Play-In Stage #1 LoL Worlds 2017 – Preview and Predictions

The first part of the 2017 LoL Worlds Play-In Stage, and thus the start of the 2017 LoL World Championship, will be held on September 23, 2017, giving twelve teams the chance to advance to the second round and play for a seed in the Group Stage. This is the first LoL World Championship where the Play-In Stage will be used and it will enable the teams of the smaller regions to participate in the event. The International Wildcard Qualifier is no longer necessary. Instead, the teams of the eight former wildcard regions, with teams from Europe (EU LCS), North America (NA LCS), China (LPL) and Taiwan – Hong Kong – Macau (LMS), will be allowed to compete in this first round of the Play-In Stage and play for eight places in the final Play-In round #2. The question of whether all the teams in the four regions mentioned above manage to move up and eventually claim a place in the group stage, or whether one of the wildcard teams will be able to catch the surprise, will be particularly exciting. The #1 seed from Southeast Asia is already directly qualified for the Group Stage of the LoL World Championships due to the results of the region at the MSI 2017. The group draw of the LoL WM 2017 will take place on September 12, 2017.

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League of Legends Icon Schedule and Groups | Play-In Stage #1

In the first stage (Play-In) of the 2017 League of Legends World Championship, 12 teams fight for the remaining 4 seeds of the group stage. The Play-In Stage will be held from September 23rd to September 29th, 2017 and will consist of two rounds. In Round #1 the teams will be divided into four groups where they battle each other, the best 2 teams of each group will move on to 2017 LoL Worlds Play-In Stage #2.

Play-In Round 1 Group Stage Tables and Standings (Final Score Group A and B)

Play-In Group A
1. League of Legends Team WE Logo LoL Worlds Team WE
4-0
2. League of Legends Lyons Gaming Logo LoL Worlds Lyon Gaming 2-2
3. League of Legends Gambit Esports Logo LoL Worlds Gambit.CIS 0-4
Play-In Group B
1. Cloud9 Team Logo dota2 Cloud9 4-0
2. League of Legends Team oNe eSports Logo LoL Worlds Team oNe eSports 2-3
3. League of Legends Dire Wolves Logo LoL Worlds Dire Wolves 1-4
Play-In Group C
1. League of Legends Fnatic Logo LoL Worlds Fnatic 3-1
2. Young Generation GPL Logo Young Generation 2-2
3. Kaos Latin Gamer League of Legends Logo Kaos Latin Gamers 1-3
Play-In Group D
1. 1907 Fenerbahçe League of Legends Logo 1907 Fenerbahce 4-1
2. League of Legends Hong Kong Logo LoL Worlds HKA
3-2
3. League of Legends Rampage Logo LoL Worlds Rampage 0-4
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Upcoming LoL Worlds 2017 Play-In Stage #1 Matches:

  Play-In Stage #1 – Day 4 – Tuesday, September 26th 

Match #1: League of Legends Hong Kong Logo LoL Worlds Hong Kong Attitude vs. Rampage League of Legends Rampage Logo LoL Worlds   1 :
Start Time: September 26th, 10:00 PM PDT (previous day) / 01:00 AM EDT / 07:00 CEST

Match #2: Kaos Latin Gamer League of Legends Logo Kaos Latin Gamers vs. Young Generation Young Generation GPL Logo   0
Start Time: September 26th, 11:00 PM PDT (previous day) / 02:00 AM EDT / 08:00 CEST

Match #3: 1907 Fenerbahçe League of Legends Logo 1907 Fenerbahce vs. Rampage League of Legends Rampage Logo LoL Worlds   1 :
Start Time: September 26th, 12:00 AM PDT / 03:00 AM EDT / 09:00 CEST

Match #4: Kaos Latin Gamer League of Legends Logo Kaos Latin Gamers vs. Fnatic League of Legends Fnatic Logo LoL Worlds   0
Start Time: September 26th, 01:00 AM PDT / 04:00 AM EDT / 10:00 CEST

