Groups for Worlds decided: G2 Esports find themselves in stacked Group C, TSM luck out with Group D

by Josh Bury Sep 12
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The group draw for the 2017 League of Legends World Championship didn't lack any suspense and while each group will add a team from the play-in stage at the end of September, the first three teams in each group is now a matter of public record.

Group A Group B Group C Group D
EDward Gaming (LPL) Longzhu Gaming (LCK) G2 Esports (EU LCS) Flash Wolves (LMS)
SK Telecom T1 (LCK) Immortals (NA LCS) Samsung Galaxy (LCK) Misfits (EU LCS)
ahq e-Sports Club (LMS) Gigabyte Marines (GPL) Royal Never Give Up (LPL) Team SoloMid (NA LCS)

Group A features the LPL's first seed in EDward Gaming and the LCK's second, in SKT T1. Caught between the titans is Taiwan's ahq e-Sports club. Group B will Korea's first seed, Longzhu Gaming, while the presence of Gigabyte Marines as the group's third team could give Immortals the opening they need to make it to the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile Group C is an early favorite to be the group of death, as G2 Esports will no doubt be in for a tough set of matches against the likes of Korea's third seed Samsung Galaxy and China's second seed Royal Never Give Up. This group has the potential to cause a repeat of G2's exit from Worlds 2016, but the EU LCS powerhouse has seen more international action since that time.

Team SoloMid have yet to miss a Worlds appearance, and the teams competing alongside them in Group D give their fans something to look forward to. Against Europe's second-seeded Misfits and the best the LMS has to offer in Flash Wolves, there's no matchup where they would be considered the underdog.

The play-in stage for Worlds begins on Sep. 23, and will determine the final team in each of the four groups above. The groups for the play-in stage are as follows:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Team WE (LPL) Cloud9 (NA LCS) Fnatic (EU LCS) HK Attitude (LMS)
Gambit.CIS (LCL) Team oNe eSports (CBLoL) Young Generation (GPL) 1907 Fenerbahçe (TCL)
Lyon Gaming (LLN) LG Dire Wolves (OPL) Kaos Latin Gamers (CLS) Rampage (LJL)

After the play-in group stage, the Top 2 teams from each group play will play a best of-five against an opponent that cannot be from their own group.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. He thinks Hong Kong Attitude has the best logo in esports. You can find him on Twitter.