Ranked in the 2nd seed group by Riot, Saigon Buffalo’s chance to continue is there, but their opponents are not too easy to beat.
After two years of absence from the international arena, the VCS region is still highly appreciated by Riot and ranked in the 2nd seed group. This helps the representative attending MSI 2022, SGB, to avoid strong opponents like PSG Talon (PCS) and Evil Geniuses (LCS).
With the draw results just announced a few days ago, SGB will be in Group A along with T1, DetonatioN FocusMe (LJL) and Team Aze (LLA). In addition to T1 who is quite sure of a place to continue, Mr. Ren and his students will compete for the remaining ticket with two representatives from Japan and Latin America.
Representative of LJL – DetonatioN FocusMe
DFM is a familiar team that has been in the Wildcard group for the past few years. With always dominating Japanese domestic tournaments, this team gradually became a regular guest in international tournaments. In 2021, DFM made an impression at the World Championships 2021 Kick-off Round when it ranked above Cloud9 and won the right to go directly to the group stage.
However, at the present time, the brightest star of DFM at that time, Mid laner Aria, has returned to the LCK to play. Therefore, the power of the representative from Japan is said to be somewhat reduced even though they still have 2 more Korean foreign soldiers.
Aria’s move to KT Rolster can also be seen as a big loss for DFM in the international arena
The two rookies of DFM this season are quite young names and have experience in fighting in the LCK. As for Support Harp, this player has played for KT Rolster up to 21 games in the LCK Summer 2021. Meanwhile, Mid laner Yaharong also made 12 appearances for Fredit BRION in the LCK. This player also featured in BRO’s 2-0 win over T1 in the LCK Spring 2021, but that was the time when T1 was rotating the roster and Faker was not playing.
DFM’s remaining Korean team is Steal, who has played long enough to become an internal army with two veterans, Evi in Top Lane and AD carry Yutapon. Obviously, communication issues will still be what puts this team at a disadvantage compared to SGB. However, with many players with international experience and young talents from the LCK, this will be an opponent that can punish SGB’s fledgling squad at any time.
Representative of Latin America – Team Aze
Despite the strange name, Team Aze still owns 2 notable Korean foreign soldiers
The other team in this group is a rather strange name, AZE. In LLA Spring 2021, this team is only 2nd with a record of 9 wins, 5 losses and is 4 points behind Rainbow7. However, the sudden appearance of R7 in the playoffs gave AZE a favorable opportunity to win the championship and proceed to MSI 2022 without having to directly defeat this difficult opponent.
Notably, AZE also owns foreign soldiers from Korea. Top laner Lonely is a former young talent of Gen.G Esports and was a sub for Summit at Liiv SANDBOX. However, Lonely still has not had the opportunity to debut in the LCK.
Team Aze is not appreciated at this MSI 2022
The 5kid AD carry is more impressive when he has 15 games for KT Rolster in the LCK Summer 2021. At the same time, the player born in 1999 has also paired up with Harp, DFM’s current Support many times. Therefore, the reunion at MSI 2022 is really a memorable mark for KT’s bot lane duo.
With 5 players from 4 different nationalities, language differences are inevitable in Aze. At the same time, these players also have no international experience, so they are considered the weakest in this group.
SGB is the squad with the smallest average age at MSI 2022, although Mr. Ren’s army has the advantage of sticking together over 3 seasons. The latest name, Shogun, is also attached for 2 seasons in this lineup. So if you are not surprised by the “choke” and have psychological problems, with the correlation of forces compared to the other 2 names in the table (except T1), then the chance for SGB to win a ticket to the round of 6 strong teams. MSI 2022 is completely possible.