LoL Worlds 2018 Group Stage Preview

With the Play-Ins having come to a conclusion, we can finally move onto the main event – the LoL Worlds 2018 Group Stage. We’ve got an inkling of how the event will proceed and which teams are going to dominate the rest.

With SKT being out of the way, it’s far more difficult to predict what’s going to happen this year at Worlds. The one team that’s been winning for 3 years has fallen to the ground, and the one that won last year’s event is nowhere near as strong as it was back then.

Let’s face it: Gen.G has had a tough year. They’ve suffered throughout the year, and only made it to Worlds due to sheer luck as they pulled a miracle run through the gauntlet, stomping over Kingzone DragonX and Griffin – two teams that seemed to be much better suited to the international stage this year due to how strong they looked.

Will NA Make It Out of Groups This Year?

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Cloud 9 had a great performance during the LoL Worlds 2018 Play-In Stage (Image via LoL Esports Flickr)

We’ll get a spoiler during the very first match of the LoL Worlds 2018 Group Stage. With Team Liquid battling it out against kt Rolster, it’ll be abundantly clear just how good of a chance NA stands against the eastern teams – and EU as well. If the best team of the NA LCS can stand their ground against kt Rolster, or even defeat them, which is highly unlikely, it’ll be tidings of good times to come for the region.

Which Teams Does the Meta Favor?

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G2 looked a bit shaky during the Play-Ins. Can they get back up? (Image via LoL Esports Flickr)

As of now, Kai’sa, Vayne and Xayah are some of the hottest picks to go for. Other than that, comps which rely heavily on damage are also popular. What isn’t here to be seen are the tanks that we had all over the Rift like last year.

The two teams that can truly thrive under such conditions are RNG and Fnatic, since their teams have the necessary constituents to make full use of the given situation.

Caps and Xiaohu are two mid laners that love going as aggressive as possible, while Uzi and Rekkles are the perfect bot laners to utilize the current meta picks in the Marksmen category.

However, with the amount of creativity we’ve seen so far at Worlds, we’re sure the LoL Worlds 2018 Group Stage will have plenty of action. Teams like Vitality, who cannot deal with their eastern opponents based on raw skill, will have to come up with strategies and picks that are sure to surprise everyone.

Which team do you think has the most advantage in this meta? And do you think NA teams will finally break the curse and start performing well in the LoL Worlds 2018 Group Stage? Let us know in the comments below!

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