The final battles of the 2018 Summer Split were fought, regional champions shed tears of joy and raised their well-earned trophies – but now all 24 participants of the 2018 League of Legends World Championship have been determined. Some teams qualified as reigning champions of the 2018 Summer Splits, others eagerly collected championship points throughout the season and still others rose from the ashes of the regional qualifier tournaments. The draw for the LoL World Championship group stage was astoundishing, strong performances at these year‘s Mid-Season Invitational tournament secured a spot in the popular lottery pot A for the proud regions of China, South Korea, Europe and Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau. The exciting Play-In stage of big international tournaments has been successfully established, the Wildcard champions are again fighting in a preliminary round for the last four remaining spots of the main tournament. However, in contrast to South Korea's supremacy in recent years, the role of the favourites has changed somewhat: many experts expect the Chinese teams to have an edge over their opponents – first and foremost the challengers of Royal Never Give Up and Invictus Gaming. But also the reigning world champions of Generation Gaming and the gladiators of KT Rolster are very popular amongst countless fans all over the world and serious eSports betting sites, the western flag is only held up high by the superstars in the jersey of Fnatic. Of course you can already place bets on the winner of the 2018 World Championship, more information about the different bets and betting odds of the 2018 LoL Worlds can be found right here. We wish you lots of fun with hopefully eye-popping duels on Summoner’s Rift!
Overview: Qualified Teams | LoL Worlds 2018
Also this year 24 strong challengers from all over the world were ablte to qualify for the League of Legends World Championship. After the Play-In stage of the tournament this field will be reduced to the 16 strongest teams and divided into four groups for the Group Stage. In the following playoffs, the new world champion and therefore best team of the year 2018 will be crowned in exciting best-of-5 series.
|Europe (EU LCS)|
|North America (NA LCS)|
|South Korea (LCK)|
Royal Never Give Up
|Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao (LMS)|
Phong Vü Buffalo
|Latin America North (LLN)
Infinity eSports CR
|Latin America South (CLS)
Kaos Latin Gamers
Super Massive eSports
|Globe Conquerors Manila Champion (SEA)|
Qualified Teams in detail | LoL Worlds 2018
LoL Worlds 2018 Teams of Europe (EU LCS 2018)
The European veterans – Fnatic managed to qualify for the League of Legends World Championship almost every season. After losing out to G2 Esports in the last two years, Caps and his teammates were able to win the Spring Split as well as take the direct ticket to the 2018 LoL World Championships as champions of the Summer season. As a further highlight for the European fans, Fnatic was able to gloriously win the Rift Rivals against North America with 3:1 for Europe. With Bwipo and sOAZ as possible toplaners, the team's strategies vary according to their opponents and they try to put their superstars Rekkles and Caps in the best possible positions to let them carry the team. This year Fnatic wants to prove once again that Western teams can also fight their way into the Top 4 of the world.
- Toplane: Paul „sOAZ“Boyer
- Toplane:Gabriël “Bwipo”Rau
- Jungle:Mads „Broxah“Brock-Pedersen
- Midlane:Rasmus „Caps“Winther
- AD-Carry:Martin „Rekkles“Larsson
- Support: Zdravets “Hylissang”Iliev Galabov
Already in their LCS entry season in 2016 Team Vitality could surprisingly convince many fans with a third place in the Spring Split – unfortunately, the team’s performance went downhill right afterwards. After Vitality failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2017, they changed their roster in 2018 and could strengthen their midlane and botlane with the rookies Jiizuke and Attila. With a fourth place in the Spring Split and the bronze medal of the Summer season in their pack, they had enough Championship points to just overtrump the FC Schalke 04 and G2 Esports. Unfortunately, they caught a very difficult group, now it is up to coach YamatoCannon to adjust his warriors perfectly to the tournament.
- Toplane: Lucas „Cabochard“Simon-Meslet
- Jungle:Erberk „Gilius“Demir
- Jungle:Mateusz „Kikis“ Szkudlarek
- Midlane:Daniele „Jiizuke“di Mauro
- AD-Carry:Amadeu „Attila“Carvalho
- Support: Jakub „Jactroll“Skurzyński
Veni, vidi, vici – this is how the glorious past of G2 Esports since their first entry in the European LCS can be described. After only three years in the premier league, we can call G2 Esports as one of the most dominant teams in the league. The international appearances however – outside of a final against SK Telecom T1 at the Mid-Season Invitational tournament – have been rather disappointing so far. After the team could not overcome the group stage of the LoL World Championship twice, Perkz and his teammates now even have to overcome the hurdle of the Play-In stage. Nevertheless, G2 Esports has surely the class to compete with other international challengers.
