Wow, what a group. Somebody had to draw the short straw and that was both SK Telecom T1 and Royal Never Give Up because both of them are unlucky enough to have to face Fnatic in the Worlds Group Stages. Three of the strongest teams in League of Legends history, all in one sensational group. To become World Champions and lift the Summoner's Cup, as we almost did last year, we have to beat the best teams and that's exactly what we intend on doing.
And we're not going to mention our possible opponents from the Play-Ins as they will simply serve as a much-needed easy (as easy as Worlds can be) win in this otherwise insane group. Though we do hope we get to reunite with our beloved former top-laner, Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon.
SKT - Gods can bleed
SKT are back where they belong, on the Worlds stage so they can prove themselves amongst the best once again. There is no doubt that the LCK champions are incredibly strong and will push any team at this tournament to their limit, but we won't back down. It was Fnatic back in 2015 who stood toe to toe with "Gods" when our young mid-laner at the time, Fabian "Febiven" Diepstraten, managed to solo-kill the Unkillable Demon King, Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok.
Now we have yet another young gun in the solo-lane, one who won't even flinch at the idea of facing the greatest player in the game's history. Tim "Nemesis" Lipovšek bullied Rasmus "Caps" Winther in the LEC finals and is going to do the same to Faker. Especially if SKT doesn't ban Twisted Fate, after the recent buffs on the Worlds patch Nemesis will be able to single-handedly carry any game.
But fortunately he won't have to, all of our players are incredibly talented and desperate to get their hands on another trophy. We saw earlier this year that SKT couldn't handle G2 and we'll be too much for them as well. In best-of-one games, anything can happen and we're confident of overcoming the Korean champions.
Royal Never Give Up - Hope for good RNG
From one iconic team to another, we know from MSI last year how strong RNG can be. Yet, unlike the other teams is this group they don't have a Worlds trophy to their name. We were the only European team at Worlds last year who didn't get the chance to beat RNG. We've waited patiently and now is our time.
RNG are effective but predictable, they'll look to play through Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao in the bot-lane and honestly we can't blame them. He is likely the greatest ADC of all time and is someone we won't take lightly. Yet, if anyone can stand up to him it's Martin "Rekkles" Larsson. The Swede is a legend in his own right and with Zdravets "Hylissang" Galabov by his side, there won't be any stopping him.
We know the Group Stages are going to be extremely difficult, the toughest challenge we've faced all year. But we don't fear any team. Fnatic, SKT and RNG are all on the same level and that only motivates us more. Group C is the most stacked group we have even seen in LoL esports so let's make history by overcoming both behemoths and go through to the Knockouts as a first seed.