The Korean team Afreeca Freecs was one of the bad teams at earlier of Group Stage, but today the team comeback to be the first one in Group A and claim their ticket to the quarterfinals. On the other hand, the European team G2 Esports defeated Flash Wolves in the tiebreaker match to advance to the quarterfinals as the second team from the same group.
The sixth day of Group Stage:
Afreeca Freecs vs. G2 Esports
To decide the first quarterfinals contender from Group A, G2 Esports and Afreeca first needed to do battle in order to break the tie for first place. both teams traded kills and objectives in the series of team fights, and After some questionable fights in the mid-game, Afreeca took the lead and ended the game as Group A’s first seed and first knockouts qualifier.
Flash Wolves vs. Buffalo
The Flash Wolves only needed one win to let them fight in a tiebreaker for first place, but PVB weren’t going to let them have it. This was one of the bloodiest games of the day, because if we’ve learned anything, it’s that PVB loves to fight. This was their curse and blessing, though, as a few thrown fights during the mid-game were enough to give Flash Wolves the comeback they needed. But late game PVB takes baron and Elder Dragon in the same time to close this match and ends Flash Wolves hopes.
Afreeca Freecs vs. Buffalo
The game between PVB and Afreeca Freecs today was one of the closest games of the group so far. Gold, turrets, and kills were close to even for a majority of the game, and even when Afreeca were knocking on PVB’s base, the fights were extremely close. At the end of the day, though, Afreeca’s momentum couldn’t be stopped. They put PVB down for their third straight win of the day, creating a three-way tie for first place in the group.
G2 Esports vs. Flash Wolves
Speaking of this game, it was one of the most confusing and high-octane games of the tournament so far. Neither team seemed to care about macro play, nor all-out fights started at nearly every turn. G2 managed to come up with a pretty large gold lead, but it still never seemed like they were ahead of Flash Wolves as every fight ended in G2 retreating or Flash Wolves just winning. This was likely due to G2’s team composition of a Lissandra mid lane and Brand bot lane, which gave them very little tools for getting through FW’s front-line and MR.
G2 Esports vs. Buffalo
G2 appeared unprepared to deal with a newly-invigorated PVB as the Vietnamese team ran the show all through the early game. Unfortunately for them, G2’s shock didn’t last, as outstanding plays by both Luka “Perkz” Perković and Martin “Wunder” Hansen put them right back on track. PVB had difficulties closing out the game despite a sizeable lead with gold and very valuable dragons (two fire and two earth), and G2 continued to pull them to all sides of the map and make picks until they had enough power to win an all-out fight. After they reached equal footing with PVB, it came down to which team could best the other in a game-ending teamfight, to which end G2 proved the better.
Afreeca vs. Flash Wolves
If you’re a fan of the LCK, you’d know that Afreeca isn’t exactly known for their patient, meticulous sieging and planning. And yet, today, that’s exactly what they did. It was a slow, methodical game, and Afreeca, if you can believe it, avoided fighting until it was absolutely necessary. They rotated to take down towers that Flash Wolves couldn’t stop, used masterful vision control to keep a hold on other objectives, and the game only reached a total of six kills. Afreeca just slowly snuffed Flash Wolves out, which is a very welcome change for the team that was initially expected to be the best in the group.
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