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The Campeonato Brasileiro de League of Legends, or CBLOL, is the highest level of professional League of Legends competition in Brazil. Each season features ten teams and takes place over two splits - spring and summer.
Each split of the tournament consists of ten rounds of double round-robin play. The winners of each split qualify for the Mid-Season Invitational and the prestigious annual LoL World Championship, the highest level of competition in LoL today. The tournament is run out of Riot Games’ studio in Sao Paulo, with the finals taking place in prominent stadiums like Allianz Parque.
Going into the spring split of 2023, we have Los Grandes and LOUD as favorites. It’s very close between LOUD and paiN Gaming, but we’ll pick LOUD, and we will cover why later in the article. Los Grandes are making their debut in the CBLOL circuit after acquiring the spot previously held by Flamengo Esports.
Despite having no record of playing as a team, Los Grandes have strategically recruited a roster full of experienced S-Tier players who seem to have collectively more experience against high level competition than their rivals, making Los Grandes our top pick for CBLOL 2023.
Our second pick for the first half of the 2023 season is LOUD, the Brazilian multi-gaming organization. Despite having won the summer split of 2022, the team saw the departures of key player Brance and head coach Von during the off-season. Before their exit, the duo had helped the relatively new South American team finish 19th-20th in the 2022 World Championship in what was only their second season as a pro team.
Our outside picks for the upcoming split are paiN Gaming and Furia. It would be wise to consider paiN Gaming to be on a similar level as LOUD and Furia a few tiers below. In the off-season, paiN Gaming recruited LPL second-place finisher Bvoy and winner of the last CBLOL Academy Split ProDelta, one of the most promising prospects for 2023. On the other hand, Furia Esports had a roster shakeup in December, with Netuno and ONMETA leaving the squad.
We can’t really look into Los Grandes’ history as a team simply because they don’t have one. However, we do know that they have a roster full of established Korean and Brazilian players who have, to varying degrees, competed at the highest level of LoL Esports.
HiRit, the incoming toplaner, has an average of 3.2 kills per game throughout his career. He also has some significant A and B-Tier wins to his credit, such as TCL Winter 2020, LFL Summer 2019 and LFL Spring 2019. He also won the Outstanding Rookie award at TCL Winter 2020.
He’s supported by the team Jungler Ranger, who has three major tournament wins to his name: CBLOL Summer and Winter 2018, and Rift Rivals 2018. Ranger has an average of 2.7 kills per game and has dealt an average of 207 damage per team fight over his career.
We believe the combination of Ranger and HiRit will greatly support the team’s performances and accordingly, they are our top pick for CBLOL 2023.
Unlike Los Grandes, who are playing as a team for the first time this season, LOUD have been part of the CBLOL circuit since 2021. The team were a mid-table staple for the first three splits until they won the summer split of last year, putting the spotlight on themselves as favorites for the upcoming season.
As a team, LOUD had a remarkable win rate of 61 in 2022, with 37 wins to 24 losses. They dealt 2210 damage per minute and had an average of 16 kills per game, for an average kill/death ratio of 1.7. Over the season, LOUD obtained 1836 gold per minute and won 73.2% of the time, when they were ahead at the 15-minute mark.
LOUD also managed to rack up some S-Tier experience by competing in the 2022 World Championship, even though they could not get past the group stages. Further, they went through a few shake ups in the off-season with Brance and Von leaving the squad - it remains to be seen if they can hold on to the CBLOL championship in the coming season.
paiN Gaming was the first professional League of Legends team from Brazil, founded before there was even a game server for the country. Since their formation, they have remained steady in the upper reaches of the CBLOL. They finished both of last year's splits in second place, losing a 0-3 sweep to LOUD - making them the first of our outside picks for this season. paiN’s last championship win at the CBLOL was in the first split of 2021.
Through the last season, paiN Gaming had a win rate of 59%, playing 36 and losing 25 games on their way to second place at the CBLOL. They dealt an average of 2057 damage per minute and collected 15.1 kills per game, for an average kill/death ratio of 1.8.
paiN gaming collected 1831 gold per minute and had the first tower 55.7% of the time. The team also had an average of 2.5 dragons per game over the entire season. If it weren’t for their 3-0 wipeout loss to LOUD in the finals, they would be right up there as one of our favorite picks for the season.
We see a clear difference in the levels of top teams and mid-table teams going into 2023. While FURIA Esports have some strong finishes in A-Tier tournaments, such as finishing 3rd and 4th in the last two splits of the CBLOL, they have very little S-Tier experience, unlike the three other teams covered above.
However, FURIA Esports do have some favorable stats that match up to the rest of the teams that we analyzed. Throughout 2022, they had a win rate of 56%, losing 12 and winning 15 of their games. The team collected 14.4 kills per game for an average kill/death ratio of 1.4.
On the economic front too, FURIA Esports has the numbers to match their rivals. They collected 1818 gold per minute and won 64% of the time, while they were ahead at 15 minutes. FURIA Esports had the first tower 51.9% of the time and had 2.7 dragons per game.
While the stats match on paper, it’s uncertain how they will fare against teams with established S-Tier veterans like Los Grandes. Judging by how close it was during the last season, we predict another close split. It’s important to note that Botlaner Netuno and Assistant Coach ONMETA left the team during the off-season.
The stage is set for CBLOL, and with it, we are excited to see the mystery team in Los Grandes come together for the very first time in a major league season. Their roster of experienced players might just hold the key to cracking the CBLOL and getting a strong result in their debut split.
LOUD and paiN Gaming are almost head to head going into the season if it wasn’t for the latter’s 3-0 sweep loss to the former in the finals of the last split. Our dark horse pick for the split is FURIA Esports, who match up to their competition on paper and are yet somehow unable to find gold at the CBLOL. Maybe 2023 is their year? We can’t wait to find out.
With an interest in strategy and mathematics, applying that to sports writing was the natural progression. A writer at night and the founder of a gaming company, Nikhil’s previous experience includes working with ESPN for five years. His specialization includes soccer, basketball, tennis, and esports betting. Email: [email protected]More info on Nikhil Kalro
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