It’s safe to say fans were excited for the G2 Esports vs. Suning matchup on Sunday, but no one expected that they would be a witness of the absolute banger that went down on Summoner’s Rift.
Leading up to the game, analysts and LPL enthusiasts around Twitter were praising Suning, making sure international fans knew what the popular Western juggernauts were in for. With young players such as Chen “Bin” Ze-Bin and Tang “huanfeng” Huan-Feng being enabled by veterans Lê “SofM” Quang Duy and Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh, Suning is a scary, underappreciated team that was being overshadowed by Chinese titans like JD Gaming and Top Esports.
The early-to-mid game went fairly even, with the two teams skirmishing early and trading with each other. However, G2 jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski’s woes appeared early as he died to mid laner Xiang “Angel” Tao trying to steal away SofM’s Raptor camp. The jungle difference was real in this game and Jankos’ misplays would follow him throughout the duration of the game. It seemed as though G2 won in spite of their jungler.
Around the 18-minute mark is when the game really started to pick up. G2 began their attempts at picking off Suning members prior to objectives, but they found it difficult finishing off the heavy tanks. They first tried to get a kill onto Bin in the bottom lane, and failed because his Renekton was just too tanky.
The European champs then attempted another pick onto Angel, but failed once again. G2 were trying to set themselves up for the dragon, but ended up wasting all of their resources on failed picks.
The two teams fought over the objective anyway and, as one could expect, Suning won the fight handily and shifted focus toward the dragon. However, what happened next was one of the first of many bewildering plays to take place during this game.
Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther managed to steal away the dragon with Twisted Fate’s Wild Cards of all moves, which ended up being a massive force in G2’s win, delaying Suning’s Soul.
The next baffling play of the game came just moments later during a fight at Baron. Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle placed a ward that some would call a “cheese ward,” while others would call it a “giga brain ward.”
The ward was placed on the blast cone, disallowing Angel from escaping, Besides his tactical warding, Mikyx was possibly the best performing player on G2 while playing Bard. His Magical Journeys were perfectly placed, allowing him and his team to get insane positioning on Suning. His Cosmic Bindings were incredibly impactful, and the game’s deciding moments often came off the back of a Mikyx Cosmic Binding. He was given player of the game for his truly impressive performance.
The next ten minutes were all about Suning’s massive team fighting skills. The two fights revolved around the two Ocean Dragons, both of which were secured by Suning giving them the Ocean Soul.
The two fights were crazy and more than entertaining to watch, with unreal disengages and reengages, but it was Suning showing off their incredible mechanical prowess. SofM’s tank Lee Sin build proved to be incredibly valuable, as he didn’t fall off as many Lee Sin players do while building the traditional damage route.
If you asked 90% of League of Legends fans, they would have told you the Ocean Soul was the game for Suning. Despite G2’s efforts, the Ocean Soul is just too strong and it would be too difficult to come back. But G2 isn’t your typical League of Legends team and this wasn’t your everyday match.
If anything, this game was just a visualization of G2’s unmatched resilience in this esport.
Fighting over the Elder Dragon, Mikyx places a perfect Magical Journey which translates into a game-flipping Cosmic Binding. His team followed up with a kill onto Suning mid laner Angel. Despite having the Ocean Soul, Suning didn’t have their main damage source and were cleaned up by the G2 members. It was another bewildering fight where Luka “Perkz” Perković dealt over 10,000 points of damage, much to the shock of casters Clayton “CaptainFlowers” Raines and Isaac “Azael” Cummings Bentley.
After cleaning up at Elder, G2 shifted to the Baron, and if you’re familiar with League of Legends esports, Elder buff combined with Baron buff almost always equates to an instant victory. But again, this was no ordinary game of League of Legends. Suning somehow hold off the G2 siege, they win the fight and move toward G2’s base to take the win for themselves.
But in the final do-or-die fight of the game, it was G2’s turn to stop the siege. With his own Inhibitor exposed, Perkz teleports into the Suning base and is able to finally end the game.
In what was easily the most entertaining game of the year, the Suning and G2 Esports players proved to the world that they are both top teams that deserve to be feared. Fans all across the globe will be anxiously waiting for the rematch that will take place Thursday, October 8.