The world of competitive gaming is a wild and unpredictable place. After all, who could have predicted that the last team to win Worlds would be North American?
The league of legends esports is one of the most popular games in the world. With millions of players, it has also been one of the most profitable. However, there are only 8 teams that will be attending Worlds 2021!
Everyone is welcome! We now know who will be attending Worlds now that all 11 leagues have completed their Summer Playoffs! And, as a result, the ones who won’t. I just want to clarify that, despite the fact that there have been some solid rumors about VCS’s involvement in the event, I won’t put them in the table until Riot makes an announcement.
-Team #81 from the LPL: Rare Atom (RA). This squad, formerly known as Vici Gaming, stunned everyone with their performance this split. This organization has had nothing but bad luck from 2015 to 2020, even finishing 16th and 15th in 2019.
However, in the summer of 2021, this squad appeared to connect, finishing third in the Regular Split and nearly defeating WE in the Playoffs in a tight 2-3 series, putting them in fifth place. Despite making it this far, RA was ousted in the Regional Finals following a 3-0 loss to LNG, thus eliminating them from Worlds contention.
Congratulations to the players and coaches for earning their best split to date.
-Team #82 from the LJL: AXIZ (AXZ). After getting swept by DFM and living and dying by the 3-0, the shark’s journey finishes in third place.
After joining the league in the spring of 2019, this organization’s first five splits were abysmal, with them placing eighth three times and only reaching the playoffs once. AXIZ, like RA, moved up in the previous split, which was their finest thus yet, placing third in both the Regular and Playoffs.
Their midlane is named Megumiin, which is a fun fact. Cultured individual.
-From the TCL, NASR eSports Turkey (NSR) is team #83. NASR finish 2nd in the Playoffs after a massive thrashing by GS.
This organization just recently entered the league, in the spring of 2021, after buying the spot of previous Turkish champion Royal Youth. They finished 3rd in Regular Season and 5th in Playoffs in their first split; currently they finish 3rd in RS and 2nd in Playoffs. For their first year, I’d say they performed quite well.
CrowCrowd (CC) from the LCL is team #84. Following a 3-1 victory against UOL in the King’s Match, CC proceeded to the finals, where they would once again face the Unicorns, who gained their vengeance in a tight 3-2 series, denying the Crow Gang their first LCL championship.
This team was promoted to the LCL in the spring of 2020 after previously playing in the CIS Challenger Series. Aside from their initial split, they’ve done pretty well, often finishing third in both the Regular Season and the Playoffs, and reaching the Playoffs finals twice this year.
Rensga Esports (RNS) from the CBLOL is team #85. Rensga’s Miracle Run comes to an end when they fall 1-3 to the RED Canids, who make their first appearance on the international scene and at the Worlds.
Rensga debuted in the CBLOL in the spring of 2021, finishing dead last. They finished fourth in the Summer and advanced to the finals after rebuilding and improving. I’m aware that there is a narrative between this org’s players and RED’s, but I’m not very acquainted with it, so feel free to remark on it in the comments.
-LJL’s Rascal Jester (RJ) is on Team #86. The Jesters went to the finals with a close 3-2 victory against DFM, but the multi-time winners struck back, sweeping them and denying them the opportunity to lift the trophy.
This club joined the LJL in the spring of 2016, and throughout their first three years there, they were often threatened with relegation, even failing to qualify for the league on two occasions. Despite some poor performances in 2019, Rascal Jester improved in 2021, finishing second twice in the Regular Split and third and second in the Playoffs.
-Team #87 from the LPL: Team WE (WE). After losing 0-3 to FPX and EDG in the upper and lower bracket semifinals, WE had a chance to qualify for Worlds by winning one of two Bo5 matches in the Regional Finals, but they fell to both RNG and LNG, putting them out.
Formerly known as World Elite, they are one of the most famous Chinese League of Legends teams, having competed in the League esports scene since 2011. They’ve been in the LPL since its inception, winning the title in the spring of 2017. They competed at Worlds 2012 and reached the quarterfinals of both Worlds and MSI 2017.
I suppose this is the end of the road for me. When Riot speaks anything on the subject, I’ll write a VCS post. I’d want to thank everyone who has supported me on my trip, as well as those who have assisted me in tracking teams and discussing leagues.
Stay hydrated and see you all soon!
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