- Toplane: Martin „Wunder“Hansen
- Jungle:Marcin „Jankos“Jankowski
- Midlane:Luka „Perkz“Perković
- AD-Carry:Petter „Hjarnan“Freyschuss
- Support: Kim „Wadid“Bae-in
LoL Worlds 2018 Teams of North America (NA LCS 2018)
With the end of the 2018 season, we can finally say that Team Liquid's curse of fourth places was broken and the franchising system helped the team to build a strong squad. With superstar Doublelift in the line-up, the team was able to win both Spring Split and Summer Split – each time winning the finals with a clean 3-0 victory over their opponents. However, hardly a player in their roster could convince so far also internationally. However, since the defeat against Fnatic at the Mid-Season Invitational tournament they are longing for revenge. The playstyle of Team Liquid is similar to the botlane-centered game of Royal Never Give Up, now AD-Carry Doublelift has to show how far he can take his teammates in the tournament.
- Toplane: Jung „Impact“ Eon-yeong
- Jungle:Jake „Xmithie“Puchero
- Midlane:Eugene „Pobelter“Park
- AD-Carry:Yiliang „Doublelift“Peng
- Support: Kim „Olleh“Joo-sung
Without the new franchising system of the North American LCS, the 100 Thieves would probably not exist and the region would have a strong team less. But the ex-professional Call of Duty player Nadeshot mobilized his reserves and convinced veterans like Ssumday, aphromoo and Ryu to join his team. Unfortunately, they lost to Team Liquid with 3:0 in the finals of the Spring Split 2018 but after a fourth place in the summer season the Championship points were enough for a direct qualification to the LoL World Championship. At the moment there is a dispute on the AD-Carry position, we are curious whether Cody Sun or Rikara will appear for the team in the starting roster. The team still has the quality to take games from Fnatic as well as Invictus Gaming in Group D.
- Toplane: Kim „Ssumday“ Chan-ho
- Jungle:Andy „AnDa“Hoang
- Midlane:Yoo „Ryu“Sang-wook
- AD-Carry:Cody „Cody Sun“Sun
- AD-Carry: Richard „Rikara“Samuel Oh
- Support: Zaqueri „aphromoo“Black
The Cloud9 team witnessed an emotional rollercoaster ride this season but Jensen and his teammates finally qualified for the 2018 LoL World Championship. After a messed up fifth place in the Spring Split, the challengers had a terrible start into the Summer season and were found at the bottom of the table. But Coach Reapered constantly changed the starting roster with new players from the in-house Academy team, until more successful iterations of the team slowly climbed up the table. Although they clearly had to admit defeat in the Summer Split finals against Team Liquid, the team kept calm until the gauntlet buff kicked in and finally they were able to sweep Team SoloMid with a score of 3:0 out of Summoner’s Rift. The Play-In stage will be the first step for the former North American hope.
- Toplane: Eric „Licorice“Ritchie
- Jungle:Robert „Blaber“ Huang
- Jungle:Dennis „Svenskeren“ Johnsen
- Midlane:Greyson „Goldenglue“Gilmer
- Midlane:Nicolaj „Jensen“Jensen
- AD-Carry:Zachary „Sneaky“ Scuderi
- Support: Tristan „Zeyzal“Stidam
LoL Worlds 2018 Teams of South Korea (LCK 2018)
The KT Rolster organisation is one of the bedrocks of the South Korean LCK and even before entering the professional League of Legends scene in 2012, KT was able to make a name for itself in eSports. In 2015, after several attempts, the team qualified for a League of Legends World Championship for the first time but in the quarterfinals they were defeated by their compatriots playing for the KOO Tigers. However, in 2018 everything is different: superstar Score was able to lift the regional trophy for the first time at the end of a season and now he wants to win his first international title as well. A difficult task because with the rise of the Chinese LPL the competition this year is stronger than ever before.
- Toplane: Song „Smeb“Kyung-ho
- Jungle:Lee „Rush“Yoon-jae
- Jungle:Go „Score“Dong-bin
- Midlane:Heo „PawN“Won-seok
- Midlane:Son „Ucal“Woo-hyeon
- AD-Carry:Kim „Deft“Hyuk-kyu
- Support: Cho „Mata“Se-hyeong
The Afreeca Freecs flew somewhat under the radar of many fans and analysts this season, yet they were able to earn massive championship points because of two strong placings and secured their ticket to the LoL World Championship. While the team was beaten by Kingzone DragonX in the Spring Split finals, the semi-finals of the Summer season against the newcomers of Griffin were the end of the line. However, the Afreeca Freecs by no means went down without a fight, Kingzone and Gen. G were thrown out of the tournament. With the veterans Kuro and Spirit and strong newcomers like Kiin in the team, the Afreeca Freecs can be trusted to perform well at this World Championship, even a possible Championship title is in reach.
