Chinese’s EDward Gaming and Korean T1 are the latest two teams to qualify for the 2021 LoL World Championship playoffs. The two Asian LoL esports teams made it through the group stage on Saturday, October 16, with relative ease.
Favorites Make It Out Of Group B
Unlike the 2021 LoL Worlds Group A, Group B hasn’t offered any significant surprises. Featuring two firm favorites in T1 and EDward Gaming, joined by North America’s 100 Thieves and Japanese’s DetonatioN FocuMe, the lineup in the tournament’s second group made it very clear who should make it out alive.
After the opening three rounds of play, the LoL Pro League (LPL) champions held the top spot in the group with a perfect 3-0 record. Closely following EDward Gaming were T1, who have managed a 2-1 record, a win above 100T.
Sitting in last place were DetonatioN FocusMe, who have not won a single match after the first three rounds of play. Although DFM’s and 100T’s situation looked relatively promising, considering what has happened in Group A, they couldn’t pull it through.
The second stage of Group B started with EDward Gaming picking up an easy win against DetonatioN FocusMe. Next up was a clash between T1 and 100 Thieves, which ended in a low-scoring, yet dominant win from the Korean powerhouse.
With EDward Gaming and T1 picking up a win in their respective games, the two Asian teams directly qualified for the 2021 LoL Worlds playoffs. However, in a surprising turn of events, T1 edged out EDG in the day’s third game, tying with the Chinese powerhouse at 4-2.
With a tiebreaker for the first seed on the horizon, EDward Gaming slipped and lost against 100 Thieves in the final match of the day. Although the win hasn’t helped 100T qualify for the organization’s first LoL Worlds playoffs, it was enough to spoil EDG’s plans, who finished the group stage in second.
T1 and EDG Look Towards the Summoner’s Cup
Having qualified from their groups, T1 and EDG are now only three steps away from claiming the Summoner’s Cup. With two more group stages left, EDG and T1 now have a week off to prepare to make the final push for the world championship title.
For T1, winning the 2021 LoL Worlds would solidify them as the best LoL team in history. While under SK Telecom T1, the Korean organization won three world titles between 2013-2016 – the most of any team.
Meanwhile, EDward Gaming have yet to win a single world championship, nor did they ever come close. In the Chinese organization’s seven-year history, EDG attended five LoL World Championships but never made it further than the quarter-finals.
Their last attempt at the world title happened in 2018 when they got eliminated by the eventual finalists, Fnatic.
With Cloud9 and DWG KIA the other two already qualified teams for the 2021 LoL Worlds playoffs, EDG could face either of the two in the playoffs. However, the final seeding is yet to be determined as we still need to wait for the remaining two group games to play out.
As it stands now, Royal Never Give Up (3-0) and PSG Talon (2-1) are in the best position to qualify from Group C. Meanwhile, Hanwha Life Esports (1-2) and Fnatic (0-3) will want to turn things around and snatch the playoffs spot for themselves.
In Group D, we have a two-way tie between Gen.G and LNG Esports, who are both at 2-1. Meanwhile, MAD Lions and Team Liquid share an unenviable 1-2 record and are tied in third, albeit with a decent chance to make it out alive.
The 2021 LoL Worlds quarter-finals kick off on Friday, October 22, and conclude on Monday, October 25.
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