LoL Worlds 2020 group stage draw revealed - Dexerto
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LoL Worlds 2020 group stage draw revealed

Published: 15/Sep/2020 15:03 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 15:37

by Matt Porter


The biggest League of Legends tournament of the year is just around the corner, but before we can get into the action on September 25 in Shanghai, Riot Games held the draws for the play-in and group stages ahead of the first round of matches. 

Always one of the major highlights of the year, the League of Legends World Championships pit the best teams from across the planet in head-to-head competition, with the winner’s crowned as the best squad in the world, and awarded with the prestigious Summoner’s Cup.


The action comes thick and fast once the tournament begins, with teams from the Americas, Europe, China, Korea, Japan, and more all set to descend on Shanghai, China for the month-long competition with serious bragging rights on the line.

This year, three-time World Champions T1 and their legendary midlaner Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok missed the cut for Worlds after losing the LCK Regional Qualifier against Gen.G, while reigning World Champions FunPlus Phoenix also fell in their qualifying match against Invictus Gaming, who also missed out.

Faker with the Summoner's Cup.
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Faker missed out on this year’s LoL World Championships.

LoL Worlds 2020 Play-In Groups

Two draws took place on September 15, with the ten teams who are competing in the play-in stages drawn into two groups of five teams, with the two from each pool progressing to the group stages. You can take a look at the two groups below.

Group A Group B
Team Liquid (LCS) LGD Gaming (LPL)
MAD Lions (LEC) PSG Talon (PCS)
Legacy Esports (OPL) V3 Esports (LJL)
Papara SuperMassive (TCL) Unicorns of Love (LCL)
INTZ Esports (CBLOL) Rainbow7 (LLA)

LoL Worlds 2020 Groups

Once the four teams have booked their place from the play-in stage, they will join the 12 that directly qualified from the representative leagues, including LEC Champions G2, LCS winners Team SoloMid, and Damwon Gaming and Top Esports who took home the crowns from the LCK and LPL respectively.

The group stages are seeded, with the league winners taking the top spot in their sections at Worlds. You can view them in full below.

Group A Group B Group C Group D
G2 Esports (LEC) Damwon Gaming (LCK) Team SoloMid (LCS) Top Esports (LPL)
Suning (LPL) JD Gaming (LPL) Fnatic (LEC) DeagonX (LCK)
Machi Esports (PCS) Rogue (LEC) Gen.G (LCK) FlyQuest (LCS)

What is the format for Worlds 2020?

Unlike previous years, 22 teams will be competing for the Summoner’s Cup at Worlds 2020, with 10 teams competing in the play-in stage compared to the normal 12. Because of this, Riot has split the 10 play-in teams into two seeded groups of five, who will play a single round-robin cycle, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the group stages, and the remaining squads heading for the airport.

The group stages will then consist of four groups including the play-in winners, who will compete to try and make it to the tournament’s main bracket as they attempt to be crowned the world’s best.


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Mac on MAD Lions failing at Worlds: “We’re not the same team from Summer”

Published: 1/Oct/2020 9:02

by Isaac McIntyre


MAD Lions may have stunned the League of Legends community after the LEC youngsters failed to escape the Worlds 2020 Play-In Stage, but it wasn’t a huge shock for coach James ‘Mac’ MacCormack: issues had been brewing behind the scenes for a while ahead of crunch time in Shanghai.

The surprise pack in Europe this year was MAD Lions, a young LEC team built around Marek “Humanoid” Brázda. The team, who had rebranded from Splyce ahead of the 2020 season, made the rest of Europe sit up and take notice.


First, they ousted giants G2 Esports in the Spring finals upper bracket, before going on a tear through the Summer regular season. Unfortunately, their run ran out of steam at the playoffs hurdle, and they barely scraped into Worlds as Europe’s fourth seed.

Once in Shanghai, however, LEC fans felt MAD Lions had a second chance.


Instead, in one final twist of cruel fate for the LEC stars, they were handed the ignominious title of the first-ever EU team to be eliminated in Play-Ins. It was just the second time ever a major region team had failed to advance to Worlds groups.

MAD Lions became just the second team from a major region to be eliminated in the Worlds Play-In stage.
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MAD Lions is just the second team from a major region to be eliminated in Play-Ins.

The result, Mac told Dexerto after their SuperMassive loss, was “embarrassing.”

“Obviously we’re extremely disappointed. We’re all a bit embarrassed, to be honest… we’re the first European team to drop out in Play-Ins. It sucks,” he said.


“Frankly though, my initial thought is that we didn’t deserve to win. We were not the better team, and we haven’t been the better team for most of Play-Ins. We haven’t been the same MAD Lions everyone saw in Summer for a while now either.”

The issue, Mac explained, was two-fold. The team’s scrims had “ironically, been really good” in the build-up. That led to them collecting “a lot of bad information,” and having to re-adapt on the fly as the Worlds qualifying stage played out.

Add to that, the young MAD Lions roster hadn’t played a stage game since late Spring Split, and the nerves rolled in “hard.” The squad was nearly consumed by it, Mac said, and it showed in their games.


“I don’t want to use any of that as an excuse, but yeah there were definitely a lot of nerves as we came into the Play-In stage,” he said.

“We had a lot of problems that should have been solved earlier too. We had to re-adapt… a lot of the stuff we’d practiced fell apart. That’s a failure from me, and the coaching staff; we couldn’t adapt quick enough, and it cost us in the end.”

MAD Lions had a misread on the meta in Shanghai, coach Mac admitted.
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MAD Lions had a misread on the meta in Shanghai, coach Mac admitted.

MAD Lions’ short Shanghai journey was not a complete failure by any means, however. Mac admitted the team had already learned “so, so much” just from scrimming other international teams, and warned the LEC, “we’re bringing back what we learned.”

“I think these events, Worlds and the like, they’re so valuable for teams. You can get caught in your own little bubble, like us in Europe, and you don’t know where you stand with the meta and talent and everything like that,” the English coach said.

“Every region is different, right? You never get punished for your best aspects. When we scrimmed good international teams here we got punished a lot. That was a real, good thing for us, and that’s what we’re all looking to take away.”

MAD Lions finished 19th/20th, and will receive 0.75% of the Worlds prize pool.
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MAD Lions finished 19th/20th, and will receive 0.75% of the Worlds prize pool.

There was also a shining light from the roster itself; Mac believes Humanoid was given a chance to “show the world just how good he can be,” and did just that, despite MAD’s struggles at the championship.

“There was, what, fifteen, maybe twenty mid lane bans against him? To be able to come out of that and have good performances, that’s something really quite special… Marek has definitely proven himself this Worlds.”

Worlds continues with groups on Saturday, Oct. 3. Chinese champs Top Esports will open the main event against Group D rivals FlyQuest at 4pm local time (GMT+8).