The World Championships for League of Legends have just concluded their group stage, and between Friday and Sunday three groups wrapped up their action, seeing six teams advance and six teams eliminated from the competition, so there was no shortage of excitement moving into the playoffs.
First up was Group C on Friday, and although Royal Never Give Up were looking impressive thus far, they were dealt their only loss of the group early on against G2. The EU team couldn't carry on their success, however, as a loss against Samsung Galaxy meant they sat on a 3-3 record, less than Samsung Galaxy's and thus eliminating them from the group, alongside 1907 Fenerbahçe, who didn't have a win to their name.
Saturday saw Group D take the spotlight, and with TSM's poor run of form in past Worlds, all eyes were on them. They started off poorly with a loss against Team WE, and although they got a win against Misfits later on, the damage was done, and two subsequent losses saw them leave the competition with a 3-4 record, alongside Flash Wolves on 1-5. Team WE and Misfits, however, are now in the playoffs, with Misfits last win against TSM being the vital one to see them through.
Lastly was Group A, with reigning champions SK Telecom T1 unsurprisingly advancing. What was surprising was their defeat to ahq e-Sports Club in the first match of the day, however, although they recovered to win all their remaining games. Cloud9's two losses also didn't affect their fortunes, as they progressed on with a 3-3 record after beating ahq themselves, while ahq and Edward Gaming tumbled out.
The upcoming matches are high stakes now then. First up in Longzhu Gaming vs Samsung Galaxy on October 19, and then SK Telecom T1 take on Misfits the next day. The day after sees Royal Never Give Up take on Fnatic, and ending the quarter finals on October 22 is Team WE facing Cloud9.
Who has what it takes to win?