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Check out statistics and awards from the Group Stages!

While you’re at it, read about the stellar positioning of the best AD Carries in the world, as modeled mathematically by Riot Jayway!

Finally, follow the jump for a list of Games to Watch from the Group Stages!

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The Power of Champion Select: TSM vs SHRC

If anything is to be learned from the success of Western pros on the Korean ladder, it is that mechanics are not what separate the very best teams in the world from the merely great ones. There is one realm where the best teams stand head and shoulders above the rest – rotations aside – and it is Champion Select. What can we learn about champion select from the Group Stage? It may be all-too-easy to simply reject the losing teams as possessing weaker mechanics or game knowledge. However, given displays of skill like NaMei’s team fight ability vs Samsung Galaxy White or TPA’s early game vs SHRC, we can simply see one thing that the very best teams excel at: picking a team composition and playing to its strengths.

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The Power of Champ Select: TPA vs TSM

If anything is to be learned from the success of Western pros on the Korean ladder, it is that mechanics are not what separate the very best teams in the world from the merely great ones. There is one realm where the best teams stand head and shoulders above the rest – rotations aside – and it is Champion Select. What can we learn about champion select from the Group Stage? It may be all-too-easy to simply reject the losing teams as possessing weaker mechanics or game knowledge. However, given displays of skill like NaMei’s team fight ability vs Samsung Galaxy White or TPA’s early game vs SHRC, we can simply see one thing that the very best teams excel at: picking a team composition and playing to its strengths.

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The Power of Champion Select: TSM vs TPA

If anything is to be learned from the success of Western pros on the Korean ladder, it is that mechanics are not what separate the very best teams in the world from the merely great ones. There is one realm where the best teams stand head and shoulders above the rest – rotations aside – and it is Champion Select. What can we learn about champion select from the Group Stage? It may be all-too-easy to simply reject the losing teams as possessing weaker mechanics or game knowledge. However, given displays of skill like NaMei’s team fight ability vs Samsung Galaxy White or TPA’s early game vs SHRC, we can simply see one thing that the very best teams excel at: picking a team composition and playing to its strengths.

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The Power of Champion Select: SHRC vs TSM

If anything is to be learned from the success of Western pros on the Korean ladder, it is that mechanics are not what separate the very best teams in the world from the merely great ones. There is one realm where the best teams stand head and shoulders above the rest – rotations aside – and it is Champion Select. What can we learn about champion select from the Group Stage? It may be all-too-easy to simply reject the losing teams as possessing weaker mechanics or game knowledge. However, given displays of skill like NaMei’s team fight ability vs Samsung Galaxy White or TPA’s early game vs SHRC, we can simply see one thing that the very best teams excel at: picking a team composition and playing to its strengths.

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2014 World Championship: Games to Watch – Groups A and B

The World Championship features some of the best teams in the world. Just this week, there are 24 games to watch. What are the key games to watch?

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2014 World Championship Preview: Group B Breakdown

#WorldsGroupB – Group QuadraMid

Group B

This Group is the most wide open, with four teams that could all advance. None of the internationally dominant teams are here, and there are a lot of questions. Have SHRC stayed in top caliber despite changing every player but Uzi and facing internal conflicts? Can TSM finally perform internationally? How will the 3-game absence of Svenskeren affect their performance? Can TPA show that the GPL isn’t a joke? Honestly, any two teams could make it out of this group, although there are definite favorites.

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2014 World Championship Preview: Group A Breakdown

#WorldsGroupA – Of Mice and Men

Group A

Group A has two potential semifinals contenders as well as two of the least hyped teams. There’s not much to be said here: it would take a miracle for Dark Passage or AHQ to advance.

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Worlds-Level Tactics: The Rotation

It’s hard to tune into a League of Legends game without hearing a lot of jargon thrown around: rotation, objective, scaling. In this series, I’ll try to clear up some of the jargon one term at a time, by explaining just what it is and showing how teams execute it in game. Without further ado, let’s get to it. The topic of the hour is one of the most misunderstood tools in a League of Legends player’s toolbox: The Rotation. Continue reading