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Creator: Silverman43 September 20, 2022 12:14am
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Introduction
Welcome to the first article of our series covering Worlds 2022 and our brand new Fantasy Tournament! Whether you're here to build valuable knowledge to top the Fantasy League standings, or just to enhance your Worlds viewing experience, we've got you covered! So sit back and take a look at the play-in format, participating teams, players to watch and more!
Worlds 2022 Play-In Stage Format
Group A
1
Fnatic
0 - 0
2
Beyond Gaming
0 - 0
3
DetonatioN FocusMe
0 - 0
4
Evil Geniuses
0 - 0
5
LOUD
0 - 0
6
Chiefs Esports Club
0 - 0

Group B
1
DRX
0 - 0
2
Royal Never Give Up
0 - 0
3
Saigon Buffalo
0 - 0
4
MAD Lions
0 - 0
5
İstanbul Wildcats
0 - 0
6
Isurus
0 - 0
Legenda
1
Advances directly to the group stage.
2
Plays a Bo5 vs the 3th/4th team of the opposite group, winner advances to the group stage.
3/4
3th and 4th team of the same group play a Bo5 against each other, winner advances to face the 2nd team of the opposite group.
5/6
Eliminated from Worlds.
3A
VS
3/4A
VS
2B
4A
Group Stage
3B
VS
3/4B
VS
2A
4B
Expectations
Visualisation
Group A Group B
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2
2
3
3
4
4
5
5
6
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VS
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Group A
Clear favourites in group A are obviously LEC third seed Fnatic and LCS representatives Evil Geniuses. FNC has their history of performing well at international tournaments, and they started performing better during playoffs than anyone had hoped beforehand. Addtionally they have many experienced members to do the job, although it would be very in-character to lose at least one game to a minor region. EG is a bit of a question mark to me, mainly because of their ADC Danny. The young talent recently announced a break for his mental health, for which he deserves all the respect and support. It is not clear whether he'll be ready to return for Worlds, and EG will miss him dearly. Replacement Kaori performed reasonably well in his one series with the main team, but his inexperience has to be considered. So for now I expect Fnatic to top the group, while Evil Geniuses should come in second.

Beyond Gaming and DetonatioN FocusMe will likely look to contest for the 3th place. The PCS has been quite decent at the international stage the last few years, and considering BYG got some experience from last year, they might be able to do even better. (Last year they took the 4th spot, but got clean swept in their first Bo5 vs HLE.) DFM on the other hand made it into the group stage just last year. However they replaced 2 of their members, and MSI didn't go too well. Question will be whether yet another dominant split and the MSI experience may have levelled up this squad. At the end of the day, either of these squads could even upset by taking the runner-up spot. In Bo1s, a lot can happen.

At the bottom of the table LOUD and Chiefs Esports Club will be fighting for their honour. I think it's not controversial to expect Chiefs to lose every game, that's the usual result for OCE teams. LOUD comes from a tougher league, where anyone can beat anyone. If Brazilian side has a few good days, then maybe they could be contesting for the 4th spot, but I honestly don't see them getting further than that.
Group B
Group A seems interesting already, but group B really is stacked. Best team in the group should be Royal Never Give Up by a mile, but they're not invincible by any means. The 2022 MSI champions had to part with toplaner Bin while acquiring Breathe before in between splits. It cannot be blamed on Breathe by any means, but fact is that RNG hasn't looked as dominant. A lot will depend on their ADC GALA, as he hasn't been in form this split, but historically he steps up massively during international tournaments.

The battle for the 2nd spot will be a blood bath. DRX, MAD Lions and Saigon Buffalo are all solid teams, but with each their own set of flaws. DRX looked shaky all season long, but they should have the experience to make it out without much trouble if they sort out some of their issues. And let's not forget how they took down both KT Rolster and Liiv Sandbox to make it to Worlds in the first place. The ceiling of this team is certainly high enough. MAD is hard to gauge as they had a solid regular split, but lost both of their Bo5s in playoffs. Though all of their members except for ADC UNF0RGIVEN have been to Worlds before. I do expect MAD to finish over SGB, but the Vietnamese won't go down easily (and make it an entertaining watch).

