Legacies On The Line; World finals 2016 preview

Legacies On The Line; World finals 2016 preview

Note: Really sorry for no pictures on this one, I originally had side to sides of each player, but the formatting wasn’t at all a fan of that idea, and it ended up making the whole article look like a mess. Really sorry if that negatively affects your reading experience, but you’ll get to see all the player’s on stage this Saturday either way!

After their month long struggles to get to the finals, two Korean powerhouses have emerged. This Saturday, SKT’s established roster of battle-tested kings and Samsung’s band of would-be usurpers will face off to determine which of the two teams is not only the best in Korea, but the entire world.

Coming from the left side of the bracket, SK Telecom have all the accolades in the world in their trophy case, and boast a roster of players who could all be considered among the all time greats. To put it bluntly, SKT not winning the tournament for their second time in a row would be a massive upset.

On the other side of the bracket are Samsung Galaxy; the heavy underdogs with a roster that has not only two players who have changed from their original roles, but also a complete rookie serving as their AD carry. While it may seem dire for Samsung’s hopes in the match, a win would be monumental for several of their players, who have spent their careers in SK Telecom’s shadow.

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Surviving the cruel winter; Winterfox’s LCS Ordeals

Surviving the cruel winter; Winterfox’s LCS Ordeals

Beginning Anew; North America’s Evil Geniuses

Before the expansion of the LCS into a 10 team format, North American talent was generally divided into two categories; the title contenders, and those fighting to stay afloat.

While every iteration of the Winterfox roster ended up struggling at the bottom of the barrel, they were also a sign of the changing of the guard, which took place over their LCS run.

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2016 World Championship Overview; Group B

2016 World Championship Overview; Group B

 

While some groups have clear projected winners and losers, all of the teams in group B can theoretically make it to the next stage. From SK Telecom’s hopes to prove that they can still live up to their first place legacy, to I May’s goal of making a splash in their first split together, every team in this group is hungry to prove that they have what it takes to be the best.

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2016 world championship overview; group A

2016 world championship overview; group A

 

For group A, the biggest tossup is over the second place spot. While the Korea’s ROX Tigers seem poised to take first in their group without much opposition, both North America’s CounterLogic Gaming and Europe’s  G2 Esports can put up a fight for second place. Trailing behind the pack is the Russian Albus Nox Luna.

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