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PSG vs. DWG
If DAMWON Gaming’s incredible 2020 run through the League of Legends Champions Korea Summer Split wasn’t enough to convince you of their greatness, their Worlds 2020 Group Stage performance certainly should. Each player on the team has been nothing short of excellent, and their match against PSG Talon was nothing different.
The PCS representatives were able to jump out to some early leads in their lanes. Top laner Su “Hanabi” Chia-Hsiang and mid laner Park “Tank” Dan-won held their own, with Tank even managing to solo kill DAMWON mid Heo “ShowMaker” Su, a rare feat. Even if PSG weren’t able to successfully snowball their advantages, it was an impressive overall game for them. PSG took the honors of being the first team in Worlds 2020 to destroy a DAMWON mid lane tower, a stat that’s impressive on both ends.
This game was truly beautiful to watch if you’re a fan of synergized teamfights. The way in which DAMWON layered their abilities was a spectacle. With ultimate abilities from Ornn, Jhin and Graves being layered with abilities from Bard and Ekko, DAMWON were clean in their execution.
One interesting thing of note is that DAMWON top Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon had a brilliant game on Ornn, an uncommon pick for the Korean top laner who usually takes on a carry position. Was this to try and bluff other teams into thinking he plays Ornn, or was this simply practice against a weaker team? Either way, it will be interesting to see what champions Nuguri plays during the Knockout Stage.
RGE vs. JDG
Rouge was in an unusual position. If they lose this game, they’d be out. Win it and they have a decent shot. Unfortunately for them, JDG won, locking in quarterfinals. Does another EU hopeful lose at quarters? Let us see.
The game started out relatively optimistic as Oskar “Vander” Bogdan took an early first blood onto Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok on the Sylas jungle and bot lane developed immense pressure early on thanks to Steven “hans sama” Livv. There were even some missteps from Zuo “LvMao” Ming-Hao on the Sett, allowing Rogue to develop early tempo while JDG took the structure pressure and drakes.
After early game success for Rogue, signs pointed for a potential win. But a river fight set up beautifully from Zeng “Yagao” Qi on the Ekko picked off two kills and a Cloud Drake. While kills remained even, the pressure JDG exerted was too much. The game then broke open after a successful bot fight off the back of Zhang “Zoom” Xing-Ran and the Hextech Ultimatum from Camille and JDG took the Mountain Soul. The nail on the coffin for Rogue came at the Baron fight as LvMao used The Showstopper to pick off Kacper “Inspired” Słoma. JDG took the Baron, the game and the second seed coming out of Group B.
DWG vs. RGE
Struggling to remain above board, Rogue (RGE) hoped to regain standing to climb from their 1-3 position by being the first in their group to take a game off of DAMWON Gaming’s (DWG) with an extremely aggressive early-game lane-swap. Unfortunately for RGE, “the game was rigged from the start” against the 4-0 LCK first seed, showing that the European team was hopelessly outclassed in spite of their efforts to be proactive in their gameplay.
RGE were able to hard pressure Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gown due to Kennen’s need for his level 3 power-spike to be able to seriously fight back against a 2v1 match-up. With the help of their jungler Kacper “Inspired” Sloma, Steven “Hans sama” Liv and Oskar “Vander” Bogdan managed to kill Nuguri underneath his turret, but his support, Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee wasn’t too far behind to protect his teleport back into the top-lane. Hans sama and Vander managed to use Ashe’s natural kiting to kill BeryL, but this time with an even match-up and a flash under DWG’s turret Hans sama died to Nuguri, allowing him to swing back into the oppressive early-game lane. RGE were determined to try and press the advantage, no matter how small, as best as they could to try and push Nuguri to the limit, but repeated attempts at dives across the map bore little fruit against DWG. Without much of a lead to speak of on behalf of RGE, DWG came back into the game fast and hard, using the power of their draft to crush every team-fight back-to-back and generally outclassing their opponents in what ended up as a largely one-sided game in favor of DWG.
JDG vs. PSG
Down but not even close to being out, PSG Talon (PSG) capitalized on their early-game scrapping prowess to keep JD Gaming (JDG) bound and helpless even though their gold lead was meager for most of the match. The game started with a bang as Zuo “LvMao” Ming-Hao got baited into advancing onto the seemingly lone Wong “Unified” Chun Kit who in fact had his entire team waiting in the lane bushes. Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok hoped to correct the course by using Graves’ early jungle pressure to return to the bottom-lane once more to put Kim “River” Dong-woo’s Kindred behind, but didn’t realize that a ward in river had all of PSG on alert to his scheme. Even with his team arriving to contest the blue buff first, their positioning left them vulnerable to being surrounded by PSG, and gifted two more kills to PSG and burned LvMao’s flash in the process. Soon after Zeng “Yagao” Qi found himself ganked from behind by River while Park “Tank” Dan-won teleported onto the mid-lane wave to bait him into the trap.
Though JDG managed to keep up in farm tower kills, the ramping Kindred and carefully maneuvered PSG constantly kept JDG at a distance, allowing them to slowly suffocate out JDG with a constant barrage of picks that allowed them to take dragons and baron to push for the win.
PSG vs. RGE
In a game that meant nothing other than the pride of the players and their region, the PCS representative PSG Talon took the meaningless cake against Europe’s Rogue.
It was a close game throughout, but PSG’s mid-jungle duo of Park “Tank” Dan-won and Kim “River” Dong-woo found success in the early minutes, leading to PSG’s map control. Tank had a fantastic day in the mid lane, solo killing DAMWON star Heo “ShowMaker” Su and then winning lane handily against Rogue’s Emil “Larssen” Larsson. River also proved to be a threat in the jungle, picking up two early kills for himself against Rogue.
It was special to see PSG’s mid-jungle duo succeed, especially after the whole substitute fiasco with ahq’s Hsiao “Kongyue” Jen-Tso and Chen “Uniboy” Chang-Chu.
It’s sad for European fans to see Rogue go home so early, especially after the success they found during the regular season. It’s possible that if group draws went a little differently, fans might have seen more of Rogue at this tournament. However, that’s the randomness that comes with Worlds, and it shouldn’t be blamed for their struggles. Rogue remains a young and talented team, and fans can expect to see them back at international events in 2021.
DWG vs. JDG (Marquis Match-up)
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