To The Knockouts: Highlights From LoL Worlds Group Stage
Posted 22nd October 2019 By: Derpina    209 Views
Esports News – Only 8 teams from the original 16 will move on to the League of Legends Worlds Knockout Stage. The first and second seed teams still get a chance to claim the title and the lion’s share of the $2.225M prize pool. But how did these teams manage to dominate the first stage? Let’s take a look at the key highlights from the group stage’s round-robin matches.
LCK is back on track
Teams from League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) restored national pride after SKT Telecom T1, Griffin, and DAMWON Gaming overcame other regions. The three teams came out as first seeds from their respective groups. All in all, they have a total of 16-3 record at the end of the group stage. Among the three, SKT is expected to dominate the quarterfinals and the semis.
LEC makes history
For the first time in the history of LoL Worlds, 3 teams from Europe will enter the Knockout Stage. G2 Esports, Splyce, and Fnatic all executed impressive performances during the round-robin matches. G2 Esports and Splyce had a smooth run, but Fnatic had to face SK Telecom T1 and Royal Never Give Up in the ‘Group of Death’. Surprisingly, the UK-based team concluded the group stage as the second seed.
Low pick rate for mages and wizards
Not a lot of teams picked mages and magicians as their champions in the group stage. Instead, marksmen ruled the round-robin matches—especially in the Bot lane. This pick is common in Liquid’s Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and Luka “Perkz” Perković, as well as Fnatic’s Martin “Rekkles” Larson.
NA disappoints again
NA teams have always been qualified for LoL Worlds Knockout Stages since 2015, so it’s surprising that none of their representatives had made it out of the group stage this year. This is the second time the curse has happened; the first one took place at Europe’s World Championship. It seems like Clutch Gaming and Team Liquid’s efforts weren’t enough to defeat the powerhouse representatives of EU and South Korea.
IG is back to defend the title
Reigning champions Invictus Gaming is qualified for the next stage, bringing MVP Gao “Ning” Zhen-Ning and rookie player Lu “Leyan” Jue to the Knockouts. IG convincingly defeated Team Liquid, DAMWON Gaming, and Ahq e-Sports Club in 6 round-robin matches. If IG and Fnatic can make it to the semis, the two will settle another rematch—courtesy of their grand final match last year.