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

2017 World Championship Group Stage at Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium in Wuhan, Hubei, China on 6 October 2017. (Riot Games)
2017 World Championship Group Stage at Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium in Wuhan, Hubei, China on 6 October 2017. (Riot Games) /
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Splyce Vizicaci. League of Legends.
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Previewing Group B of the League of Legends 2019 Worlds, how do we think each of the four teams stack up lane by lane?

2019 Worlds kicks off today, with six teams beginning their quest to a League of Legends World Championship. We’ve already broken down how Groups D and C 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 B as well.

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Top lane

FPX: Kim “GimGoon” Han-saem
GAM: Phạm “Zeros” Minh Lộc
J-Team: Hsu “Rest” Shih-Chieh
Splyce: Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss

In terms of statistical performance, there is a pretty clear divide between the two at the top and the bottom of the pack. GimGoon was rated our fourth-best top laner at Worlds, while Zeros was sixth. On the other hand, neither Rest (16th) nor Vizicsacsi (14th) are in our top ten remaining players, and unfortunately, their champion pools aren’t doing them too many favors.

To start with Csacsi, he hasn’t played a game on Renekton during the summer or play-in stage. He does play plenty of GP and Gnar, but his champion pool beyond them is quite shallow. Similarly, Rest is basically a two-trick top laner of Aatrox and Renekton, one of whom is basically out of the meta entirely, with a bit of Jayce and Kennen.

Now, this limited champion pool claim can also be made against Zeros, who really only has a significant number of games on Renekton with a smattering on other champs like Akali and Camille. However, he does at least have the excuse of having a limited sample size, having split games with Yoshino.

But the best of the bunch is undoubtedly GimGoon, who has shown to have a very wide champion pool that includes plenty of Gangplank. While he hasn’t played a ton of Gnar or Renekton during the summer, he has not lost a game on either of those two.

  • Pure power ranking: GimGoon > Zeros >> Vizicsacsi > Rest
  • If playing Renekton: Zeros > GimGoon > Rest >> Vizicsacsi
  • If playing Gangplank: GimGoon > Vizicsacsi >> Zeros > Rest
  • If playing Gnar: Vizicsacsi > GimGoon > Zeros > Rest
  • If playing off-meta champions: GimGoon > Zeros > Rest > Vizicsaci

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