- Toplane: Kim „Kiin“Gi-in
- Jungle:Lee „Mowgli“ Jae-ha
- Jungle:Lee „Spirit“Da-yoon
- Midlane:Lee „Kuro“Seo-haeng
- AD-Carry:Kim „Aiming“ Ha-ram
- AD-Carry: Ha „Kramer“ Jong-hun
- Support: Park „TusiN“Jong-ik
The name “Generation Gaming” or Gen. G may not be familiar to all fans but the previous names of the team, namely KSV or Samsung, are well known. They are no less than the reigning League of Legends World Champion. After the change of organisation to KSV and the re-branding to Generation Gaming, the players had a difficult Summer season ahead of them. CuVee and his teammates finished fourth in the regular Summer Split and were beaten by the Afreeca Freecs in the quarterfinals of the LCK playoffs. Nevertheless, the team managed to qualify for the World Championship for the third time in a row via the regional qualifier tournament. Last year that was enough to win the title – why tear off the strand?
- Toplane: Lee „CuVee“Seong-jin
- Jungle:Kang „Ambition“Chan-yong
- Jungle:Kang „Haru“ Min-seung
- Midlane:Lee „Crown“Min-ho
- Midlane:Song „Fly“Yong-jun
- AD-Carry:Park „Ruler“Jae-hyuk
- Support: Jo „CoreJJ“Yong-in
LoL Worlds 2018 Teams of China (LPL2018)
Probably the most dangerous opponents of South Korea's top teams can be found together with the reigning world champions of Gen. G in Group B. This makes it almost impossible for other teams to advance out of this group but as we know a LoL World Championship always writes its own laws. Since 2016 RNG has qualified for every World Championship but they always failed to SK Telecom T1 in the playoff stage. This year Faker and his teammates were unable to qualify, so who will stop Royal Never Give Up on the way to their first World Championship title? AD-Carry Uzi is considered to be the strongest player on his position at the moment and wants to lift up the Summoner's Cup.
- Toplane: Yan „Letme“Jun-Ze
- Toplane: Liu „Zz1tai“ Zhi-Hao
- Jungle:Hung „Karsa“ Hau-Hsuan
- Jungle:Liu „Mlxg“Shi-Yu
- Midlane:Li „Xiaohu“Yuan-Hao
- AD-Carry:Jian „Uzi“Zi-Hao
- AD-Carry:Dai „Able“Zhi-Chun
- Support: Shi „Ming“ Sen-Ming
Finally back at the top of the LPL – with a fourth place in the Spring Split and a thrilling final fight against Royal Never Give Up in the Summer season, Rookie and his teammates were narrowly left behind and collected enough Championship points to qualify directly for the 2018 LoL World Championship. Invictus Gaming convinces with strong solo laners – the team always tries to gain great advantages as early as possible on Summoner’s Rift and convert them into quick victories. Especially Rookie and TheShy are regarded as brilliant and dangerous opponents, although the toplaner never found back to his former dominance after his hand injury – but a World Championship would be just the right time for it.
- Toplane: Lee „Duke“Ho-seong
- Toplane:Kang „TheShy“Seung-lok
- Jungle:Gao „Ning“ Zhen-Ning
- Midlane:Song „Rookie“Eui-jin
- AD-Carry:Yu „JackeyLove“Wen-Bo
- Support: Wang „Baolan“Liu-Yi
EDward Gaming and unfulfilled expectations at a League of Legends World Championship – there is hardly a more iconic duo. Since 2014 the team has qualified for the most important tournament every year but the real great achievements are still missing. This year Meiko and his teammates even had to make their way into the LoL World Championships via the regional qualification tournament and will start their journey in the Play-In stage together with all wildcard teams. Nevertheless, the quality of the team is not to be underestimated, with very high probability the challengers will qualify for the main tournament.
- Toplane: Jeon „Ray“Ji-won
- Jungle:Chen „Haro“Wen-Lin
- Jungle:Ming „Clearlove“Kai
- Midlane:Lee „Scout“Ye-chan
- AD-Carry:Hu „iBoy“Xian-Zhao
- Support: Tian „Meiko“ Ye
LoL Worlds 2018 Teams of Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao (LMS 2018)
The LMS region differs enormously from other big LoL regions because apart from the Flash Wolves hardly any other team can keep up with international opponents. The Flash Wolves also dominate their league regionally with ease and have always qualified for the LoL World Championship since 2015. Known as South Korean’s kryptonite the challengers managed to beat strong teams in the past. However, the Flash Wolves were eliminated in the group stage last year and lost one of their best players to Royal Never Give Up. Now it is up to Maple and Betty to demand revenge for last year's embarrassment.
