2016 World Championship: Day one group stage guide


You better be hyped up, because it’s day one of the 2016 World Championship!

Day one of the 2016 World Championship is upon us! The group stage is a blitz of League action: eight straight days of six games a day. And it’s even crazier for the teams. Near the end of the week, each team will have a day where they play three times — and against three separate opponents!

With so many games going on, it can be difficult to track things. So we put together a handy viewing guide with all the games over day one. Also included is a watch score for each game that estimates how exciting or important to the standings the match is. As always, you can watch the main streams on Twitch, Youtube and Lolesports. The alternate streams are also on Twitch, Youtube and Lolesports.

Primetime league starts at 7:00 p.m. ET with the opening ceremony starting an hour later at 8:00 p.m. ET. Riot and their west-coast bias! Then the games start:

G2 Esports vs Counter Logic Gaming: watch score 5/10 (7:30 p.m. ET)

It’s going to be an uphill battle for CLG against G2, but this is the premier match in this group. It’s a battle for second between these two teams.

The alternate stream is going to be good: Daniel “Tsepha” Drakos, Aidan “Zirene” Moon and Matt “Matt” Elento focusing on the support matchup between Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez and Zaqueri “Aphromoo”. These are two of the best supports in the world and it will be interesting to see who makes more plays.

ROX Tigers vs Albus Nox: watch score 3/10 (8:30 p.m. ET)

This should be a ROX stomp, but if you haven’t seen ROX play, tune in to see what many consider the best team in the world. Smeb is probably their best player, but junglers will want to tune into the alternate stream. Peanut is so good at pathing, vision and controlling the opposing jungler. Tsepha and Zirene will be joined by Rami “Inori” Charagh to look at how Peanut does it.

H2K vs ahq e-Sports Club: watch score 6/10 (9:30 p.m ET)

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Similar to G2 vs CLG, this is the battle for second in the group. But these teams are more evenly matched which may make for a better game. The alternate stream will look at the mid lane matchup and will feature Henrik “Froggen” Hansen as an analyst. Honestly, I might tune in just for some Froggen.

EDG vs INTZ: watch score 2/10 (10:30 p.m. ET)

Riot probably realized this is the least interesting game of day one and wanted it to come before two premier Group D matchups. The alternate stream is the jungle matchup between Ming “Clearlove” Kai and Gabriel “Revolta” Henud. Clearlove is in the conversation for best player in the world, so keep an eye on this channel.

Splyce vs Samsung Galaxy: watch score 7/10 (11:30 a.m. ET)

Splyce is a big underdog in their group, but they have a shot against anyone. Samsung looked out of sorts all year before turning on the jets in their regional qualifier win against KT Rollster. Which players for both side will turn up? The winner of this game has a legiti

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The alternative stream features Samsung mid laner Lee “Crown” Min-ho. Crown is known as one of the best in the world, but he’s had his struggles this year and SSG is playing more and more around their rookie ADC. The alternative stream will also feature Froggen.

Team SoloMid vs Royal Never Give Up: watch score 10/10 (12:30 a.m. ET)

The best game of the night is stuck in the late, late time slot. But let’s get hyped for TSM vs RNG! These two teams are the best on paper in the group, but Samsung should earn one of the top two spots based on their team play. That makes this game especially important, as one of these teams might be facing elimination on day one.

There are a lot of interesting matchups between these two teams, but the meta shifted heavily towards the duo lane before Worlds. The alternate stream wisely focuses on the ADC matchup between Peter “Doublelift” Peng and Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao. Uzi is a personal favorite and one of the best ADCs in the history of LoL Esports, but Doublelift’s recent form has been amazing. This will be a great match.

Which game(s) are you looking forward to the most?

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