Events by Adam Fitch September 26, 2018 1.05K

League of Legends 2018 World Championship Groups have been drawn

The most prestigious League of Legends tournament of the year, the 2018 World Championship, is quickly approaching – now the groups have been drawn, and it’s looking rather bleak for North America.

With a number of teams in attendance, such as the likes of kt Rolster and Royal Never Give Up – it’s going to be a tough competition for all. The play-in stage groups include a number of big names, from European side G2 Esports to China’s EDward Gaming, so that too won’t be an easy ride for anybody involved.

The play-in stage is tiered, with twelve teams being whittled down to eight until the knockout phase kicks in. From there, they will join the main groups where the top two teams from each will advance to another knockout stage. It sounds complicated, but it’s basically survival of the fittest.

Let’s take a look at the groups!

Play-in stage groups

For each group, you’ll find our prediction for who will make it through into the main group stage in bold. Whether you agree or disagree, we implore you to let us know on Twitter!

Group A

🇨🇳 EDward Gaming
🇨🇷 Infinity eSports
🇦🇺 Dire Wolves

Group B

🇪🇸 G2 Esports
🇹🇷 Supermassive
🇹🇭 Ascension Gaming

Group C

🇺🇸 Cloud9
🇧🇷 KaBuM!
🇯🇵 DetonatioN FocusMe

Group D

🇭🇰 G-Rex
🇬🇧 Gambit
🇨🇱 Kaos Latin Gamers

Group stage pools

Due to the groups not being solidified yet due to the play-in stage, it’s hard to give predictions without delving into multiple possibilities in each of the four groups. Check back once the play-in stage is done for our main group thoughts and predictions!

Group A

🇹🇼 Flash Wolves
🇰🇷 Afreeca Freecs
🇻🇳 Phong Vũ Buffalo

Group B

🇨🇳 Royal Never Give Up
🇰🇷 Gen.G
🇫🇷 Vitality

Group C

🇰🇷 kt Rolster
🇹🇼 Mad Team
🇺🇸 Team Liquid

Group D

🇬🇧 Fnatic
🇺🇸 100 Thieves
🇨🇳 Invictus Gaming

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