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League of Legends World Championship 2020 Quarter-Final preview

Jack Stewart
Jack Stewart

The League of Legends World Championship is down to just eight teams and the Quarter-Finals have produced quite the fascinating draw.

On one side of the bracket, Europe's second seeds Fnatic are joined by all three of China's LoL Pro League (LPL) remaining teams while Europe's top seed G2 Esports will continue their rivalry with South Korea as they have all three LoL Champions Korea (LCK) seeds on their side.

We will find out once a for all who the best teams in China and Korea are while Europe's best will try to spoil the party. And neutrals can also get excited over the possibility of a final between DAMWON Gaming and Top Esports (TES).

But before we get to that point, here's what you can expect from the Quarter-Finals.

DAMWON Gaming (1.18) vs DRX (4.80)

Kicking things off it's the first vs second seed from the LCK. When these two teams met back in the Summer Split final it was a 3-0 massacre with DAMWON extending their reign of dominance and it's likely the same will happen again.

DAMWON have been the most impressive team of the tournament so far as they navigated the tricky Group B with relative ease. LPL second seeds JD Gaming were one of the tournament favourites while Europe's Rogue were expected to be strong too having pushed G2 to five games back in the Playoffs but both were beaten convincingly by the Korean champions in the first week. JDG did win the rematch between the two but at that point DAMWON had already locked in first seed from Groups.

DRX meanwhile had a pretty solid showing in the Group Phase themselves, remaining consistent with expected victories over North America's FlyQuest and Russia's Unicorns of Love. However, the team could not overcome the LPL champions TES who, like DAMWON, are one of the favourites for the tournament.

After showing huge champion pools and a variety of strategies, DAMWON are heavily favoured here. Though, DRX rookie jungler Hong "Pyosik" Chang-hyeon has been more impressive than many expected. With the meta being jungler-orientated, DRX could find an opportunity there.

Suning (2.32) vs JD Gaming (1.61)

On to the battle of the LPL. These teams only played once last Summer, in which JDG won 2-0, but this time the series really could go either way.

JDG will be slightly favoured having come off the back of an impressive year in which they won the LPL Spring Season before finishing runners-up in the Summer Playoffs following a five-game thriller. They also did well in the highly competitive Group B in which they managed to take a game off DAMWON.

Meanwhile, Suning were inconsistent in Group A, dropping games to both G2 and North America's Team Liquid. However, the team ended Groups on a high note with two consecutive wins over G2 - the first was a brutally one-sided affair while the second one went down to the wire but top-laner Chen "Bin" Ze-Bin pulled off a sensational Gangplank play to end the game.

While Bin's battle up top with Zhang "Zoom" Xing-Ran will be fascinating, both teams rely mostly on their junglers so all eyes will be on JDG's Seo "Kanavi" Jin-hyeok, who we've yet to see the best of at the tournament so far, and Suning's Lê "SofM" Quang Duy.

Top Esports (1.15) vs Fnatic (5.50)

By the odds, this is the biggest mismatch of the quarter-finals - everybody is terrified of TES.

And rightfully so considering the individual talent on the team. Hung "Karsa" Hao-Hsuan has been superb in the jungle as always, former World Champion Yu "JackeyLove" Wen-Bo has continued his domination from the bot-lane and of course there's mid-laner Zhuo "Knight" Ding who some have gone as far as to say will take the throne of the world's best player away from three-time World Champion Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok.

However, Fnatic with their rich history are never a team to be underestimated. Jungler Oskar "Selfmade" Boderek has been phenomenal during his international debut while Fnatic's aggressive duo of top-laner Gabriël "Bwipo" Rau and support Zdravets "Hylissang" Iliev Galabov, who have a tendency to throw games, have been in top form.

ADC Martin "Rekkles" Larrson is desperate for revenge for the 2018 final in which he lost to JackeyLove and considering NA's FlyQuest took a game off TES, there's hope. But for now, it seems TES are still a level above their European opponents.

Gen.G (1.79) vs G2 Esports (2.02)

Perhaps the only quarter-final where many may favour the lower seed, last year's Worlds finalist G2 usually become a completely different team in best-of-fives.

The European champions are always unpredictable and you can guarantee they will have a few tricks up their sleeve. And G2 will be full of confidence considering they defeated two Korean teams in the Worlds Knockouts last year, though a potential series against DAMWON would be much trickier this time around.

And G2 can't afford to look that far ahead yet as Gen.G are a very good team themselves. Group C was one of the most competitive groups so the Korean third seeds did very well to come out on top. And while Luka "Perkz" Perković has had a solid showing so far, his ability as an ADC has been questioned and you know Gen.G's Park "Ruler" Jae-hyuk, one of the strongest bot-laners at the tournament, will push him to the limit.

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