The main event has begun! The best 16 teams at the League of Legends World Championship are gathered in the groups and they will fight it out in the next ten days. Who will make the playoffs in the biggest LoL event of the year?
With the play-in stage over, the four qualified teams - NA’s Team Liquid, China’s LGD, the PCS’ PSG Talon and the LCL’s Unicorns of Love - join the 12 teams seeded into the main event groups. The participants were split in four groups with a double round-robin format, where the top 2 teams progress to the playoffs. The play-in groups gave us as many questions as they answered.
Will EU have another good year or will the LEC representatives crash and burn as MAD Lions did? Is Team Liquid a harbinger of what the rest of the LCS teams can bring? Is this the year Korea makes a comeback or will the LPL continue being the dominant region? We are about to find out.
The games take place between 10 AM and 4 PM CEST. The first four days - October 3-6 - will feature games from multiple groups, while the later four days of groups - October 8-11 - will see a different group featured every day.
Worlds 2020 Group Stage: All Streams
Here are all the streams on which you can watch the Worlds 2020 Group Stage in a bunch of different languages:
- Official English Stream: Twitch / YouTube
- French: Twitch
- German: Twitch
- Italian: Twitch
- Polish: Twitch / YouTube
- Russian: Twitch / YouTube
Worlds 2020 Group Stage Results
In this section, we'll be keeping you up to date with the latest results from the Worlds 2020 Group Stage in our daily recaps, so make sure you come back to check for updates every day.
Day 4After getting out of the play-in groups, Team Liquid got their first win today against G2 Esports, The LEC champions drafted for early pressure and still lost the early game, before Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen’s standout performance on Orianna sealed the deal in the teamfights. Meanwhile, Suning Gaming had no problems with Machi Esports and has now caught up with G2 with a 2:1 record.
Group D offered no upsets. FlyQuest fought DRX hard in the early game but was unable to match their objective control. After one lost teamfight, they found no way to come back. Top Esports once more looked on point in their game against Unicorns of Love and despite the best efforts of the LCL champions the game was never close.
If you wanted upsets, however, Fnatic delivered - they went for the throat against Gen.G with an aggressive early game, eventually aced Gen.G in front of their base and took the game. With LGD managing to ward off TSM’s early aggression and securing their win, three teams are now tied at 2:1 as the first round robin ends.
- G2 Esports 0-1 Team Liquid
- Suning Gaming 1-0 Machi Esports
- DRX 1-0 FlyQuest
- Top Esports 1-0 Unicorns of Love
- Fnatic 1-0 Gen.G
- Team Solomid 0-1 LGD Gaming
The first game featured Machi and G2 Esports, and despite Machi countering G2’s early aggression and Hsieh "PK" Yu-Ting’s best efforts in showing how OP Mordekaiser is, the LEC champions prevailed. In the second game, Suning outdrafted Team Liquid hard and smashed all lanes. A hero Baron steal by Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen gave TL hope, but it turns out hope is not enough against an enemy with elder dragon buff.
In Group B, there were no surprises. Despite both PSG Talon and Rogue having decent starts to their games, they couldn’t compete with the favorites in the mid-game, losing to DAMWON and JDG respectively. Both eastern teams looked stellar - it looks like we have finalists in this group.
Group D, meanwhile, gave us two firsts. NA finally took its first win as FlyQuest managed to take down Unicorns of Love after a very contested game. In the final game of the day, Top Esports took the first win off Korea as they beat DRX - despite an unusual Quinn top and Chovy’s expert Twisted Fate.
- Machi Esports 0-1 G2 Esports
- Team Liquid 0-1 Suning Gaming
- DAMWON Gaming 1-0 PSG Talon
- JD Gaming 1-0 Rogue
- FlyQuest 1-0 Unicorns of Love
- Top Esports 1-0 DRX
The second day started with the games of Group A. First, Machi showed they are to be trifled with by taking down Team Liquid and ensured we would get another serving of NA memes. This was followed up by a nail-biter of a game between G2 Esports and Suning Gaming where the LEC champions managed to turn around a game where they lost the ocean soul, eventually ending it with a teleport backdoor.
In Group B, Rogue showed a good defense in their game against DAMWON, but were constantly behind in gold and objectives and eventually one slip was enough for the LCK champion to take the game. JD Gaming, on the other hand, had no time for games as they barreled through PSG and ended the game in just over 23 minutes.
Group C saw both Gen.G and LGD Gaming win their respective games. Gen.G won an easy game against TSM despite letting Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg get his Zilean. The LGD-Fnatic game was closer, but LGD’s composition and objective advantage was too much for Fnatic to overcome.
- Machi Esports 1-0 Team Liquid
- G2 Esports 1-0 Suning Gaming
- Rogue 0-1 DAMWON Gaming
- PSG Talon 0-1 JD Gaming
- Gen.G 1-0 Team SoloMid
- LGD Gaming 1-0 Fnatic
The opening day of groups started with the Group D games, where the favorites allowed no surprises. LPL champions TOP Esports dispatched NA’s FlyQuest in the opening game, getting a big early lead and an early ocean soul that was too much for their opponents to overcome. Their group rivals DRX might as well have said “anything you can do, we can do better” as they ran the early game pain train on the LCL champions Unicorns of Love, eventually ending the game with 22 kills, 13 of which went to rookie jungler Hong "Pyosik" Chang-hyeon.
The action then moved to Group B, where Rogue showed they want to be taken seriously as they smashed PSG Talon, nearly getting a perfect game against the team that was dominating the play-ins. The next game saw the two favorites in the group, JD Gaming and DAMWON, butt heads - but the LCK champion very early on took control over the game and demolished JDG, getting a 20-minute baron and ending the game in under 25 minutes.
In Group C, LGD and Gen.G fought a scrappy game, but the Korean team managed to stay slightly ahead until they were able to take the game in just under 50 minutes. In the final game of the day, Fnatic took their first win against TSM as their jungler Oskar "Selfmade" Boderek showed TSM just what a good Evelynn looks like.
- FlyQuest 0-1 TOP Esports
- Unicorns of Love 0-1 DRX
- Rogue 1-0 PSG Talon
- DAMWON Gaming 1-0 JD Gaming
- Gen.G 1-0 vs LGD Gaming
- Team SoloMid 0-1 Fnatic
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This concludes our coverage of the first four days of the Worlds Group Stage. We will be back when games continue on October 8th. Have a great Worlds 2020, everyone!