Match #5: 1907 Fenerbahçe League of Legends Logo 1907 Fenerbahce vs. Hong Kong Attitude League of Legends Hong Kong Logo LoL Worlds   0
Start Time: September 26th, 02:00 AM PDT / 05:00 AM EDT / 11:00 CEST

Match #6: League of Legends Fnatic Logo LoL Worlds Fnatic vs. Young Generation Young Generation GPL Logo   0
Start Time: September 26th, 03:00 PM PDT / 06:00 PM EDT / 12:00 CEST

Tiebreaker Group D:
Match #7: 1907 Fenerbahçe League of Legends Logo 1907 Fenerbahce vs. Hong Kong Attitude League of Legends Hong Kong Logo LoL Worlds    1 :
Start Time: September 26th, 04:00 AM PDT / 07:00 AM EDT / 13:00 CEST

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Play-In Stage #1 – Day 4 – Tuesday, September 26th 

Hong Kong Attitude vs. Rampage Play-In Stage LoL Worlds 2017
League of Legends Hong Kong Logo LoL Worlds Hong Kong Attitude vs. Rampage League of Legends Rampage Logo LoL Worlds

Start Time: September 26th, 10:00 PM PDT (previous day) / 01:00 AM EDT / 07:00 CEST

HK Attitude has already made an impact so far during this World Championship, they were able to conquer Rampage in a previous match but will RPG get the better of them this time? Both teams had trouble in their games against 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports but are looking to make an additional step forward here. Who will come out on top? Tune into the series when it goes live on Tuesday, September 26th, to find out!

Hong Kong Attitude LPL League of Legends LogoHK Attitude – HKA have already managed to take down RPG and I think they’re only going to solidify their position. They’ve shown some fantastic team fighting and if they can get a hold of a lead they’ll quickly take down their opponents. HKA do have macro issues though, if RPG catch wind of this we could be looking at an interesting game.

League of Legends Rampage Logo LoLRampage – RPG have encountered quite a few issues when performing on the World Championship stage already but if they can calm their nerves they could look to strike a few blows and make an impact. We’re reaching a close for the play-ins and RPG need to make their move now.

Prediction: HK Attitude Victory. HKA have already been able to take down RPG in their previous encounter and they won by a convincing margin. Both teams faced off against 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports but HKA definitely put on a stronger performance, I expect their consistency to carry them through this game.

Kaos Latin Gamers vs. Fnatic Play-In Stage LoL Worlds 2017
Kaos Latin Gamer League of Legends Logo Kaos Latin Gamers vs. Fnatic League of Legends Fnatic Logo LoL Worlds

Start Time: September 26th, 01:00 AM PDT / 04:00 AM EDT / 10:00 CEST

Kaos Latin Gamers have shown that they can put on some dominant performances but their last match against Fnatic certainly didn’t go well for them. If they can step into this game with more confidence I’m sure they’ll challenge Fnatic. Who will come out on top? Tune into the game when it goes live on Tuesday, September 26th, to find out!

kaos latin gamers - IWC BrazilKaos Latin Gamers – KLG have put on some strong performances so far and they’ve shown that they can perform when under pressure, if they can apply some confidence to their earlier stages they could look to cause some serious trouble for Fnatic.

 

Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2017Fnatic – FNC are yet to drop a game in the play-ins and they’re put on some extremely dominant performances. They’re looking to progress and they’re well within reach. If they can perform consistently and prove their strength they’ll step forward in no time.

Prediction: Fnatic Victory. Fnatic have already proven that they’re ahead of the curve in comparison to a lot of these other performing teams; they’ve taken dominating leads and have continued to prove their strength. I expect no different heading into this game.

Play-In Stage #1 – Day 3 – Monday, September 25th 

Rampage vs. Hong Kong Attitude Play-In Stage LoL Worlds 2017
League of Legends Rampage Logo LoL Worlds Rampage vs. Hong Kong Attitude Hong Kong Attitude LMS League of Legends Logo

Start Time: September 25th, 11:00 PM PDT (previous day) / 02:00 AM EDT / 08:00 CEST

HK Attitude put on some striking performances to earn their place at the World Championship and they’re going to look to solidify their place on this stage. Rampage was able to dominate the majority of their games for the Summer Split but their previous international performances were lacking, this is their time to prove themselves. Who will come out on top? Tune into the series when it goes live on Monday, September 25th, to find out!

