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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)
TBD TBD TBD TBD

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.

 

Cosplay

League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos

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Diana has descended from the heavens of Mount Targon here on Earth ⁠— or so you could be mistaken into thinking. Scottish cosplayer ‘anaelic’ has once again delivered the goods for League of Legends fan, putting on an epic display with her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay.

Seeing a Diana cosplay for League of Legends is rare. However, finding an exquisite one is almost impossible. The Scorn of the Moon, with her heavy armor and massive Moonsilver blade, isn’t up there with one of the popular champions to cosplay.

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However, that hasn’t stopped anaelic from creating one of the best ⁠— if not the best ⁠— Diana cosplay with her incredible rendition of the Lunari’s Dragonslayer skin.

Dragonslayer Olaf and Diana in League of Legends
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The Dragonslayer skin for Diana is one of her most intricate, but that didn’t stop anaelic.

Anaelic has been working on her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay since lockdown began. She was originally going to take it to conventions, but with 2020 stopping all of those, she instead used the project as motivation.

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“This project has instead been my distraction, the thing that’s kept me motivated to stay productive, and I’m so proud that I at least have this to show for all the extra time I’ve had,” she said on Instagram after completing her cosplay.

You can tell just how much effort she put into it right from the first glance. Anaelic has managed to recreate the Aspect’s sunset-colored armor perfectly, not forgetting a single panel on Diana’s intricate outfit.

She managed to keep all the pieces together with velcro, although the cosplay is ⁠— understandably ⁠— very hard to get around it.

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“I honestly don’t know how I’m going to survive a full day at a con in this cosplay because it is so hard to move about it! It was well worth it though because we got some amazing photos,” she added.

 

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Anaelic also considered all the small details ⁠— she recreated the smoky effect on her blade with a smoke machine and LED lights built into the crescent. The cosplay is not only one of the best Diana ones we’ve seen, but one of the best cosplays of the year. Period.

The Scottish cosplayer isn’t stopping here though. If you’re wondering what anaelic’s next project is, wonder no more. She is currently working on a Spirit Blossom Lillia cosplay, and she’s trying to make it perfect from head-to-hoof. We’ve even covered her progress on it so far!

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