G2 Esports were confidently entering their second game at Worlds 2020 as they took their first victory yesterday. Moreover, today’s rivals, Machi Esports, were theoretically the weakest of Group A opponents, but their win against Team Liquid yesterday suggested that they should not be underestimated.
First blood was spilled in the first sixty seconds as three G2 Esports representatives caught the Machi toplaner in the top lane with guard down. Moreover, the spoils fell into the account of Martin “Wunder” Hansen, thanks to which he had an easier start. The same could not be said for Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski, who, like in the match with Suning, was the main target of his rivals and scored his first death rather quickly.
Both teams were terribly aggressive from the early minutes, as shown by the first teamfight in the 10th minute, which took place in the upper river. Wunder’s great teamwork with Rasmus “Caps” Winther and Jankos allowed G2 to emerge victorious. However, Machi’s account also had eliminations regularly, so the difference in gold after the first quarter of an hour was not too great.
The great chemistry of all five League of Legends European Championship champions allowed them to ace in the 24th minute, without losing anyone. This turn of events took G2 straight to the pit of Baron Nashor, where it easily killed the beast. A large inflow of cash and a blessing made the Samurai in the lead from then on, and it was obvious that they were planning to besiege the base of their opponents. The stellar stance of mostly Hsieh “PK” Yu-Ting on Mordekaiser managed to defend Machi’s base, however, that only lasted so long.
The case was the same on the second try, however, this time Machi’s successful defense secured them the Nashor buff. To their surprise, however, they did couldn’t turn an advantage from it. In the end it turned out to be a victory for the European team, even if it lasted longer than most expected.
In Group B, after DAMWON Gaming won over PSG Talon, it was time to settle the second place in the table, which was fought over between JD Gaming and Rogue. The representatives from China turned out to be better in this match, so the formation of Kacper “Inspired” Słoma and Oskar “Vander” Bogdan will take third place in the ranking after the first round.
However, this is not the end for Rogue, as this Friday there will be a rematch matches in group B and only then will we know two teams from this basket in the playoffs.
Tomorrow another set of great matches awaits us, starting with G2 Esports facing off against NA’s Team Liquid at 10:00 am CEST.