LoL Worlds 2019's group of death is impossible to call

When the draw was taking place, League of Legends esports fans from around the world were left gobsmacked when Team Vitality mid-laner Daniele "Jiizuke" di Mauro drew out the final ball for Group C.

In perhaps the most stacked group in Worlds history, Group C will be contested by three-time World Champions SK Telecom T1, the most decorated team in European history in Fnatic and legendary Chinese organisation Royal Never Give Up. It may say predictions in the headline but this group is near-impossible to call.

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SK Telecom T1

SKT has returned to the Worlds stage after surprisingly missing out last year. The most iconic team in LoL esports history was rebuilt in the Summer with legendary mid-laner Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok now being supported by Kim "Khan" Dong-ha, Kim "Clid" Tae-min, Park "Teddy" Jin-seong and young support Lee "Effort" Sang-ho who has managed to secure a starting place ahead of perhaps the greatest support of all-time Cho "Mata" Se-hyeong.

This new-look team still sports the clean and controlled style that SKT is famed for but now has the aggression and mechanical talent to slog out a win through fighting if necessary.

The calibre of ADC in this group is astonishing and it will be invigorating to watch 21-year-old Teddy take on the likes of Martin "Rekkles" Larsson and Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao in his first World Championship appearance.

It was almost surprising how easily SKT claimed the LCK Summer Split title as they obliterated a nervous Griffin side. Though, SKT failed internationally earlier in the year as they were eliminated from the Mid Season Invitational by eventual winners G2 in the semi-finals. They'll be hoping they can defeat European opposition this time around.

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It has been a mixed season for Fnatic. Following an outstanding performance at Worlds last year which saw Fnatic reach the final, the team appeared to have a hangover come the start of the Spring Split and went on a big losing streak before eventually recovering and narrowly making the Playoffs.

Fast forward to Summer and Fnatic pushed G2 to their limit in the Summer finals in potentially the greatest best-of-five Europe has ever seen. Fnatic once again look like one of the best teams in the world and won't be contempt being hidden behind G2's shadow.


All eyes will be on Tim "Nemesis" Lipovšek as he has reached the World Championships in his debut year. So far, the Slovenian mid-laner has proven to possess ice-cold composure and won't be phased with matching-up against Faker. He will also be delighted to see that Twisted Fate, the champion that he used to absolutely dominate in the Playoffs and Gauntlet, has been buffed for the Worlds patch. If any team is foolish to not ban that pick against him, Nemesis will take over the game.

Fnatic will want to go one step further and lift the Summoner's Cup eight years since the organisation did back in Season 1. This is an incredibly tough group but if Fnatic can top it, their confidence will be unshakeable.

Royal Never Give Up

The LPL second seeds are always fearsome opponents, last year they were red hot favourites to win the World Championships. The team is still incredibly strong and are without a shadow of a doubt, title contenders once again.

If the meta turns out to be bot-lane focused, RNG will undoubtedly thrive as they continue to do everything in their power to set-up ADC Uzi for success. However, they should be able to pivot if need be as mid-laner Li "Xiaohu" Yuan-Hao has been phenomenal this year.

European opposition caused RNG a lot of issues last year as Team Vitality shocked them in Groups before G2 eventually knocked them out of the tournament in the quarter-finals.


The Chinese team will be determined to get one over old rivals Fnatic and certainly could take down SKT too. If they prove to be too one-dimensional again, this group will certainly punish them. However, RNG have had a year to learn from previous mistakes and should be able to go toe-to-toe in this group.

Possible Play-In teams

If all four of the top seeds from the Play-Ins make it into Groups, North America's Clutch Gaming will have to be put into this Group which will almost certainly end their international run.

However, there's always the possibility of upsets with best-of-ones and world-class top-laner Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon will have the extra motivation of facing his former teams, SKT and Fnatic. We all know he can carry a game if he finds an advantage.

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