16 League of Legends Teams Vying for IPL 5 Crown

IPL 5 returns this weekend to Las Vegas! IPL is the IGN Pro League, an eSports league that is run directly by IGN. The event will run from Thursday, November 29th to Sunday, December 2nd. Keep your eye on the IGN front page and tune in to IPL 5! The entire weekend will be filled with Starcraft 2, League of Legends, and ShootMania. League of Legends has exploded in popularity that 16 teams will be participating in this year’s tournament. That’s twice as many as last year’s IPL 4.

This year’s IPL is running a slightly modified tournament structure.  IPL 5 will start with four groups of four teams playing the group stage in a double elimination best of one format. After that, the two top teams in each group will advance to the winner’s bracket and the bottom two teams will head to the loser’s bracket. Each bracket will then consist of eight teams. At this point, the bracket stage will be played out in a double elimination best of three. The bracket winners will eventually square off against each other in the grand finals which will be a best of seven with the winner’s bracket given a 2-0 advantage.

Group A Group B
Team Dynamic Team FeaR
Azubu Blaze CLG EU
World Elite CLG NA
Team FNATIC iCeLand
Group C Group D
Curse EU Curse NA
Team Solo Mid Moscow 5
Singapore Sentinels Taipei Assassins
Meat Playground Black Bean

IPL has published their full schedule for the tournament. Who will win this year’s IPL 5? Any one of these teams are strong enough to dominate and potentially steal games. Expect to see the odd upset throughout the weekend.

Group A

Team Fnatic is riding a wave of momentum after finishing first place at last week’s Dreamhack Winter event and should be able to advance to the winners bracket fairly easily. Azubu Blaze should be able to join them as they have taken first place in every tournament they have participated in which has occurred on North American soil. Team Dynamic is the only American representative in group A and will have need to steal a game in order to head into the upper bracket. Chinese Team WE will face a tough group stage as they have had a difficult time in North American tournaments but have performed extremely well in Asian tournaments.

Matt’s Group A predictions: Team Fnatic and Azubu Blaze should move up to the winner’s bracket while Team WE and Team Dynamic will try to sneak into the grand finals via the loser’s bracket.

Group B

Both CLG EU and CLG Prime are in the same group! CLG Prime absolutely has to score a win as they have not yet secured a tournament win in quite some time. CLG EU came in a close second place finish at last week’s Dreamhack Winter falling to Team Fnatic in the finals. IceLanD is a relatively unknown factor and this tournament will be a good experience for them as they develop themselves for the future. Lastly, Team FeaR will be running with temporary sub Zuna as they don’t have a stable roster of five which may affect their showing.

Matt’s Group B predictions: Both CLG Prime and CLG EU will head into the winner’s bracket with Team FeaR and IceLanD attempting to deal some damage in the loser’s bracket.

Group C

Team SoloMid managed to score the Season 2 North American regional finals and are the defending IPL champions. Curse EU did not have a great showing at Dreamhack. The Singapore Sentinels are entering IPL 5 and looking to finish out with a solid finish as some of their members will be entering mandatory military service. Meat Playground is another unknown team as IPL 5 will be their second LAN tournament and they were unable to take any games at MLG Raleigh.

Matt’s Group C predictions: Team SoloMid, Curse EU, and Singapore Sentinels all have what it takes to secure a spot into the upper bracket. It’ll be a close race but watch Singapore Sentinels and Curse EU to ultimately secure their winner’s bracket entry.

Group D

Taipei Assassins were the Season 2 World Champions and will have a tough fight on their hands in order to escape group D unscathed. Moscow 5 has traditionally been a dominant team in major tournaments and should be able to put up a strong fight despite their slight setbacks in recent months. Blackbean is another unknown factor in the tournament but lack the competitive experience to put up a strong opposition. Finally, Curse NA has seen a recent roster change with Voyboy joining the team and player Elementz being benched.

Matt’s Group D predictions: Look for Taipei Assassins and Moscow 5 to lock up one-way tickets to the upper winner’s bracket with Curse NA and Blackbean ending up in the the loser’s bracket.

This is going to be a truly exciting weekend for League of Legends fans! It’s going to be difficult to pinpoint and predict the ultimate winner. If I really had to guess, my money is going to be on Azubu Blaze.

Which team will you be cheering for?

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