League of Legends World Championship 2019 Group Stage Group B Recap: The Dark Snake

League of Legends World Championship 2019 Group Stage Group B Recap: The Dark Snake
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Group B during the draw-in stage after the Play-Ins looked like a Group of Life by a lot of fans, players and casters in the community, with many of them expecting one of the tournament favorites Fun-Plus Phoenix, China 1st seed and Splyce, Europe 3rd seed to be the ones to get out of the group.

Standings after first round-robin:

During the first round-robin, J-Team, Taiwan 1st seed had surprised many players and have managed to win against one of the favorites to win the tournament, Fun-Plus Phoenix, who have dominated their regular LPL season in China. It was a huge upset during the first day of worlds to see one of the tournaments favorite to be taken down by a minor region team, from whom no one had any expectations.

Splyce, on the other hand, has disappointed many fans and the community expected J-Team to be the one to be getting out of groups alongside Fun-Plus Phoenix after the results from the previous days. For them to get out of groups, they needed a miracle run, to win all matches for the second round-robin or win most of them and rely on the Fun-Plus Phoenix & J-Team to lose their games to Gigabyte Marines.

There is a meme around the community regarding the Week 2 EU ‘buff’ and it happened again, Splyce won 3 matches going from 1-2 to 4-2, securing a spot in the quarterfinals. At the same time, Fun-Plus Phoenix barely managed to scrape a win against J-Team and get the second spot for quarterfinals. At the end of the day, a tiebreaker for the 1st seed and 2nd seed going into quarterfinals was played between Fun-Plus Phoenix and Splyce, with Fun-Plus Phoenix coming out in a non-dominating fashion.

Millions of Pick’ems ( n event by Riot Games, where you can predict how the teams will place in the group and win a Summoner Icon) were saved with the miracle matches from Splyce, showing again that the European Region adapts quite fast for Week 2 of World Championship, as per tradition.

While the community was pleasantly surprised that EU 3rd seed managed to get out of groups after a shaky start, they were disappointed at the performance of Fun-Plus Phoenix, many put them in high regard and as a contender to win the World Championship, but after their group run, they are clearly seen as a much weaker team compared to the one the opponents expected to see.

Tune in at Riot Games YouTube Channel see which teams will come out of the other groups during the following days!