NRG defeats G2 Esports at Worlds 2023
NRG has secured a spot in the Knockout Stage at Worlds 2023 after defeating G2 Esports.
NRG keeps making history. The underdog team from the LCS has taken down the number one from the LEC and is advancing. Time and time again, NRG is underestimated, and once again, they have proven they are a worthy opponent.
In round four of the Swiss Stage, NRG and G2 met in round four with two wins and one loss each. G2 quickly celebrated the draft, as NRG is seemingly an easier opponent than the other teams still in the tournament. Of course, G2’s hopes were misplaced because NRG wouldn’t go down without a fight.
The clean 2-0 victory can be attributed to one thing – discipline. NRG drafted Senna and Tahm Kench in game one, two picks considered off-meta at the moment. This bot lane duo took away G2’s advantage in that lane and forced the European squad to look for opportunities elsewhere. The solo laners from NRG wouldn’t relent, and G2 found no space.
NRG’s approach to the game was methodical, not taking unnecessary risks or forcing situations. Even when G2 had small advantages, NRG kept its cool and played a slow game.
NRG advances to Quarter Finals at Worlds 2023
NRG is making North America proud as the first LCS to make it to the Knockout Stage since 2021. NRG is also the last LCS team in the tournament, as Cloud9 and Team Liquid were eliminated early.
There are still seven teams in the run, hoping to secure a slot in the next stage. There is a chance for a second Western team to make it through with G2 and Fnatic. However, it does not look like it might happen. The LEC teams are losing steam as the event progresses, and their lackluster performances are proof.