League of Legends Goes International
In honor of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Jaxon is proud to introduce the League of Legends World Cup. Our League of Legends editorial team has put together a 32-team tournament where you will influence the outcome!
The teams of the 2022 Jaxon LoL World Cup
The Jaxon selection committee chose 32 teams to participate in the first League of Legends World Cup. Teams were selected on the primary criteria of being able to field a roster of active players playing at their primary position. The decision to not allow role-swapping was made to ensure that teams were reflective of the positional talent for a given nation, not simply which very good players come from a specific country.
The 32 teams competing in the inaugural Jaxon League of Legends World Cup are: Argentina • Australia • Belgium • Brazil • Bulgaria • Canada • Chile • China • Croatia • Czechia • Denmark • Egypt • France • Germany • Greece • Hong Kong • Japan • Mexico • The Netherlands • Poland • Portugal • Romania • Russia • Slovenia • South Korea • Spain • Sweden • Taiwan • Turkey • United Kingdom • United States
Argentina: Emmanuel “Acce” Juárez • Brandon “Josedeodo” Villegas • Nicolás “TopLop” Marinoni • Lorenzo “Ceo” Tévez • Gabriel “Ackerman” Aparicio
Honorable mentions: María “Dragon” Zarate (Mid) • Agustin “Agustin17” Armoa (Mid) • Matías “Whitelotus” Musso (AD Carry) • Santiago “Bardito” Martin (Support)
Argentina’s lineup is a veteran one, with three starters having international tournament experience. They also have a promising young AD Carry in Ceo, who earns the starting job over Whitelotus due to a much better 2022. The most significant positional weakness is in the mid lane. Toplop is a regional midlaner with previous LLA experience, but he could easily be usurped by the likes of rising women’s circuit star Dragon or fellow regional mid laner Agustin17.
Brazil: Leonardo “Robo” Souza • Gabriel “Aegis” Lemos • Thiago “TinOwns” Sartori • Diego “Brance” Amaral • Denilson “Ceos” Oliveira
Honorable mentions: Daniel “Grevthar” Xavier (Mid) • Gabriel “Jojo” Dzelme (Support)
LOUD have quickly begun to dominate Brazil’s domestic scene, which is why so many of their players make up the starting roster of the Brazilian National Team. This is a very good team, one of the better rosters in the tournament. Robo, RED Canids’ Aegis, and Brance are all undeniably the best at their respective positions. TinOwns and Ceos are still likely the top picks at mid and support, but face tough competition from younger stars.
Canada: Milan “Tenacity” Oleksij • Tomio “Tomio” Chan • Joseph “Jojopyun” Pyun • Trevor “Spawn” Kerr-Taylor • Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme
Honorable mentions: Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaya (Top) • Omran “V1per” Shoura (Top) • Andy “AnDa” Hoang (Jungle) • Vincent “Biofrost” Wang (Support)
This is a lineup defined by its rising stars. Jojopyun is widely seen as one of the keys to the future of North American success. Tenacity appears to be about to get his long-awaited start in the LCS, and Spawn is the only player to reportedly have survived Dignitas’ purge. The major weak spot with the team is a lack of genuine veteran leadership, with Vulcan serving in that role. However, Canada’s upside is the wealth of veteran talent that could be brought into the team if needs be.
Chile: Cristóbal “Zothve” Arróspide • Fabián “Warangelus” Llanos • Ji “Takeover” Hyeun-min • Benjamín “Kindless” Fuenzalida • Eduardo “Slow” Garcés
Honorable mentions: Tomás “Aloned” Díaz (Mid)
The star of this Chilean roster is Takeover, with the rest of the team being comprised of mid-tier LLA and South American veterans. There is some international experience on the team but it is minimal and limited. An honorable mention goes out to Aloned as a mid laner with more experience in a major league.
