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It was all or nothing for both teams when SuperMassive and MAD Lions clashed in a best-of-five series at Worlds, resulting in a close nailbiter. SuperMassive entered the game as slight underdogs, despite beating MAD Lions earlier in the play-in stage.
MAD Lions has been struggling to find the rhythm at the Worlds stage, which SuperMassive knew how to punish. It took SuperMassive five games to tame the Lions and move on to the all or nothing match against Unicorns of Love tomorrow.
It’s the first time in Worlds history that a European team is knocked out of the play-in stage.
SuperMassive entered the tournament as a bit of a question mark. The TCL has never had much success at Worlds. But with the individual talent on SuperMassive, paired with great teamwork, SuperMassive might have enough this year to make a run for Turkey.
SuperMassive started out with two impressive wins in the play-in group stage, but struggled on the fourth day of the event against Team Liquid and Legacy Esports. Despite two losses in a row, SuperMassive has shown that they can pick themselves up and stay focused. The performance of SuperMassive is the best Worlds appearance from the TCL ever.
While all SuperMassive players have exceeded expectations, İrfan “Armut” Tükek has been the biggest win condition throughout the play-in stage. The Turkish top laner has been a menace in the laning phase and gotten score lines that are rarely seen from top laners in other regions.
Armut started out the tournament with two power performances, not dying even once. In two games he managed to get no less than 17 kills. Fans and experts of the game quickly realized that Armut will be a force to be reckoned with, especially on his Wukong.
Against MAD Lions, he was also one of the big win conditions after consistently beating Andrei “Orome” Popa in lane. His Malphite was one of the best performances seen from him, countering the whole MAD Lions composition by himself.
Armut is formerly known for his time on Royal Youth, which participated at the 2019 World Championship. With three domestic titles in the bag, Armut might be the next Turkish player that we see in either the LEC or LCS. His value has skyrocketed throughout the tournament and proven that he can be a great addition to many top teams.
The win over MAD Lions is a step in the right direction, but SuperMassive still has a hard series against Unicorns of Love ahead of them. The series will decide which team will move on to the Worlds main event. And it might be a close one.
Both teams have been representing their regions with great success. The Turkish and Russian regions are often overlooked by fans, but a tournament like Worlds helps teams prove how good they actually are.
The two successful wildcard teams will play on September 30.