Today, Friday 25th, the 2020 League of Legends World Championship has finally begun, and the first series of the Play-in have been played in an insane 3D stage that Riot Games has prepared for this first part of the most important tournament of the year.
Every team is playing Bo1 series during this first stage, you can check all the details of the Play-in format and the rest of the event here!
MAD Lions vs INTZ
Europe vs Brazil. These two teams have been in charge to open the Play-in stage with a match that started showing us that the professional players are also humans, and can feel nervous.
That is what we first saw when INTZ’s top laner accidentally used Teleport to a minion that was next to him during a fight in a counter gank.
Nevertheless, Tay, the Brazilian top laner, was the only one able to shine in the game with his Urgot, while MAD Lions was using every mispositioning and every mistake of their enemies.
That is the summary of the first game of Worlds: MAD Lions dominated the map and the only chances that INTZ could have had were some team fights where their Urgot managed to kill some of the European players.
It is true that those team fights made MAD Lions suffer, but the game left us with the feeling that the European team is very strong at the moment, while INTZ must get rid of the nerves if they want to have chances to advance to the Main Event.
PSG Talon vs Rainbow7
In this second Bo1, there were a lot of expectations to see how would PSG Talon manage to perform well against the champion of the LLA without some of their main players.
For those who didn’t know, due to visa problems of PSG’s Korean players, they have been forced to use two substitutes in the mid lane (Uniboy) and in the jungle (Kongyue).
But they couldn’t have had a better start. Despite Rainbow7 got a small advantage during the first minutes of the game, PSG Talon managed to quickly turn things around and, for the entire game, dominated the map and the enemy, taking a huge advantage in every score, controlling the objectives, and with Kongyue being 11/0/7 before dying at minute 30.
Rainbow7 showed very poor performance and could do nothing but stare at how the Asian team destroyed them at every fight, and finally got their first defeat in the tournament.
PSG Talon, on the other hand, is now in a very good position and gives pretty positive vibes about their chances in this stage.
Legacy Esports vs INTZ
A second opportunity for the Brazilian team, this time to face Oceania.
For the first time, we had a Pause right at the beginning of the game, due to some setting problems in the Australian team, which may didn’t help them to focus during the first minutes of the match.
Nevertheless, after some good rotations and fights, LGC quickly got ahead in the kills and gold score, and it seemed like they had everything under control, while INTZ managed to take the first two drakes and a couple of kills that kept them in the game.
The midgame was pretty chaotic, with small victories for both teams, but with Legacy keeping the distances in the gold score. INTZ got the Dragon Soul, but somehow Legacy had control of the rest of the map, which helped them take the Baron Nashor.
Despite the gold difference, LGC didn’t look like they were dominating the team fights. Actually, they lost many of them, since INTZ’s Vladimir had become an authentic nightmare… that is why Legacy sook the perfect opportunity to fight: they got Vladimir distracted in the top lane while the rest of the team was fighting in a 4 vs 4. That is how the Oceanian team got both the Dragon Soul and the Baron Nashor, and with their power quickly destroyed their enemies and won their first game at the 2020 World Championship.
INTZ needs to win at least one of the remaining games, or they will be automatically eliminated.
LGD Esports vs PSG Talon
The fourth game of the day brought us the first participation of a Chinese team in this year’s Worlds edition, and the second opportunity for this “rookie” PSG Talon to prove that they are here to compete.
The first minutes of the game were very calm, and the first kill of the game (for LGD), took ten minutes to arrive. Slowly, the Chinese team took the lead, with the first drake and very good control of the lanes, but heading to the mid-game, nothing was clear.
PSG Talon managed to get a couple of kills and the next two drakes, while LGD kept controlling the lanes… but not for so long. A couple of minutes later, several fights took place, and PSG played them so perfectly that they took an insane advantage in the kills score (2-12 at minute 28), the Ocean Soul, the Baron Nashor, and the lead in the gold score.
From that moment, everything was pretty easy for Paris Saint-Germain, who took a new Baron and quickly won their second game of the Play-in stage… bad beginning for the LPL!
Team Liquid vs MAD Lions
North America vs Europe, both occidental giant leagues facing each other in the last game of the first day of Worlds.
This game had a very quiet start too, but after the first ten minutes, both teams switched to a more aggressive playstyle, and the game went a bit crazy for a while: Team Liquid took the lead in the kills score, while the lions managed to take the first drake and the first turret.
With the gold scores pretty even, Impact‘s Mordekaiser became a monster and this, together with MAD Lion’s bad decisions gave the advantage to the Americans heading to the mid-game.
The European team resisted, and slowly managed to match the game, but Team Liquid was very superior in team fights (Mordekaiser was 7/1/3 at minute 30). TL augmented their advantage in every score and took the Baron Nashor… and they became unstoppable.
Team Liquid won their very first day, and MAD Lions leaves with a 1-1 score, but they all can keep making history tomorrow!