Today the Chinese team RNG advanced to quarterfinals as the top team from group B. while the North American team Cloud9 advances to the quarterfinals as the second team from the same group too.
The fifth day of Group Stage:
RNG vs. Gen.G
Gen.G had one last shot to find a win on the day before their World Championship run concluded. In order to find that win, Gen.G tried to play aggressive themselves. But any attempt to engage on a play by Gen.G was uncoordinated, allowing RNG to easily counter-engage and win the ensuing team fight. These poorly executed fights by Gen.G gave RNG enough of a lead to easily close out the game, thus forcing a first place tie-breaker in group B with Cloud9.
RNG defeated Cloud9 at first place tie-breaker in group B to advance to the Quarterfinals as the top team from their group.
Cloud9 vs. Vitality
A win for either Cloud9 or Team Vitality here meant a spot the World Championship quarterfinals. With kills being traded on both sides, ِand as the match progressed it became clear that C9 had the edge in team fights. By the time late game hit, C9 had the tools needed to find that game winning team fight, and claim their ticket to the quarterfinals.
Cloud9 vs. RNG
Cloud9 were in charge throughout this game’s entirety. Able to find first blood during an attempt to take an early elemental Drake, Cloud9 continued to find more and more kills across the map. These kills quickly added up to a sizeable gold lead, which Royal Never Give Up had difficulty contesting, especially since their AD carry Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao’s Kai’Sa needed time to scale. Sadly for Uzi and RNG, time was not something they had. Cloud9 pushed their advantage, unafraid to dive turrets. C9’s fearless play eventually led to a pick onto Uzi, allowing C9 to take the Baron, and subsequently end the game.
Gen.G vs. Vitality
One loss away from World Championship elimination, Gen.G placed their tournament hopes on team captain Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong. Returning Ambition to the starting lineup, Gen.G drafted a nostalgic composition with Malzahar for mid laner Lee “Crown” Min-ho.Unfortunately for Gen.G, such comfort picks weren’t enough to quell the Team Vitality’s aggression. Unable to scale in time, Gen.G were ill-prepared to face Vitality in teamfights. It didn’t take long for Vitality to force Gen.G to take a disadvantageous teamfight, which ultimately cost last year’s world champions the game.
Cloud9 vs. Gen.G
Gen.G mid laner Lee “Crown” Min-ho did not have fun time this game. Getting solo killed by Cloud9′ Nicolaj Jensen early into the match, Crown was never able to recover. While not getting solo killed themselves, Gen.G’s bot lane was also put behind thanks in part to the pressure exerted by C9 jungler Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen. The only person on Gen.G ahead of their North American counterpart was Lee “CuVee” Seong-jin, who found a solo kill himself onto Eric “Licorice” Ritchie. CuVee did his best to keep Gen.G in the game, but eventually Cloud9’s lead was too large to overcome by himself.
RNG vs. Vitality
Team Vitality have done what seemed to be near impossible—defeat Royal Never Give Up. In order to beat the World Championship favorites, Vitality made their focus the top lane. Beating RNG top laner Yan “Letme” Jun-Ze into submission, Vitality entered the mid game on even footing with RNG despite dropping a few kills bot side. Led by their support Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyński’s Thresh hooks, Vitality found a crucial mid lane team fight win which earned them a major gold lead. RNG star AD carry AD carry Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao did his best to carry fights as Kai’Sa, but had no frontline to protect him as Vitality instantly slaughtered his tanky teammates.
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