Two teams have emerged as favorites of Group B at the League of Legends World Championship.
OMG was a favorite to move on to the quarterfinals of the League of Legends World Championships, but few expected them to be the only undefeated team in the group stage after Day 3. The Chinese team pushed their record to 4-0 in Group A on Tuesday night after beating Lemondogs and GamingGear.EU – making them a near lock to advance.
OMG's Path To Victory
It wasn’t easy against Lemondogs. The European team battle back from an early game deficit and won a couple of big mid-game teamfights to push to a near deadlock with OMG. But a small mistake from the Lemondogs left an opening that OMG seized on as they took the Baron and earned an ace near the 40 minute period in the game – leading to a Nexus crush soon afterwards. OMG ended up with only three more champion kills and a slight gold advantage, but they still came on top -- led by midlaner Yu "Cool" Jiajun with five kills, one death, and seven assists on Ahri.
But OMG barely broke a sweat in their second game of the night – this time against GamingGear.EU. The Lithuanian team looked overmatched, as they lost their nexus before the 30 minute mark of the game and couldn’t take a single tower down. AD Carry Guo "san" Jun-Liang was the star of the game with a 7/0/7 line with Kog’Maw.
TSM Snapdragon Gets A Split
TSM Snapdragon, meanwhile, earned a split on Day 3 after taking down Lemondogs, but losing to SK Telecom T1. The popular North American team looked totally in control of their first match of the night against the Europeans – earning two quick kills early and never giving much ground. They ended the game with a 19 to 6 champion kill advantage and Andy "Reginald" Dinh showed why he’s often the MVP for TSM, going 9/1/4 with the ninja Zed.
Against powerful SK Telecom T1, they couldn’t quite keep up their momentum. An early advantage in teamfights by TSM, prompted the Korean team to slow the game down and focus on position and earning gold fast. They eventually gained enough of a gold advantage that they started to win more teamfights. With Chae "Piglet" Gwang-jin leading the way for SK Telecom with a 11/2/5 stat line while using Catelyn, they eventually triumphed over a feisty TSM team.
Going into the home stretch of the Group Stage, OMG (4-0) and SK Telecom T1 (3-1) have the inside track to the two spots for the Quarterfinals. For TSM (2-2) to have a chance, they will almost have to beat both OMG and SK Telecom on Friday night – a tough task, indeed.
Group A will get a day off on Wednesday, leaving Group B to jump back into action with a slate of five games beginning at 7 p.m. PDT. Find the schedule here. You can watch all the action at lolesports or Twitch.
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