Following a truly dominating performance at 2018 Worlds, the Chinese teams look promising to provide us with some insanely high-quality action throughout the 2019 Season.
The LPL is the biggest professional regarding how many teams participate in it, this year we see 16 teams fighting for the LPL crown:
- BiliBili Gaming
- EDward Gaming
- FunPlus Phoenix
- Invictus Gaming
- JingDong Gaming
- LGD Gaming
- Oh My God
- Rogue Warriors
- Royal Never Give Up
- SinoDragon Gaming
- Snake eSports
- Team WE
- Topsports Gaming
- Vici Gaming
- Victory Five
The format for this upcoming split is a single round robin where a team plays the other 15 teams once in a best of 3 match. Most weeks fan will get to watch twelve matches unfold however on week 3 and 4 only six games will take place.
One of the biggest games to keep an eye on is Suning vs Royal Never Give Up, which will be finishing off the week 1 action of the LPL Spring Split, we will likely see these two teams battle it out all season for one of the top spots.
As always in the LPL. Royal Never Give Up have massive expectations, this is due to their consistently impressive performances at International level. However, their upset loss to G2 at Worlds last year could be playing in the back of their minds as it put a horrible stain on what had been a great 2018 Season.
Suning, on the other hand, are a squad that are still trying to identify their team on the International level, but during off season they made some impressive signings that provide them with the potential to make some noise this season. They acquired both Maple and SwordArt from the LMS Champions Flash Wolves. The only thing that could hold this squad back is their synergy at the start of the Split.
Finally, we cannot ignore the World Champions, Invictus Gaming. It’s no surprise that they didn’t make a roster change following an impressive showing at Worlds 2018 and they are now favourites to continue this trend and take the LPL by storm in 2019.
With there being a couple of teams with established success and high standards and others that have developed new rosters with high potential, it will be exciting to watch every game this season.