- Toplane: Su „Hanabi“Chia-Hsiang
- Toplane: Yu „MMD“Li-Hung
- Jungle:Kim „Moojin“Moo-jin
- Jungle:Chen „Morning“Kuan-Ting
- Midlane:Huang „Maple“Yi-Tang
- AD-Carry:Lu „Betty“ Yu-Hung
- Support: Hu „SwordArT“ Shuo-Chieh
The MAD Team was founded at the end of last year and therefore the entire squad of the ahq Academy Team was acquired. Full of energy, the players did everything in their power to get rid of their reputation as ahq substitute players and they were able to shake up the LMS table. After a third place finish in the Spring Split, Uniboy and his teammates were able to mobilize their strength once again and made it to the final of the Summer season. However, the Flash Wolves are too powerful for the rest of the region, the Championship points were still enough for a direct qualification to the LoL World Championship.
- Toplane: Wu „Liang“ Liang-Te
- Toplane:Tsai „Rock“Chung-Ting
- Jungle:Hsiao „Kongyue“Jen-Tso
- Midlane:Chen „Uniboy“Chang-Chu
- AD-Carry:Huang „Breeze“Chien-Yuan
- Support: Ko „K“Kai-Sheng
The G-Rex team was founded in September of last year and immediately started to mess up the LMS competition. After a strong second place in the Spring Split the team's performances dropped a bit in the summer and the qualification gauntlet was a necessary step for PK and his teammates. There, however, they were able to clearly assert themselves against the J-team in the finals and now the challengers will start their World Championship journey in the Play-In stage of the tournament.
- Toplane: Hsieh „PK“Yu-Ting
- Jungle:Wang „baybay“You-Chun
- Jungle:Anson „Empt2y“Leung
- Jungle: Oh „Raise“Ji-hwan
- Midlane:Kim „Candy“Seung-ju
- Midlane:Yang „Wuji“Chia-Yu
- AD-Carry:Lee „Stitch“Seung-ju
- Support: Lin „Koala“Chih-Chiang
LoL Worlds 2018 Teams of Vietnam (VCS 2018)
Last year the GIGABYTE Marines showed that the Vietnamese region should not be underestimated at the League of Legends World Championship. With strong performances at the Mid-Season Invitational tournament the warriors of EVOS Esports secured their region a fixed spot in the Group stage of the World Championship, now it is up to the Phong Vũ Buffalos to pay tribute to their predecessors with strong performances in the main competition. They were drawn into Group A together with the Flash Wolves and the Afreeca Freecs.
- Toplane: Phạm „Zeros“Minh Lộc
- Jungle:Hoàng „Meliodas“ Tiến Nhật
- Jungle:Bùi „XuHao“ Hoàng Sơn Vương
- Midlane:Võ „Naul“Thành Luân
- AD-Carry:Đặng „BigKoro“Ngọc Tài
- Support: Nguyễn „Palette“Hải Trung
LoL Worlds 2018 Teams of Brazil (CBLOL 2018)
Many European fans still get a shiver down their spine when they read the name KaBuM! E-Sports. With their surprising victory against Alliance in 2014, they thwarted the rise of the European top team in the group stage of the World Championship. Having won both the Summer and Winter seasons of the Brazilian premier league, they deserve to be in the line-up for the Play-In stage of the 2018 LoL World Championship.
- Toplane: Luccas „Zantins“Zanqueta
- Jungle:Filipe „Ranger“Brombilla
- Midlane:Matheus „Dynquedo“Rossini
- AD-Carry:Alexandre „TitaN“Lima
- Support: Marcelo „Riyev“Carrara
- Support:Willyan „Wos“ Bonpam
LoL Worlds 2018 Teams of Russia (CIS 2018)
Especially Diamondprox and Edward in the line-up of Gambit Esports are known to many League of Legends fans from the very beginning, as they already made international history with the legendary roster of Moscow 5. After Gambit Gaming emigrated to the Russian CIS in 2015, the organization has dominated the league ever since and was again able to qualify for the LoL World Championship this year. Besides Cloud9, Edward Gaming and G2 Esports they are co-favorites of the Play-In stage.
