They’ve put Machi Esports out of contention! G2 Beat MCX to secure the first spot in the Quarters at Worlds 2020.Let’s look at how it unfolded…
The draft had both teams go in clear different directions: G2 went with an aggressive, snowballing team comp powered by the early game damage of Lucian and Shen and backed up by strong initiation on four of its champions, whereas MCX opted for the scaling instead, through the reliable late game of Ezreal, Orianna and Ornn.
The game started exactly as G2 wanted it. A 2v2 kill bot lane, a mid lane gank, and a giant farm lead in the top lane brought the European line-up to a solid 3k gold lead 11 minutes into the game.
However, they began faltering from that point on. A fumbled dragon fight at 12 minutes followed by kills traded here and there while in a supposed advantageous position made that gold lead remain the same by 20 minutes instead of growing at all, as well as having MCX reach Soul point on the dragon count.
Over the next five minutes, MCX kept holding on. The gold difference grew ever so slightly to 4k then 5k, but they managed to thwart all of G2’s attempts at initiating fights while reaching the 2-item marks and equipping the team members with Ornaments.
But it was as Machi’s scaling win condition started looking promising that they made a play that wound up costing them the game. An attempt at scoring a kill on Mikyx’s Rakan resulted in G2 taking a decisive teamfight win that led to a Baron, bumping the gold discrepancy all the way to 8000.
Afterwards, the game was all but over, and MCX’s Nexus fell at 30 minutes alongside their chances of advancing. This leaves Suning and Team Liquid in the race for the other spot and G2 fighting their Chinese counterpart for the higher seed.