Mexico: Samuel “Mayhem” Barrera • Jesús “Grell” Loya • Ali “Seiya” Bracamontes • Francisco “Leza” Jara • Jorge “NerzhuL” Meza
Honorable mentions: Omar “Gavotto” Gavotto (AD Carry)
Mexico’s roster is full of underrated veteran talent. Seiya in particular has been a pro player almost as long as pro League of Legends has existed. Gavotto and Leza are essentially interchangeable at the AD Carry position, hence the honorable mention. Mexico may not be an elite team but this is a team that cannot be underestimated.
United States: Niship “Dhokla” Doshi • Robert “Blaber” Huang • Cristian “Palafox” Palafox • Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng • Zaqueri “aphromoo” Black
Honorable mentions: Mohamed “Revenge” Kaddoura (Top) • Juan “Contractz” Garcia (Jungle) • Sean “Yeon” Sung (AD Carry)
North America may be a region memed for its lack of in-region talent, but Team USA is far from bad. Dhokla proved himself in the LCS in 2022, while his CLG teammate Palafox put down a solid claim for best American mid laner. Blaber has long been one of the LCS’ top junglers, and ranks highly on the list of all time great American players. Doublelift’s reported return to pro play grants him eligibility for this project, which is good as his true successor as America’s best AD Carry has not yet emerged.
Australia: Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami • Jackson “Pabu” Pavone • Harry “Haeri” Kang • Victor “FBI” Huang • Bill “Eyla” Nguyen
Honorable mentions: James “Tally” Shute (Mid) • Calvin “K1ng” Truong (AD Carry)
Australia is a serious dark horse contender, with a starting roster of LCS and high-level ERL talent. It also strikes a balance of veteran talent in Fudge and FBI with rising stars in Haeri and Eyla. The honorable mentions for Australia could fill an entire page on their own but for the sake of brevity, the committee chose long-time regional anchor Tally and the next great Australian LCS AD Carry in K1ng.
China: Bai “369” Jiahao • Yan “Wei” Yangwei • Zhuo “knight” Ding • Chen “GALA” Wei • Shi “Ming” Senming
Honorable mentions: Chen “Bin” Zebin (Top) • Gao “Tian” Tianliang (Jungle) •Zhao “Jiejie” Lijie (Jungle) • Li “Xiaohu” Yuanhao (Mid) • Tian “Meiko” Ye (Support) • Lou “Missing” Yunfeng (Support)
Two things are true about China’s National Team: it is one of two strongest in the tournament and the nation would benefit from being able to field multiple teams. There is surprisingly little to say about this roster simply because of how well-known their players are. The starting roster brings together a bona fide superteam of talent that has shown on both the domestic and international stages.
Hong Kong: Wong “Kartis” Ka-lok • Tsang “Holo” Tak Lam • Jason “Pretender” Ng • Wong “Unified” Chun Kit • Ling “Kaiwing” Kai-wing
Hong Kong’s roster is a mixture of talent that has excelled in the regional PCS league and players have been able to make it in larger leagues such as LPL. It may be one of the stronger Asian region teams not named China or South Korea. However, one of the bigger hurdles holding back this team is regional limitations. While many of the players have appeared regularly on the international stage, many have not played outside the PCS’ limited scope.
Japan: Shunsuke “Evi” Murase • Dai “hachamecha” Takai • Hayate “Megumiin” Kubo • Yuta “Yutapon” Sugiura • Shin “Raina” Okubo
Honorable mentions: Norifumi “Recap” Yamazaki (Mid), Ryosei “Enty” Tanioka (Support)
Japan doesn’t get enough love as a League of Legends nation. The dominance of DetonatioN FocusMe has led people to assume that it’s a one-team nation. This roster brings together the best of Japan, from DFM mainstays Evi and Yutapon to outstanding players like hachamecha and Megumiin, who shone on otherwise bad rosters. That said, Japan would be best served if Megumiin and Recap competed for the starting mid lane spot in tryouts, and Raina and Enty for the support role.
