We look at V3 Esports, their path to Worlds 2020, and how they might fare in the play-in stage.

As Worlds 2020 prepares to kick off on September 25, we need to preview some of the teams that fans of professional League of Legends might be a bit less familiar with. Today, we look at one of the play-in teams, V3 Esports.

Hailing from Japan’s LJL, V3 Esports overtook long-time Japanese overlords DetonatioN FocusMe (“DFM”) en route to their first LJL title and Worlds appearance. Now that they’ve made it to Worlds 2020, let’s take a look at who they are, how they got here, and how far they might go.

The Season

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V3 Esports has a history of being the bridesmaid, rather than the bride, in the LJL to DFM. After finishing in the runner-up spot to DFM in 2019 Summer, V3 came out in spring of 2020 to place third during the regular season before losing to the eventual runners-up in the semi-finals, DFM. It was Sengoku Gaming, the second seed out of the regular season, who came out atop the LJL in spring.

In the summer, though, things finally started to click for V3 Esports as they put together their best regular season in organization history. With a 12-2 record, V3 Esports entered the Summer Split Playoffs as the number one seed, passing directly through to the Second Round.

There, they handily beat the Spring Split champions, Sengoku Gaming,