Melany M. November 15, 2018
Day one of League of Legends at the Asian Games finished with Korea and China undefeated through the group stage.
For the first time in history, esports was included in the Asian Games Jakarta 2018 as a demonstration sport. The competition features Arena of Valor, Clash Royale, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Pro Evolution Soccer, and StarCraft II.
In group A of the League of Legends event, China and Kazakhstan started the action. China showed its dominance and easily achieved the first win of the tournament.
Korea defeated Vietnam in the second game and faced China next, the highlight of the day.
Thanks to an outstanding performance from Kim “Kiin” Gi-in of Afreeca Freecs, Korea was able to secure multiple neutral map objectives. Korean players hailing from four different teams found perfect harmony in their game and secured a win over their Chinese rivals.
Group A finished with China and Korea picking up additional wins, and Korea closed the day undefeated and in first place.
Group B told a similar story with Chinese Taipei dominating the competition. None of the teams in the group were able to show the same level of play as did Chinese Taipei.
The fight was for second place was had between Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia. Saudi Arabia surprised the competition with strong performances in the middle lane and jungle, allowing the Saudi side to win two matches and secure second place in the standings.
The action resumes on day two when the teams compete in the final part of the group stage, followed by the semifinals. Two remaining finalists will compete on day three to determine which team will be taking the gold medal home.