South Korea: Choi “Zeus” Woo-je • Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok • Park “Viper” Do-hyeon • Ryu “Keria” Min-seok
Honorable mentions: Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon (Top) • Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok (Jungle) • Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon (Mid) • Kim “Zeka” Geon-woo (Mid) • Heo “ShowMaker” Su (Mid) • Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee (Support)
First, the mid laner. Is Faker the best active South Korean mid laner? Maybe not. But would South Korea ever field a World Cup roster without Faker? Absolutely not. Like China, South Korea should be able to send multiple teams with the wealth of talent they have. The starting lineup is a reflection of veteran talent like Canyon and Faker with a reflection of the overall strength of 2022 in Zeus and Keria.
Taiwan: Su “Hanabi” Chia-hsiang • Hung “Karsa” Hau-hsuan • Chu “FoFo” Chun-Lan • Chiu “Doggo” Tzu-chuan • Hu “SwordArT” Shuo-chien
Honorable mentions: Tsai “Rock” Chung-ting (Top) • Yu “JunJia” Chun-chia (Jungle) • Hsiao “Kongyue” Jen-tso (Jungle) • Huang “Maple” Yi-tang (Mid) • Lu “Betty” Yu-hung (AD Carry) • Chao “Shunn” Ying-shun (AD Carry) • Liu “ShiauC” Chia-hao (Support)
This is one of the handful of Asian teams that would benefit from being able to send multiple teams. Taiwanese talent is found in both the PCS, LPL, and beyond. The starting roster reflects this with a number of long-time LPL starters in the mix. However, there is a wealth of, especially young, talent that could easily be considered for the starting lineup. This is undeniably one of Asia’s scariest rosters.
Vietnam: Trần “Kiaya” Duy Sang • Lê “SofM” Duy • Đặng “Kati” Thanh Phê • Nguyễn “Shogun” Huy • Đinh “Taki” Anh Tài
Honorable mentions: Lâm Huỳnh Gia “Hasmed” Huy (Top) • Đỗ “Levi” Duy Khánh (Jungle) • Nguyễn Hoàng “Sty1e” Sơn (AD Carry) • Trần “Bie” Đức Hiếu (Support) • Nguyễn Hải “Palette” Trung (Support)
Vietnam’s absence from the international stage for the first years of the pandemic has made many forget that the region is cracked. Many of the starters for this team come from the indomitable GAM Esports. However, the biggest debate within this team is whether you start Levi, the most recognizable Vietnamese player in 2022, or SofM, the arguably more successful Vietnamese jungler. Either way, this is not a team that you want to come up with.
Belgium: Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau • Ismaïl “Isma” Boualem • Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer • Mehdi “PTS” Karouay • Raphaël “Targamas” Crabbé
Belgium could be great. However, the combination of Bwipo, Nisqy, and Targamas is offset by the lack of options at jungle and AD Carry. Isma has some talent but also comes with baggage. Meanwhile, you could replace PTS with any regional Belgian AD Carry. The LEC talent at three of the roles should take Belgium some distance, but a League team is only as strong as its weakest members.
Bulgaria: Simeon “Terror” Kalchev • Dimitar “Lebron” Kostadinov • Mikhail “twohoyrz” Petkov • Nihat “Innaxe” Aliev • Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov
Yes, this team has Hyli but Bulgaria presents a seriously underrated team overall. Lebron and twohoyrz are making waves in major major ERLs while Innaxe is a long-time player across a number of regions. Top lane is a little weak but overall this is a region that would be absolutely in the running to make some noise. What this team has that someone like Croatia doesn’t is the presence of high-level ERL players alongside their LEC veteran leader.
Croatia: Toni “Sacre” Sabalić • Lovre “Mafro” Čorić • Luka “Perkz” Perković • Ivan “Paladin” Delač • Dino “LIMIT” Tot
When was the last time you saw Perkz on a bad team?
You know, aside from 2022 Team Vitality. This is simply not a good roster. Perkz is the lone star and while LIMIT has LEC experience, this is not a team you’re betting to go far. Maybe Perkz turning SuperSaiyan like he did in 2018 Worlds vs. RNG gets them a win somewhere but in reality, this team is likely catching an early flight home.
