In a week, many people from different countries and walks of life will be putting themselves to the test in Los Angeles, USA. These people are not competing just for the 2 million USD prize pool on the line, but to define and shape e-sports as we know it. They are paving the way for the rest of us hopeful gamers, setting the bar and carving out their names in e-sports history. A cut above the rest, they are athletes of a different sort. This October, in the League of Legends Season 2 World Championships, we will bear witness to their legacies. Behold, the teams that will compete for glory in the hopes of being the true champions in the League of Legends.
Counter Logic Gaming Prime (CLG.Prime / CLG.NA)
Since its conception in 2010, Counter Logic Gaming has been one of the biggest stars of the LoL e-sports scene. CLG has won numerous international tournaments and built up a reputation for being one of the strongest teams in the world. In May 2012, CLG’s then-jungler, saintvicious, now the Jungler for Team Curse,left the team and paved the way for HotShotGG to take his place. Voyboy, originally from Team Dignitas, became the team’s new top laner. Although the team is still adapting to HotshotGG’s unique jungling style, CLG.Prime is still a force to be reckoned with at the S2 World Championships.
Azubu Frost was previously known as MiG Frost, one of Korea’s most established e-sports teams. At the OnGameNet LoL Invitationals, their sister team, MiG Blaze, was introduced to the LoL scene. During the 2012 Azubu Summer Cup, Blaze and Frost were officially signed by Azubu, and became known to the world as Azubu Blaze and Azubu Frost. Azubu Frost won the OGN League of Legends Invitational in February this year, making them one of the Asian teams to watch out for at the S2 World Championships.
Invictus Gaming (iG)
iG (Invictus Gaming) was established in August 2011, with e-sports as the core focus of the organisation. iG aspires to be the world’s top electronic sports club with the best e-sports players across all gaming platforms. In March 2012, iG’s captain, Wh1t3zZ, left iG for Canis Lupus Campestris, another e-sports club (now known as Noah’s Ark). Later on in May 2012, Pdd left EHOME and joined iG as the Top Laner, just before iG won the Season Two Chinese Regional Finals, securing their place in the S2 World Championships.
SK Gaming (SK)
SK Gaming was established in 1997 and entered the League of Legends scene in September 2010. Snoopeh and Wickd were originally from SK Gaming before joining Counter Logic Gaming EU (CLG.eu) while team captain Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago and Patrick “Nyph” Funke have been with SK Gaming from the beginning. SK Gaming recently finished in 2nd place at the S2 Regional Finals in Cologne.
Counter Logic Gaming EU
Counter Logic Gaming EU (CLG.eu) was founded in September 2011 as Counter Logic Gaming’s European counterpart. Comprised of several LoL veterans, CLG.EU quickly became recognised as one of the strongest LoL teams in Europe, known for their aggressive playing style and strong teamwork. CLG.EU’s AP Carry, Froggen, is so well known for his Anivia that she is considered a standard ban when playing against them. CLG.EU is one of the hot favourites to win the S2 World Championships.
Team Dignitas (Dig)
Team Dignitas is an American e-sports team well known for their strategic play in tournaments. They are often seen playing unconventional teams lineups with great results, demonstrating world-class play and innovation at some of the largest international tournaments. Dignitas is definitely one of the dark horses at this year’s S2 World Championships.
NaJin Sword is the second LoL team sponsored by the NaJin Corporation. NaJin Sword surprised naysayers with their victory over Xenics Storm at Azubu The Champions Summer 2012 and recently ousted Azubu Blaze to become the champions at the S2 Regional Finals in Seoul.
Saigon Jokers (SAJ)
The Saigon Jokers are a fully paid team owned by Garena. They were formed in April 2012, and have been part of the Garena Premier League since May 2012. SAJ came back from the losers’ brackets in the Season 2 South East Asian Regional Finals, beating the favourites, the Singapore Sentinels (SGS) in two consecutive games. A relative unknown in the international scene, SAJ is considered to be the dark horse for the S2 World Championships.
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