Some of them weren't exactly elated...

15:55, 16 Sep 2020

Yesterday, the groups for the 2020 League of Legends World Championship were drawn as teams saw their fate decided watching the stream quarantining in their hotel rooms. The groups shook out as follows:

Group A
G2 Esports
Machi Esports

Group B
JD Gaming

Group C
Team SoloMid

Group D
Top Esports

The last team in each group will be decided by the play-in tournament which will take place before the main event. Based on the current combination of teams, arguably two groups of death formed for teams in group B and D. The reactions to those draws developed accordingly...

Top laner for Rogue Finn "Finn" Wiestål jinxed his team with a tweet he refused to take down, sealing the deal for them being put into the group of death against DWG and JDG. His teammates weren't pleased.

FlyQuest's South Korean support Lee "IgNar" Dong-geun shared Rogue's pain, asking if "Rogue is cry now?". Yes IgnNar, they are. However, FlyQuest themselves drew one of the more challenging groups.

G2 Esports, who received arguably the easiest draw were frolicking due to a relatively easy ride out of groups. The team is once again gunning for the Worlds trophy after falling short in last year's finals to FunPlus Phoenix.

Runner-up in the LEC Fnatic were pooled together with Team SoloMid and Gen.G, challenging but most likely beatable opponents.

TSM had trouble deciphering the tickets that legendary jungler and coach of EDward Gaming Ming "Clearlove" Kai drew, initially failing to recognise when their own name was chosen. After understanding which group they had been put in, TSM showed themselves optimistic about their chances to make it out of groups. 

The popular podcast "The Dive" around the hosts Isaac "Azael" Cummings Bentley, Sam "Kobe" Hartman-Kenzler, and Mark "MarkZ" Zimmerman also streamed their reaction and later walked through each respective group, evaluating the strength and the most likely teams to emerge from each group. 

The League of Legends World Championship is considered the largest esports event in the world in which teams from different regionalised and franchised leagues get to compete against the top teams of each region. During the 2019 Championship over a 100 million people had watched the event that spanned over several weeks and were broadcast in 16 different languages. According to Riot Games, the concurrent viewership peaked at a staggering 44 million viewers. 

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