r a shaky start in the 2020 League of Legends World Championship, LGD Gaming qualified for the main event.
LGD’s Worlds 2020 run didn’t go as the team expected but regardless of the results, the fourth LPL seed secured a spot in the group stage. LGD is getting seeded directly into group C where it will face Team SoloMid, Fnatic, and Gen.G.
What happened to LGD in Worlds 2020 Play-Ins?
LGD was supposed to dominate play-ins and make it to the main event undefeated. Instead, LGD won only one game in the round robin and had to play a tiebreaker for fourth place. Based on those results, it was easy to predict that LGD wouldn’t make it to the main event. In true LGD fashion, the team unexpectedly turned things around and destroyed both Rainbow7 and Legacy Esports with clean 3-0 scores.
In the best-of-five against Legacy, LGD had a dominant performance, leaving behind the mistakes that cost it three defeats in groups. Miscommunication, poor decision making, and forcing the wrong plays are some of the issues that LGD had to overcome. The team is looking better, but fans shouldn’t get too excited about LGD just yet.
Can LGD make it out of groups at Worlds 2020?
LGD will be seeded directly into group C and it might be the worst group for this team. TSM, Gen.G, and Fnatic all have consistent players across the map, especially in the solo lanes. Assuming the solo lanes and jungle are on the same level, the X factor becomes the bottom lane. Teams might opt to play through the bottom lane, in an attempt to exploit the weak spots of their opponents.
The issue for LGD is that the team lacks consistency across the map and tends to leave the solo lane on an island. Bottom laner Ha “Kramer” Jong-hun can do his job at a competent level, but he won’t be enough to really drive LGD to victory with any consistency. In order for Kramer to have any type of impact on the map, LGD needs to play a steady game and the team looks incapable of doing so. Kramer likes to farm and wait for item power spikes, while his counterparts in the other teams like to fight.
In the match against Legacy, LGD showed that it can lose control of the game even if it amasses a significant advantage. Teams like Fnatic and Gen.G are experts at exploiting those mistakes and turning them into comebacks. LGD was able to stabilize, but doing so against this level of competition is much more difficult. LGD cannot afford to drop games in the main event. At this point, every match count.
The 2020 World Championship main event starts on October 3.