- Toplane: Alexander„PvPStejos“Glazkov
- Jungle:Danil „Diamondprox“Reshetnikov
- Midlane:Mykhailo „Kira“Harmash
- AD-Carry:Stanislav „Lodik“Kornelyuk
- Support: Edward „Edward“Abgaryan
LoL Worlds 2018 Teams of Latin America North (LLN 2018)
For quite some time the LLN league was dominated by Lyon Gaming, who won split after split and have been known as Rainbow7 since 2018. In the 2018 Spring Split they were still successful but Infinity eSports CR was able to win the thrilling finals of the Summer season and the players still compete for their place in the spotlight. The Costa Ricans also start in the Play-In stage of the tournament.
- Toplane: José „Relic“Pombo
- Jungle:Diego „SolidSnake“ Vallejo
- Midlane:Sergio „Cotopaco“Silva
- AD-Carry:Renato „Renyu“Gallegos
- Support: Diego „Arce“Arce Chang
LoL Worlds 2018 Teams of Turkey (TCL 2018)
Ever since the founding of SuperMassive the team has played for a top spot in the Turkish TCL and has not missed a single final in the Turkish league since. Last year the Fenerbahçe team was able to assert themselves, now fabFabulous and his teammates can try again to make it into the Group stage of the tournament. Especially the South Korean imports GBM and SnowFlower are well known to many fans and enhance the game of the Turkish challengers strongly.
- Toplane: Asım „fabFabulous“ Cihat Karakaya
- Jungle:Furkan „Stomaged“Güngör
- Midlane:Lee „GBM“Chang-seok
- AD-Carry:Berkay „Zeitnot“Aşıkuzun
- Support: No „SnowFlower“Hoi-jong
LoL Worlds 2018 Teams of Japan (LJL 2018)
Last year the Japanese team was beaten twice by their rivals in the Rampage jerseys after DetonatioN FocusMe finished both the regular Spring Split and the Summer season in first place of the table. Coming into 2018 the performance of the Japanese challengers was not enough to win the Spring season but fortunately Ceros and his teammates were able to beat Unsold Stuff Gaming with 3-1 in the finals of the Summer Split to win their ticket for the 2018 League of Legends World Championship.
- Toplane: Shunsuke„Evi“Murase
- Jungle:Moon „Steal“Geon-yeong
- Midlane:Kyohei „Ceros“Yoshida
- AD-Carry:Yuta „Yutapon“Sugiura
- Support: Han „viviD“Gi-hun
LoL Worlds 2018 Teams of Latin America South (CLS 2018)
Even before the Latin American LoL leagues will be merged in the next season, the Kaos Latin Gamers have once again qualified for the World Championship and are trying their luck again this year in the Play-In stage of the tournament. Unfortunately, their skill has never been good enough to qualify for the main tournament and this year's chances are also rather bad. However, any victory against the teams of the CBLOL or LLN league would inspire many fans of the team.
- Toplane: Damian „Nate“Rea
- Jungle:Sebastián „Tierwulf“ Mateluna
- Midlane:Joaquín „Plugo“Pérez
- AD-Carry:Nicolás „Fix“Sayago
- Support: Eduardo „Slow“Garcés
LoL Worlds 2018 Teams of Oceania (OPL 2018)
As one of the oldest organizations in the Oceanic premier league the Dire Wolves have now qualified twice in a row for the League of Legends World Championship. This year their journey starts again in the Play-In stage of the tournament – after two dominant splits they clearly deserve to participate. After the victory in this year's Rift Rivals tournament and the acquisition of toplaner BioPanther in the Summer Split hopes are high that the team will reach the Group stage.
- Toplane: Brandon„BioPanther“Alexander
- Jungle:Shern „Shernfire“Tai
- Midlane:Stephen „Triple“Li
- AD-Carry:Calvin „k1ng“ Truong
- Support: Andy „Cupcake“ van der Vyver
LoL Worlds 2018 Teams of South East Asia (SEA 2018)
Following the separation of the League of Legends leagues and the independence of the Vietnamese region, Ascension Gaming's roster clearly won both splits and secured a ticket to the Play-In stage of the 2018 World Championship. The players of Ascension Gaming celebrated their first international appearance at the Mid-Season Invitational Tournament 2018 where they already managed to win against Kaos Latin Gamers and Gambit Esports. A qualification for the Group stage of the main tournament would still be a big surprise.
- Toplane: Atit „Rockyy“Phaomuang
- Jungle:Treerawat „DelpaiN“Ussawasanrat
- Jungle:Juckkirsts „Lloyd“Kongubon
- Midlane:Nuttapong „G4“Menkasikan
- AD-Carry:Valentin „NikSar“Zimakov
- Support: Warich „Rich“Kittiwattanawong
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