As Worlds 2022 is about to begin, Chiefs Esports Club at League of Legends Circuit Oceania is one of 24 teams from around the world heading into the biggest event of the year. All teams entering the League of Legends World Championship have the same goal: to stand at the top without contest and hoist the Season 12 Summoner’s Cup to the top.
✅ The perfect split
✅ @LCO All-Pro Team
🏆 Only one goal remains…
— The Chiefs (@ChiefsESC) August 30, 2022
Proving that super teams can indeed work in minor regions, CHF earned a combined score of 40-2 in the regular season, including posting a perfect season in Split 2 as they entered the 2022 Worlds as the perhaps the strongest team from Oceania to qualify for international play.
Chiefs Esports Club (LCO) Worlds 2022 starting roster breakdown
- Top: Kim “Topoon” Ji-hoon | Signed January 2022, former member of Immortals Academy
- Jungler: Park “Arthur” Mi-reu | Signed January 2022, former member of Hanwha Life Esports Challengers
- Middle: James “Tally” Shute | Signed in January 2022, former member of PEACE
- Bot: Quin “Raes” Korebrits | Signed in January 2022, former member of Immortals
- Support: Ryan “Aladoric” Gregory Richardson | Signed May 2022, former PEACE member
how they got here
After years of failing to make Worlds, enough was enough for CHF. Going into 2022, the team cleaned up the house; with only one member returning from 2021, they also sought help outside the region. They got it in more ways than one. First, the team brought in two Korean imports. Topoon returned from a failed stint in the League Championship Series Academy league, and Arthur spent a year with Hanwha Life Esports before returning; both players have had previous stints in the OCE. However, those weren’t the only two moves – with the massive exodus of talent leaving the region for North America, one of the best players has returned with Raes returning to his home region and home team . For Oceania standards, this squad was stacked and ready to put in a real effort for Worlds in 2022.
Split 1 of the 2022 LCO season was a fantastic success for the squad. Although she only had a limited amount of time to mesh, the team crashed. With a 19-2 regular season record, the CHF looked unbeatable as they easily locked down the first seed entering the playoffs and had three of five players on the LCO All-Pro team. But in the playoffs, they looked unusually frail. After barely moving past third seed Pentanet.GG, CHF found themselves on the losing end of a tight five game against ORDER and despite dominating in the regular season, CHF again missed out. international.
Between Split 1 and Split 2, CHF support player Dragon “Dragku” Guo walked away from the team; this allowed the team to bring in Aladoric as a new starter. While the Split 1 was incredible for the CHF, the Split 2 would be historic; Oceania’s top professional league hasn’t had a perfect season since its debut season. Ironically, it was the CHF at the time that succeeded with a 14-0 regular season. But in Split 2 of the 2022 LCO season, the CHF did it again. A 21-0 regular season meant the team was literally unbeatable and this time there was pretty much unbeatable in the playoffs. With only a single defeat in one game in their 3-1 win over PGG in the final, CHF are finally heading to Worlds for the very first time.
Players to watch
The standout player on the team is bot laner CHF Raes – he’s definitely a player to watch at Worlds 2022. As Split 1 MVP, Raes was by far the best bot laner in the region; even though he didn’t hand out a league MVP award this summer, he still posted some insane stats. According to Oracleselixir.com, Raes led all players in the region in KDA, kills and Earned Gold Per Minute while being second in the league in Damage Per Minute. There’s no better carry in the region than him.
The other interesting player to note on this list is their new support player Aladoric. Entering a new team on short notice, Aladoric were fantastic in winning five Player of the Match awards, just shy of the league lead claimed by CHF jungler Arthur. These three players create a three-headed monster for the team.
How Chiefs Esports Club can succeed at Worlds 2022
The CFO enters Worlds 2022 as one of 12 qualifying teams. As a result, they were placed in one of the six-team groups and the group they drew is the easier of the two on paper. Their group includes the third seeded LCS Evil Geniuses and the third seeded Fnatic League European Championship. In a way, it looks like MSI 2022 where ORDER played in a group against EG and G2 Esports. This group didn’t go well at all, as ORDER didn’t win a single game. However, there are other teams in the group this time and CHF looks significantly better than ORDER. Getting ahead of one of the two big teams in the region is a stretch. However, with this team playing the way they did, finishing third in the group is realistic; they will always be the underdog against DetonatioN FocusMe and Beyond Gaming.