League of Legends: Twitch Rivals NA Team Draft III Preview

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Twitch Rivals returns on 31 March with Team Draft III as eight brand new teams compete in the most popular League of Legends streamer tournament.

The popular League of Legends streamer tournament, Twitch Rivals, returns this week (31 March) with Team Draft III. Eight teams will compete in a Bo1 double round-robin group stage, then the top four teams advance to a Bo3 knockout stage with a grand prize of $25,000.

Here’s a look at the teams competing in Team Draft III:

Team Shiphtur

  • Dragoon
  • ShorterACE
  • Shiphtur
  • Yvonnie
  • Saintvicious

Viewers will no doubt be excited to see Saintvicious return to Summoner’s Rift after a spell as an LCS coach in recent years, even if he plans to play as a support, rather than his main role, jungle.

ShorterAce is the current jungler for well-known collegiate team Harrisburg University and will be looking to compete for the Twitch Rivals title alongside the experience Shiphtur and Saintvicious.

Team Anniebot

  • PCL
  • Kenvi
  • Annie Bot
  • Tomo
  • Tails

Kenvi is the current jungler for 100 Thieves Next, while PCL has been a regular Academy player over the last few seasons.

Tomo is another Harrisburg University product, much like ShorterAce, and is currently ranked 12th on the NA solo queue ranked ladder. Tails is the coach of the Harrisburg University team which means the bot lane will have plenty of synergy heading into the tournament.

With a roster filled with experienced and talented competitors, Team Anniebot has an excellent chance of competing for the Twitch Rivals title.

Team HeisendongNA

  • Heisendong
  • Frostynomad
  • Quantum Fizzics
  • Andybendy
  • PapaChau

PapaChau is an ex-LCS player currently playing at Columbia College alongside his bot lane partner AndyBendy.

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Quantum Fizzics has played in three Twitch Rivals so far but his highest placing is 3rd/4th, failing to reach a single final so far.

This is a solid lineup but lacks the LCS experience of those before it.

Team Lohpally

  • Tenacity
  • Nidhogg
  • Pekin Woof
  • Auto
  • Lohpally

Nidhogg is known for his Jarvan IV and, most recently, Sylas in the jungle.

Pekin Woof and Lohpally were teammates back in 2019, while Auto and Tenacity are current teammates on 100 Thieves Next.

If Team Lohpally makes good use of these pre-existing synergies, then they’ll be in good stead to mount a strong challenge during this tournament.

Team Yassuo

  • Sanchovies
  • Trick2g
  • Yassuo
  • Benji
  • Pokimane

Team Yassuo has a clear lack of professional or high-level amateur League of Legends experience with most players being full-time streamers (albeit big-name streamers).

However, three of the five members of this team were victorious in the Twitch Rivals Rumble on the Rift tournament in 2019, so they certainly momentum on their side.

Team NB3

  • Tony Top
  • Nightblue3
  • RobbyBob
  • Value
  • Joey

Every member of this team – with the exception of Nightblue3 – currently play in amateur leagues with Joey playing in the LCS Academy throughout Season 9.

Despite his lack of experience in competitive environments, Nightblue is an accomplished Twitch Rivals player with three runners-up medals and a 3rd/4th place finish under his belt in previous tournaments. His leadership could guide this team to yet another final.

Team Foggedftw2

  • Fogged
  • Tarzaned
  • 1adrianaries1
  • Neo
  • Cat Ears

As a part of two previous winning teams, Tarzaned is one of the most successful Twitch Rivals players since the inception of the tournament.

Alongside him are Neo and Cat Ears, two former LCS Academy players with plenty of competitive experience behind them. Fogged and 1adrianaries1 round out a very talented roster that could be favourites to win this tournament.

Team Metaphor

  • MistyStumpey
  • Metaphor
  • Sword
  • Jurassiq
  • Chime

Jurassiq and Chime make up the bot lane for UPL team Super Nova and will be hoping to bring that synergy to Team Draft III this week.

Metaphor was a part of the Twitch Rivals Streamer Showdown winning team earlier in the year, while Sword is a member of the TSM Academy roster.

Rounding out a very talented roster is MistyStumpey who currently plays top lane for Columbia College. Clearly, this side has plenty of pedigree and could go all the way in the tournament.

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Twitch Rivals Team Draft III begins on 31 March at 5PM EDT with the knockout stages taking place on 2 April at 5PM EDT! Check out the event on twitch.tv/twitchrivals!