G2 has an uphill climb at Worlds, and Jankos knows it.
Earlier today, G2 Esports jungler Jankos created a tier list on his personal livestream ranking each team participating in this years League of Legends World Championship. G2 themselves will be at the event, and Jankos rating of his own team borders more towards realistic than overconfident.
In his tier list, Jankos rated G2 Esports as a C-Tier team, placing them below teams such as Gen.G, Edward Gaming and Rogue, the latter of whom swept G2 in the LEC Summer Finals last week. He equated G2 to be on the same level as North Americas Cloud9, Vietnams GAM Esports, and Koreas DRX, who were also rated C-tier.Screengrab via Twitch.tv/Jankos
Jankos also rated G2 as the weakest team in Group B, ranking his squad below the LCK third-seed DWG KIA and LPL champions JD Gaming. Jankos placed all four Chinese teams at Worlds above G2, while also placing G2 above all North American teams.
It feels really awkward to put G2 alongside Rogue because we got 3-0d, Jankos said of his teams placement. But, the argument for that is that I think we are more flexible than Rogue. As much as we got 0-3d, I think because we are more flexible, we may adapt better to the Worlds meta.
The tier list was also ordered from left-to-right in each tier, effectively meaning that Jankos believes Gen.G to be the best team at the event, while Beyond Gaming out of the PCS would technically be the worst.
All three North American teams attending Worlds were ranked over Europes third and fourth seeds, Fnatic and MAD Lions. Although Jankos initially contemplated putting MAD Lions in the lists F-tier, he backed up his reasoning for the LEC squads better placement with an inclination that they have to be better than Oceania and Brazil.
G2 will not have to play alongside MAD Lions and minor region teams during the Worlds play-in stage, seeing as they qualified directly for the Worlds group stage. While the tournament will begin with the play-ins on Sept. 29, G2 wont take the stage until Oct. 7, when the group stage kicks off.