League of Legends has had many ups and downs. However, some performances have been so dismal that they have gone down in the game’s history books. This article looks at the worst performances of European teams at LoL Worlds.
Some clubs went into the World with high pretensions and exaggerated hype or were out of the Worlds much earlier than people imagined.
The worst results of the European teams at LoL Worlds
SK Gaming in Season 2
We start this recap for season 2 with SK Gaming’s performance, which was a disaster. The team, with a strong European presence, was expected to put up a fight. However, they could not make the grade and fell short of the group stage. Their lack of coordination and inability to adapt to the goal disappointed fans and analysts. The team’s poor decision-making, especially late in the game, contrasted with their regular season performance.
Alliance at the 2014 World Cups
At the 2014 Worlds, Alliance, a team that had dominated the European scene, failed on the world stage. Their overconfidence was their undoing, as they underestimated their opponents and suffered a resounding defeat in the group stage. The infamous “Kabum” incident, in which they lost to a wildcard team, is still one of the biggest shocks in LoL history.
Splyce and G2 Esports at Worlds 2016
At Worlds 2016, both Splyce and G2 Esports were the European representatives. However, their performances were mediocre. Splyce, despite showing potential in the European league, failed to translate it into success on the international scene. G2 Esports, meanwhile, had a disastrous run, failing to win a single game in the group stage. Their inability to perform under pressure was evident, and it was a sad spectacle for European fans.
MAD Lions at the 2020 Worlds
The 2020 World Championships marked the decline of MAD Lions. The team, which had a promising start in the LEC, fell apart in the group stage, unheard of for a team from a major region. Unforced errors, poor map control and questionable drafts plagued their performance. It was a stark reminder that even the most powerful can fall.
G2 Esports and Fnatic at Worlds 2022
Finally, we come to Worlds 2022, where G2 Esports and Fnatic represented Europe. Despite having a solid lineup, G2 Esports failed to make it out of the group stage. Their performance was marred by inconsistent play and questionable decision-making. Fnatic, meanwhile, despite making it to the knockout stage, fell short against the Asian powerhouses. Their lack of adaptability and over-reliance on individual play cost them dearly.
These performances remind us of the volatile nature of League of Legends competition. They highlight the importance of adaptability, coordination, and mental toughness on the world stage. Despite these setbacks, the European teams have shown their resilience and ability to bounce back, promising a brighter future for the region in the LoL eSports scene.