Czechia: Jakub “Dreedy” Viceník • David “Jejky” Jakubec • Marek “Humanoid” Brázda • Patrik “Patrik” Jírů • Václav “Vasked” Benda
Honorable mentions: Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság (AD Carry) • Petr “Denyk” Haramach (Support)
Humanoid and Patrik and undeniable stars. However, are they enough for this roster to make any real noise in the competition? Dreedy, Jejky, and Vasked are fine, but this is nowhere near the complete roster possessed by other nations. However, the strength of Humanoid and Patrik cannot be understated, as they are two of the best European players at their position.
Denmark: Martin “Wunder” Hansen • Lucas “Santorin” Larsen • Rasmus “caPs” Winther • Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup • Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen
Honorable mentions: Mathias “Szygenda” Jensen (Top) • Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen (Jungle) • Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg (Mid)
When Bjergsen is an honorable mention, you know a team is good. Denmark’s National Team is a who’s who of perennial All-Star talent and enter the tournament as one of, if not, the strongest team in the EMEA region. An argument could be made that the bot lane is weaker than some other nations, when you have to deal with the likes of Wunder and caPs elsewhere on the Rift, this is simply not a team you want to face.
Egypt: Maged “Maged” Marwan • Mohamed “RateD” Soliman • Marwan “Annie Bot” Ashraf • Eslam “San” Ashraf • Fady “Sivvy” Ibrahim
Honorable mentions: Khaled “Fev3r” El Noshokaty
The addition of the Arabian League to the 2023 ERL landscape finally allows the world to see the talent of Egypt and the other MENA nations. Egyptian players have been some of the most dominant in the region’s Intel Arabian Cup. Much of this lineup comes from RA’AD, a long-time Egpytian behemoth of the MENA scene. The lack of international experience does hurt this team in comparison to the other nations in attendance but you absolutely should not think Egypt is an easy win.
France: Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet • Duncan “Skeanz” Marquet • Vincent “Vetheo” Berrié • Steven “Hans sama” Liv • Paul “Stend” Lardin
Honorable mentions: Adam “Adam” Maanane (Top) • Théo “Sheo” Borile (Jungle) • Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi (Support) • Ève “Colomblbl” Monvoisin (Support)
France should be one of EMEA’s top teams, but it falls short of teams like Denmark and Germany due to the question marks around the team. Hans sama is the star here, but the questions remain everyone else. Do you take former LEC star Cabochard? Or do you take Adam, the younger top laner who has struggled to maintain a place in the LEC? The rest of the team is a mix of solid ERL talent or unproven players like Sheo and Colomblbl.
Germany: Sergen “BrokenBlade” Çelik • Erberk “Gilius” Demir • Felix “Abbedagge” Braun • Elias “Upset” Lipp • Norman “Kaiser” Kaiser
Honorable mentions: Lukas “Lurox” Thoma (Jungle) • Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage (Mid)
Germany fields a top-tier roster, with bona fide stars at top, AD Carry, and support. Abbedagge has a wealth of experience in top leagues but his ability is often debated. Gillius’ quality can also be a question mark at this moment, but he showed he can be great plenty of times throughout his career. This is a team with enough overall talent and star power spead across the team to allow Germany to make a deep run.
Greece: Thodoris “Bako” Bakogiannis • Nikos “Nikolex” Kechris • Prodromos “Pretty” Kevezitidis • Markos “Comp” Stamkopoulos • Labros “Labrov” Papoutsakis
How far can Comp and Labrov carry a team? That’s the real question with Greece. Pretty has experience in the pipeline of a major league, having spent time with Immortals Academy. He also played at high levels within the ERL system with MAD Lions and Giants. However, all of this is trying to offset a regionally-based top-side and in the nicest way possible – no one considers the GLL to be an elite ERL.
Netherlands: Alois “Alois” Nelissen • Mark “Markoon” van Woensel • Fabian “FEBIVEN” Diepstraten • Ryan “Riron” Strydonck • Henk “Advienne” Reijenga
There are definite strengths to the Dutch National Team, namely with Markoon, FEBVIEN, and Advienne. However, none of those players are what you would call elite. Furthermore, Alois and Riron are not what pundits would call top-tier ERL talent. All of this combines for a very middle-of-the-pack roster that is unlikely to make much noise at an international tournament.
