With Worlds 2022 about to begin, the Pacific Championship Series’ Mega Bank Beyond Gaming are one of the 24 teams from across the world that are making their way to the biggest event of the year. Every team entering the League of Legends World Championship have the same goal: to stand at the top uncontested and hoist the Season 12 Summoner’s Cup high.
Beyond Gaming represented the region as second seed last year and will do so again this Worlds. After failing to make it out of the Play-In stage in Reykjavik. Iceland, Beyond Gaming will be eager to change the story in Mexico City.
Beyond Gaming (PCS) Worlds 2022 starting roster breakdown
- Top: Liao “Likai” Li-kai| Signed in December 2021. Formerly a member of Machi Esports
- Jungle: Huang “Husha” Zi-wei| Signed in February 2021. Formerly a member of ahq eSports Club
- Mid: Lu “Minji” Po-weo| Signed in December 2021. Formerly a member of Berjaya Dragons
- Bot: Tsuo “Wako” Wei-yang| Signed in December 2021. Formerly a member of BOOM Esports
- Support: Wu “Kino” Hsin-jung| Signed in February 2021. Formerly a member of Alpha Esports
- Top(sub): Wu “Liang” Liang-Te| Signed in Ferbuary 2021. Formerly a member of MAD Team
How they got here
After entering the PCS in 2021, Beyond Gaming quickly found success with a second place finish and Worlds ticket. While they failed to make it past the Play-In stage, their bot laner Chiu “Doggo” Tzu-Chuan caught the eye of many with his impressive mechanical plays. Beyond Gaming bid farewell to Doggo for the 2022 season as the bot lane player decided to continue his career in the LPL. The organization brought in BOOM Esports’ Wako to fill this void. They also signed Minji and Likai for top and mid lane.
Beyond Gaming had a rough 2022 spring split as they found themselves behind PSG Talon, JTeam and CBTC Flying Oyster. Even though they began the split with a big win against PSG Talon, they failed to keep the momentum going and quickly fell behind. Beyond Gaming finished fifth in the regular split and failed to make it past the first round of playoffs with a 3-1 loss to Deep Gaming.
The regular summer split was the same story for Beyond Gaming as they still struggled against the top teams. They qualified for playoffs with a sixth place finish. Beyond Gaming came into the playoffs looking completely different and defeated both JTeam and Deep Gaming in the first two rounds. This set them up for an upper bracket semifinals against Flying Oyster. Beyond Gaming only managed to take Game 2 in the semifinals series before being sent down the losers bracket.
The losers bracket finals offered Beyond Gaming a chance to secure a Worlds spot. However, they needed to defeat their familar rival, PSG Talon. Beyond Gaming began the series with a 2-0 lead but PSG soon equaled the series out with 2 wins. Beyond held their nerves to avoid a reverse sweep and clinched the regions final ticket to Worlds. After winning the losers bracket, Beyond Gaming rematched with Flying Oyster in the grand finals but were no match for them as it ended in a 3-0 loss.
Players to watch
When it comes to players to watch for this team, Wako stands out. The bot lane player is one of the best laners in the league and provided 32.2% of his team damage in the summer split. Moreover, Beyond Gaming tend to do well when Wako is ahead or picks Sivir.
Asides from Wako, Husha is also another player to watch out for. Asides from relying on Wako, Beyond Gaming often tend to have a strong mid-jungle mid game that helps them win. Husha has already been to Worlds and his experience will be vital for the team.
How Beyond Gaming can succeed at Worlds 2022
One of the problems Beyond Gaming faced in the PCS region was their early game statistics against top PCS teams. They struggled to get in front of games before 15 minutes which is a cause for worry considering they will be playing against some of the best teams in the world. Even though they are in the easier Play-In group, they still need to ensure they can keep games even or play a better early game.
Additionally, Beyond may need Wako to expand his champion pool as Sivir will be nerfed in the Worlds Patch and teams will likely ban Zeri and Aphelios from him.