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Domestic play for the year has come to an end, and you know what that means: The World Championships are upon us. Marco Estrada Jersey .Teams from across the world will embark on a journey to the United States in three weeks to face off with North Americas trio of Team SoloMid, Counter Logic Gaming and Cloud9 to crown this years world champion. SK Telecom T1 from South Korea returns as the defending champion, but the runners-up from 2015s final, the ROX Tigers, appear to be the stronger team coming into the tournament as the regions summer champion.The group draw will take place at 2 p.m. ET Saturday in the North American League Championship Series studio. And while you could go over every single possibility the ping pong balls can shoot out, in terms of forming the four groups in the opening round, we have you covered by theorizing about the toughest, easiest and most intriguing groups possible come Saturday afternoon.The road to Worlds has finally started, and this weekend is the first stop toward the climax on Oct. 30 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, when the surviving pair of teams will clash in the Summoners Cup Finals.Group of DeathEdward Gaming (Pool 1, China) SK Telecom T1 (Pool 2, Korea) G2 Esports (Pool 2, Europe) Cloud9 (Pool 3, North America)This is far and away the scariest group of death possible, come Saturdays group draw. Edward Gaming didnt lose a single best-of series in the entirety of the Chinese summer season, and it took down rival Royal Never Give Up in the domestic final 3-0.SK Telecom T1 didnt four-peat in South Korea (falling to arch-nemesis KT Rolster in the semifinal), but is the defending champion and won the Summoners Cup both times it has qualified for Worlds. The jungle position will be a gigantic question for Leagues first and still ongoing worldwide dynasty, but not even EDG would be happy with seeing its international adversary so soon in the tournament.For G2 Esports, Europes back-to-back champion, its position as a Pool 2 team is a self-inflicted wound. After taking the Mid-Season Invitational not nearly as serious as its fans and the European region would have liked, G2 failed to make the top four of the tournament and lost Europes Pool 1 seed in the process.While G2 would much rather be in Pool 1, the team has vastly improved its roster from the spring; the bottom lane of Jesper Zven Svenningsen and Alfonso Mithy Aguirre Rodriguez can compete as one of the best one-two punches in the entire tournament, and two-time European MVP Kim Trick Gang-yun wants to establish himself as not only the best jungler in the EU LCS, but one of the best junglers in the world.Cloud9 could be the best Pool 3 seed in the history of the World Championships. Although it failed to make the semifinals in the spring season, a revamped roster with a new head coach in legendary top laner Bok Reapered Han-gyu rocketed the club into the summer final versus Team SoloMid. While C9 failed to beat the North American champions in a competitive four-game series, it did make a statement by steamrolling through Team Envy (3-0) and Immortals (3-1) to make it back to Worlds for a fourth straight year. The re-emergence of former world champion Jung Impact Eon-yeong could be the key in getting C9 to the quarterfinals for the third time in club history.Well, maybe not in this group.Group of LifeFlash Wolves (Pool 1, Taiwan) Counter Logic Gaming (Pool 2, North America) H2K Gaming (Pool 2, Europe) INTZ Esports e-Sports (Pool 3, Brazil)From the scariest group possible to the Group of Life, where every team would breathe a sigh of relief at the circumstances.Flash Wolves would love to get another shot at a seemingly weaker CLG squad that bested them in the semifinals at MSI. CLG, who only finished fourth in NA LCS summer season, would be happy to see the Wolves again while avoiding either EDG and ROX from Pool 1. H2K, thrown into a group with tournament favorites EDG and SKT last year, would be happy to at least have a solid chance of getting out of groups before it plays a single game. While INTZ wouldnt be favored to make it out of the group, it would still have a solid chance of being able to topple any of the other three teams.If this group does happen, it would be eerily similar to last years perceived easiest group in the opening round, where CLG, Flash Wolves and Pain Gaming all resided. The only difference -- and its a major one -- would be H2K Gaming standing in for the ROX Tigers, who unexpectedly got second to Flash Wolves in 2015s Group of Life but still went on to ultimately to make the Summoners Cup Finals.Group of FakerEdward Gaming (Pool 1, China) SK Telecom T1 (Pool 2, Korea) H2k Gaming (Pool 2, Europe) Cloud9 (Pool 3, North America)Lee Faker Sang-hyeok is the greatest player in the games six year history, and this group would be chock-full of trips down memory lane for the two-time world champion.First off, his former understudy on SKT T1, Lee Scout Ye-chan, is now the starting mid laner for Edward Gaming, the last organization to best Faker in an international final. Scout, considered an amateur prodigy, left SKT in the middle of the year to join EDG in China. Due to Heo PawN Won-seoks constant health issues, Scout has filled in as starter for a majority of the season and has improved leaps and bounds under the tutelage of the EDG staff. A meeting between the two would truly be a master versus apprentice matchup between the best mid laner of all time and one of the most promising.If youve followed League at all over the past three to four years, we dont need to talk much about the history between Faker and H2Ks mid laner Yoo Ryu Sang-ook. In case you need a short reminder: Faker used Ryu as a metaphorical stepping stone in 2013 to win his first domestic championship in an iconic outplay, and ever since, Ryu has been haunted by it. The two faced off last year in the group stages, and the result, as it was in 2013, was the same: Faker and SKT T1 taking down Ryus H2K 2-0.In the case of Cloud9, it would be another meeting between Faker and former teammate. This time, the relationship is even deeper, with Faker having to go up against teammate from 2013, Impact, whos now on C9. Impact has had a reawakening as a player since joining C9, especially since the summer domestic playoffs kicked off. He is on a warpath to get back to the Summoners Cup, solo killing his in-lane opponent nearly every single time in the past couple of weeks. A reunion between Faker and Impact simply wouldnt be a