The first four teams to advance to the League of Legends World Championship 2018 quarterfinals have now been set with a different team from some of the world’s biggest regions each having a representative.
After Sunday’s insane series of games in Group B, RNG came out on top following a tiebreaker matchup with Cloud9, who finished in second. Despite a valiant effort, EU squad Team Vitality finished in third place in the group with Gen.G finishing in fourth with a shocking 1-5 record. Gen.G won the World Championship last year in 2017 so to see them struggle so much is hands-down the most shocking moment of the tournament so far.
Group A’s games took place earlier this morning and despite a slow start last week, the Korean team Afreeca Freecs stormed back with a 3-0 record on the day to finish in the group’s top spot. After tying in the region, G2 and Flash Wolves had a sudden death game which saw G2 coming out on top and advancing onward in the tournament. Phong Vũ Buffalo ended Group A in last place.
It’s been an insane tourney so far and judging by all of the games we’ve seen so far, it seems wide open for anyone to win. Every team so far seems to have some weakness or another which means that quarterfinals are likely going to be messy. I cannot wait.
The final two days of the Group Stage continue tomorrow as Group C will kick off second series of matchups with kt Rolster taking on Team Liquid at 4:00 AM EST. Group D will finish things out on Wednesday before the Knockout Stage matchups begin on Friday, October 19.