Starting October 2, twelve teams, qualified via a regional tournament and representatives of the minor leagues, will compete in a Play-In phase with a common goal: To qualify for the Worlds 2019 Main Event and fight against the best teams in the world. Spread into four groups of three, the twelve underdogs will be the first to test the 9.19 patch of these World Championships.
DAMWON Gaming has finally received its ticket for the Worlds. For the first time in its rich history Korea finds itself in a Play-In stage of a major tournament. It’s also the first time a Korean team has made the leap to the LCK and won World Championship qualification in the same year. Nonetheless it is shocking to see a Korean side competing in such an early stage of Worlds.
DAMWON has shown an impressive consistency since January by ending its two splits in the Top 4 in Korea. Owing to their impressive results, the side also competed in Rift Rivals a few months ago. Led by coach “Kim”, the Invictus Gaming coach that won the Worlds last year, DAMWON relies heavily on its playmakers: Nuguri on toplane, ShowMaker on the midlane and Canyon, MVP of Summer Split, to control the game from the jungle.
We wish them luck
DAMWON is the best team of this Play-In on paper. They will have to deal with their lack of experience, since they haven’t competed at any MSI or Worlds. But they have the benefit of competing in one of the easiest groups, Group D, against the likes of Flamengo eSports and Royal Youth. It is nearly impossible to think that DAMWON will not make it to the Main Event and compete with its rivals, SKT T1 and Griffin.
Another beautiful story of the Play-In stage will be participation of Clutch Gaming. The third North American Seed has defeated Team SoloMid twice in the final stretch of the regional finals. After having a tough season, the NA side turned things around by beating TSM in the world qualifiers. After that, there was no stopping them and they reigned supreme in Berlin.
Huni has given his all to compete in this big event. The veteran Korean returns to the world championships two years after the epic grand finale defeat of his team, SKT T1 against Samsung Galaxy. After an unconvincing performance in the semi-finals of the Summer Split playoffs against Team Liquid. The Clutch top laner was able to rely on his friend Damonte to get back on the biggest stage of League of Legends. Damonte has established a solid reputation as a rising star of the midlane in the United States.
Explosive bot lane
On the bot lane, Cody Sun records his third consecutive Worlds participation. He is probably the most underrated ADC in the competition. Accompanied by Canadian Vulcan, one of the best supports in NA. We believe that this bot lane duo will dominate its opponents in the Play-In stage.