We look at Gen.G, their path to Worlds 2020, and how they might fare in the group stage.
Gen.G is a South Korean esports organization founded in Spring 2018, known previously as KSV eSports. Since their League of Legends debut, the org has appeared in four LCK playoffs, one LCK final, and this will be their second trip to the World Championship. How will Korea’s third seed fare in Worlds 2020?
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There is no denying that Gen.G were the third-best team in the LCK during the 2020 season and more than deserving of their place at the World Championship.
During the Spring Split, Gen.G finished first in the regular season with an excellent 14-4 record before falling to T1 in the playoff final.
Then in the Summer Split Gen.G fell to third in both the regular season and playoffs forcing them into the regional finals for a single best-of-five to qualify for Worlds.
Gen.G faced T1 in a rematch of the Spring Split playoff final and reversed the scoreline, sweeping the legendary organization aside to secure Korea’s third seed at Worlds.
Top Lane – Kim “Rascal” Kwang-hee
Rascal made his LCK debut in the 2017 Summer Split with Longzhu Gaming and has made three LCK playoff appearances and one Worlds appearance throughout his career.
The top laner is often relied on to create opportunities and build an early gold lead for Gen.G. This is illustrated by his 25 solo kills and 34.9% first blood participation in the LCK Summer Split regular season.
Jungle – Kim “Clid” Tae-min
Clid’s debut came in the LPL during the 2017 Spring Split with QG Reapers. Since then, the jungler has gone on to lift two major trophies with SK Telecom T1 and appear in the World Championship on one occasion.
Gen.G’s jungler is encouraged to craft out chances to duel his opposite number and push into the enemy jungle during the early stages of the game to get his team ahead. In the Summer Split regular season, Clid grabbed 7 solo kills and a 5.3 KDA, two stats that put him amongst the very best in his role in the LCK.
Mid Lane – Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong
Bdd’s professional League of Legends career spans all the way back to the 2016 Spring Split with CJ Entus. The mid laner has made four LCK playoff appearances with three different organizations as well as one Worlds appearance with Longzhu Gaming in 2017.
ShowMaker stole the show in the 2020 LCK Summer Split, but Bdd wasn’t far behind. A 6.2 KDA, 26.2% damage share, and +331 gold difference at 15 minutes place resulted in the mid laner being rated as one of the best players heading into the 2020 World Championship.
AD Carry – Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk
Ruler is one of the few former Worlds champions participating in the 2020 League of Legends World Championship having won the tournament with Samsung Galaxy in 2017. Since that triumph, the AD carry has appeared in four LCK playoffs and one World Championship, all with Gen.G (or KSV).
It could be argued that Ruler was the best marksman in the LCK during the Summer Split as he topped the stats in almost every regard while carrying his team to Worlds. Gen.G’s star man boasted an impeccable 6.6 KDA, 641 damage per minute, and 32.2% of his team’s total damage throughout the regular season.
Support – Kim “Life” Jeong-min
Life is the least experienced member of the Gen.G line-up paired alongside the most experienced member. The support made his competitive League of Legends debut with Gen.G in the 2019 LCK Spring Split and has gone on to appear in two LCK playoffs.
90% odds that… Gen.G qualify for the World Championship knockout stage.
Although it could be argued that Group C is the “group of death” with a number of high-quality teams involved, Gen.G should easily cement a place in the top two.
50% odds that… Gen.G comfortably finish top of Group C, dropping just one game during the group stage.
Ultimately, Gen.G’s toughest opposition is Fnatic, who had a very disappointing year in the LEC. LGD and Team SoloMid should also offer little resistance to the LCK’s third seed, resulting in a comfortably first-place finish for Gen.G.
10% odds that… Gen.G reach the World Championship final.
Despite being Korea’s third seed, Gen.G have one of the most talented squads at the World Championship capable of taking down anything put in front of them. Bdd and Ruler alone make Gen.G a top four line-up. All it takes is a strong semi-final performance to place Gen.G in the World Championship final.