Every day through the end of the League of Legends World Championships, us here at Stropse will keep you updated on all the strategy, upsets, and action. This is Stropse Today.
SUP vs TL
Today, a lot was riding on the shoulders of North America: a win against the Turkish giants would’ve placed them clear in the running for first place. Anything else would’ve forced a tie later in the day.
Supermassive started out the gates early with a tower dive onto Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong on the Shen. The resources, however, were overspent as Impact and Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen got a double kill through top. The rest snowballed from there. By the 20 minute mark, Liquid had three dragons, picked up Baron after a fight in the Supermassive jungle, and a pickoff of Lee “KaKAO” Byung-kwon on the Lillia.
From there, the game spiraled out of control for Liquid as Edward “Tactical” Ra unleashed chaos on the Twitch and a convincing triple kill for Jensen. Team Liquid took the win and can look forward to being the only undefeated team in Group A.
LGC vs MAD
It’s safe to say that the MAD Lions are not performing up to the standard that their fans and analysts held them to throughout the regular season. Having already lost to Papara, SuperMassive, and Team Liquid prior to their meeting with Legacy Esports, the young European team came into the game trying to clinch a spot in the Play-Ins Knockout Stage. Legacy, representing Australia, hadn’t looked too clean themselves in their contest with Team Liquid on Day Two and were fighting for the second place spot with SuperMassive. Both teams needed this win.
With both teams so desperate, it was the Australian squad who took control of the game early. Top laner Leo “Babip” Romer, mid laner James “Tally” Shute and support Jonah “Isles” Rosario all came out of the gates swinging, making proactive plays leading to an early Legacy advantage that would only continue throughout the game. The proverbial nail in the coffin came when AD carry Quin “Raes” Korebrits stole the drake away while playing Jhin. On the MAD Lions side, Zhiqiang “Shad0w” Zhao continued his poor performance with seemingly-antsy play that prevented him from kiting around with his Lillia.
INTZ vs TL
INTZ needed a signature win vs Team Liquid in order to keep their Worlds stay and somehow they managed to pull it out. The first seed from the CBLOL needed a huge game from Rodrigo “Tay” Panisa and they got it as he pulled out one of the scarier top lane picks in Camille. Tay pushed towers constantly and provided such a constant side-lane threat that it allowed Intz to make up for past mistakes, coming back from more than a 3.7K gold deficit at 20 minutes.
Team Liquid looked to have this game in the bag after Jensen and Tactical picked up kills at around the 12 minute mark. However, that gold lead was short-lived and never ballooned out of control, which was the key for Intz staying in this game. They played better around side-lanes, they had much better wave management, and hell, they even picked a composition that wasn’t 100% revolving around the team-fight. Overall, we loved what we saw out of Intz as they took their fate into their own hands and forced a tie-breaker with the Mad Lions which will determine who is leaving Group A in a body bag.
LGC vs SUP
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MAD vs INTZ
If there is one thing Brazilian League of Legends fans want, it’s to see their teams win. Unfortunately for them, that wasn’t the case throughout the first couple days of the Worlds 2020 Play-In stage. INTZ was winless coming into the day, but thanks to their impressive victory against North America’s Team Liquid, the squad representing the Campeonato Brasileiro de League of Legends had one more shot to extend their time in Shanghai.
But on the other side of the virtual skyscraper were the MAD Lions, and they were determined to not disappoint all their European fans. MAD Lions drafted a straight execution composition with a strong wombo-combo of Wukong, Graves, Orianna, Ezreal and Leona. On the INTZ side,
Bruno “Envy” Farias Rodrigues was the focus of their draft, with support Tahm Kench and healing marksman Senna backing up his mid lane Kog’Maw.
The game started slow, as these elimination games usually do, but eventually escalated into one of the most exciting endings of the Play-In Stage. After an entire game of back and forth fighting, MAD Lions seemed to have finally cracked INTZ, but one player was still alive for Brazil, top laner Rodrigo “Tay” Panisa, who nearly succeeded in stalling out the game. He just about killed Zhiqiang “Shad0w” Zhao before Andrei “Orome” Popa came and managed to defeat him. MAD Lions would siege their base and take home the victory, earning a match against Papara SuperMassive in the Knockout Stage.
TL vs LGC
Die-hard LCS fans rejoice: Team Liquid just advanced to the Main Event of Worlds 2020. You heard that right, Team Liquid, which is the 3rd seed out of the LCS, just stamped their ticket to the Worlds 2020 Main Event with an easy win over Legacy. Easy? In a Play-In? How boring! Still, what can you do. Team Liquid dominated Group A from front to back and literally only slipped up once vs Intz, who were insanely motivated after losing their first three games.
Legacy did show us some fancy footwork, going through Group A in a forced tie-breaker for first with TL that was expected by nobody. The 1st seed out of the OPL relied on some insane carry performances from Quin “Raes” Korebrits in the bot lane during their run, and he went 15/3/10 vs SuperMassive to secure this matchup with TL for his squad. Raes showed up huge during the Play-In stage for Legacy but, unfortunately, that was short-lived, as the matchup vs TL really wasn’t close. TL was up by 7.8K gold at 15 minutes if you wanted some context on how badly of a stomp it truly was.
No use in crying over spilled milk though; if you are an OPL fan, you should be proud of how good your 1st seed looked. If you are an LCS fan, go grab your party hats because we have looked the most dominant out of any team in the Play-Ins, including teams from the LEC and the LPL. Overall, the OPL and LCS stood up in a major way here, and we couldn’t be happier.