Isurus and İstanbul Wildcats will probably lag behind the others, but which one of them is the stronger team is hard to tell for now. The Wildcats went to MSI, but couldn't make much of an impact there. But I personally considering the Turkish league slightly stronger, so give them the benefit of the doubt.
Players to watch
Group A
BOTLANE
Upset
Fnatic
$219
Upset has been a top tier ADC in the LEC for years. While Fnatic as a whole has been quite inconsistent this year, Upset was often one of the top performers in their solid playoff run this summer.
2022 marks Upset's first Worlds appearance, having missed out last year due to unfortunate personal circumstances. Now he's looking to leave those bad memories behind as undoubtly one of the best ADCs in the play-in stage.
He might be fairly expensive, but considering Fnatic's (supposedly) easy group draw, Upset should consistently generate lots of points.




TOPLANE
Likai
Beyond Gaming
$109
In the PCS they have an award for the most improved player at the end of the season. This year that happened to be young toplaner Likai. He has been stepping up from being a substitute behind veteran Liang, all the way to the Worlds stage. In a meta where tanks have high presence, Likai likes playing carry toplaners that excel into tank matchups, like Fiora, Camille and Gwen.
If you're looking to spice up your fantasy team, Likai might be for you! Low cost, but potential to turn out great. Play-in stage is the perfect opportunity for minor region talents to make a name for themselves.


SUPPORT
Harp
DetonatioN FocusMe
$101
DFM has been dominant domestically for so long, even over different roster iterations. One of the those recent additions is Korean support Harp. In less than a year he has already become a standout player on the team, with multiple PoG performances to back it up. And while the Worlds meta might not be clear yet, Harp has a large enough champion pool to perform in any meta, despite a fairly short career so far.
While having one of the lowest costs, do not sleep on Harp. There's a reason why DFM only lost 3 games in the entirety of summer. And now with some international experience from 2022 MSI, Harp and DFM are ready to put up a fight.

JUNGLE
Inspired
Evil Geniuses
$197
To most, Inspired needs no introduction. It has been going extremely fast for the Polish jungler since his rookie year in 2020. From 2 Worlds appearances, becoming LEC MVP, attending MSI, and now LCS MVP to top it off. This man is looking to carry EG to the group stage, and with only Fnatic looking to be their main competitors in group A, odds are looking good.
Inspired in good form, for this price is almost a steal. Expectations are EG shouldn't have too much trouble in group A, so prepare for lots of points.




TOPLANE
Robo
LOUD
$123
Arguably the best Brazilian toplaner in history is back at the Worlds stage. 4 domestic titles in over 7 years of playing, Robo has seen it all. In a slower meta where supportive, tanky toplaners are common, a consistent veteran like him is extremely valuable. And with his experience in high-pressure matches he could prove crucial in Brazil's attempt at getting into the group stage.
Looking for rock in the toplane to lead your team? And that for a fair cost? Look no further, you can count on LOUD's Robo.





SUPPORT
Aladoric
Chiefs Esports Club
$101
Although Oceania's LCO might not have the highest esteem, The Chiefs come off an insanely dominant summer in which they went 27-1. Cornerstone of their success is support Aladoric, who also went to Worlds last year. OCE doesn't have high hopes at reaching the next round, but this in-form CHF might be able to put up a good fight. Either way play-in teams should beware of his Leona with which he holds an impressive 16-1 career record.
Want to shop on a budget? Take a look at this solid support. While CHF will probably finish at the bottom, beware the team that has nothing to lose...
Group B
BOTLANE
Deft
DRX
$298
Deft is one of the most most famous players in the Play-in stage. While these could be the waning days of his decorated career, he remains a top tier ADC. Even though he has never won a Worlds trophy, Deft has an insane amount of experience at the international stage. 2022 will be his 7th time attending Worlds.
You can almost always count on a veteran like Deft to perform in high-stakes matches, so despite his high cost he should still be a solid addition to any fantasy league team.




MIDLANE
Xiaohu
Royal Never Give Up
$236
Another big name, RNG midlaner Xiaohu is a phenomenon. Multiple LPL titles, 5 Worlds appearances, 3 MSI trophies (of which he won as a toplaner!) It's safe to say Xiaohu is one of the greatest players in history. And while RNG hasn't looked as great in summer, barely making it to Worlds, he still made the 1st all pro team.
Almost none questions RNG making it out of play-ins, so any of their players is a safe addition to your fantasy league team. But note that of the top midlaners in this tournament phase, Xiaohu is one of the cheaper ones. So definitely worth considering!

