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League Of Legends Worlds Groups Day 4: Results, Recaps, And Recommendations

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André González Rodríguez

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2nd Jul 2021 15:48

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The League of Legends World Championship kicked off with the Play-in stage of the tournament on Friday, September 25, and after a thrilling play-ins stage, the Groups began on October 3.

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The best League teams from all around the world will be facing off against each other for the prestigious World Championship, immortalising themselves in League of Legends history.

With a scaling prize pool depending on the number of championship skins being bought (of which 25% go directly towards the teams), the overall amount will likely surpass $5,000,000 (~£4,000,000). In total 22 teams from eleven regions will be competing at the World Championship.

The main event began on October 3, putting the remaining 16 teams in four separate groups. The first three competitors in each group have already been determined, with the play-in tournament victors slotting in as the fourth seed in each respective group. 
 

Check out the everything you need from Groups Day 4 below, including all the info on schedules, teams, game recaps, and more!
 

GROUPS DAY 4 (TUESDAY OCTOBER 6) - SCHEDULE

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Click the links to jump to the recaps and results for that game!

9am BST/ 4am EST - G2 Esports VS Team Liquid

10am BST / 5am EST - Suning VS Machi Esports

11am BST / 6am EST - DRX VS FlyQuest

12pm BST / 7am EST - Top Esports VS Unicorns of Love

1pm BST / 8am EST - Fnatic VS Gen.G

2pm BST / 9am EST - TSM VS LGD Gaming

G2 Esports VS Team Liquid (REWATCH RECOMMENDATION: 3 / 5 - Sweet sweet MSI revenge)

Team Liquid got revenge on their loss 2019 Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) loss to G2 Esports after a strong macro-based performance, Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in's engages and a 10/2/10 Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen Orianna performance. The game began with a three-man invade by Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen and TL’s bot lane onto Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski’s red buff . G2’s bot lane were there to contest but TL had the better champions for the level one invade. This led to TL getting a First Blood onto Jankos and Broxah taking his red buff. Past this play, G2 tried to get themselves back into the game with a clever roam from their bot lane but TL were able to thwart that, getting themselves another kill in the process.

It was all good macro from TL from there on out, pulling G2 around the map — TL took turret plates in every single lane totalling out to nine. G2 were constantly fishing for plays with Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle’s Alistar but CoreJJ was always a step ahead of him, defusing anything he attempted. TL did the classic style that netted them the best regular-season record in the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) — they were decisive, controlled and CoreJJ was exquisite with his engages, and Jensen carried in team fights.

TL through their macro and ability to collapse onto everything G2 attempted got them the win — giving G2 their first loss at this year’s Worlds. 

Suning VS Machi Esports (REWATCH RECOMMENDATION: 2 / 5 - MCX couldn't finish taking out the trash Bin)

Suning finished their first round-robin tied for first place at 2-1 after a strong performance. Machi Esports showed promise after repeat ganks onto of Chen “Bin” Ze-Bin, trying to limit his power on the Jax — both Gemini Hsieh “PK” Yu-Ying did an impressive job. Ultimately it wasn’t enough for MCX as once Suning got unlocked on the map, they took full control. They quickly expanded their gold lead through Lê "SofM" Quang Duy’s constant counter jungling — taking Juang “Gemini” Chu-Xuan’s jungle camps. Anytime Gemini went from a gank, SofM would take away his gold and experience in the jungle, leaving him two-three levels behind. 

It was a solid game from MCX but they kept going for plays and taking fights when they didn’t have cooldowns, SN’s team fighting was great. 

DRX VS FlyQuest (REWATCH RECOMMENDATION: 2 / 5 IgNar, Don't FLY too close to the sun)

FlyQuest showcased a surprisingly good early game while DRX waited for Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu’s Caitlyn to get online — funnelling as many resources as they could into him. It was all fine and dandy until the Korean double agent, Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun, decided to give away what FLY had built up. At around the 18-minute mark, DRX started the Herald and FLY seemingly just wanted to have Lucas “Santorin” Larsen go over with the Graves and attempt a steal and get out. IgNar had other plans as he decided to jump in with his ultimate, forcing the rest of FLY to try to protect him. FLY threw all of their spells at the DRX Maokai; they had nothing left. DRX punished, got the Herald and from then on they secured the rest of the game in classic DRX fashion.

At the end, Deft was too much to handle and so were DRX. FLY's lead wasn't what it seemed, a critical error made sure of that.

Top Esports VS Unicorns of Love (REWATCH RECOMMENDATION: 2 / 5 - Stop playing with your food, TES)

The game started with early ganks from Kril “AHaHaCiK” Skvortsov in the top lane and bot lane to start the game but they couldn’t convert that into a lead — Top Esports’ bot lane was too much. The game broke open after a 3-man dive from TES onto Vladislav “BOSS” Fomin. Bai “369” Jia-Hao, Hung “Karsa” Hao-Hsuan and Zhuo “knight” Ding 3-man dove BOSS. Lev “Nomanz '' Yakshin teleported on the tower to help BOSS, but they both ended up getting killed. Past this, 369 became a problem 1v2ing, 1v3ing — he was outplaying everyone, he was an unkillable monster. Although there were many fights across the match’s duration, TES had full control. UOL tried their best punishing TES’ hubris as they would try for multiple objectives at a time, but TES were too far ahead.

Fnatic VS Gen.G (REWATCH RECOMMENDATION: 4 / 5 - Whatever you can do I can do better)

A back-and-forth game between Fnatic and Gen.G. Beginning with FNC punishing Kim “Life” Jeong-min’s choice of summoners — using Ignite and Exhaust on the Rakan in order to be aggressive early. FNC punished Life for a First Blood and later once again punished him, getting themselves an early lead. FNC overstepped their bounds after this killing GEN’s bot lane once again, but GEN was there to respond getting themselves two kills in return. The damage had been done, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson began the game with a 1/0/3 scoreline on the Senna. FNC was relentlessly stomping the bot lane. 

Throughout the mid-game and the game in general, both teams were trying to one-up each other — punishing each other’s mistakes and overextensions. This was the trend until the rest of the game; the game had 15 kills at 13 minutes. GEN did their best by punishing Gabriël "Bwipo" Rau around the map, giving themselves advantages. 

It all came to an end in an unexpected fight win where Rekkles and Bwipo were getting Mountain Soul point, while the rest of FNC were pushing the mid lane. GEN in response to this play decided to punish the FNC members in the mid lane, having a flanking Teleport and a pincer from both sides. FNC somehow manage to turn it and give themselves enough time for Rekkles and Bwipo to roam up, acing GEN and finishing the game.

TSM VS LGD Gaming (REWATCH RECOMMENDATION: 2 / 5 - Bjergsen couldn't get rolling)

Team SoloMid put all the trust on Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg’s LeBlanc but he couldn’t deliver. When it came to team fights Bjergsen either fumbled the ball or LGD Gaming’s positioning and their composition, prevented him from getting the fight-starting pick. It was an overall bad game from North America’s #1 seed and LGD capitalized. TSM picked themselves a suitable composition for their identity but it didn’t work. 

LGD was just a step ahead punishing everything TSM attempted, no matter how big or small. TSM kept attempting small plays but always fell short.

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NA's Teams At Worlds Will Be The Strongest In Region History Yet

Oshin Tudayan/Riot Games via ESPAT

Written by 

André González Rodríguez

Posted 

16th Sep 2021 17:30

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