Day 1 of the League of Legends World Championship Group Stage has come to an end. It was a great day of action to open things up for the main event. Some teams made their mark and set a precedent for their quality moving forward. Meanwhile, others got off to a slow start and were on the receiving end of an upset story.
Day 1 Results:
- Fnatic 0 – 1 SK Telecom T1
- Royal Never Give Up 1 – 0 Clutch Gaming
- Invictus Gaming 1 – 0 ahq e-Sports Club
- DAMWON Gaming 0 – 1 Team Liquid
- J Team 1 – 0 FunPlus Phoenix
- GAM Esports 0 – 1 Splyce
Group C is arguably the group of death and the two opening games were kicking things off in this group. Both STK and RNG pulled off convincing wins and it looks like they will be the two battling it out for 1st place in the group.
Meanwhile over in Group D the current World Champions got things rolling in winning fashion. There were also huge question marks surrounding Liquid but with a strong showing against DAMWON to open things up, they quickly answered those questions.
Group B was a complete and utter upset fest. FunPlus Phoenix was eyed up to storm the group and finish 6-0 but have kicked things off with a loss. Splyce also got Europe’s first win on home soil at the event.
Day 2 Preview
SKT vs. RNG
This match is likely to have huge implications for Group C. Both teams put in dominant performances to in their opening games and the winner here will likely finish top of their group. It’s important to note, whoever loses will be thrown into the mixer and battle for 2nd place again.
Prediction: It’s going to be a close one, but SKT will come out on top.
Fnatic vs. Clutch Gaming
Before heading into this event this matchup would have been heavily favoured towards Fnatic. However, Clutch have been putting in some impressive performances recently. They made an impressive run to reach playoffs in the LCS Summer Split and had to battle through Play-Ins to get here.
Prediction: Another tight game, Fnatic win.
Team Liquid vs. Invictus Gaming
Liquid are well and truly hoping to prove themselves on the International stage and this is the perfect opportunity to do so against the World Champions. Invictus have looked shaky recently so there is a chance Liquid could catch them off guard early in the tournament.
Prediction: Invictus win
Ahq e-Sports Club vs DAMWON
This game could prove to be a really interesting one over in Group D. With Invictus as favourites to finish top, whoever wins this game will likely see themselves battling against Liquid for 2nd place.
Prediction: The young talent on DAMWON redeem themselves with a victory.
Griffin vs G2 Esports
This is the opening game for Group A, the only group to have not played a game thus far in the tournament. G2 have experienced both Regional & International success in 2019 and are primed to continue this. With this being said, Griffin will by no means roll over for them.
Prediction: G2 scrape a win against tough opposition.
Cloud 9 vs Hong Kong Attitude
The games round-up the Day 2 Group Stage action and could be one exciting game. Cloud9 are more notable for North America’s success on the International stage and will be hoping to show up Team Liquid. Hong Kong Attitude made their way through play-ins and might find themselves falling short.
Prediction: More NA success, Cloud9 win.