As the 4th match-up of the day, LPL’s 4th seed, LGD Gaming, was set off to face 2nd seed PCS, PSG Talon. It is only Day 1 for Worlds, and this game takes the honour of being the first game to receive the “upset win” title. A very surprising but not too unexpected win goes to PSG Talon who is going 2-0 after defeating Latin America’s Rainbow7 earlier in the day.
It is no secret that LGD Gaming started the touranment as Play-In favourites. As a team with substantial international LoL event experience, many fans seek the team’s triumph to group stage as they play in their home soil. On the other side, PSG Talon was entering Day 1 with new faces as their usual line-up faces visa and quarantine issues (Check out PSG Talon dominates Rainbow7 in Day 1 of Play-ins for more information) but as they’ve proven in their game against Rainbow7, they don’t seem too shaky about the change. Fans were looking forward to awesome plays from LGD’s jungler, Peanut, who has made himself quite a name in the game.
Going into the draft picks, LGD was looking quite a bit stronger with their Volibear, Lillia, Lucian, Ashe, Braum picks against PSG’s Ornn, Graves, Orianna, Jhin and Rakan. In just about 10 minutes of the game, LGD’s Peanut takes first blood against PSG top-laner Hanabi. However, it was obvious LGD was just continuing to build on their CS lead, probably expecting a long game. During the 16-minute mark, one of PSG’s current substitutes, jungler Kongyue, takes a kill for the team denying LGD from building a lead.
In the first team fight, PSG Kongyue continues performing as he picks off LGD mid-laner, xiye. Still at this point, LGD leads in gold. Soon after in a chaotic Dragon team fight, PSG was able to isolate LGD ADC, Kramer, and quickly made the fight 5 vs 4 in their favour. Despite that, LGD stayed around aiming to steal dragon. PSG made sure to punish that and takes a kill from the rest of LGD. Just a couple minutes after, a baron fight gives PSG a well-fought ace. By 31-minutes, PSG takes down a bottom inhibitor turret and opening up the LGD base.
Finally, at the last team fight, PSG’s substitute ADC, Dee, manages to escape death and help in the back line as the team gets LGD Langx, xiye, and Mark therefore leaving Peanut and Kramer to defend base by themselves as PSG pushes for the win.
Many questioned this sub-filled PSG team regarding the coordination as this line-up just recently got together but this game made them look like they’ve been playing together for years. Coordination was not something to doubt from this team to point that they made LGD seem like a group of solo-queuing players.
LGD definitely still has time to shake off this rough start as they play 1 game during Day 1, but for PSG winning 2 games right-off-the-bat definitely serves their momentum.
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