Poland: Marcin “iBo” Lebuda • Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski • Artur “Zwyroo” Trojan • Paweł “Woolite” Pruski • Adrian “Trymbi” Trybus
Honorable mentions: Tobiasz “Agresivoo” Ciba (Top) • Kacper “Inspired” Słoma (Jungle) • Paweł “Czekolad” Szczepanik (Mid) • Damian “Lucker” Konefał (Support)
If the committee allowed role-swapping in the starting selection, this team would be awesome. However, with two world-class talents at jungler, Poland suffers from position stacking. Top, mid, and AD Carry are players with talent and promise, but minimal major league experience. Agresivoo earns the honorable mention as winning EU Masters > Sucking in the LEC. This team should win out over weaker opposition but any sort of deep run would require a god-tier effort from Jankos and Trymbi.
Portugal: Antero “PapiTeero” Baldaia • Luís “Lulas” Azevedo • Francisco “Xico” Antunes • Amadeu “Attila” Carvalho • Rúben “rhuckz” Barbosa
Honorable mentions: João “Baca” Bigas (Baca)
Portugal is another team with one outstanding player, rhuckz, and then a collection of solid but not elite ERL players. Unlike some of the other teams in this position, however, is that Portugal’s roster is consistently at the higher levels of the ERL system. Portugal may not be a contender, but they are not a team that can be discounted outright by “higher seed” teams.
Romania: Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu • Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir • Ronaldo “Ronaldo” Betea • Antonio-Cosmin “Mindrago” Dragomir • Alexandru “whiteinn” Kolozsvari
Romania carries one of the most complete rosters in the EMEA region. The topside is dominated by the LEC powerhouse tandem of Odoamne and Xerxe. The support position is anchored by the EU Masters-winning whiteinn. Mid and AD Carry are filled with talented and well-respected ERL players. While every player doesn’t have the LEC name value, this is absolutely one of the top teams in the region.
Russia: Vladislav “BOSS” Fomin • Nikolay “Zanzarah” Akatov • Lev “Nomanz” Yakshin • Michal “Kenal” Karpenko • Aleksandr “SaNTaS” Lifashin
Honorable mentions: Kirill “AHaHaCiK” Skvortsov (Jungle) • Ilya “Valhalla” Atnazhev (AD Carry)
BOSS, Nomanz, and SaNTaS reunite after their time on Unicorns of Love, who spent several years dominating the Russian LCL. Zanzarah adds a little major league credibility to this roster, which helps offset the weak options at AD Carry. However, this is not exactly an elite roster. It can certainly hold its own against teams with a similar strength but they would be heavy underdogs against more formidable teams.
Slovenia: Bor “Kektz” Jeršan • Luka “kingggggg” Kralj • Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek • Juš “Crownshot” Marušič • Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle
Crownshot and Mikyx make for a major threat in the bot lane while Nemesis provides a high-ceiling veteran presence in the mid lane. The biggest issue for the team would be the lack of a high-level top laner or jungler. Kektz and kingggggg are not terrible, but they definitely bring down the overall threat level and caliber of the overall roster.
Spain: Antonio “Th3Antønio” Espinosa • Javier “Elyoya” Prades • Ismael “Miniduke” Cortés • Victor “Flakked” Lirola • Ángel “DuaLL” Fernández
Honorable mentions: Óscar “Oscarinin” Muñoz (Top) • Iván “Razork” Martín (Jungle)
Spain’s lineup is anchored by Elyoya and Flakked, with a supporting cast of strong ERL talent around them. The biggest issue with Spain’s roster is the lack of high-level veteran talent. While most of the players on the roster have a wealth of experience, only Elyoya and Flakked (and honorable mention jungler Razork) have LEC experience. That lack of high-level competition experience is the thing that could stymie an otherwise solid roster.
