MSI 2022 Preview Series: Team Aze

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The next guest in our outlook series is the LATAM representative, Team Aze. Maybe you have not heard about them before if you are not interested in following the Latin America League. However, this article will help you get some information about the Mexico-based team and the starting lineup that will compete in the MSI 2022.

Team Aze qualified for an international tournament for the first time in the organization’s short history. The organization’s LOL Division was formed in 2019, and then they took part in regional leagues such as Cinepolis National Circuit and Division of Honour. Team Aze first advanced to the LLA in 2021 spring to prove themselves in the biggest stage of their continent. The Mexican team secured their spot at MSI 2022 half a year after joining the professional league.

Team Aze will bring two Korean import

Although Team Aze can’t promise so much in this year’s Mid-Season Invitational compared to the other Wild Card teams they will face off in the group stage, it will be enough for them to gain experience. Their starting roster includes two Korean imports, “Lonely” and “5kid”, who joined the team in November 2021 from KT Rolster. The remaining players are Juan “Dimitry” Hernández, Tomas “Aloned” Diaz, and Roberto “Straight” Guallichico.

Their regional league journey

2022 LLA Opening Season saw Team Aze finishing the regular split in second place with an average record of 9-5. The playoff format for the opening season is a little different from the other leagues as all teams started climbing up from the first round. Team Aze overpowered INFINITY without resistance in round 1 and matched Estral Esports, who completed the regular split in third. The semifinal series was as easy as in the previous round for Team Aze.

Estral Esports took down the regular season juggernaut, Rainbow7, in the lower bracket finals and made their way to the finals. There was a rematch between EST and Team Aze to secure their shot at MSI 2022. Although Estral Esports performed better than they did in the semifinals, it was not enough to destroy their opponents.

Team Aze will battle it out against DetonatioN FocusMe, Saigon Buffalo, and T1 in the group stage. It is safe to assume that the only possible way for Aze to advance to the rumbling stage is to take down the LJL and VCS representatives. Team Aze will take on DFM in their first group match, which is scheduled to play on May 10. You can watch all the group matches on the Riot Games’ official Twitch and YouTube channels. In case you missed it, you can also find the full schedule for the group stage of the MSI 2022 here.

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