September 30th marks the end of the League of Legends’s World Championship’s Play-in Stage. We’ve seen lots of back-and-forth leads, upsets, and underdog plays and we haven’t even reached Worlds’ Main Stage. So what did come out of Play-ins and what can we expect for them to bring to ‘Groups’?
NA’s Team Liquid performed particularly well in this year’s Worlds Play-in, only dropping one game to INTZ (which a lot of NA fans are still quite baffled about) yet they finalized their place into groups after defeating 2nd Place, Legacy Esports, and taking the spot as Group A’s 1st Place team. PCS’s PSG Talon on their hand had quite the storyline. Playing with 3 substitutes, many were expecting a bumpy road for the ‘new’ team. After their epic first day, winning over LPL’s LGD Gaming and LLA’s Rainbow7, they ended the day with a 2-0 record and continued their takeover. They encountered a hiccup against UOL, but this didn’t stop the sub-filled team from defeating UOL during their 1st Place tiebreaker to seal their place as Group B’s number 1 team.
Both Group A and B’s Qualifier rounds ended in 3-0 sweeps by LCL’s Unicorns of Love and LPL team, LGD Gaming. As group B’s second-place team, UOL was expected to come out with a victory and closed the curtains for SuperMassive Esports, who did fairly well climbing out of elimination against MAD Lions in Game 5. LGD’s route was a bit more steep. The LPL 4th-seed team played the 4th place tiebreaker after a rough Play-In groups stage. After escaping elimination, LGD Gaming went on a 3-0 sweep against R7 for the elimination round. LGD went against Legacy Esports for qualification, who was also performing really well throughout the competition. Legacy fans were very optimistic for the team to reach the main stage after coming out of the groups stage at a ‘safe’ 2nd Place. The LPL team denied this and pulled off another win to qualify for the Worlds Main Stage event.
The Play-in Qualifiers have been drawn into their Main stage groups: Team Liquid joins Group A, PSG Talon with Group B, LGD Gaming with Group C, UOL at Group D.
If this is what we can see from the Play-in stage… just imagine what we can expect from the Main Stage. Worlds 2020 Groups have been officially filled. Mark you calendars for October 3rd! What’s your predictions for Worlds 2020? How far will any of our Play-In teams go? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.