North America has once again disappointed at League of Legends Worlds. In 2020, the region did not send a single team to the playoffs. Sad record, especially when you have a lot of European or Korean players in your ranks.
The Worlds 2020 League of Legends are completed and the competition crowned Damwon Gaming. But when it comes time to take stock, we must also talk about other teams with less glorious fates. Some disappointed and were not at the expected level, while others on the contrary did well. The editorial staff, therefore, decided to take stock of this 2020 edition by reviewing the teams region by region. Today we start with the best of the Wild Card regions, the LCS.
The Struggles of North America
- TSM- Eliminated in Group with winless run
- FlyQuest- Eliminated in Group (3-3)
- Liquid- Eliminated in Group (3-3), Qualified by Play-in
A Collective Review
The collective assessment is hard, very hard. This region, which wants to be major and which above all has the means to pay for big names (Bjergsen, Doublelift), recognized players (Jensen, Broxah) and former world champions (CoreJJ, Impact), has not succeeded in sent only one representative in the playoffs. It is all the more shameful that this is the second year in a row that this scenario has come close to being ridiculous. North America is doing badly and will have to take stock of this catastrophic year internationally. The Play-In had given a false impression of progress. Strong against the weak, North America manages to dictate its law in the sandbox. But when it comes to joining the big leagues … there’s no one left.
The only good news for North America is that the leagues below haven’t done any better. The PCS (ex-LMS) did not appear in great shape and the Vietnamese were not there because of the coronavirus. LCS therefore do not risk losing their status immediately. However, we will have to quickly question ourselves if the region wants to get rid of the retirement home image that covers players at the end of their careers with gold.
If we look at each team individually, it is TSM that has especially disappointed. The American structure came out of the competition with zero wins to its credit. Historically shameful for the first seed from a major region. However, scientists were able to once again observe the “TSM syndrome”. When a region arrives at the Worlds with so much pressure that it loses its Latin and its League of Legends. Terribly lacking in confidence, TSM was afraid to play. The team curled up, accepting their role of atoning victim without flinching. Sad end of career for Søren ” Bjergsen ” Bjerg.
The results are less bad for Team Liquid and FlyQuest. Team Liquid did not trip over the carpet during the Play-In phase and even showed an attractive level of play. Unfortunately, the team did not manage to transcend to move to group A. The logic was respected against G2 Esports (first European seed) and Suning (future finalist). But hey, we’ll have to create a surprise one day if the region wants to progress.
For her part, no one expected much from FlyQuest, especially since she was in Group D with Top Esports and DRX. It was mission impossible for Tristan ” PowerOfEvil ” Schrage’s team. She still took part in the first Chinese seed and can be satisfied with having one of the most beautiful jerseys of the competition. It’s not much, but it’s better than nothing.