Worlds 2020 Group Stage: 3 Word Recaps and MVPs of Day 5

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We break down all the action on Day 5 of the Group Stage of Worlds 2020.

As Worlds 2020 moves into the back half of the group stage, it’s time to start culling the field of teams in the tournament. Starting with Day 5, Worlds will spend each day with all teams from one group playing their remaining games on that day.

On Day 5, we saw all four teams in Group A – G2 Esports, Suning, Team Liquid, and Machi Esports – playing for the chance to secure a spot in the quarterfinal round. Two teams advance and two go home, the big question going into today was which two teams would live to fight another day?

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*The winning team is in bold

Game 1: Team Liquid vs. G2 Esports – Steal your hope

G2’s top laner Wunder stole the show today on Sylas, going 5/0/6 and dominating the late game teamfights. He not only stole Liquid’s ultimates for his own, but pushed TL into a do-or-die situation for the rest of Day 5.

Game 2: Machi Esports vs. Suning – Bin dumpsters Machi

In the second game of the day, another top laner stole the show. Suning’s top laner Bin had a 7/2/5 game on Irelia and completely smurfed on Machi’s top laner PK in lane.

Game 3: G2 Esports vs. Machi Esports – Machi gets clapped

Wunder took the third game of Day 5 off and let mid laner Caps steal the show. He went 9/1/3 on Lucian and did over 10k damage more than the second-highest damage dealer in this game.

Game 4: Suning vs. Team Liquid – Boris’s best scam

Suning’s draft and itemization in this game was…oof. Against a double-tank team (Malphite top and Sett mid), Suning had three ranged carries (Jayce top, Graves jungle, and Senna bot). All of them built lethality and none got a Black Cleaver. The stacking Mountain Dragons for TL didn’t help either.

Game 5: Team Liquid vs. Machi Esports – Keep hope alive

With this victory over Machi Esports (combined with the last game’s win over Suning), Team Liquid finished with a 3-3 record in the group stage. They now had a chance to secure the second seed in the group in a tiebreaker if G2 was able to defeat Suning, knocking Suning down to a 3-3 record.

Game 6: Suning vs. G2 Esports – G2 trolls NA

I don’t believe that there was some conspiracy by G2 to lose this game in order to eliminate Team Liquid…but man that draft does raise some eyebrows. G2 picked Kalista/Senna bot lane (which basically needs to dominate lane, but was picked into an Ezreal which is fine sacrificing farm to scale) and Renekton/Graves on the top side. The game was really not competitive as Suning won to finish tied atop the group with G2 with matching 4-2 records.

Game 7 (tiebreaker): Suning vs. G2 Esports – Almost thrown game

Suning got out to a massive lead in the early game, getting ahead by 8k gold at the 30-minute mark and with the Baron. The team looked poised to close the game out, but then player after player on Suning got picked off. It looked like G2 were poised to take over the game as they claimed the Dragon Soul, but a game-saving teleport by Bin allowed Suning to ace G2 and quickly end the game.

MVPs of Group Stage Day 5

Rasmus “Caps” Winther (Mid, G2 Esport)

He had two great games (9/1/3 on Lucian and 4/0/11 on Ekko) along with one decent game in their first loss to Suning (0/2/3 on Ekko). Even though his Syndra game in the tiebreaker wasn’t special, Caps helped to carry this team through two games and was the most consistent player on the team today.

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Xiang “Angel” Tao (Suning, Mid)

A guy I thought actually out-performed Caps (even though he didn’t have the explosive carry performance like Caps did on Lucian), Angel only had one game with more than four deaths, their loss to TL (3/4/3 on Twisted Fate). The fact that he was able to perform so consistently on four different champions – Akali, Syndra, Galio, and TF – was incredibly impressive.

Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in (Team Liquid, Support)

Even in defeat, CoreJJ was exceptional in Team Liquid’s two wins, especially that win over Machi Esports. On Pantheon support, a pick he hasn’t really broken out, he was in Machi’s jungle constantly throughout the early game and helped snowball the team to a victory.