friendly meeting between former comrades: itd be a showdown between, currently, two of the most dominant players on the planet. Jose Bautista Jersey .25 million option on reliever Jose Veras. Darwin Barney Jersey .C. -- Glenn Howard needed an extra end to move into the Masters Grand Slam of Curling final. . The judges scored it 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 for Jones (19-1). It was the champions closest call. Despite the loss, it was a remarkable show by the confident Swedish challenger, who had the best of the early rounds and then hung on in the fourth and fifth. Oscar Valdez is one of boxings top rising stars. He won a vacant featherweight world title, and accomplished what most expected of the two-time Mexican Olympian, when he knocked out Matias Adrian Rueda in the second round on July 23.Certainly, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who signed Valdez after the 2012 Olympics, expected him to win a world title. But as far as Arum is concerned, it was only the beginning of what he envisions will become a great career.Arum has promoted a whos who of superstars during his 50 years in the boxing business, including many prominent Mexican fighters, and he has helped build them into attractions and champions. He views Valdez -- an enormously talented fighter with a fan-friendly style, outgoing personality and bilingual skills -- as the next one.Were going to make him a huge star in Mexico and in the border cities in the United States, like Tucson, where he grew up, Phoenix and San Diego. We think theres a big, big upside for him, Arum said.With the 126-pound world title in hand, Valdez will make his first defense against mandatory challenger Hiroshige Osawa in one of four world title fights on Nov. 5 (Top Rank PPV, 9 p.m. ET) on the Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas card at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.Being given a spot on Pacquiaos undercard is a big deal for any young fighter, and the 25-year-old Valdez knows it.It means a lot to me, Valdez said. I get excited when I fight on these big cards. Im very grateful to Bob Arum for putting me on a big show like this. Ive always heard the first title defense is the hardest. Ive heard this from ex-champions like Julio Cesar Chavez [Sr.]. The hard thing is not getting there and winning a title. The hard thing is maintaining your championship. I am motivated, but its even more motivation for me being on great cards like this.I grew up seeing Pacquiao fight. He was in so many great fights. And now I am on his card and I got something to show my people -- that Im on this big card. Everybody gets excited back home. Its nothing but motivation for me.Valdez (20-0, 18 KOs) does not know much about Osawa (30-3-4, 19 KOs) of Japan, who will be facing the first notable opponent of his career. Valdez, however, said that when he knew he would be facing Osawa, 31, he went to YouTube and watched some video of him.I didnt really know much about him so I started looking at him to see what kind of fighter he is, Valdez said. He has a longer reach than me so we are sparring guys taller than me. He comes forward, doesnt go back, and he tries to knock out his opponent. But one thing I know about Japanese fighters is they have heart. Im not trying to think Im knocking this guy out in the first or second round. I will try not to be overconfident. Being smart is important.Arum has huge hopes for Valdez.We think we can make him a bigger star than [Erik] Morales or [Marco Antonio] Barrera, Arum said of the Mexican stars who waged an epic trilogy and had some of their greatest fights at featherrweight. Devon Travis Jersey. Our goal is to make him like a successor to Morales and Barrera. We think he has the ability and personality, and he will have somewhat bigger crossover appeal because of the fact that he is fluent in English, where the other two werent.One of the most successful promotional jobs of Arums career in terms of a Mexican fighter was with Morales. Arum was involved in a few Barrera fights over the years, but he promoted Morales for most of his career, including all three fights with Barrera, and helped build Morales into one of the top fighters in boxing. Morales headlined several successful pay-per-view cards, won world titles in four weight divisions, and became a fan favorite. He will be eligible to appear on the International Boxing Hall of Fame ballot for the first time next fall and is a shoe-in to be elected.Arum wants to follow a similar path with Valdez, who was born in Mexico and spent most of his childhood living in Tucson, Arizona, which he considers a second home and where his mother still lives, before moving back to his familys hometown of Nogales, just over the border, where his father, grandmother and other family members live.Arum said he has talked with Tucson city officials and officials from Casino Del Sol, which is in Tucson and has hosted a number of boxing events, about hosting future Valdez fights at the casino and the citys convention center.We also hope to have Oscar fight in Mexico City and hope to have him fight in Tijuana [Morales hometown], Arum said. We know what we are doing. If hes as good as we think, he can fight three or four times a year, and we can build a business around this kid.Its all music to Valdezs ears. When told that Arum wants to handle the young fighters career as he handled Morales, Valdez was in awe, sounding somewhat stunned to hear it. The reason: Morales is Valdezs boxing idol.In fact, the first time Valdez went to Las Vegas to see a fight was as a 13-year-old in 2004. He went to see Morales unify junior lightweight titles in a decision win against Carlos Hernandez at the MGM Grand. In 2008, Valdez, then a top amateur, got a chance to meet Morales at a tournament and tell him that he was his favorite fighter.Now, all these years later, Valdez relishes that Arum is comparing them.My idol has always been Erik Morales, Valdez said. By doing half of what he did would mean a lot of to me. Its an honor that Bob would say a thing like that. He has been in this game for so long and knows his boxing, so it means I am doing something right. Ill do my part and work hard in the gym. I love boxing. And I know Bob Arum and Top Rank will do their job. One thing they know is that I want to be considered one of the best.I want to be known when they mention the great Mexican fighters. I want to be on that list with Chavez, Morales, Barrera and [Juan Manuel] Marquez. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '