Suning has officially secured the number one spot in Group A after two decisive victories against G2 Esports. The Chinese team was successfully able to hold off the G2 onslaught through strong individual performances, capped off by all-around impressive teamwork and synergy.
The team’s upset loss to Team Liquid earlier in the day meant that in order for Suning to clinch the number one overall spot in Group A, they would have to win two straight games against Europe’s G2 Esports.
The first game was easy enough for Suning. While top laner Chen “Bin” Ze-Bin’s choice to run the Omnistone rune along with Ignite and Teleport was a unique combination for Camille, the rest of Suning’s draft was unsurprising, going with overall power picks that came together in fights cohesively. Suning set themselves up nicely with a strong team composition.
On the other side of the Rift, G2’s draft dug themselves into a hole. Support Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle played Senna, who’s quite powerful in the hands of an attack damage carry but doesn’t offer the utility that other supports can provide. Along with Senna, G2 drafted Renekton, Graves, Ekko and Kalista, none of whom provide any strong engage tools. While Suning’s draft was strong and versatile, G2 had already limited themselves before the game began.
Those limitations were clear throughout the game. While G2 were constantly trying to find their redeeming fight, it was a challenge due to their clear lack of engage. They were unable to punish the flash-less Bin in lane, and after only a few minutes of complete and utter map control, Suning was able to successfully close out the game with little-to-no trouble.
The first matchup also continued the story of G2’s overaggression getting the better of them. Whether the team was overcommitting for turret plates, objectives or even just kills, Suning was always there to punish them immediately for it. This has been a problem for the European champions. With players like Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski and Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther, it usually doesn’t matter if they overplay their hand, as their superior talent mostly allows them to get away with it.
However, going up against the best teams that League of Legends has to offer, that just hasn’t been the case. Jankos has been the point of weakness for G2, constantly overextending and getting punished for it.
Overall the two victories were a team effort from the side of Suning. While Bin’s Camille was a massive threat during their first game, the top laner struggled his way through the second. But when Bin fell behind, mid laner Xiang “Angel” Tao was right there to pick up the pace. Angel ended up having a massive tiebreaker game on Akali, going 6/0/0 in the first 30 minutes. Angel was clearly feeling it, styling and showing off against the ones who are usually doing the showing off.
If this trend of teamwork and synergy continues for Suning, fans can expect great things from this team. Despite how young and inexperienced they are as individuals, if they keep playing cohesively as a unit, it will be completely fine if one person drops the ball, because someone else will be right behind them to pick up where they left off.
With Suning locked up as the number one seed from Group A, China’s League of Legends Pro League is in a fantastic position heading into the Knockout Round. Top Esports and JD Gaming are both favorites to come out in the top two in their groups and LGD Gaming are currently in a battle to advance with Fnatic and Gen.G. The possibility of all four LPL teams making it to the Quarterfinals is quite real.
While it was certainly disheartening for G2 Esports fans to see their team lose twice in a row, this shouldn’t be a cause for too much concern. The European team is known for their ability to adapt in best-of-five series. Their playstyle is very much about them dancing around the line that separates a great, aggressive play from an awful, overconfident throw. Best-of-ones don’t allow G2 to adapt when they’ve crossed that line, but best-of-fives do. A deep bracket run by G2 is not out of the question.