League of Legends Worlds 2018 Play-In Group Stage Day Three

Day three was the last day of the group stage for Groups C and D. The top team out of each group, Cloud9 and G-Rex, looked to keep their undefeated streaks alive in order to ensure a first seed in the playoffs.

Game One: G-Rex vs Gambit Esports

This game was not as clean from G-Rex as they would have liked. Gambit was able to get enough offense off to look like a formidable unit. In addition, G-Rex appeared to be playing with their food, as this game was not played at the pace that their previous games were. The teamfighting of G-Rex, however, was enough to keep Gambit down and was what kept them ahead in this game. In the end, it took only a Baron buff and a won teamfight to knock down Gambit.

Game Two: Kabum! e-Sports vs DetonatioN FocusMe

What a game from Kabum! In what appeared to be a bait, Kabum! secured the Vel’Koz in the bottom lane and an Azir in the midlane. It was enough of a tilting factor that DetonatioN FocusMe seemed to be caught off guard. Kabum! made it so that DetonatioN FocusMe were unable to catch their breath. All of their laners were winning and they were able to exert pressure wherever they went.

However, the successes of Kabum! went to their head, as they ended up allowing DetonatioN FocusMe to steal the Baron, extending the game. The game wouldn’t stay in DFM’s favor for long, though. Kabum! was able to win teamfight after teamfight to end up taking down DetonatioN FocusMe in the end.

Game Three: Kaos Latin Gamers vs Gambit Esports

In this game, both teams played their best, but the more talented team came out on top. Altogether, Gambit has a better players and a more cohesive team than Kaos Latin Gamers. The game, for the most part, was played very evenly. Only when Gambit began to scale into the late game was it turned to Gambit’s favor. The scaling, more teamfight-oriented team of Gambit was enough to secure the win in their favor.

Game Four: Kabum! e-Sports vs Cloud9

Cloud9 needs to stop torturing NA fans. They keep getting ridiculously close to losing before they turn ‘it’ on and win. At a number of points in this game, Cloud9 was one play away from losing. However, their determination and fortitude allowed them to stay calm under the pressure. For example, Kabum! was able to win a fight around the Baron pit and, from there, threaten Baron. They were on it for a while before Cloud9 was able to push them off Baron in a two-versus-five fight.

From that moment on, it appeared as if Cloud9 had the mental edge on Kabum! This was evident when Kabum!’s AD Carry decided that it would be a smart idea to jump onto his opponent and attempt to take him down. Little did he know, Cloud9 saw his jump and decided to take that opportunity to secure a kill onto the AD Carry. Cloud9, in the end, just appeared more professional and more confident in their play. This led to them winning the game off of a ridiculous engage that ended up in a complete ace of Kabum!

Game Five: Kaos Latin Gamers vs G-Rex

Each team knew what they wanted to do to win the game. However, one of the teams was able to execute their strategy better than the other. Kaos Latin Gamers wanted to split the map and split-push the game to its finish. G-Rex, on the other hand, had a team with a ridiculous amount of long-range initiation. This was evident in the global ultimate from the Shen in the top lane, the long-range ultimate from the Nocturne in the jungle, and the long-range ultimate from the Tahm Kench. These three tools were enough to allow G-Rex to cut off any split-push by KLG.

This game was also one of the bloodiest in Worlds so far. There were 43 kills in only 30 minutes of game — more than one kill a minute. In a professional game of League of Legends, that is a lot. Couple this fact with the difference in caliber of these two teams, and you have a very interesting game. G-Rex should have easily beaten KLG, but it took  longer than it rightfully should have. In the end, G-Rex did not even need Baron to end the game, as they walked into KLG’s base all but undefended.

Game Six: Cloud9 vs DetonatioN FocusMe

This was a statement game from Cloud9. They were through to the playoffs regardless of whether or not they won the game, but they wanted to make sure they went undefeated. In addition, Cloud9 wanted to shore up the questions around the first meeting of the teams. They wanted to make sure that their win before did not seem like a fluke, and that they deserved to be a top seed in the playoffs.

Needing to prove themselves, Cloud9 picked a very squishy, yet snowbally team. If one laner could get ahead, it would only be a matter of time until they took over the game. In the end, it was the Draven that sealed the fate of DetonatioN FocusMe, because he cashed in over 800 adoration stacks, giving an influx of over 1,400 gold to himself. This was enough to get the items he needed to carry the rest of the game. However,  it was not all sunshine and rainbows from Cloud9, as they end up losing a Baron and having to wait to finish off the game. A beautifully won teamfight from Cloud9 thirty-six minutes into the game was enough to clinch the victory.

Game Seven: DetonatioN FocusMe vs Kabum! e-Sports (Tiebreaker)

As both teams were tied at one and three, there needed to be a tiebreaker game to figure out the second seed from Group C. It was in each team’s hands to decide whether or not they exited the group stages and headed towards the playoff.

One would assume both teams would fight tooth and nail to stay in the group and not be sent home early. It didn’t unfold that way, however, as the pressure seemed to get to Kabum!. They did not get a single kill in the tiebreaker game and played very conservative. Kabum!’s insecurities towards the middle part of the game were shown when they did not realize it was possible for DetonatioN FocusMe to be on the Baron. They did not have anyone in position and their jungler was all the way across the map. This just proved that more international experience is needed for teams like Kabum!

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I have been an esports fan since MLG was the only real place for esports. I am an avid fan of League of Legends and will break out my phone to watch it in the most inappropriate of places including, but not limited to, family picnics, work, port-a-potties and weddings. I bore the brains out of my fiancee with talk about map rotations, mid-season roster updates, and why NA will win worlds…eventually. Starting in 2017, I became more engrossed in the analytical side of League of Legends and in the players themselves rather than the organizations as a whole. League of Legends will probably be the death of me, while I sit at my computer for hours watching a VOD in a language that I don’t understand at twice the normal speed.
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I have been an esports fan since MLG was the only real place for esports. I am an avid fan of League of Legends and will break out my phone to watch it in the most inappropriate of places including, but not limited to, family picnics, work, port-a-potties and weddings. I bore the brains out of my fiancee with talk about map rotations, mid-season roster updates, and why NA will win worlds…eventually. Starting in 2017, I became more engrossed in the analytical side of League of Legends and in the players themselves rather than the organizations as a whole. League of Legends will probably be the death of me, while I sit at my computer for hours watching a VOD in a language that I don’t understand at twice the normal speed.

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