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Worlds Hopefuls: Rest of the World Edition (Part 1)

With the hopefuls for Worlds in the main regions covered, now is a great chance to look at which teams are fighting to make a deep run in the minor regions. Let’s start off with four powerhouse minor regions in Taiwan, Vietnam, CIS and Turkey. If you missed the main region Worlds hopefuls, you can find all of them from here!

Taiwan (LMS)

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With the regular season completed, the LMS is set to begin the playoffs with a match between MAD Team and Hong Kong Attitude. At the end of the gauntlet in the Finals is a J Team that went undefeated during the regular season. As a result, it would be a surprise if anyone takes out J Team and the first seed for Worlds. 

Meanwhile, there’s a race for the second seed between ahq e-Sports Club and MAD Team thanks to the collapse of Flash Wolves during the Summer Split. With ahq looking better coming into the playoffs and the better seeding, the second seed should be theirs for the taking. 

Lastly, there’s the third and final seed that will find themselves in the Play-In Stage. Unfortunately for fans of Flash Wolves, it’s very unlikely for them to make it in with how poorly the team has been performing this split. Instead, it’ll likely come down to a showdown between Hong Kong Attitude and whichever team that fails to take the second seed.

Vietnam (VCS)

As the VCS begins its final week of the regular season, the fight is on for the final two spots in the playoffs. Fighting for the two spots feature familiar teams in  Dashing Buffalo (formerly Phong Vũ Buffalo) and EVOS Esports. Alongside the two familiar names fighting for the final two spots is Lowkey Esports. Meanwhile, sitting at the top of the standings are GAM Esports led by a familiar face in jungler Đỗ “Levi” Duy Khánh and Team Flash which features well-known players such as top laner Phan “Stark” Công Minh and mid laner Trần “Optimus” Văn Cường. 

With two spots up for grab, it’s still hard to see who’s going to make it to Worlds out of the five teams. However, in the long run, it’s hard to bet against GAM Esports for the first seed as the team has simply looked great with Levi with the team once again. 

However, the second seed is still anyone’s game. While Team Flash is the favorites coming into the final week and beyond, Lowkey Esports has looked good in recent games. Along with that, Dashing Buffalo can still be a huge threat going forward despite recent struggles against other top teams. 

In the end, the playoffs will be very exciting to watch for fans of the VCS with four great teams set to face off. Who will come out on top? Only time will tell. 

CIS (LCL)

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Unlike most leagues, the LCL still has three weeks of action remaining. As such, there haven’t been any clear frontrunners for the region’s only spot at Worlds. However, two teams to look out for are Gambit and Unicorns of Love. For most fans, Gambit should be a familiar team that features well-known names like mid laner Mykhailo “Kira” Harmash and legendary jungler Danil “Diamondprox” Reshetnikov. However, the Unicorns of Love may be a surprise. 

Since their last appearance in what was then the EU LCS, the Unicorns of Love has made their move into the CIS region recently by buying the spot of Team Just for the Summer Split. The roster features the previous core of VEGA Squadron in top laner Vladislav “BOSS” Fomin, jungler Kirill “AHaHaCiK” Skvortsov, and mid laner Lev “Nomanz” Yakshin. Rounding out the roster in the bot lane is former Excel Esports ADC Nihat “Innaxe” Dzhelal Aliev and legendary support Edward “Edward” Abgaryan.

While the recent Summer Open Cup would indicate that Gambit should be the favorites to represent the CSI region once again at Worlds, the Unicorns of Love could prove to be an even bigger challenger come playoff time as the team continues to build synergy. 

Turkey (TCL)

With the playoffs set to begin, the fight to represent Turkey will likely come down to the two top teams of the league in Royal Youth and SuperMassive eSports.

Out of the three, the favorite should be Royal Youth, who dominated the Summer Split, ending the regular season with a record of 16-2. Royal Youth’s roster features some well-known players such as ADC Na “Pilot” Woo-hyung along with some talented regional players such as jungler  Can “Closer” Çelik. While it is their title to lose at this point, Royal Youth still needs to be careful as SuperMassive comes into the playoffs on a seven-game win streak and have been looking great as well.

As for the other top team in SuperMassive, the roster features some big names in mid laner Kim “Frozen” Tae-il and the three-time world champion support Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan. Along with the two Korean players, the team features some top Turkish talents such as ADC Berkay “Zeitnot” Aşıkuzun. While they were unable to pick up a win against Royal Youth during the regular season, the team has looked a lot better coming into the playoffs. While Royal Youth will still be a tough opponent to beat, SuperMassive should still have a great chance at making it to Worlds.

 

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