As we near the end of the year, teams have to make a decision on whether they want to attend Worlds in 2021. If you’re not attending Worlds in 2021, your spot will be taken by the winner of the Superweek in 2021. This means that you can’t be assured of your spot in the top bracket of the Summer Split, but it’s a chance to earn it anyway.
As the World Championship roster deadline draws nearer, more and more teams are deciding to skip Worlds this year. In this post, we will take a look at the teams that have confirmed their absences, or are very close to doing so, and discuss why they are dropping out.
While there is still a lot of time left before Worlds 2021, it’s already being talked about as “the tournament that will decide if Worlds 2021 will be held in North America, Asia, or Europe.” That means that there’s only one more week until the teams have to announce their plans for the next tournament, and we’re well past the point of no return.
These are the only new teams to join the list as of this writing, but I am aware that the TCL and PCS are in action right now, and there will be some important CBLOL and LLA games later today, but the list of teams was getting too long, so I’ll make a separate post for them tomorrow or Monday morning.
-From the LCL, CTRL PLAY (CPT) is team #24. The Russian squad that was the first to lose. Don’t get me wrong: this LCL squad in pink isn’t Vaevictis e-Sports, but they’re also not UOL. They are currently in 10th position with a 1W-10L record and a 3W-22L yearly record.
Now, I sometimes like to discuss a company’s past performance, but this squad was actually formed this year, taking Elements Pro Gaming’s former place in the league after the team dissolved after four years of competition.
-JD Gaming (JDG) from the LPL is team #25. The team’s 20 Championship points aren’t enough to qualify them for the Regional Finals after being ousted from the Playoffs with a 7W-9L record.
What a fall from grace for one of the three teams favored to win the World Championships in 2020. Even though the org has had some poor results in the past, such as a 10th place finish in the 2019 Summer, their history is mainly filled with success, such as 3rd place in Summer 2018, 1st place in Spring 2020, and 2nd place the following split, only losing 2-3 to TES (although the same argument could be said in reverse for Spring).
My argument is that things haven’t been the same for JDG since their 5-8th Worlds result. They finished fourth in the regular Spring split before losing their first series versus FPX. They didn’t even make it to the Playoffs now. Their core lineup has remained mostly constant over the past two years, thus their demise may be attributed to the current meta or the LPL’s cutthroat mentality. In any event, I can only wish Zoom and the crew the best of success for the next year!
The LPL Playoffs are almost set to begin now that everything has been accomplished.
–From the LCK, Fredit Brion (BRO) is on Team #26. Annual records of 5W-11L and 10W-24L are now in place. To be fair, they haven’t done too badly given the whole “bottom 4 group” has been separated by just one series in both splits (excluding Summer DRX).
This is the team’s debut year in the LCK, after playing in Challengers Korea since Spring 2019. They were formerly known as hyFresh Blade and Brion Blade before that. They didn’t win a promotion series; instead, as part of their new franchising structure, they entered the LCK.
For a team that is sponsored by both an eye health company (hyFresh) and a beauty company (Fredit), they sure do look horrible. (I am just joking, that was my poor attempt at a joke. I am sorry).
-From the PCS, Alpha Esports (ALF) is team #27. The only league I can’t keep track of using League+ for some reason. Anyway, ALF is the first PCS to miss out on the Playoffs this season, finishing 1W-15L. (ouch).
To say this squad is average is an understatement. They finished 5th twice in the regular season and then 5th and 7th in the playoffs in their finest year, 2020. (those being the only two times they made it to Playoffs). They finished last in both splits in the LMS in 2019. This year, 9th in the Spring and most likely 10th in the Summer.
To be fair, this club has only been around for six splits, but finishing last in three of them and missing the playoffs in four (especially since eight out of ten teams made it in two of them) is a poor start. Is it possible that this arrangement will improve over time? Will they recover from their abysmal state, or will they become the PCS’s CLG? Only time will tell whether this is true.
-Team #28 from the LCK: KT Rolster (KT). With an annual record of 12W-22L, he is now tied for 7th place with 6W-10L.
I don’t think there’s any way for me to properly put into perspective how legendary this Korean org is in the length of this article, so I’ll have to describe it, but I do suggest it.
If you’d like to learn more about them, go here.
The original cursed team, which has been around since 2013. If you had to characterize this squad in three words a few years ago, it would have been “they never win,” with four third-place Playoff results, three second-place finishes, and just one first-place finish. Fortunately for them, that has recently changed. Aside from their local success, KT has had some excellent international achievements, winning the Kespa Cup in 2017, placing second in Rift Rivals in 2017-18, and reaching the Worlds Quarterfinals in 2015 and 2018. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned the Telecom Wars yet. We’ll move on to the next team now.
-DRX (DRX, lul) from the LCK is team #29. This squad, once known as Dragon X, has been on the decline since last year. DRX finished 5th in Spring and dead last in Summer in 2021, after finishing 3rd in Spring and 2nd in Summer in 2020. They currently have a series record of 2W-14L and a game record of 9W-30L.
Chovy might have been the FlexSeal that kept this squad together. Will they ever reclaim their grandeur and return to the World Championship Quarterfinals? Who knows what will happen.
Thank you everyone for your continued support, and I hope to see you soon!
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