The World Championship is one of the rare occasions where the top teams from different regions can compete on a big stage. Thus, Worlds is not only a highlight of the eSports scene but also a comparison of systems and nations.
The past few years have been dominated by Korea at international events. However, this year’s group stage has shown their reign is over. Korea continues to excel in certain areas, but as a whole, teams from different regions have shown dominant performances. Therefore, the knockout round is not only interesting for League fans but offers competition at the highest level. The quarter-finals will take place on the 20th and 21st of October. Let’s have a look at one of the matches of the competition.
This game will be exciting to watch. The Chinese side, EDG, has had its ups and downs in the season and almost everyone criticized them at Worlds. However, they performed very well in the final match against KT. Both sides pulled off a great game. But EDG had the last laugh since they inflicted the first loss of KT in the competition. Although it did not damage KT’s qualification to the quarterfinals, it was not easy to defeat the first seed of the LCK. However, we believe that the performance of EDG needs to improve. EDG’s only loss at Worlds is against Liquid. So it shows the team can be beaten.
This Chinese team has surely come a long way. They started their campaign from the Play-In stage and now they are in the top 8. This feat was made possible by easy opponents. However, their victory against KT shows that they passed their first big test of the competition. Now, will they win against the odds and silence their critics once and for all? Only time will tell.
The group stage of Fnatic was possibly the easiest to predict, due to the difference in level between the teams. The two inexperienced sides, 100 Thieves and G-Rex, came as the second seed from North America and third from Taiwan, respectively. They could not do much against Fnatic, who simply destroyed every team.
Fnatic is a force to be reckoned with at the moment. The European side showed impressive wins in the group. They faced possibly the worst Chinese team for them in the tournament. EDG’s style of play is very simple; they look for many team fights and a good Mid laner secures the victories for the team. Against Fnatic, the team should have little chance, especially since the Europeans have already proven in their group that they can deal with the Chinese style of play outstandingly. They had two wins in a row against IG, who play better than EDG. This encounter should go very clearly for Fnatic. Rasmus “Caps” Winther, the mid laner of Fnatic, was the MVP of the Summer Split 2018 LCS EU. He should be critical in this game along with teammate Martin “Rekkles” Larsson to get the win.
EDG vs. Fnatic can be described as “the battle of revenge” since they previously faced each other in the World’s top 8 three years ago. At that time, the EDG status was extremely poor. They were demolished by Fnatic 3-0 and now they meet again in search of redemption.
Fnatic 3-1 Edward Gaming
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