The top 5 League of Legend teams
1. SKT T1 (South Korea)
One of the oldest organizations in the game, and certainly the most dominant, SKT is the undisputed best League of Legends team in the world. With threeWorld Championship victories (2013, 2015, 2016) out of six total seasons played, its easy to see why they are considered the best of the best. SKT generally seems to struggle early in the season but always fights their way back to the top, continuously adding more and more talent to their lineup.
2. Flash Wolves (Taiwan)
Flash Wolves has had a rough run throughout their existence. In the past they were troubled with players leaving the team and struggled to make a name for themselves. However a few key victories against high-level teams changed that for the better. Now Flash Wolves are generally seen as favorites to win tournaments. Last season they placed first in the League of Legends Master Series (LMS). The team was expected to perform well at Worlds, until they were matched up against the reigning champions SKT and fell early. Overall Flash Wolves is a solid team to watch and they are building an organization that is going to stay big in the League of Legends scene for quite some time.
3. G2 Esports (Europe)
G2 Esports was founded, and is still run by former pro player Ocelot. Relatively new as an organization, and stacked with a roster of European stars, G2 has quickly made their name in the EU LCS scene. Their first season in the LCS was 2016. G2 Esports came out hot, placing first and winning the Spring Split title in their first season. However during the middle of the season the team hit a few bumps. The squad had serious internal issues forcing them to acquire half of a new team. Although conflict occurred they still managed to place first in the Summer Split a few months later. Though they struggled at Worlds this year, the team had a lot of time to polish out all of their weaknesses. This is a team to look out for in years to come.
4. Team SoloMid (North America)
One of the classic teams in professional League of Legends is TSM. TSM has been around since before the first official season began. The superstar squad has been running the North American game since it began, with many big names passing through their organization. TSM is the only team to have appeared in every North American final, and also the only team to appear in every World Championship. This team is continuously successful, having won multiple splits, tournaments, and season finals. Their one downfall is that they are notorious for underperforming at Worlds, and have yet to make it to the top. The team is still going strong however and will continue to be one of the biggest names in esports. As the game evolves, so will TSM, soon enough they might find themselves battling it out with SKT for the Summoner’s Cup.
5. Samsung Galaxy (South Korea)
Another young but strong organization is Samsung. The team has had their fair share of hardships in the past. After the 2014 season when their two teams both finished high in the World Championship rankings (one of them being crowned World Champion), KeSPA (Korean e-Sports Association) created a prohibition against one organization having multiple teams. With this new rule Samsung released all of its players starting from the ground up for the 2015 season. In this year the team struggled, trying to find a roster which would work for them. Partway through the 2016 season they found their success once more. By the end of the 2016 season Samsung galaxy had secured 3rd place in the LCK and would go on to make it to the semifinals of Worlds, only to go down as another one of SKTs victims. This young team is full of surprises, good and bad, often underperforming against bigger teams, but also coming out and smashing many other teams ranked above them. Samsung Galaxy may be unpredictable, but you never know when this team might make a run to become the best.
Picture copyright: www.lolesports.com