League of Legends Worlds 2019: Group C preview – how do the teams stack up lane by lane?

Day 1 at the 2018 World Championship Group Stage at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center in Busan, South Korea, on 10 October 2018.
Day 1 at the 2018 World Championship Group Stage at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center in Busan, South Korea, on 10 October 2018. /
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Huni of Clutch Gaming. League of Legends.
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Previewing Group C of the League of Legends 2019 Worlds, how do we think each of the four teams stack up lane by lane?

2019 Worlds is less than a day away and the tension is palpable. The first step to a League of Legends World Championship begins for two groups – C and D – tomorrow. We’ve already broken down how Group D should stack up, in terms of the power the players have and how they synergize with what we’ve already seen of the meta, so it seems appropriate to do so for Group D as well.

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Top lane

SKT: Kim “Khan” Dong-ha
Fnatic: Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau
RNG: Xie “Langx” Zhen-Ying
Clutch: Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon

Statistically, the best player out of the bunch is actually Bwipo, as he’s the only top laner of the four that made our top five. While Khan managed to crack the top 10, both Huni and Langx are subpar top laners when compared to the remaining field.

Looking at champion pools, Huni has always shown that he’s a player who likes to go off-meta. Rumble is his most-picked champion during the summer and he’s already played it twice in play-ins, winning both times. However, one knock against him could be that he has very few pro games this year on Renekton, who has been the major power pick for top lane.

Bwipo, on the other hand, has shown he’s able to play the Renekton and Gangplank, but has also pulled out less-meta picks like Jax and Gnar on occasion. Langx, similarly, has shown a very diverse champion pool that includes Renekton, Gnar, Gangplank, and Vladimir. In terms of champion pool diversity, he might be the most balanced out of all the players in this group.

Khan, unfortunately, seems to have relied heavily on the Aatrox pick during the summer, by far his most-picked champion during the regular season (17 out of 43 games) and playoffs (3 out of 13 games). Yes, he did play a bit more GP, Kennen, and Renekton as Aatrox fell out of favor, and he’s a master on Akali, but it remains to be seen if he can perform on those other big picks. He has zero games on Gnar this summer.

  • Pure power ranking: Bwipo >> Khan > Huni > Langx
  • If playing Renekton: Bwipo > Langx >> Khan > Huni
  • If playing Gangplank: Huni >> Bwipo > Khan > Langx
  • If playing Gnar: Huni >> Bwipo > Langx > Khan
  • If playing off-meta champions: Bwipo > Huni > Khan > Langx

I would expect for the highest priority pick to be Renekton.