SPOUT 360 previously covered the first half of the League of Legends World Championships 2017 Group Stages. Let’s take a look at what happened in the second half so far.
The “Korean Champions” exit Group B untouched. Though the Gigabyte Marines managed to make the kings bleed with solid plays and led them to a tiebreaker, they were ultimately unable to take them down. In usual LCK fashion, 1 mistake and 1 slip-up was enough for them to pull themselves back into the game and toward victory.
Their impressive 6-0 run includes a 20-minute perfect game over Europe’s Fnatic as they exit Group B as the first seed.
Fnatic’s Cinderella Story
Europe’s Fnatic had a fairytale day as they ended the first week 0-3 and were effectively eliminated. There were numerous situations where their fates were out of their hands. The Fnatic squad would have found themselves eliminated if Immortals or Gigabyte Marines had found wins elsewhere.
Their miracle run started with the Gigabyte Marines doing them the favour of taking down Immortals; the latter team would have qualified as the second seed if they won. They ultimately forced a 3-way tie with the North American and South East Asian representatives.
In the first tiebreaker scenario and in contrast to their heartbreaking 2014 loss to China’s OMG, Fnatic took down the Nexus with the dying breath of Paul “sOAZ” Boyer. The team went on to take down the Gigabyte Marines convincingly in their second tiebreaker game to advance as the second seed from Group B.
Gigabyte Marines: Almost The Giant-Killer
In their own attempt at a Cinderella run, Southeast Asia’s Gigabyte Marines may have ultimately lost to Longzhu Gaming but they won the hearts of LoL fans around the World.
Utilizing unorthodox drafts and in-game strategies, the Marines took down Fnatic in their first game with the most baffling yet genius game strategies. They also took down Immortals who played a relatively standard game and even took Longzhu close to 50 minutes, breaking into their base. So far, this is the best performance against Longzhu of any team thus far.
Despite coming from an emerging region in the GPL, the Marines have shown that they are truly the real deal and can play with the best. With some of the most exciting games at World’s 2017, we will be looking forward to their next international appearance.
Not Quite Immortal In Week 2
Coming into Week 1 with a strong showing; North America’s Immortals ended Week 1 with an impressive 2-1 scoreline, taking down everyone except the Korean juggernauts in Group B.
However, the North American Week 2 Curse struck again. Just needing 1 win to qualify as the second seed, Immortals dropped their first game to Gigabyte Marines who played a relatively standard game (albeit with some oddball picks with an Urgot Top and Shadow Assassin Kayn in the Jungle).
Ending the day 0-4, Immortals closed out Group Stages as the bottom placing team; below South-East Asia’s Gigabyte Marines.
Stay tuned to SPOUT 360 for the upcoming recap of Worlds 2017 Group Stages B, as well as the final few matches of the tournament in the coming weeks. In the meantime, talk about who might win on our Discord channel.