League of Legends World Championship 2017 Play-In stage is a great way to make sure that there aren’t any truly bad teams in the proper World Championships. With that in mind, the results in the first two Groups of the Play-In, which started on Saturday, were quite… interesting.
In Group A, our favorites to win the group were obviously Team WE. Our best bet to take second in the group and make it to Round 2 was Gambit.CIS. That’s not actually what happened.
No, we don’t mean to say that Team WE didn’t make it out. The Chinese proved the strength of their region in a fashion suitable for the legends they are. Who failed, however, was Gambit. With Danil “Diamondprox” Reshetnikov, Edward “EDward” Abgaryan, Alexander “PvPStejos” Glazkov and Michael “Kira” Garmash, they were supposed to overcome the Latin Lyon Gaming at least, but that’s not what happened.
In fact, Gambit lost all four of their Group Stage matches and finished the event in the last place. Lyon Gaming had 2-2 after losing both best of 1 matches to Team WE, while the Chinese were obviously the best.
In Group B, there was only one certain thing—that Cloud9 was the best team in the group. The Americans properly showed their opponents who’s boss, winning all four of their matches. LG Dire Wolves and Team oNe eSports, on the other hand, were much more competitive with each other. Both lost to C9, but when it came the time to play against each other, they tied 1-1, forcing a tiebreaker match. The CBLoL champions won the match against the Australian side and made it into Round 2 of the Play-In stage as the second seed from Group B.
Today, matches in Group C and D started. In Group C, we have Fnatic, Kaos Latin Gamers, and Young Generation, while HK Attitude, 1907 Fenerbahçe, and Rampage are playing in Group D. So far, we have had Fnatic winning against Kaos Latin Gamers, who defeated Young Generation, as well as HKA coming out victorious against Rampage.
While we expected the Turkish 1907 Fenerbahçe to do well, we might have to expect them to fail after the news came out that their jungler, Kang “Move” Min-su, seen playing for Unicorns of Love in 2016, had visa issues. Lee “Crash” Dong-woo, the current Vici Gaming jungler and former Longzhu Gaming player, is standing in for Move. While we don’t doubt that Crash is a competent player, the World Championship, even its Play-In stage, is not the place where having to figure out teamwork with a new player is advised