League of Legends Rampage Logo LoLRampage – RPG put on some strong performances in their own region but their history playing on an international stage is worrying. They’ve certainly made improvements and they’re ready to make an impact but can they perform on the same level as these other top teams?

Hong Kong Attitude LPL League of Legends LogoHK Attitude – HKA Attitude have shown that if they can find a lead, they will run away with it. Their performances at the end of their Summer Split were phenomenal; now that they’re representing their region they’re only going to be better.

 

Prediction: HK Attitude Victory. HK Attitude have had more consistent performances than RPG in their respective regions and HKA have been faster to adapt throughout their games, leading to more comebacks, so I think HKA have more tools to take this game.

Young Generation vs. Fnatic Play-In Stage LoL Worlds 2017
Young Generation GPL Logo Young Generation vs. Fnatic League of Legends Fnatic Logo LoL Worlds

Start Time: September 25th, 02:00 AM PDT / 05:00 AM EDT / 11:00 CEST

Fnatic ran into some problems when they were pushing for their World Championship position but they finally managed it, they had a strategy that was difficult to handle but now they’ve got styles to choose from. YG have shown some phenomenal forms of aggression but how well will that pay off? Tune into the game when it goes live on Monday, September 25th, to find out!

Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2017Fnatic – Their style was originally working in the earlier stages of the split and it was working well, other teams managed to adapt to the style and eventually gave FNC a lot of trouble. They’ve revitalised their strengths and are now ready to make an impact!

 

Young Generation GPL League of Legends LogoYoung Generation – YG have grown as a team, they’ve put on some strong performances and have shown that their team fighting can be dominant. If YG manage to get in a lead they could look to give FNC a lot of trouble.

 

Prediction: Fnatic Victory. FNC have taken on a dominant form that’s ready to thrive on the World Championship stage once again. I think their new found macro management skills are going to give them more stable win conditions.

Play-In Stage #1 – Day 2 – Sunday, September 24th

Lyon Gaming vs. Team WE Play-In Stage LoL Worlds 2017
League of Legends Lyons Gaming Logo LoL Worlds Lyon Gaming vs. Team WE League of Legends Team WE Logo LoL Worlds

Start Time: September 24th, 11:00 PM PDT (previous day) / 02:00 AM EDT / 08:00 CEST

Lyon Gaming was able to put up a significant fight in their previous encounter against Team WE, the game stretched to 47mins but the macro management and map control of LYN fell short. Now that they’ve had some first-hand experience they could jump in during this game and surprise us. Will Team WE keep their clean record? Tune into the series when it goes live on Sunday, September 4th, to find out!

League of Legends Lyons Gaming Logo LoLLyon Gaming – With a scaling composition they were able to hold their own against Team WE throughout many of the stages in their previous game. If they can apply a stronger focus to other map objectives and build some tempo to siege they’re going to be much stronger contenders.

League of Legends Team WE Logo LoLTeam WE – Team WE are currently at the top of their group, they manage to win every game that they’ve participated in so far and their macro management is giving them an edge. They’re often taking unfavourable fights and this could let them down in the future.

Prediction: Team WE Victory. I think Lyon Gaming are going to put up an even stronger fight during this game but with how strong the map control and macro management of Team WE appear in their last game I expect Team WE to find another way on top.

Cloud9 vs. Dire Wolves Play-In Stage LoL Worlds 2017
League of Legends Cloud9 Logo LoL Worlds Cloud9 vs. Dire Wolves League of Legends Dire Wolves Logo LoL Worlds

Start Time: September 24th, 12:00 AM PDT / 03:00 AM EDT / 09:00 CEST

Cloud 9 were able to put on a fairly dominant performance when they were last facing off against the Dire Wolves, they manage to mass a 14k gold lead by the 28min end but after experiencing Cloud 9 first-hand the Dire Wolves could look for some revenge. Who will come out on top? Tune into the series when it goes live on Sunday, September 24th, to find out!

