The 2019 League of Legends World Championship main event is right around the corner and the teams are getting ready to represent their regions.
Asian teams in particular are shining ahead of the event. According to G2 Esports’ jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski, the Asian teams are stronger than they anticipated. Team Liquid’s bottom laner Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng echoed his sentiment, saying that those teams are in another level.
The play-in stage showed a glimpse into the strength from the LCK, as Damwon Gaming finished the first part of the event undefeated. Korea’s third seed only dropped one game versus Lowkey Esports after the team proved unprepared for an early lane swap.
After that first game, Damwon proceeded to destroy their competition with a methodical performance. Post-match, the players revealed that Damwon was yet to drop a game in scrims. Damwon’s players are taking over the EUW server, and Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon and Heo “ShowMaker” Su are currently ranked second and third respectively.
This year, the Eastern and Western teams set camp in different regions. The teams are coming into the event with different takes on the meta.
On a different stream, Jankos reflected on the results and came to the conclusion that there are “scrim teams” and “stage teams.” It means that some teams overperform in scrims and fail to show that same dominance when they play in front of the audience.
“G2 is definitely a stage team, even if the scrims are not going that well, we always get it together in the stage,” Jankos explained on the stream.
Damwon shared the sentiment. The players have been vocal about their mistakes on stage and how it doesn’t reflect their results in practice. According to ShowMaker, the team is trying to take the games on stage as if they were in their gaming house in Korea.
G2 will debut at Worlds on October 13 in a match versus Griffin. Damwon will play on October 12 versus Team Liquid.
The World Championship starts October 12.