With Gen.G’s inconsistencies heading into this featured matchup, many had pegged Fnatic as the favorites to secure the win and lock up first place. However, that proved to be anything but true and this one was over not long after its start.
Group C was many fans and analysts’ pick to be the most competitive group in the League of Legends World Championship Group Stage. With three (or four, depending on who you ask) teams similar in skill level, it was anyone’s group to take, and it all came down to this ultimate game.
It was a fiesta of an early game that started with a first blood kill by Fnatic jungler Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek onto Gen.G mid laner Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong. Selfmade continued his impressive play with this kill and things were looking up for Fnatic.
But Kim “Clid” Tae-min responded seconds later with a kill onto Fnatic top Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau. The two teams would then enter a prolonged skirmish that took place in multiple places across the map. Gen.G secured three kills in the top lane, and two kills in the bottom lane simultaneously. After just five minutes, everyone on Fnatic had died at least once and Gen.G walked away with a commanding 2.5K gold lead.
The Gen.G bot lane put on a clinic for international viewers during the Worlds Group Stage. The duo of Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk and Kim “Life” Jeong-min have made statement after statement. Whether it’s jumping out to a monumental lead or coming back from a hefty deficit, Ruler and Life have put their talent on display and proven that they make Gen.G a serious threat to win Worlds 2020.
The rest of the game was nothing less than a stomp, and the fate would be ultimately decided at a Baron fight 21 minutes into the game.
This fight truly was something to behold for Gen.G, who essentially herded the Fnatic members like they were sheep. After such a beautiful coordinated teamfight, Gen.G deservedly ended the game moments later.
Although the loss certainly feels bad for Fnatic and their fans, this is nowhere near the end of the road for them. Fnatic look like a completely different team than they did during the League of Legends European Championship Summer Playoffs. These Fnatic players are known to have thick skin, and they’ll put this loss behind them as they advance to the Worlds 2020 Knockout Stage.
Gen.G can’t be praised enough for their performance this game. They got the early lead and they finished clean and strong. Fnatic isn’t an easy team to get past, and Gen.G made it look easy.
This game is an example of the resiliency of Gen.G. Against TSM earlier in the day, they appeared to struggle heavily, and even though they came back for the win, it was still concerning. However this win washed away any negative thoughts fans were having about the Korean squad.
Gen.G will enter the Quarterfinals as a dominant force and a serious threat to win Worlds 2020. It would be a fun storyline if they do wind up winning the event, as that would make three championships for the organization as a whole, which would tie T1 for the most in League of Legends History.