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LoL Worlds 2021: Group A made a spectacular decision


In the 2021 World Cup, the first group has been decided! These two teams are in the quarterfinals. Source: Riot Games / LoL Esports

The second half of the 2021 World Cup group stage has begun! From now on, the final result of one of the four groups will be determined every day, in each of which two out of four teams can advance to the quarterfinals. For the other two teams, the journey and the dream of the World Cup is over. Today, Friday, October 15, 2021, the Group A posters were decided.

After DWG KIA had already created a perfect starting position for the second half of the season with three wins from three games, it was no surprise that the reigning world champion and tournament favorite smoothly followed the performance in the second half of the season. season and without a doubt in their own Status with 6-0 as the first team classified for the knockout phase.

But directly behind him raged a relentless battle for second place in Group A, which could be filled by one of the three remaining teams FunPlus Phonix from the LPL, Cloud9 from the LCS and Rogue from the LEC. Before Monday’s long and decisive day, FunPlus Phoenix was almost the second seed in the quarterfinals for many fans. But both Cloud9 and Rogue, despite their weak start in the first half of the group stage, had quite a few good arguments against it.

The Spectacular Race to Catch Up

While FunPlus Phoenix actually managed to not even begin to pick up their own performance from the first half of the season and lose all three group games outright, Cloud9 sparked the hope of their own fans in the second game of the day when they prevailed. against Rogue could. Immediately later in the game, he won a second time and suddenly saw a realistic possibility of the knockout phase and entry to the 8 best teams in the world. Had the last game of the day been won against DWG KIA, it would have been possible even without a tie-breaker. But it didn’t get that far.

Before C9 competed against DWG KIA, Rogue managed to get the important second own victory and thus put both his own position and the result of FunPlus Phoenix at 2-4 after the games. Thus, after six games of all participants in group A, the following constellation resulted:

  1. DWG KIA-6-0
  2. C9 – 2-4
  3. Rogue – 2-4
  4. FPX – 2-4

Due to the quicker wins, C9 secured the top spot in the next two tiebreakers and was initially allowed to watch the decisive match between FPX and Rogue. There the Europeans managed to put an end to FunPlus Phoenix’s career in the 2021 World Cup in a tremendously surprising way, thanks in particular to an outstanding performance by ADC ‘Hans Sama’, to whom all the resources of his team were transferred. Previously, the LPL team was considered one of the safest participants in a knockout stage, but had to say goodbye on Friday after a poor performance.

After the first tiebreaker game, C9 was under pressure again and had to prevail against Rogue. There was a direct duel between NA and the US for a safe place in the top 8 teams. Who would have thought before the start of this fourth day of play? We are not! The last and eighth game of the day turned out to be even more exciting. After this performance, both teams would have had more than deserved to advance. But sadly, there was only one slot.

After a really long and extremely balanced game in which both teams managed to secure at least three dragons and a baron buff, C9 managed to gain an advantage in some decisive moments and fights and this also in the end to transform what is so important. victory. After 54 minutes of high tension, C9 won the decisive team fight at the Elder Dragon, after the Rogue Base siege had failed several times before.

The tiebreaker results

  • FPX 0-1 Rogue
  • C9 1-0 Rogue

This result is, of course, extremely unfortunate for Rogue, who failed in the group stage for the second time in a row after 2020, but even more worthy of Cloud9, who, after a long way through the play-ins, now they also came the extra long way in the group stage to continue on to the 2021 World Cup. Never before had C9 managed to win a World Cup tie-breaker.

After today’s match we know that DWG KIA and C9 are among the top 8 teams in LoL Worlds 2021 and will therefore be in the quarterfinals. From the knockout phase, each pair plays the best of 5. The six teams that will occupy the remaining places will be decided in the next three days. Tomorrow, Saturday, October 16, 2021, the decisive duels will continue in Group B. EDward Gaming, T1, 100 Thieves and DetonatioN FocusMe will fight for progress.

Matchday 4 on replay

If you want to watch the extremely exciting fourth day of play or the individual matches again in peace and quiet, you will find the full VoD below.

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