As the play-in stage of the seventh annual League of Legends World Championship begins, theScore esports decided to take a look at the regional metas of the five major regions to get a sense of how drafts will pan out in the tournament.
All five regions favor strong initiator champions like Gragas and Thresh, however how well each region can utilize those champion differs. For instance, Jarvan IV is among the top five in each region, however his win rate fluctuates significantly, dropping below 50 percent in EU LCS and LMS.
While there are some standard picks across all league, each region does have some region-specific picks. For instance, Syndra is the fifth most popular champion in EU LCS, the aggressive laner fitting the playstyle of some of the region's powerful mids.
Kalista also squeaked by in the LPL despite her very high ban rate during the regular season, but nerfs to the character on Patch 7.18 could result in less play at Worlds.
Correction: A previous version of this story had incorrect data for the LMS. theScore esports regrets the error.
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