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Worlds Collide: Group Stage

September 30th, 2015


With the 2015 World Championship kicking off in Paris tomorrow, October 1st, Riot has released a hype video showcasing the 16 teams attending the tournament. The video goes by the same name of the recently released song by Nicki Taylor, who previously worked with Riot on the song “Here Comes Vi!

For event details, stop by the Worlds page on lolesports


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After a series of roster related rumors, Team Liquid support player Alex “Xpecial” Chu has confirmed that the team is searching for another support player.

In a video update, Xpecial offered insight into the change, citing personal and performance related issues:

There are two big reasons why this roster change is happening:

The first one is Piglet just doesn’t like me. He doesn’t think I’m that good anymore and he wants a new support. The second reason is the TL staff has been questioning my performance as of late. They don’t know where its heading and they want to look for a new option and because of piglet’s preference, we decided to go with that.


Team Liquid considered various options, including trying a new AD carry, before settling on their decision to replace the veteran support. Xpecial says though unsure of his future, he wants to continue competing.

I’m going to make sure people remember why I was one of the best, and once I have a platform to stand on, I’ll show them again why I was one of the best.

– Alex “Xpecial” Chu


It is rumored that Andy “Smoothie” Ta will take Xpecial’s place on the roster. NoL will continue to watch the story as things develop.


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After Team Liquid’s finish at the top of the standings in the Summer Split, fans were let down when the team faltered in the semi-finals and fell to the Gauntlet, losing a 3-1 series to Cloud 9 and failing to make the 2015 World Championship. Now, a month after the end of the 2015 Summer Split, Team Liquid head coach Peter Zhang has announced that he will be leaving the team and will continue to pursue a career in coaching.



Peter took to social media to share his thoughts on his departure. Excerpt:


Future plan


It’s been a long time i write about this. First of all , I want to thank big Steve for helping me
improved as a person also as a coach, and thank mark/joka for helping me all the time managing team.
Thank all 5 player’s and TL staff work with me, especially Dom.Dom helping me lot to coach the team in the beginning of the spring split. Really appreciate the time spend with all of you guys.

Team Liquid
TL is the first foreign team I joined. I have never been to a different language team, it
hurts a lot in the beginning, especially we still have 2 Koreans on the team. But I think we fixed
these issues in the end of spring split which we eventually break the curse. But also there is lot
issues we didn’t fix as a team which I don’t want to mentioned here, I hopefully they will fix in
the next split. They are all talented player, i wish them best of luck and do well in the next split.


In more Team Liquid related news, the organization recently shared that on September 21st, AD Carry Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin’s had his contract extended to November 20, 2016. Co-owner Steve Arhancet said the team will share full roster details after the 2015 World Championship.

Full statement by Peter Zhang
Team Liquid has not officially commented on the coaching situation. NoL will continue to provide updates as information surfaces.
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Hoping to revitalize the team heading into the 2016 season, Team Dragon Knights have renamed themselves to Team Arena Online after partnering with Houston based online tournament organizer, Arena Online. Team Arena Online retains their seed into the 2016 NA Challenger Series Spring Season, where they will compete to gain entry back into the LCS.


Retaining three members of the original TDK squad, Team Arena Online currently consists of:

Top Lane: Shin “Seraph” Woo-yeong

Jungle: Kevin “Kez” Jeon

Mid Lane: Noh “Ninja” Geon-woo

As for the bot lane, it is rumored that Support player Andy “Smoothie” Ta will be leaving to replace Team Liquid’s Alex “Xpecial” Chu, and remains unclear whether AD Carry Kim “Emperor” Jin-hyun will be returning to the team.

NoL spoke with Chris Shim, who made a brief statement on the change:

Arena Online brings a platform to gamers of all skill levels who want to compete in online tournaments for PR, prizes, reputation and even cash. We are excited to be working with Arena Online and we believe that the partnership will benefit the organization in many ways and will allow us to focus on the upcoming season.

-TAO Organization-


Original Announcement


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Finishing first place in the regular season yet failing to qualify for the 2015 World Championship, Team Liquid looks to replace veteran support player Alex “Xpecial” Chu for the 2016 Season.

Originally reported on by the DailyDot, one source close to the organization has said that after being handed control of the roster, Jungler Christian “IWillDominate” Rivera wishes to “reinvigorate the line-up with some young blood.” Xpecial has been playing competitively for the past five years, and has been hailed as one of the top supports in North America for a large part of his career.

Off the back of an average performance in the 2015 Summer Split, another source close to Dominate has said that “Xpecial has been around for so long that there’s a feeling he might not be able to perform at the level you need to be the best in North America. Dominate seems to have made up his mind that Xpecial has to be the one to go if they are to improve as a team.”

The player in mind? Dominate is apparently quite fond of the skill in Team Dragon Knights own Andy “Smoothie” Ta, who was just relegated after his first split in the LCS.

It is unclear whether Xpecial would remain with the team, or play elsewhere, or possibly even retire. While nothing has been confirmed, NoL has reached out to both Team Liquid and TDK, and will continue to provide updates as the story develops.


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Following the recent departure of former Head Coach Titus “LeDuck” Hafner, Tadayoshi “Hermit” Littleton has stepped up from his role as team analyst to fill the void left in the coaching staff. With the 2015 World Championship less than two weeks away, this move solidifies the Origen staff heading into Worlds.

NoL reached out to Hermit, who had a few words on his new position:

Origen has given me this opportunity for worlds, and I intend to fulfill it to the best of my ability. Working with Origen is an exciting chance to prove myself on the highest stage.


