With only 8 out of 24 teams left, it’s time to revisit and revise our LoL Worlds 2017 Team Power Rankings.
LoL Worlds 2017 Knockout Stage Team Power Rankings are split between 3 LCS teams (Fnatic, Misfits and Cloud9), 3 Korean/LCK teams (Longzhu Gaming, SKT T1 and Samsung Galaxy) and 2 Chinese/LPL teams (Royal Never Give up and Team WE).
The regional supremacies have yet again yielded a familiar lineup of teams. The only real surprise are Misfits, the international stage rookies who have been on an absolute tear ever since those famed EU LCS playoffs.
Obviously, the Koreans still reign supreme over the rest. Chinese and LCS teams look more on par, but knockouts are a special kind of treat. Here are Esportsranks’ exclusive LoL Worlds 2017 Knockout Stage Team Power Rankings, from the bottom to the top.
#8 Misfits – LoL Worlds 2017 Knockout Stage Team Power Rankings
Misfits have absolutely surpassed all expectations set upon them. Even they themselves stated that their goal was to qualify for LoL Worlds 2017, their first ever.
The debut almost couldn’t have gone any better. As #2 EU seed, they got seeded directly into the Group Stage. The draws blessed them with arguably the easier group of all, Group D.
Due to Group D being the only group without any Korean teams, Misfits posed a serious challenge to the top. It all culminated with the elimination of international veterans, Team Solo Mid. It was almost surreal witnessing Misfits go toe to toe with long-time NA LCS champions.
Nevertheless, Misfits kept trying new things out, often experimenting with off-meta picks and unusual strategies during the course of the group play. They’ve made mistakes, but it ultimately paid off. It was almost unbelievable witnessing these international rookies get visibly better after each game.
However, this seems like the end of road for EU LCS runner-ups. The lucky Group Stage draw has come to bite them back now though. The Quarterfinals draw had them seeded against none other but three time, reigning LoL Worlds champions, SKT T1. Regardless of the outcome of that match, Misfits have already done more than enough to deserve our respect!
#7 Cloud9 – LoL Worlds 2017 Knockout Stage Team Power Rankings
NA LCS teams have historically bad showings once worlds finally arrive. This year, Immortals got stuck in the play in stage, Team Solo Mid got stopped in groups. Cloud9, the #3 NA LCS seed and seemingly the least likely one to reach the LoL Worlds 2017 Knockout Stage, are North America’s last hope of picking up the trophy this year.
Their chances of taking the revered throne against the monstrosities that are SKT T1 and Longzhu Gaming are very slim though. It’s questionable whether they can even punch through Team WE in the quarterfinals.
One thing’s for sure – Cloud9 are back to their usual top performing form. They’ve struggled for almost the entirety of regular NA LCS summer split season, so this new “old” Cloud9 is definitely a return to happy times for most of their loyal fanbase.
#6 Fnatic – LoL Worlds 2017 Knockout Stage Team Power Rankings
After an almost unbelievable second round in the Group Stage that saw Fnatic somehow wiggle their way into the quarterfinals, a new catchphrase quickly became a meme. When someone wants to express how impossible something appears to be, don’t be surprised if they tell you something along the road of “…unless you pull off a Fnatic, of course!”
Fnatic are definitely a talented bunch, but this might be one year too soon for them to appear in full shine. Broxah, Fnatic’s jungler, and Caps, their mid-laner, are both very young and rather inexperienced players. Fnatic’s team captain and EU LCS MVP Rekkles even said himself that Caps tends to be inconsistent at times.
However, we’ve also seen the side of Caps that made many analysts and fans go crazy, going as far as calling him “EU Faker”. While he definitely has a long road ahead to reach the level of Faker’s play and maturity, when he pops off, he pulls off ridiculous stuff.
Fnatic will have a tough task of punching through Royal Never Give Up in the quarterfinals. It’s definitely a tougher opponent than either GIGABYTE Marines or Immortals, both of which they struggled against.
Maybe it’s not too late for Fnatic to take a page out of Misfits’ book and start actively working on and fixing issues with their picks, pathing, macro-plays and shot calling. Realistically, they stand a much better chance of reaching semifinals than Misfits, so they should do everything in their power to make the most out of the opportunity in front of them.
#5 Team WE – LoL Worlds 2017 Knockout Stage Team Power Rankings
#3 Chinese/LPL seed have towered over Misfits and TSM in Group D. One of the most aggressive and bloodthirsty teams out there, Team WE are definitely a notch or two above the majority of LCS teams, as proved in their group play duels.
