LOL: T1, EDward Gaming advance from Group B in LOL Worlds

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Group B of the 2021 League of Legends World Championship Group Stage wrapped up play on Saturday and saw Korea’s T1 and China’s EDward Gaming advance to the Knockout Stage.

The biggest winner of the day was T1 (5-1), who took the first seed in a group with two regions’ top seeds, including the LPL’s EDward Gaming (4-2). When these two met, T1 stomped them in a 26-minute rout. T1 put heavy pressure on the top side of the map to get top laner Kim “Canna” Chang-dong’s Kennen online, enabling him to take over teamfights in the mid-game with his Slicing Maelstrom ultimates. T1 snowballed their early leads across the map into iron-clad objective control, taking three Elemental Drakes and a Baron Nashor en route to the win in 25:50.

T1 would also beat Japan’s DetonatioN FocusMe (0-6) in 26 minutes and took down North America’s 100 Thieves (3-3) in 31 minutes to clinch a spot in the Knockout Stage. Against 100T, T1 utilized their tried-and-true strategy of investing in the top half of the map early on, which worked well to shut down 100T’s playmakers.

Meanwhile, EDward Gaming had a somewhat rough day after starting the day at 3-0. EDG took down DetonatioN FocusMe in 26 minutes at the start of the day to qualify for the Knockout Stage. Everyone on EDG got ahead early and they snowballed the game through crisp teamfighting and macro play to pick up the win.

After that, though, EDG struggled. First, they lost to T1, and then, in the final game of the day, EDG got taken down by 100 Thieves in a lopsided 35-minute win. 100T got ahead early and never looked back, snowballing through their bottom lane duo of Ian “FBI” Huang’s Lucian and Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun’s Nami. Their bottom lane lead allowed the rest of the map to get ahead, resulting in the Thieves dominating the mid-game.

While EDG would do everything in their power to stay in the game, the early lead was too much to overcome, giving 100 Thieves a win to be proud of. 100 Thieves would also take down DFM to finish a strong group with a 3-3 record, a decent result for the North American top seed. With these results, T1 got the first seed in Group B while EDG fell to second.

In the 2021 Worlds Main Event, 16 teams are competing in four groups based on seeding, contesting a double round-robin of best-of-one matches in the Group Stage. The top two teams from each group advance to the Knockout Stage, which consists of a single-elimination bracket.
Teams will be randomly drawn for the Knockout Stage so that first-place teams will oppose second-place teams, and no two teams from the same group will be placed in the same half of the bracket.

Matches in the Knockout Stage will be best-of-five all the way through the Nov. 6 grand final. The championship team will receive 22 percent of the total prize pool, which would equate to $489,500 based on the minimum guaranteed payout of $2,225,000.

Group play continues Sunday with six matches from Group C:
Hanwha Life Esports vs PSG Talon
Royal Never Give Up vs Fnatic
PSG Talon vs Royal Never Give Up
Fnatic vs Hanwha Life Esports
Hanwha Life Esports vs Royal Never Give Up
Fnatic vs PSG Talon

League of Legends World Championship Group Stage standings
Group A:
DWG KIA (6-0)
Cloud9 (2-4)
Rogue (2-4)
FunPlus Phoenix (2-4)

Group B:
T1 (5-1)
EDward Gaming (4-2)
100 Thieves (3-3)
DetonatioN FocusMe (0-6)

Group C:
Royal Never Give Up (3-0)
PSG Talon (2-1)
Hanwha Life Esports (1-2)
Fnatic (0-3)

Group D:
Gen.G Esports (2-1)
LNG Esports (2-1)
MAD Lions (1-2)
Team Liquid (1-2)

–Noah Waltzer, Field Level Media

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