With the Worlds 2020 Play-Ins groups set it is time to look at the teams who are in Group B. This will preview each of the teams including which region they are from, a quick dive into their full season and a look at their players. To take a look at Group A and their teams, click here.
[Related: Worlds 2020 Play-Ins Groups Draw]
LGD Gaming- LPL 4 Seed
After a terrible Spring Split where they went 5-11 missing playoffs, LGD came together with their veteran talent and finished 10-6. They went into the Summer playoffs as the 6 seed and surprised many people with their run. They quickly showed their stuff defeating Team WE and then swept the former World Champion, Invictus Gaming. They would go on to lose to JDG and then Suning in the third-place match. In the Regional Finals, Suning would again 3-0 them. This would lead to a showdown with Invictus gaming for the last Worlds spot in which LGD would win 3-1 to secure their place.
PSG Talon- PCS 2 Seed
Coming from a region that historically makes trouble for teams from the major regions, PSG Talon or what was previously just Talon Esports during the Spring Split, had a great year. They finished third during the regular season in both Splits and then went on to win the Spring Split. The Summer Split Finals were specifically a let down after finally knocking Machi Esports down to the losers bracket but then getting Swept by that same team when it mattered most. This is how they landed in the Play-Ins. Unfortunately, due to visa issues, Talon had to bring in Uniboy and Kongyue from ahq to fill out their roster which will likely cause at least some small issue considering they haven’t played with the rest of the roster all season.
Unicorns of Love- CIS 1 Seed
After getting kicked out of the LEC, this organization has made a home for itself in the CIS. This year was a banner year for the team as they only lost a total of three games across all of 2020. They have a lot of Worlds experience including a devastating 2-3 loss to Splyce in 2019 which kept them from making it out of groups. They have a very diverse champion pool at every position and could come out with a number of looks. There is little doubt that this team could push for a good chance to make it to groups.
V3 Esports- JP 1 Seed
V3 Esports will be making their Worlds debut as an organization. Normally this spot goes to DetonatioN FocusMe but V3 were able to take them out after a long five-game series. Now they will try to make Japan proud by making it to groups. This team has done what a lot of teams from the minor regions did to make Worlds, come together at the right time. The expectations for V3 are low but if they can master the meta early and pull out some surprise picks, they could challenge in what is arguably the easier of the two groups.
Rainbow7- LAT 1 Seed
In conjunction with Reciprocity Esports, Rainbow7 will be making their Worlds debut as well. After a disappointing 2019, they came back strong in 2020. This included a run through a tough gauntlet of teams in LAT where they won three straight best-of-fives to take the title. None of these players have played at Worlds before but most of them have been playing together throughout multiple teams and have shown the ability to play a diverse amount of champions. When looking at this team they will hope to push for a best-of-five spot and try to surprise one of the higher regarded teams.
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