are compiled into an LCS style tournament they’re set to go. They battle out and see who comes out on top of a single round robin single elimination tournament where the top 4 teams get to fight for a chance to make it to the League of Legends World Championship 2016. They’ve got to make it to the finals to earn their place though. The top 2 seeds from the WildCard Playoffs qualify for the World Championship and this is how both INTZ e-Sports and Albus Nox Luna made it.
WildCard teams are known for having an extremely hard time during the World Championship but during 2015 they were proving to be more difficult than other teams had anticipated and if they’ve continued this string of improvements they could be trouble. If records can be broken by WildCard teams in 2015 why couldn’t they in 2016 too? The group stage is as far as any previous WildCard team has made it, these teams will be looking to push further than that but it’s going to be the most challenging thing for them to do in their professional careers. They’ll need to work through a double round robin and come out in 1st or 2nd in their groups to qualify for the knockout stage, can they pull off what no WildCard team has managed before them?
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Qualified by: Winning the WildCard Regional Qualifiers.
Groupstage: LoL Worlds 2016 Group C.
Achievements: 1st Place 2016 CBLoL Stage 2 Playoffs, 2nd Place 2016 CBLoL Stage 2, 4th Place 2016 International Wild Card Invitational.
INTZ are a Brazilian team with an entire roster of local Brazilian players. This means they’ve got their communication intact. This has been easily proven time and time again as INTZ are possibly the best performing Wild Card team to ever qualify for the World Championship. INTZ broke a CBLoL record during 2015 for winning the most consecutive matches; they went 14 matches without losing a single game in 2015 and came back in 2016 with even more phenomenal performances. Their roster is what is most concerning; they’ve got a free spirit when it comes to the team and a lot of the players have regularly left and joined the team. This could have built a gap between the players and could change how well they play the game together. It shouldn’t be too much of an issue as they’ve had plenty of time to reunite and improve. This became apparent when they crushed the International Qualifiers and took down Dark Passage in a phenomenal 5 game series. INTZ have broken records again and look to be a promising team to do something similar at the World Championship, could they be the first Wild Card team to make it out of the group stage? It will all depend on who they’re grouped with. If they’re doing their best and are performing on par with how they were during the Wild Card Regional Qualifiers then I could see them giving 1st seed teams from other regions and hard time but actually taking games off of them will be a true feat of strength.
INTZ e-Sports – World Championship Roster
- Top: Felipe “Yang” Zhao
- Jungle: Gabriel “Revolta” Henud
- Mid: Gabriel “Tockers” Claumann
- ADC: Micael “micaO” Rodrigues
- Support: Luan “Jockster” Cardoso
Qualified by: 2nd place during 2016 Regional WildCard Qualifiers.
Groupstage: LoL Worlds 2016 Group A.
Achievements: 1st place 2016 LCL Summer Split, 1st place 2016 LCL Summer Playoffs, 2nd Place 2016 International WildCard Qualifiers.
Albus Nox Luna have been full of surprises, they took their position in the regional qualifiers by destroying their local tournament and going 13:1. This was just the beginning for them as they went on to impact the WildCard tournament and took 4th place after a bit of trouble; this was enough for them to earn a place in the knockout stage. During the knockout stage they only needed to win their 1st series to make it into the finals and qualify for the 2016 World Championship. Things weren’t looking too good for them as they were the 4th placed team going against the 1st placed team; they slowly took control of the series after a phenomenal 5 game series. After that single victory they were ready to prove themselves on an international level. I’m not as confident about ANX as I am with ITZ because of their histories but ANX have proven themselves time and time again. Even when they were known as “Hard Random” they were putting on phenomenal matches and really challenging their opponents. This year during the World Championship they’re going to want to be hopeful and try to land In a good group, if they’re lucky enough they might be able to go for a WildCard 1st and make it out of the group stage, what are the odds though? Albus Nox Luna are certainly carrying a lot of weight on their shoulders as a Russian team, the last Russian team to become a dominant force worked their way through many international tournament and became an inspiration to teams all around the world. They constantly changed the meta and made their opponents regret their decisions, can ANX pull off something similar? We’ll have to find out if ANX are the chosen WildCard team when the games finally kick off!
Albus Nox Luna – World Championship Roster
- Top: Dmitry “Smurf” Ivanov
- Jungle: Alexander “PvPStejos” Glazkov
- Mid: Michael “Kira” Garmash
- ADC: Vladislav “aMiracle” Scherbyna
- Support: Kirill “Likkrit” Malofeev
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