Worlds 2020 Group Stage: 3 Word Recaps and MVPs of Day 2

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We break down all the action in Day 2 of the Group Stage of Worlds 2020.

Day 2 of the Worlds 2020 group stage featured two major upsets at the start and end of the day, but other than that the games went as according to plan as most would figure. Now that every team in the group stage has played at least once, we can start to see how each group will stack up. Fans of NA, shield your eyes, we’re going through all of today’s action at Worlds 2020.

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3 Word Recaps

*The winning team is in bold

Game 1: Machi Esports vs. Team Liquid – What was that???

The first game of Day 2 was a shocker as Machi Esports upset Team Liquid. Most NA fans are left wondering what exactly TL was thinking when drafting a comp that had zero engage or lane priority, as they slowly allowed a team from a (perceived) inferior region to choke them out for 37 minutes.

Game 2: G2 Esports vs. Suning – Big support diff

Player of the Game for G2 unquestionably goes to support Mikyx, who had 17 assists on the team’s 19 kills. On the other side of the matchup, Suning support SwordArt had only 67% KP and seven deaths.

Game 3: Rogue vs. Damwon – Someone fight please

This was a total snoozefest, with only 11 total kills in an almost-34-minute game. For those not great with math, that’s less than a kill every three minutes. We also had to watch the best top laner in the world, Nuguri, on Lulu duty which should be illegal.

Game 4: PSG Talon vs. JD Gaming – GG go next

JD Gaming proved that they were, in every way, better than PSG Talon, blowing the doors off in just over 23 and a half minutes. There’s nothing else to say than JDG just stomped them.

Game 5: – Gen.G vs. TSM – Can killean Zilean

Bjergsen’s Zilean, which terrorized the 2020 LCS season, was completely neutered in this game by BDD’s Sett mid. It was a pretty bad draft for TSM, who ended up with three losing lanes allowing their jungle Nidalee to be invaded constantly, setting the lanes even further behind.

Game 6: LGD Gaming vs. Fnatic – The Ornn horn

Langx showed in the play-in stage that Ornn is far-and-away his best champion, yet Fnatic left it for him to first-pick it anyway, thinking they could counter it with Bwipo on Sett. It did not work, with Langx going 2/1/6 versus Bwipo’s 2/4/1.

MVPs of Group Stage Day 1

Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk (Gen.G, ADC)

Note to teams in Group C: don’t make the same mistake TSM did and let Ruler have his pocket pick of Ezreal. Not only did he got 4/1/3 on his most-picked champion in 2020, Ruler did over 26k damage in today’s game. The next-closest damage dealer in the game was 14k by Rascal’s top lane Volibear.

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Zeng “Yagao” Qi (JD Gaming, Mid)

It may not be as impressive considering he was facing PSG Talon, but 3/0/9 on Ekko with the second-most damage in the game was an impressive showing by Yagao.

Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle (G2 Esports, Support)

Not only was his scoreline impressive, Mikyx completely dominated the vision score late in the game, which allowed G2 to pull back and steal a victory from Suning.