The first two days of the group stage of the League of Legends World Championship kicked off on October 3rd. All the regions have stacked up wins so far, except for our old friend, semi-wildcard region North America. This year’s groups are looking especially competitive. Group A, started yesterday with huge upsets coming from the PCS (the Taiwanese League), and a tight race to lock in a spot for the quarterfinals in Group C. Here’s a recap of the winners and losers of the first two days of the Group Stage:
Europe went 2-0 in their first group stage games. This is typically not the strongest week of European teams, and they usually perform best in the second week after some gameplay scaling (we’re looking at you Fnatic). However, Day 1 was a good day if you’re an EU fan because Fnatic reversed their Week 1 woes by at least winning one game (although Day 2 didn’t work out quite as well).
On Day 1, Fnatic fans won bragging rights to flame NA for a day. TSM Bjergsen didn’t live up to the hype, and FNC Nemesis stood his own against NA’s GOAT to lead his team to victory. Any smart time will be looking to ban Evelynn for the rest of the tournament against Fnatic, after witnessing Selfmade’s Evelynn. TSM forgot that FNC Selfmade is not C9 Blaber and that Evelynn, when played with a brain and hands, is a very powerful champion. Fnatic’s play wasn’t the cleanest but it can be summed up with the FNC Bwipo motto: Some int, some pot, the usual. We take those.
Things didn’t look so great for Fnatic on Day 2, but at least they didn’t lose to NA. There was a lot of int on the side of FNC Selfmade and FNC Bwipo against LGD Gaming. FNC Selfmade now has a 0-6 record on Graves. We’re unsure whether it is stage nerves or other external factors, but Fnatic is really digging themselves a grave. Fnatic must pull another Week 2 miracle if they lose to Generation Gaming on Tuesday.
On Day 1, Rogue smashed PSG Talon in a one-way stomp. They probably made PSG’s players, who recently got out of quarantine, wish they had never come out of it. They forgot that rocks (in this case, a Malphite) can cause a rocky game.
Rogue didn’t fare so well on Day 2 against Damwon Gaming (DWG), as DWG Nuguri’s Lulu Top was too much for RGE Finn to deal with. On top of that, both bot and mid lane were unable to gain leads to carry the game. RGE Inspired certainly got the short end of the stick, with 3 losing lanes, he was forced out of his jungle by 10 minutes and had nowhere to go. Damwon had a 6,000 gold lead by 20 minutes, and ended the game against Rogue in just under 34 minutes.
Mikyx was probably the MVP of G2 Esports for Day 2. His synergy with Caps allowed him to take back what seemed to be a lost game. This was the roster’s first win against an LPL team with this lineup. Jankos looked like he was trolling for most of the gaming, and was constantly getting caught out.
Thankfully, a Claps, Uma Jan, and a smurfing Mikyx came to show us how powerful the Bard-Ezreal-Twisted Fate combo can get in the late game. Suning (SN) SofM’s Warmog’s Armor and Knight’s Vow purchases on Lee Sin almost carried the game. But through a series of three “5 man front doors,” G2 Esports now sits atop their group.
The LCK is undefeated! We are happy to see that the sleeping giant that is the LCK has once again awakened. Ripping through everything that comes their way, the LCK looks like the strongest region so far.
I would’ve never expected a Lulu Top to be dominating lane but Nuguri proved me wrong. Damwon’s flexibility in draft, smart decision making, and constant mechanical outplays makes them a fearful team to go against. This isn’t the stage chokers that Damwon were last year, but instead the rumoured scrim gods who will 6-0 you if you choose to book a scrim with them. Damwon has a high chance of making it out in first and being the favourite to take the crown.
DRX looked very weak at the end of the LCK playoffs. Every game they played was a Chovy 1v9 fiesta, and their success was solely based on whether Chovy would perform as a one man army. Luckily for Chovy, his team has actually decided to play, and they are looking like strong favourites to exit the group right behind Top Esports.
The entirety of the GenG roster is not to be doubted. Although they come in as the 3rd seed from Korea, they have a roster of not only talented but experienced players on the world stage. They went 2-0 in their first 2 days of groups, and are expected to dominantly win against FNATIC tomorrow.
I would’ve loved to see NA be undefeated in groups, but they’re anything but that. Failing to obtain any wins in the first 2 days, NA’s chances at doing good at worlds are looking smaller by the day.
Looks like doomsday has started already for NA. Top Esports (TEF) definitely isn’t the easiest opponent to start off against, and FlyQuest tried to hold their own, but they fell apart pretty quickly. The sole glimmer of hope they had was FLY Power of Evil. Despite being against Knight, he still played pretty well and was a key reason why the game didn’t end in 20 minutes. He will definitely be able to play well against Unicorn of Love (UOL) Normanz’s but DragonX Gaming (DRX) Chovy will be an entirely different beast. FLY Solo got solo killed a lot in this game and certainly was no match for Top Esports’ top laner, TEF 369.
Day 2 did not make things any better for the region, as Team Liquid fell to Machi Esports. We’re sorry Liquid, but you really can’t be losing to minor regions. Their chances to beat Suning and G2 are looking slim. It seems like this roster will just be fighting to keep their jobs next season.
Team Solo Mid
Losing to Fnatic in Day 1 definitely wasn’t the beginning Team Solo Mid (TSM) fans were hoping for to start off their great comeback to worlds. After missing the tournament for 2 years in a row, today was supposed to mark the re-establishment of the TSM dynasty as a top contender from the West, but TSM BrokenBlade’s 1v2 outplays just weren’t enough. It seems like the world wanted to see TSM suffer even more, as they lost another game to group favorite GenG. TSM’s subreddit doesn’t look too happy.
It looks like the LPL finally has some competition. Top Esports has been incredibly dominant in their group, and Suning and JD Gaming look strong as well. The only wildcard is LGD Gaming, but the LPL could possibly be taking 4 teams to quarterfinals. The LPL still looks like the strongest region, but it’s unknown whether they’ll lose their crown.
Sorry Top, but winning against FlyQuest really isn’t much of an achievement. We expected Top to be a little stronger against a much weaker team like FLY, and close out the game a little more quickly, but nonetheless, it was a stomp. 369 showed that he was here to play, and massacred Solo and the entirety of FLY for the rest of the match.
JDG was one of the favourites to win the tournaments, but their first day didn’t start so great. They suffered a loss to Damwon on the first day and it was a bit of a stomp. However, JDG bounced back to take a game of PSG Talon, and are still looking like a favourite to exit their group.
G2 committed a bit of robbery from Suning. With the game under control, it was never G2’s to win, only Suning’s to lose. That’s exactly what they did, Huanfeng not flashing key stuns and ultimate from Miky, not punishing Bard-Ezreal in the lane phase, and allowing Caps to push leads everywhere else.
After play-ins my hopes for LGD to make it out of groups were non-existent. But if there’s anything I’ve learned from the past Worlds, it’s that having illegal gameplay in play-ins somehow leads to success. From Splyce last year almost losing to UOL then making finals, G2 in 2018 barely scraping by a series win against Supermassive and then taking down tournament favourite RNG, somehow, playing bad is a buff. LGD had a close game against GenG, and then completely murdered the entirety of the FNATIC roster late game (although we do admit it was a bit of a draft diff).
Thanks for reading through our summary of Day 1 and 2 of the League of Legends 2020 Worlds Championships, and stay tuned for more content in the coming days of Worlds! In the meantime, check out groups stage prediction post and our post on the best supports to play with Samira.