The first day of LoL Worlds 2017 Group Stage and there have already been two major upsets. GIGABYTE Marines defeated Fnatic and Edward Gaming lost against ahq e-Sports Club. The rest of the games ended as expected.
Here’s Esportsranks recap of LoL Worlds 2017 Group Stage Day 1.
RNG vs. FB
Despite showing parity against #3 LMS seed Hong Kong Attitude, Fenerbahçe were in too deep against RNG. Fenerbahçe actually had a decent early game, but RNG have too much experience to lose against a rookie team from Turkey.
Nevertheless, the game lasted close to 40 minutes. RNG Ming on Janna participated in 11 out of 13 RNG’s kills by the end of the game, keeping the support champion’s ridiculously high 2017 LoL worlds win rate.
G2 vs. SSG
The EU LCS champions G2 Esports are a shell of their 2016 selves. While Samsung Galaxy are definitely not on a level of SKT T1 and Longzhu Gaming, the fact that they qualified through the Korean meat grinder speaks volumes about the quality of this team.
Meanwhile, G2 Esports had a troublesome summer. They secured another EU LCS title more thanks to favourable draw in the playoffs, rather than sheer power and dominance.
Both teams played cautiously for the better part of the game, but SSG were always a bit ahead. The small lead compounded and snowballed over time. It was all over in less than half an hour.
LZ vs. IMT
Immortals held their ground surprisingly well against Longzhu Gaming actually. It was much closer than you would’ve expected. They even had a slight advantage in the midgame. Unfortunately for them, Longzhu got the first baron kill. From that point onward, it all went downhill for Immortals very quickly.
In the end, Immortals got pushed all the way to their Nexus. They got aced in the process, in a typical Korean fashion. Longzhu sealed the game after half an hour. The faint hopes of Longzhu’s star fading during the pre-worlds hiatus have now completely vanished.
FNC vs. GAM
Fnatic’s loss against Young Generation in the Play In group phase made it all too apparent that something’s still rotten in this rockstar team from Europe. On paper, they’re absolute monsters, but stellar stats and flashy teamfights are no guarantee of winning games.
Against a weird opponent that is GIGABYTE Marines, we were once again reminded of this fact. When Fnatic establishes their game flow, few can parry them. However, even in Europe, where Fnatic’s teamfight chasing style works very well, they’ve been surprised a couple of times.
We’ve already talked about Fnatic’s gaping holes being easily exploitable. Sadly, our concerns seem to have already started materializing. On the other hand, GIGABYTE Marines are undoubtedly the flagship wildcard team at the moment, slowly leading the rest of the pack into international relevance.
SKT T1 vs. Cloud9
In all honesty, what can a #3 NA LCS seed do to a legendary Korean team, SKT T1? Very little, obviously. SKT T1 were in control throughout the whole ordeal, slowly compounding on kills and objectives to win the game in as little as 27 minutes.
EDG vs. AHQ
The outcome of this game can easily be described as the most unexpected thing to occur today. For the whole 54 minutes, the two teams were within inches of each other, going back and forth on kills, objectives and barons.
However, the perennial LMS #2 ahq e-Sports Club appeared to be hell-bent on proving they’ve had enough of being cannon fodder for LCK, LPL and LCS top-dogs to pad their win/loss scores. With today’s victory, AHQ are in a perfect position to go 2-0 tomorrow. Their next LoL Worlds 2017 Group Stage opponent is Cloud9, an objectively easily beatable team
But maybe this was just one of those “early-bird” anomalies. We’ll know soon enough, so stay tuned.