BOTLANE
Shogun
Saigon Buffalo
$133
At only 18 years old, Shogun is definitely a rising star to watch. SGB made their fame at MSI this year, not with spectacular results, but with an agressive, exciting playstyle. If the meta stays more or less botlane focused going into Worlds, Shogun can and WILL carry if you give him due respect. Even if the meta shifts, Shogun can thrive on almost anything, with already 2 pentakills in his rookie year to back it up.
For a small fee you can add one of the bigges prospects to your own team. Shogun will feast on weaker teams, while having lots of upset potential agains the bigger teams in group B.


JUNGLE
Elyoya
MAD Lions
$157
In only 2 years at the highest level, Elyoya has quickly risen as one of the best LEC junglers. 2 domestic titles, lots of international experience and a 2021 rookie of the split award in his pocket, he's about to prove himself again vs LPL and LCK.
For a middle-priced jungler, Elyoya can certainly do the job. Interesting to note is how MAD midlaner Nisqy is known for elevating his jungler's stats, and it already showed in LEC summer split. More big jungle performances (and thus points) to come?



BOTLANE
HolyPhoenix
İstanbul Wildcats
$106
HolyPhoenix is one of Turkey's most well known players, and rightly so! Many domestic titles, MSI appaerances the last 2 years, but he had never made Worlds yet. Now might be the best of times though, since HolyPhoenix has been in the form of his life, taking home the MVP award on the back of some impressive 10+ kills carry performances.
While very cheap, this man is certainly capable of doing some damage in play-ins. And with all his experience there's no doubt he'll perform and bring in some points.



MIDLANE
Seiya
Isurus
$110
Seiya is a legendary midlaner from Latin America. He has been playing competitively for around 10 years by now. Countless domestic titles and some international tournaments later, he's back at the highest level to prove to the whole World why he's still the G.O.A.T. back in the LLA.
Although he can't compare to the likes of Xiaohu, the midlane pool in group B is not that insanely strong (in lane) otherwise, so perhaps Seiya can surprise those who dare to come unprepared. For a reasonable cost you can aquire this experienced Mexican monster.
Fantasy Tournament Tips & Tricks
While the play-in stage will unmistakably spawn some interesting matches, there is still a bigger power difference between teams than during the group stage. Major region teams like RNG or Fnatic shouldn't have much trouble dealing with minor region teams (on paper at least). That makes it so even the lower cost players from the bigger teams are often great pick-ups, as they should be winning at least a decent amount of their games and thus automatically inflating their stats and points gain.
On the other hand, upsets can easily happen. The minor region teams that come into the tournament with low expectations, nothing to lose, can often end up as the most dangerous opponent. Especially in a Bo1 format, you just need some luck and a good day to potentially take a game vs an LPL or LCK behemoth. And what's great with minor region players is their low cost, so you can spend even more on big names!
While building your team you might consider a mix of veterans and rookies. Experienced players usually perform reasonably well despite the high stakes. Rookies on the other hand can be a bit more feast-or-famine, as they got everything to prove and what time is better than Worlds to gain some fame? They might outperform the expectations (while having a reasonable cost), or they might succumb to the pressure. The risk is yours to take.
Although the meta has yet to settle for the tournament, if it's not radically different from the previous months, botlane and midlane seem to be the focal points in a team. Kills/assists guaranteed on these carry roles, and considering the point system per role, I expect these roles to be the top point generators. So you might want to spend extra heavily on these roles, and maybe even make them your team captain to fully utilise the x1.5 modifier.
Jungle and toplane see lots of supportive champion picks these days. So lower kill scores are to be expected. On the other hand, carry toplaners still do have a niche and some players are especially proficient in those ways. Knowing players, their champion pools and how teams tend to play can prove an invaluable advantage in maximizing your points gain.
Conclusion
Thanks for making it this far! If you haven't already started with your fantasy team, you can join here today!

Once the play-in stage has concluded, we'll be back here with a summary and to look forward at the group stage! If you have any feedback or thoughts regarding the article, feel free to leave a comment on send me a private message!
Enjoy Worlds 2022, have fun building your team and may the odds ever be in your favour!
Lots of credit to LoL.fandom Wiki for their collection of player portraits, up-to-date statistics, overviews and all-around fantastic work documenting LoL esports.
Thanks to @ Jovy for the signature!
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Super useful guide! Great guide and awesome tips. See you on the leaderboard :)
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Love the work that was put into this! Can't wait for the one for groups stage 😁
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Nice work! Really helpful advice
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Very impressive guide! Great work boss, will be very usefull when building my team! <3

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