Team Logo Cloud9 NA LCS 2017Cloud 9 – C9 put on some dominant performances when they met the World Championship stage, both of their games ended with them sitting at roughly a 13k gold lead. Their macro management on the international stage has been deadly, dragon control is much improved and they’re looking to make an impact.

League of Legends Dire Wolves Logo LoLDire Wolves – DW had a hard time when they last encountered C9 but their performance against ONE really made their potential shine. They’ve shown that they can build significant leads and close out games quickly when at an advantage but they’re still a little shy to contest the earlier stages, if they play with more confidence they could look to have more of an impact.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. C9 put on a string of dominant performances when they first made it to the World Championship stage and I think they’re only going to improve. Dire Wolves might be able to put up more of a fight against C9 now that they have first-hand experience against them but I expect the map control from C9 to put them at a significant advantage.

Play-In Stage #1 – Day 1 – Saturday, September 23rd

Cloud9 vs. Team oNe eSports Play-In Stage LoL Worlds 2017
League of Legends Cloud9 Logo LoL Worlds Cloud9 vs. Team oNe eSports League of Legends Team oNe eSports Logo LoL Worlds

Start Time: September 23rd, 11:30 PM PDT (previous day) / 02:30 AM EDT / 08:30 CEST

ONE didn’t have the strongest string of performances during the CBLoL Summer Split but they managed to take down Pain Gaming in the Summer Playoffs with some room to breathe. They’ve made some huge improvements recently and will be representing Brazil, a forever improving competitive region, during this tournament. Cloud 9 had constant issues throughout the NA LCS but put on some phenomenal performances during the NA LCS Regional Qualifier Tournament, who will come out on top? Tune into the series when it goes live on Saturday, September 23rd, to find out!

League of Legends Team oNe eSports Logo LoLTeam oNe Esports – ONE have proven to be the strongest performing team in their region, it wasn’t an easy task but by the end of it they were clearly ahead of the other competing teams. Brazil has made annual improvements and has made more impact during Worlds with every passing year, I expect ONE to keep this trend going.

Team Logo Cloud9 NA LCS 2017Cloud9 – C9 certainly had their issues during the NA LCS Summer Split but when push came to shove they were able to put on some significant performances and were able to take down a top performing team in North America. If they’ve continued to improve their macro management could prove difficult for ONE to keep up with.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. Brazilian teams have often put on aggressive performances, this can work out great if they’re able to execute it well in the earlier stages of the game, but they’ve always lacked stronger macro management. I think C9 will find a way to control the middle and later stages of the game, leading them to their win.

Gambit Esports vs. Team WE Play-In Stage LoL Worlds 2017
League of Legends Gambit Esports Logo LoL Worlds Gambit Esports vs. Team WE League of Legends Team WE Logo LoL Worlds

Start Time: September 23rd, 02:30 AM PDT / 05:30 AM EDT / 11:30 CEST

GMB had a phenomenal streak of performances during their LCL run and ended the Summer Split with an astounding 13:1 series score. They had a few issues in the Playoffs but managed to come out on top of M19 and secured their position at the World Championship. Team WE had a few issues on their run through the Regional Qualifier tournament in the LPL but had also shown some great potential. Who will come out on top? Tune into the series when it goes live on Saturday, September 23rd, to find out!

League of Legends Gambit Esports Logo LoLGambit.CIS – GMB have shown phenomenal strength in their region but how well will they perform on an international stage? Gambit has a staggering history of performances against international teams and if they’re underestimated at any point they’re going to run rampant.

League of Legends Team WE Logo LoLTeam WE – WE have shown that if they can get a hold of an early lead they will destroy all stages of the game, they’re dangerous when it comes to objective control and will quite happily skirmish and fight their way to victory. If GMB can’t lock them down then WE are going to get some serious work done.

Prediction: Gambit.CIS Victory. Gambit has rarely been challenged in the LCL region and they’ve got some extremely talented players on their team that are just waiting to unleash their potential. I expect Diamondprox to have a significant impact on this series and I think their team fighting could throw WE into some dangerous positions.

 

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