This year’s League of Legends Power Rankings for the 2020 World Championship features some of the most fearsome teams from every major region in the world. The 2020 Worlds Power Rankings list is dominated by teams on the Eastern and Western ends of the world as China, Europe and South Korea have developed more than a few title worthy candidates capable of lifting the illustrious summoners cup at the Grand Final.
The League of Legends World Championship is scheduled to start on the 25th of September, and for this edition of LoL Worlds 2020 Power Rankings we’ll streamline the selection to the top 10 best teams competing in the tournament, and highlight a few teams outside of the top ten that could make a run of their play-in stage games go better than expected. With each entry, we’ll highlight the impact players that will make or break each team’s chances at the 2020 World Championship and what the likelihood of success could be further down the line as the knockout stages begin.
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10. Team SoloMid (North America)
Key player(s): Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg
Although TSM almost got eliminated early on in the LCS playoffs, their road to redemption back to the top of the LCS is no doubt going to be a factor for their mental fortitude in this tournament. This is not the TSM of ‘16-’17 with multiple seasoned players in each position, but there is a layer of team cohesion and identity that hasn’t been felt by any iteration of TSM for quite some time. TSM showed they can win through multiple lanes as they abused Mid and Bot against Team Liquid and shifted their focus to Top lane carries against FlyQuest to edge out two close five game series with completely different game plans.
While the strength between North American teams is relatively interchangeable heading into this LoL Worlds 2020 Power Rankings, Team SoloMid possess a slight edge with their first seed position guaranteeing them a favorable group that won’t have some of the titans they will soon encounter further down this list.
9. Rogue (Europe)
Key player(s): Kacper “Inspired” Słoma, Emil “Larssen” Larsson
Rogue’s impressive Summer split was slightly dampened by their lackluster run through the playoffs, but their final series against G2 Esports showed there is much more than meets the eye when it comes to their strength as a team. Their veteran bot lane of Hans sama and Vander has been an anchor for their teams consistency, but the Jungle and Mid duo of Inspired and Larssen is what really takes this team to the next level.
Larssen has shown his prowess on a variety of champions this season, and the combination of unorthodox, high damage picks between this Rogue duo will no doubt take some teams for a surprise as they compete on the Worlds stage for the first time in their organization’s history.
8. DRX (Korea)
Key Player(s): Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon, Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu
The first Korean team to feature on our LoL Worlds Power Rankings features some of the best old guard talent Korea has to offer, and an ushering in of new wave players that can finally make their mark with the right team setting. Chovy and Deft are two of the biggest carry threats Korea has to offer at this tournament, and unleashing their skills against the right opponent will be necessary if they want to make a deep run into the knockout rounds.
However, even though they qualified higher than Gen. G, there are some stylistic differences between the rosters that make DRX the ‘weakest’ team to feature for their country. Against lower level teams, DRX will look godly and unbeatable, but once they come across opponents with more structure and fundamentals, they could run into some problems.
7. Fnatic (Europe)
Key Player(s): Oscar “Selfmade” Boderek, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson
Fnatic had a completely different playoff run compared to Rogue, which puts them that much higher on our LoL Worlds Power Rankings after their demolition of every other team not named G2 Esports in the playoffs. Fnatic always seem to find an extra gear when it matters most, and this tournament will be no different as they now have a burgeoning Jungle talent in their midst with Selfmade.
Selfmade will be the crucial starting piece that gets Fnatic going in the early stages of this Worlds, something they fundamentally lacked years prior. With three competent lanes and a solid game plan built around their carry threats of Rekkles and Nemesis, Fnatic are poised to make another deep run into the playoffs if they can develop the necessary practice to compete on the Worlds 2020 stage.
6. Gen. G (Korea)
Key Player(s): Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk, Kim “Clid” Tae-min, Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong
Gen. G’s utter domination of T1 to qualify for the 2020 World Championship is a testament to how ruthless they can be once they are ahead. Ruler has been the quintessential benchmark for any AD wanting to learn how to lead their team as he continues to be the driving force behind their wins. Constant lane pressure, always ahead in CS and ever present in teamfights, when all else fails Ruler reigns supreme and he will be looking to continue that domination and possibly add a seconds Worlds title to his accolades before it’s all said and done.
To help him get there, former T1 jungler Clid has really come into his own as the conductor of the Gen. G train. Their final series against SKT T1 to qualify for Worlds 2020 was a perfect example of the type of games Clid can have when he knows his opponent well, and if there is any type of jungle difference with group stage opponents, Clid will be the man to expose it.
