League of Legends Worlds 2018 Quarterfinals: Day One Recap
Day One of the World Championships Quarterfinals was a very interesting day. Two of the tournament favorites would play on the same side of the bracket. If both of the teams won their series, they would face off in the quarterfinals. Pre-worlds rankings would have put the two teams favored to get into the quarterfinals from this side of the bracket to be KT Rolster and Royal Never Give Up. It didn’t happen that way. At all.
Series One: KT Rolster vs Invictus Gaming
Coming into this series, KT was the clear favorite. They were one of the only Korean teams left and they were the first seed from Korea. The team was built to win worlds. KT Rolster got the best players they could in each of their roles and made it to Worlds 2018.
On the other hand, Invictus Gaming came into this series invigorated. Usually left in the dust in group stage, Invictus Gaming was glad to make it out of groups and into the quarterfinals. Their star midlaner has made a try at becoming the best midlaner in the world and they are looking to show up fighting for Worlds 2018.
Game One: KT (0) vs IG (0)
- First blood secured by Dongbin “Score” Ko for KT followed by a quick second kill.
- Score gets a third kill and gets his top laner Kyungho “Smeb” Song, ahead by grabbing the tower.
- A mid-game teamfight secured two kills for Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok of Invictus Gaming and evened out the game.
- Off a beautiful Baron bait, Invictus Gaming gets onto KT and take out their team, giving them free reign on the Baron and consequently KT’s base.
Game Two: KT (0) vs IG (1)
- First blood is secured two minutes in by Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo who then quickly dies soon after.
- A well executed teamfight from Invictus Gaming to counter a gank by KT Rolster nets IG five kills as well as eventually the bottom turret.
- Invictus Gaming secures the Rift Herald and turns on an engaging KT Rolster. IG then kills four KT members.
- In the final fight of the game, Wang “Baolan” Lui-Yi, IG support, dives into KT and knocks them up. He is followed by his star midlaner, Song “Rookie” Eui-jin on Galio to knock up and damage the entire enemy team.
Game Three: KT (0) vs IG (2)
- First blood secured by Invictus Gaming in the top lane to get TheShy further ahead.
- JackeyLove is ganked in the bottom lane after a great initiation from Score.
- Seventeen minutes into the game, a fight near the Infernal Dragon breaks out and KT Rolster comes out on top with three kills.
- KT secures Baron and both teams lose four members in the ensuing fight.
- A base-race is on, four members strong for KT and only one man strong for IG. KT Rolster is able to kill Invictus Gaming’s Nexus with but two seconds to spare.
Game Four: KT (1) vs IG (2)
- Invictus Gaming substitute Lee “Duke” Ho-seong in place of TheShy.
- First blood is secured by KT’s top laner Smeb in a 1v2 fight in the top lane.
- KT are able to accrue a 6-1 turret lead by thirty-five minutes into the game, giving them a seven thousand gold lead.
- A single pick onto the IG jungler causes a teamfight to break out and gives KT the ability to end the game.
Game Five: KT (2) vs IG (2)
- Rookie secures first blood, ensuring himself a lane lead.
- Invictus Gaming attempts to grab the Rift Herald and lose one off the back of the play.
- A fight in the middle lane thirty-two minutes in allows JackeyLove to sit on the side of the fight and deal tons of damage.
- Minutes later, a second fight breaks out and once again, JackeyLove is untouched and tears through KT’s team, forcing them back.
- Through wave manipulation and brute force, Invictus Gaming is able to break apart the base of KT Rolster and end their worlds run.
IS THAT IT?
FINAL SCORE: KT Rolster (2) – Invictus Gaming (3)
Series Two: Royal Never Give Up vs G2 Esports
Coming into Worlds 2018, Royal Never Give Up was one prize away from completing the sweep and taking the prizes they could. Clearly 2018 was the year of Royal Never Give Up and their star player, Zihao “Uzi” Jian. Before 2018, RNG was the team that was always slightly behind everyone. But this was their year, their World Championships. It was only a matter of time.
Since its inception, G2 Esports has made it to Worlds. Each time, it has been shot down early and failed to make it out of the group stage. Due to this failure, players left G2 and left it in ruin. The only standing member was the “lane king” Luka “Perkz” Perković. The year for G2 was very different for them compared to RNG and even their previous expectations. They used to be a contender for the crown, but 2018 was not their year. They could never make it past the best team in the world in 2018 could they? It was only a matter of time.
Game One: RNG (0) vs G2 (0)
- First blood is secured by Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss onto the RNG support in hopes of helping the bottom lane scale better.
- Despite being down a kill, Uzi secures first tower and accrues a near 40cs lead.
- Twenty minutes into the game, RNG finds an advantageous teamfight and take out four on the side of G2.
- G2 Esports cedes their middle inhibitor yet fights for their bottom lane inhibitor, not wanting to lose too much. They end up dying for the inhibitor and RNG take the Nexus instead.
Game Two: RNG (1) vs G2 (0)
- First blood is secured by Perkz in the top lane at nine minutes into the game, yet he dies for it.
- G2 Esports begins a 1-3-1 split-pushing plan. They begin tearing apart RNG from the side lanes.
- A large teamfight near the Baron pit twenty-seven minutes in leads to trade kills between RNG and G2. G2 then gets a teleport flank and Aces RNG, taking the Baron.
- Thirty-four minutes into the game sees a massive teamfight in the bottom lane where G2 is able to blow up multiple members of RNG and win the game.
Game Three: RNG (1) vs G2 (1)
- First Blood is picked up by G2 off an early invade onto Uzi.
- RNG pressure on all sides of the map, amassing a four thousand gold advantage.
- Unbeknownst to G2, RNG begins a Baron attempt as it spawns with only two people and they secure it.
- Significantly ahead at this point, RNG push into G2’s base and take the game.
Game Four: RNG (2) vs G2 (1)
- Perkz secures the first blood with help from his jungler along with a second kill soon after.
- G2 is able to get kills and towers along with a gold lead early.
- Perkz comes up huge at a number of points on Aatrox.
- Twenty-four minutes into the game G2 secures the Baron and begins to 1-3-1 split-push.
- The split-push pincers RNG into their base and it chokes them out.
Game Five: RNG (2) vs G2 (2)
- The G2 jungler, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski, ran bottom lane early and got Hjarnan a kill onto Uzi for first blood.
- Where they could, G2 would attack Uzi and put him further behind.
- Fifteen minutes into the game, RNG attacks the top lane and thinks they have the advantage. Jankos is there, however, and holds the lane, killing one while Perkz kills two after roaming top.
- Minutes later, the G2 top laner, Martin “Wunder” Hansen, looks caught but Perkz moves in and helps him turn it around and kill one of the RNG members.
- Perkz came up huge a number of times blowing up the enemies, including Uzi, frequently.
- RNG however, twice takes fights near the Baron pit and kills one G2 player each time.
- Uzi steps too far forward just outside his base and gets blown up. Without him there, G2 runs into the RNG base and takes the game from RNG.
FINAL SCORE: Royal Never Give Up (2) – G2 Esports (3)
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