G2 Esports defeated DAMWON gaming three to one in their best of five series. G2 was able to overcome whatever DAMWON could throw at them in the series. As the last remaining European team in Worlds, G2 has a lot of pressure on them to continue to perform and represent their region. The following is a breakdown of how G2 Esports takes down DAMWON Gaming
Game one started off slowly with only six kills at the fifteen-minute mark. G2’s main strategy seemed to revolve around shutting down DAMWON’s top laner, Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon, early in the game. Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski and Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther roamed top at level four to zone Nuguri away from the stacked minion wave at his tower. Denying Nuguri this early gold and experience on a weak champion like Kayle made it so he could never make a strong impact on the game. After falling further and further behind on objectives, DAMWON attempted and failed to rush Baron at the 20-minute mark in desperation. Unable to fight back against G2’s pressure, DAMWON’s nexus fell at 34 minutes into the game.
Game two started off at a much faster pace than game one, with kills on the scoreboard as a result of early skirmishes. Nuguri also received early attention from G2 this game, securing first blood on him at three minutes into the game. Nuguri is considered one of the strongest players on DAMWON’s roster, so it makes sense that G2 would look to prevent him from taking control of the game. Shortly after the first blood, a fight broke out in the bottom lane ending in a three for two trade in favor of G2. G2’s Martin “Wunder” Nordahl Hansen had an impressive performance on Jayce, ending the game with six kills. However, a few botched teamfights allowed DAMWON’s Sin “Nuclear” Jeong-hyeon on Kai’sa to get out of control and secure the victory for DAMWON at 44 minutes.
Game three quickly went in the favor of G2, pulling off a four-man dive onto the bottom lane of DAMWON. Only a few minutes later Jankos returned to the bottom lane to secure two more kills onto Nuclear and Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee. The early game lead for G2’s bottom lane allowed them to secure an early Mountain Drake, and then rotate up to grab the Rift Herald. DAMWON drafted around the combination of Yasuo and Gragas, but were never able to capitalize on the powerful synergy. G2 continued to find favorable fights, secured Baron, and took down the nexus at 31 minutes.
G2 displayed the true power of the synergy between Yasuo and Gragas in game four. DAMWON successfully invaded Jankos’s blue buff at level three, but were punished for it by a roam from Caps and giving up first blood. G2 stuck to a solid strategy throughout the series by shutting down Nuguri each game, and this game felt the worst for Nuguri. Jankos was everywhere on the map and held onto the majority of the gold on G2. DAMWON was never able to find a solid engage onto G2, and they were slowly squeezed out of the game by G2’s pressure. G2 pulled off an unbelievable three vs five ace against DAMWON to take down their nexus, and knock them out of the tournament.
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