5. Suning (China)
Key Player(s): Tang “huanfeng” Huan-Feng, Lê Quang “SofM” Duy
Suning cracked our top five for the Worlds 2020 Power Rankings on the back of an impressive LPL run that saw them decimate LGD Gaming in the third place match in an easy 3-0. Suning as a whole aren’t as individually talented as JD Gaming or Top Esports but they have more than a few players capable of turning heads this Worlds tournament.
For starters, SofM is one of the most highly touted junglers never to perform on the World Championship stage and now he’s finally made his mark. The Vietnamese import lifted Suning to the next level with his inclusion to the roster earlier this year. Huanfeng is also making splashes within the LPL as he’s slowly started to gain a reputation as the next late game super carry to arise from China’s illustrious ADC player base.
Suning’s solo laners haven’t shown an ability to compete against the elite Chinese teams, but their talent level is more than enough to secure a quarterfinals appearance barring any weird group stage mishaps.
4. DAMWON Gaming (Korea)
Key Player(s): Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu, Heo “ShowMaker” Su
DAMWON Gaming continue to be one of the most versatile teams from their region, and one of the few teams to continue to innovate the otherwise stale LCK champion meta. In truth, DAMWON Gaming possess impact players in every role, and their performances over the course of LCK Summer 2020 showed they can rely on one another to secure wins as ShowMaker, Ghost and Nuguri have all been made the center of attention at one point or another this season.
Because of that versatility, DAMWON are a major force to be reckoned with on our Worlds 2020 Power Rankings after having a year to reflect on their painful 3-1 quarterfinals exit last year at the hands of G2 Esports. With an extra year of cohesion under their belts and their efforts being awarded this Summer with an LCK championship, DWG are ready to take that next step and become recognized as a world class team by the end of Worlds 2020.
3. G2 Esports (Europe)
Key player(s): Rasmus “Caps” Winther, Martin “Wunder” Hansen
While some teams are on this list for their world-class bot lanes, G2 Esports crack our top four in our 2020 Worlds Power Rankings due to their solo lanes continuing to be the best in their region. Caps and G2 overall had quite the slump heading into Summer playoffs, but their resurgence within the bracket proved they are capable of correcting mistakes and pulling off massive plays during the process.
Caps and Wunder continue to be the most consistent players on this team, and when G2 are firing on all cylinders they can take a victory off any team within 25 minutes. But there’s been gaps in their shot calling early game that could cause problems on a grander stage this World Championship if they aren’t careful. Even still, their latent strength as a team is worthy enough of a top three slot on our list.
2. JD Gaming (China)
Key Player(s): Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok, Zeng “Yagao” Qi, Zhuo “LvMao” Ming-Hao
JD Gaming’s meteoric rise through the LPL started in Spring of this year as they steamrolled their way to victory over Top Esports in a five-game thriller. Since then, Kanavi’s uber aggressive jungle style has become a highlight of the league as he obtained nine-player of the game awards in the Summer season alone. To add to the winning recipe of JD Gaming, Yagao has really come into his own as the next best Chinese Mid laner to get his first taste of LoL World Championship action this year, and the circumstances couldn’t have been brighter.
Realistically JD Gaming have a three pronged threat towards success as Kanavi, Yagao and LokeN are all favored heavily in their positions. To continue their roadmap to success in Shanghai, the high-tempo pressure game will be key to their chances at destroying game states against international competition early and often.
1. Top Esports (China)
Key Player(s): Zhuo “knight” Ding, Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo
At the apex of our League of Legends Power Rankings for Worlds 2020, Top Esports sits at the forefront after their destructive path through LPL Summer and their playoff run was nothing to be scoffed at either. Top Esports have made formidable LPL opponents look downright silly with the variety of threats they have at their disposal. Knight and JackeyLove are always maintaining leads with perfect CS and dominant lane trading becoming a regular occurrence with all the help Karsa brings in the early game.
Top Esports are unafraid of the terrain as they have decimated a slew of big names this year domestically, and now knight finally has his opportunity to solidify his name as one of the most dominant mid laners to participate at the World Championship. Both he and JD Gaming’s Yagao came from the same city in China and now get to debut their masterful talents on home soil in what will be one of the best years for Chinese talent at Worlds in years.