OCEANIA’s representatives at the League of Legends World Championships, Dire Wolves, have learned their opponents for the play-in stage of the massive event.
The Oceanic Pro League champions were drawn into Group A and will play China’s EDward Gaming and Latin America North’s Infinity Esports.
With the Chinese squad very likely to top the group, Dire Wolves will need to beat out Infinity for a spot in Round 2 of the play-ins.
“I think Dire Wolves have a decent pull there,” host David ‘Phreak’ Turley said on the broadcast, suggesting the Aussie side had a reasonable chance of advancing.
The other positive is that Dire Wolves, if they do advance into the second round of the play-ins into a best-of-five match, cannot face groupmates EDG.
The 24 teams that qualified for this year’s Worlds were split into two groups; the play-in teams and the group stage teams.
The group stage teams come from the 12 strongest regions. They were then further split into three pools based on region strength, with a maximum of one team from the same region in each of the four groups.
The play-in teams include the third-strongest teams from LMS (Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau), Europe, North America and China, as well as the top teams from the eight weakest regions.
An Australian team has never advanced past the play-in stage of Worlds before.
It was claimed the results of the group draw had been leaked via YouTube captions, but this was proven wrong once the live broadcast began.