It’s finally time for the final Worlds Hopefuls of the season! With the strongest minor regions covered, it’s time to move on to the five remaining regions in Brazil, Japan, Oceania, Latin America, and finally Southeast Asia. If you missed the last Worlds Hopefuls, you can find it here!
With the regular season completed in Brazil, the four teams heading into the playoffs for a chance to qualify for Worlds are Flamengo eSports, INTZ e-Sports, KaBuM! e-Sports, and finally Uppercut esports.
Out of the four teams, the favorites are Flamengo, led by some familiar names like veteran ADC Felipe “brTT” Gonçalves and jungler Lee “Shrimp” Byeong-hoon. Second are KaBuM who are led by the likes of mid laner Matheus “dyNquedo” Rossini Miranda and support Denilson “Ceos” Oliveira Gonçalves. Throughout the split, these two teams have dominated the region. swapping between first and second in the standing with no other competition.
In the long run, Flamengo’s experienced and veteran roster will likely have the edge going into the playoffs and the BO5 series. So while KaBuM may have a stronger team on paper, especially with top laner Choi “Wizer” Ui-seok on loan from SANDBOX Gaming, Flamengo will likely represent Brazil at Worlds.
With one week of action left in the regular season, the only thing that still needs to be decided is seeding for the playoffs. While the third seed has been decided with V3 Esports taking the spot, the fight for the first seed will be decided on the final day as Crest Gaming Act and DetonatioN FocusMe are set to face off to decide the seeding.
Crest has been the top team for most of the split, but they have been shaky in recent weeks while DetonatioN enters the last week on a four-game win streak. Along with that, DetonatioN were the winners in the last showdown between the two teams in Week 5. No matter what happens in the final week, the playoffs should provide fans a thrilling BO5 series between the two teams in the finals as either team could realistically represent Japan at Worlds.
Also entering the final week of play is the Oceania region where two playoff spots are still up for grabs. Meanwhile at the top of the standings with their spot in the playoffs already confirmed are Chiefs Esports Club, MAMMOTH, and the current champion in Bombers.
Unfortunately for Bombers, they aren’t the favorites heading into the playoffs as the team took a big hit with former ADC Ian Victor “FBI” Huang heading to North America and joining Golden Guardians. Instead, the favorites are Chiefs who enter the final week on a seven-game win streak and all the momentum in the world.
Will Chiefs be able to ride this momentum to a Worlds qualification? Or will Bombers or MAMMOTH take them down in the playoffs? Only time will tell.
Latin America (LLA)
Ahead of most regions at the moment, Latin America has already begun their playoffs with the quarterfinals complete and four teams remaining in the semifinals. While there are still some fairly talented teams remaining such as All Knights, the favorites to qualify for Worlds and defend their title is Isurus Gaming.
Coming into the playoffs, Isurus dominated the region, holding onto the top spot through the whole season. With talented players like mid-laner Édgar Ali “Seiya” Bracamontes Munguía on the roster, it’s hard to see anyone taking out Isurus through the rest of the playoffs. While their ticket to Worlds is theirs to lose, how well will the team do at an international event this time around?
Southeast Asia (LST)
With two weeks of action remaining and three games set to be rescheduled, the playoff picture is still unclear for Southeast Asia. While there are some great teams in the likes of Liya Esports and WIN Esports, the favorites are likely still MEGA who continues to look solid so far despite a loss to start the Summer Split.
While most of the roster for MEGA remains the same, there was one major change as ADC Kim “DeuL” Deul was brought in as the previous ADC Juckkirsts “Lloyd” Kongubon swapped over to the jungle. Overall the change has been a great one as DeuL has been a solid upgrade as an ADC and Lloyd has similarly been a solid jungler so far.
While MEGA should still be the favorites to win and represent the region a lot can change in the coming weeks. If MEGA want to repeat as champions, they will have to maintain a consistent level of play. However, so far they have looked great.
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