Few hours ago, the Korean team KT Rolster show us the flawless performance during the seventh day of Group stage to advance to the quarterfinals as the first seed of Group C. on the other hand, the Chinese team EDG advanced to quarterfinals as the second seed of the same group.
The seventh day of Group Stage:
Liquid vs. KT Rolster
Liquid’s first game against KT Rolster in the second half of the group stage went almost exactly like their first game of the stage overall. They started the game making some solid aggressive plays, but after KT routed them a couple of times, Liquid’s confidence slipped away. KT had total control by the time the late-game arrived, and Liquid were snuffed out. Unfortunately for North America, this loss will make Liquid’s chances at making the knockout stage slimmer.
EDG vs. MAD Team
EDG reminded us why they’re one of the best teams of their group in their game against MAD Team today. The game was a complete and utter demoralizing blow-out in the Chinese reps’ favor, with the final kill score reaching 24 to seven kills. MAD just looked outclassed as EDG ran them around the map forcing big plays and tower dives that MAD just sort of let happen. After such a display of dominance, NA fans might start to get worried, because this is the team that Liquid will have to beat to make it out.
Liquid vs. MAD Team
Liquid finally pulled away another win against MAD today, which barely keeps their chances at making knockouts alive. MAD took advantage of Liquid’s lacking mid-game confidence, which has been a rampant issue for the NA champions throughout the group stage, and staged a bit of a comeback. Unfortunately for them, Liquid were able to dash their comeback and close out the game. Liquid will have to win against EDG to stay in the race, but if EDG wins their game against KT Rolster, Liquid’s out.
EDG vs. KT Rolster
Rolster were the obvious favorites heading into this game as the only undefeated team left in the group stage. And after EDG failed to beat the Korean giants the first time they met in the main event, it was easy to see why. EDG’s playoff spot was on the line though, and they stepped up to play better than they have so far during groups. Led by a monstrous top lane Urgot, EDG was able to eventually overcome KT, knock Liquid out of the running, and secure their own spot in the playoffs.
EDG vs. Team Liquid
To face KT Rolster in a tiebreaker for the first seed of the group, EDG had to beat Liquid, the team they had just knocked out of the tournament by beating KT the game prior. Liquid, however, wanted revenge, and that’s exactly what they got. Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng stepped up to carry his team to one last win of Worlds, and although EDG looked phenomenal in their game against KT, they just couldn’t keep up with Liquid in this game. After Liquid’s win, they exited the stage with smiles. At least they went down fighting, similar to their four-game win streak at the end of their MSI run.
MAD Team vs. KT Rolster
EDG may have caught KT Rolster off-guard to knock out Team Liquid, but KT weren’t going to let it happen again. This time against MAD, where they were yet again the favorites by a wide mile, they laid down the pain on the least successful team in the group. Sure, MAD is a lot less threatening than EDG in general, but KT running them up and down the map throughout the entire game is a good way to head off into the knockout stage.
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