Update: This article has been slightly altered to add clarity on certain details that could be misinterpreted.
According to multiple sources, VLR.gg has learned about the organizations likely to be accepted into the Pacific partnership league.
The potential candidates that could be verified include primarily organizations hailing from the LCK, with Gen.G Gen.G Korea Rank #2 , DRX DRX Korea Rank #1 , Nongshim RedForce, Liiv SANDBOX, and DAMWON Gaming DAMWON Gaming Korea Rank #4 being the five Korean orgs rumored to each have likely chances to advance. In APAC, the names are currently down to three: Team Secret Team Secret Asia-Pacific Rank #5 , Talon Esports Talon Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #41 , and Paper Rex Paper Rex Asia-Pacific Rank #1 . In Japan, eight names were confirmed to have a running chance, yet currently only ZETA DIVISION ZETA DIVISION Japan Rank #1 can be said to likely make it into the league, but upwards of three Japanese teams could be expected. Lastly, the notable South Asian organization Global Esports Global Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #10 has been said to have a likely chance to land a spot in the league.
Other names with a possibility of being accepted into the league are most notably Japan-based, with a battle between seven other Japanese orgs to take a possible slot. These organizations are FENNEL FENNEL Inactive , REJECT REJECT Japan Rank #4 , Crazy Raccoon Crazy Raccoon Japan Rank #3 , DetonatioN Gaming DetonatioN Gaming Japan Rank #10 , Sengoku Gaming Sengoku Gaming Japan Rank #8 , and FAV gaming FAV gaming Japan Rank #5 . Outside of Japan, a few of the APAC organizations said to have a chance are XERXIA Esports XERXIA Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #2 and Rex Regum Qeon Rex Regum Qeon Asia-Pacific Rank #12 . The aforementioned teams could not be confirmed as of yet whether they still had chances of making the league.
On the other hand, some of the notable names that have been denied are BOOM Esports BOOM Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #3 , ONIC G ONIC G Inactive , and BLEED BLEED Asia-Pacific Rank #6 , among many others; the latter not even applying for partnerships. Sources close to the situation have also told VLR.gg that neither Team PWR or Renegades Renegades Inactive have a chance to make the Pacific league, contrary to previous belief, eliminating Oceanic teams from contention.
Some of the league candidates have also been said to shift their focus on the country they will base their roster from, with one of the LCK orgs being rumored to lean towards a Japanese roster. Talon Esports and Global Esports are also said to keep their APAC core, but may become multi-regional rosters.
The list is tentative, as few orgs have been told if they have been confirmed to make it in addition to an undetermined slot allocation. However, many teams have also been given introductions to the league during the previous weeks. The final announcement on the partnered teams is slated to come out in the coming days.
Out of the verified organizations, a possible Pacific league could look like:
- DRX DRX Korea Rank #1
- Gen.G Gen.G Korea Rank #2
- Nongshim RedForce
- DAMWON Gaming DAMWON Gaming Korea Rank #4
- Liiv SANDBOX
- Team Secret Team Secret Asia-Pacific Rank #5
- / Talon Esports Talon Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #41
- Paper Rex Paper Rex Asia-Pacific Rank #1
- Global Esports Global Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #10
- ZETA DIVISION ZETA DIVISION Japan Rank #1
And depending on the slot allocation, some of the other candidates to possibly take a slot could be:
- XERXIA Esports XERXIA Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #2
- / Rex Regum Qeon Rex Regum Qeon Asia-Pacific Rank #12
- FENNEL FENNEL Inactive
- REJECT REJECT Japan Rank #4
- Sengoku Gaming Sengoku Gaming Japan Rank #8
- DetonatioN Gaming DetonatioN Gaming Japan Rank #10
- Crazy Raccoon Crazy Raccoon Japan Rank #3
- FAV gaming FAV gaming Japan Rank #5