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League of Legends Top-Five Power Rankings: Worlds 2021

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League of Legends Top-Five Power Rankings: Worlds 2021
A fan reacts during the League of Legends World Video Game Championships final between China's Suning team against South Korea's Damwon team. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

Esports and League of Legends (LoL) enthusiasts are gearing up for an exciting winter ahead, as the Worlds 2021 group stage is upon us. LoL’s most important tournament of the year returns with the globes most dominant teams going head-to-head at Worlds 2021. Join us in previewing the top-five teams and how they fit into our power rankings.

League of Legends Power Rankings: Top Five

DWG KIA

There aren’t many top contenders within LoL competitive gaming that don’t stem from South Korea, and DWG is the limelight of it all. The reigning Lol champions certainly have a target on them because every team wants to defeat the Worlds 2020 winners. With that said, those gunning for DWG have failed thus far, as they won both the LCK Spring and Summer Split without a sweat. They did slip up at MSI when losing to RNG in the finals but winning two series and dropping one game from seven is nothing to worry about. DWG is the team to beat, and South Korea’s finest could easily accomplish consecutive Worlds titles.

EDward Gaming

The most talented team out of China are no stranger to competing at Worlds, this year will mark their fifth appearance amongst the elite of LoL, and the pressure of a high-level tournament shouldn’t affect them. The downside is that they’ve failed to surpass the playoff stage on four occasions. However, it’s hard to compare previous years to the 2021 version of Edward Gaming because a 3rd place finishes at the Spring Split and a first-place win at the Summer Split has proved their evolution.

MAD Lions

The biggest underdog’s coming out of Europe are Mad Lions, who surprisingly finished third/fourth at MSI in a debut appearance at the tournament. Despite obliterating the LEC this year, many believed their efforts were nothing more than “luck” until their performance in the Summer Split saw them take out Rogue, G2, and Fnatic to mark their stamp on the LoL esports scene. EU fans are hopeful, and if you’re looking for an underdog to bet on, MAD Lions have what it takes.

FunPlus Phoenix

FPX are one of the most respected teams in the competition. They are one of two Chinese teams in the World’s history ever to claim the championship, and their recognition lives on. Yes, 2020 was a year they’d rather forget, but 2021 has been a turnaround in results, with 2nd place positions claimed at both Spring and Summer Split competitions. Their consistency has remained for twelve months; a level of composure could certainly assist them at Worlds 2021; however, they’re certainly deserving of taking a top-five position in the power rankings.

Royal Never Give Up

RNG doesn’t always come out on top, but their entertainment factor is massive. Whenever they’re competing, RNG will guarantee an eventful game. Winning MSI for a second time whilst losing the LPL Summer Split has delivered mixed results; their determination pulled through when needing to secure a Worlds 2021 position by defeating Team WE, and they’re another underdog to keep an eye on