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Worlds Group A: LNG still undefeated and HLE bounce back

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As the second day of Worlds group A of the playins comes to a close, LNG remains at the top of the group. After taking down both Hanwha and Peace in day one, LNG continued their good form in day two. Hanwha Life Esports, who had a fairly rough start to the tournament also bounced back, with two good wins in day two.

Peace vs Hanwha Life Esports

Worlds Group A
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Worlds Group A
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After only a single game played in day one, Peace came into this match 0:1. In their previous series, Peace tried out jungle Zed, but found themselves with no pressure anywhere on the map and lost the game. In their second series, despite the more conventional draft, they still got walked all over by Hanwha. Morgan and Chovy finished the game deathless, while Vsta, Deft and Willer finished with a 66% kill participation. Things weren’t looking good for Peace.

Red Canids vs LNG

Worlds Group A
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Worlds Group A
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The two teams that were still undefeated faced off in the second match of the day. Red Canids started off well, getting the first couple of kills with a draft that many considered to be advantageous. However, it didn’t take long for LNG to start to bite back. Ale once again started to take over the game, with the assistance and cover provided by Iwandy. LNG wrapped up the game in 29 minutes and remain as the only undefeated team in Worlds group A

Infinity vs Peace

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In stark contrast to the previous match, both teams coming into this match were winless. A game that could be described of nothing short of a fiesta, one of these two team would finish the day 0:3 and have a long road ahead of them if they intended to make it out of the group stage. In the end of a 34-minute game, it was the side of Babip and Violet that emerged victoriously. Peace moved up to 1:2, while Infinity is going to start day 3 with an 0:3 record.

Red Canids vs Hanwha Life

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The final series for group A’s second day of action, Hanwha took on Red Canids for sole possession of second place. The game started as an all-out brawl, but slowly but surely these brawls started to become more and more HLE favored. Despite the CBLOL’s teams best attempts, HLE closed out the game in 27 minutes.

What this means for tomorrow

Hanwha Life have secured themselves second place, at least. Having played all four games already, they won’t play any games in the final day. Infinity will take on LNG, with this match having serious implications to the remainder of the group. If LNG confirms their first place spot, they lock themselves in group D, joining MAD Lions, Gen.G and Team Liquid. This would also eliminate Inifinity from Worlds, locking both Peace and Red in the best-of-five series to get another shot at making it out of the play-ins.

However, an Infinity upset would bring chaos to Worlds group A. Suddenly, two tie-breakers would be forced. LNG would have face HLE once again, with the winner moving to the group stage, while the loser will have to play one more best-of-five. Also, the loser of the Red Canids vs Peace match would be forced to play a tiebreaker against Infinity to decide who goes home early and who will move one the best-of-five stage of the play-ins.


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