Origen is currently bootcamping in Korea in preparation of the 2015 World Championship and will play their first match against LGD Gaming in Paris on October 2nd.


Official announcement + Q&A With Hermit


Originally on loan from Chinese team World Elite, Noh “Ninja” Geon-woo has announced that he will be staying with the team permanently, and is no longer contracted under WE.

After an unfortunate summer split plagued by visa issues, Team Dragon Knights was autorelegated from the LCS, and will play through the North American Challenger Series to reclaim their spot in the 2016 season. With Ninja secure to start in the mid lane, TDK finally have some security as they prepare for the 2016 season.

On twitter, Ninja expressed his confidence in the decision and in the organization:


As the 2015 season comes to a close, NoL will continue to provide updates as the offseason ramps up.

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The results of the IEM San Jose European Community vote were announced Thursday, September 17, with Fnatic and Origen leading the vote by sizeable margins. Fnatic and Origen finished first and second place respectively in the European LCS Summer Split, and both teams will be competing at the 2015 World Championship.


Consisting of the top six teams from the European LCS, the two teams will head to San Jose to play for $50,000. Voting for the North American side has opened with the top six teams from the North American LCS.

IEM San Jose takes place on November 21st and 22nd, where six teams from around the world will compete for $50,000 and a shot at the IEM World Championship.

NoL will continue to provide updates to the upcoming IEM San Jose as information becomes available.


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You guys had a rough split. What were the biggest issues in the team and why did it never fully come together for you?

I would say we had 3 major issues this split. First of all, we started with internet issues and our coach arrived 2nd week in, then we just randomly dropped games versus weaker teams just because random situations would come up and we wouldn’t deal with them properly or like we did in scrims. Finally Forg1ven got banned 2 weeks before the end of the split. I feel like if we dealt properly with those issues we would have at least been in playoffs, and in the shape we were towards the end of the split maybe got a spot to worlds.


Looking back, who gave you the hardest time in lane? Have you noticed any weird quirks in any of the top laners?

Hmm I think Reignover plays really well around Huni, so he’s the one that gave me the hardest time in lane probably. And sorry I’ve to keep my secrets on how to beat other toplaners!


Who do you feel is the strongest top in Europe?

I would say there is a clear top 3 between Huni, sOAZ and me, with Odoamne being 4th in Europe. I would like to say I’m the best, but you could argue Huni played better last split. I’ll just have to show even more next split. Like a great philosopher once said : “You can either be the best or suck a ****.”


With a clean 3-0, how did you feel coming into the promotion series?

We were really confident going into the series. It was really smooth playing with Kris again and we watched how mouz played and prepared properly. I actually feel like if we could have played the last weeks and then playoffs with Forg1ven we would have gone to worlds.


What is the team dynamic like in game? How is shotcalling assigned and who is the most vocal?

This split, with the arrival of Shaunz, Diamond had to become the shotcaller of the team and needed to know what to do in a situation given. Things like when to duo roam with Edward and when to control Baron Nashor with 5 pinks, when to give up drake and what to take in exchange for example.

Obviously the other 4 members were giving information, and depending on who’s fed between Forg1ven, Betsy and I, we could adjust the plan during the game.

Let’s say Forg1ven get 5 kills in early, he could just call to split push or 1-3-1 and Diamond would adapt.


Why is it that Gambit decided to choose mousesports as their opponent In the promotion tournament?

I dont really think it would have mattered but personaly I just can’t be arsed to play versus Udyr, Twisted Fate or Shaco ;).


Expectations of the top lane meta for the World Championship?

Hmm unless there are some big nerfs on 5.18 the hot picks will probably be something around the lines of Darius, Fiora, Gangplank, Olaf, Shen, Ryze with the usual Gnar and lovely Riven/Fizz/Yasuo (for good players only ;).


How would you rate the reworked Darius, Fiora, and Garen? Do you think they will see play in competitive games?

The reworked champions are all broken I think, whether it’s Skarner, Mordekaiser, Darius, Garen or Fiora, they all are really good, and few people found ways to counter them yet I believe. Worlds is some time away however so they may fall of. As of right now they would be surely all played in competitive I feel, maybe Garen a bit less than the others.


Which teams are you most expecting to perform well at the World Championship? How strong is Europe comparatively and what are their chances?

I think the 3 favorites going into Worlds right now are probably LDG, SKT and EDG.

Not sure about OG and H2K given their groups, but I really do think FNC will perform well and hopefully keep the trophy in Europe.


Who do you think are the strongest top laners from other regions?

I really like watching Duke, Smeb and Ssumday.

In NA ZionSpartan is really above the rest. I haven’t been watching enough LPL to properly tell who’s the best there, gonna have a better opinion after Worlds.


What are your plans for the offseason? Will you have vacation? Will you continue training?

Right now I’m just spending some time with my family and my friends while trying to setup my stream. I’m still playing soloqueue, and while I’m not I plan to go on getting vacation. I’ll be going to almost every single stage of Worlds, viva Europa!



Well first of all thanks Tim for the interview, thanks to everyone that believes in me. I’m really confident season 6 will be my time to shine !



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Tim Kimbirk is a content creator and interviewer for SoloMid. You can find him getting caught out in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.


With the World Championship set to kick off on October 1st in Paris, the 16 qualified teams have been drawn into four groups of international competition. The group stage will take place over two weeks in a double round robin style tournament, with teams playing against each other in two best of 1’s, for a total of 12 matches per group plus any necessary tiebreakers. Read the complete World Championship format.


Teams competing at the 2015 World Championship


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2015 World Championship Groups


Worlds Pools



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