Sweden: Finn “Finn” Wiestål • Martin “Yike” Sundelin • Emil “Larssen” Larsson • Martin “Rekkles” Larsson • Erik “Treatz” Wessén
Honorable mentions: William “UNF0RGIVEN” Nieminen (AD Carry) • Maya “Caltys” Henckel (AD Carry)
Sweden’s roster is another heavy hitter for the EMEA, especially with the inclusion of Larssen and Rekkles. Treatz is a solid and dependable support while there is much anticipation for the LEC debut of Yike in 2023. Finn’s impact is hotly debated as a top laner but he is a solid player and rounds out a top-tier roster. Sweden may not have the wall-to-wall star power of a team like Denmark, but they are definitely in the running for a high finish.
Turkey: İrfan “Armut” Tükek • Can “Closer” Çelik • Ersin “Blue” Gören • Fatih “Luger” Güven • Berk “Farfetch” Badur
Honorable mentions: Tolga “Serin” Ölmez Çakmak (Mid) • Anıl “HolyPhoenix” Işık (AD Carry) • Onur “Zergsting” Ünalan (Support) • Batuhan “Kibah” Kibar (Support)
Turkey boasts a roster of good, if not necessarily elite, major league talent. Many of the starters are looking to break a career slump, or are still proving themselves on the main stage. However, an advantage for Turkey is a strong domestic league, hence the presence of a domestic Turkish starter and honorable mention at support. Like many teams at this tournament, Turkey aren’t expected to go especially far. However, that is not to say that they are going to simply roll over and die.
United Kingdom: Barney “Alphari” Morris • Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian • Ronan “Chemera” Stewart • Matthew “xMatty” Coombs • Raymond “kaSing” Tsang
Honorable mentions: Daniel “Dan” Hockley (Jungle) • Marc “Caedrel” Lamont (Mid)
Did you know that more Korean players have played in the LEC than British players? Experience is not the problem for Team UK, Alphari, Maxlore, and kaSing combine for 26 splits in the LEC. The problem is that British talent has never been considered to be elite, and that is on display in 2022. Alphari is arguably the best active British player. Both Maxlore and kaSing are hardstuck in the ERLs. Meanwhile, xMatty and Chemera are yet to prove themselves as comparable talent. Maybe Team UK can squeeze out a win somewhere, but don’t expect them to bring LoL home.
Jump to team: Argentina • Australia • Belgium • Brazil • Bulgaria • Canada • Chile • China • Croatia • Czechia • Denmark • Egypt • France • Germany • Greece • Hong Kong • Japan • Mexico • The Netherlands • Poland • Portugal • Romania • Russia • Slovenia • South Korea • Spain • Sweden • Taiwan • Turkey • United Kingdom • United States
Jaxon LoL World Cup Tournament Tracker
The 32 teams were seeded into four pots. Each pot was then drawn in order, with one team from each pot assigned to each group. The pots were as follows.
Each group will be polled in turn, starting with Group A on November 25 and ending with Group H on December 2. The top two voted teams in each group progress to the knockout stage.
Note: Groups are presented in alphabetic order and will be updated following the conclusion of each poll.
|Group A (Poll: November 28)|
|Group B (Poll: November 28)|
|South Korea (70.1%)|
|Group C (Poll: November 29)|
|Group D (Poll: November 29)|
Round of 16
|Czechia v Poland|
|1C v 2D|
|1E v 2F|
|1G v 2H|
|South Korea v Vietnam|
|1D v 2C|
|1F v 2E|
|1H v 2G|
How to participate in the Jaxon LoL World Cup
The tournament will follow the structure of the FIFA World Cup, with a group stage followed by a single-elimination bracket. If this was an actual event, a GSL-style structure would be preferable.
The outcome of the League of Legends World Cup is entirely down to you, the reader. Starting November 25, Jaxon will be posting polls on Twitter (every afternoon CEST) to determine the outcome of our various World Cup matchups. In the group stage, the two most voted teams per group will progress.
The provisional schedule is as follows:
- November 28 – December 2: Group Stage (two groups per day)
- December 3 – 10: Round of 16
- December 11 – 14: Quarterfinals
- December 15 & 16: Semifinals
- December 17: Jaxon League of Legends World Cup Final
This article will be updated as the tournament progresses.