Still, Team Solo Mid managed to hand them their only group stage loss on Day 3. The loss proved why they’re #3 LPL seed at the moment after all. They’re definitely the most beatable ones of all 5 Asian teams in the quarterfinals
#4 Samsung Galaxy – LoL Worlds 2017 Knockout Stage Team Power Rankings
The Korean triumvirate starts with Samsung Galaxy. Always somewhere near the top, but never quite at it, the smartphone-fuelled Korean veterans seem unable of fixing their bad signals and broken team connections.
On paper, it really looks like they should be able to parry SKT T1 and Longzhu Gaming. The reality is entirely different. Something always goes awry. The most telling sign is the fact they received not 1, but 2 losses group C.
Both losses were against obviously well prepared Royal Never Give Up. These ultimately didn’t matter, as both G2 Esports, and especially 1907 Fenerbahce Espor couldn’t mount any serious challenge to Samsung Galaxy.
True, Asian teams generally seem to have a number on each other, proven also by the fact that AHQ managed to steal a win from SKT T1 in group A. However, losing both games against a familiar opponent is a telling sign of Samsung’s power, or lack of it.
This is why they’re rightfully, and comfortably, at the #4 spot in our LoL Worlds 2017 Knockout Stage Team Power Rankings.
#3 Royal Never Give Up – LoL Worlds 2017 Knockout Stage Team Power Rankings
The Chinese/LPL runners looked fantastic in group C. The only slip up was against G2 Esports right at the start of group stage second round. They took it rather seriously, especially in the wake of Immortals going 0-4 and getting eliminated the day before.
The definite proof of this team’s marked improvement on the international level were the aforementioned 2 wins against Samsung Galaxy. The first game was a one-sided stompfest. Royal Never Give Up completely nullified Samsung’s gameplan, finishing the game quickly with 11 to 0 kills.
Second game was closer, but Royal Never Give Up still had a leg up through superior map positioning and objective plays. Samsung managed to parry until the fateful baron kill. Royal Never Give Up snowballed hard off of baron for another quick-ish 33-minute finish.
With a strong show of force like that, Royal Never Give Up are certainly heavily favoured against Fnatic come their quarterfinals Bo5 on October 21st.
#2 SKT T1 – LoL Worlds 2017 Knockout Stage Team Power Rankings
It still feels weird putting SKT T1 on #2, but they’ve given us a few good reasons to keep them there.
First and foremost, that loss against AHQ, no matter how inconsequential standings-wise, stripped much of SKT T1’s “mystical” worlds invincibility aura.
Second, they had a couple close calls as well, most notably against Edward Gaming, who finished at the bottom of the group A standings in the end with 2 wins and 6 losses.
Sure, they’re known for slow starts, ridiculous comebacks and insane late games, but a team of such calibre should, in theory, perform nearly flawlessly against objectively inferior opponents.
This probably won’t hurt them much in the quarterfinals against Misfits though. They should still remain vigilant. In face of overwhelming odds, Misfits have shown Goku-levels of improvement in the spans of just a few days.
Needless to say, we’re still firmly on track to the most likely scenario in the end. That is, SKT T1 and Longzhu Gaming in the finals. After that, we’ll be entering uncharted territory, so it’s best to leave any further arguments at rest until then.
#1 Longzhu Gaming – LoL Worlds 2017 Knockout Stage Team Power Rankings
If there ever was a team to beat SKT T1 at worlds, Longzhu it is. 100%. The newly crowned LCK champs have gone through a major roster overhaul back in May 2017. The now pivotal addition of their top laner Khan proved critical in this team’s summer epiphany, shooting immediately from the bottom of the standings to the very top.
Something about this particular team simply screams “X factor”. The Faker and co. over in SKT T1 posses undeniable raw power, ridiculous skill, and tightly-packed team cohesion. On the other hand, Longzhu Gaming seems to posses that fleeting mix of talent and teamplay, which amounts to much more than the mere sum of its parts.
It’s simply too early to make any serious predictions about the outcome of LoL Worlds 2017 Knockout Stage, but the Power Rankings are as clear as they can be at the moment. We’ll see whether there will be any changes and/or major shakeups after the quarters and semis take place.
Until then, stay tuned and enjoy the ride, we’re in for the exciting end of week!