Many European League of Legends fans have been eagerly waiting for Sunday. The reason for this was the third quarter-final, where the MAD Lions, the last and only European representative to make it from the group stage of the tournament to the top eight teams in the world, had to face the world champion DWG KIA. .
The first game of the eagerly anticipated Best-of-5 series kicks off on schedule at 2pm. After all, the world favorite DAMWON also had to prove why he was once again favorites to win the title and never lost a match in the entire tournament.
MAD Lions gives a little hope at first
Right in the first match, DWG KIA made its own claim in this duel clearly and LEC Champion made MAD Lions in some places. The match ended after just 29 minutes, as the MAD Lions had to run after a large gold slate early on and couldn’t secure a single dragon. The chosen team fight formation about poverty on Gnar and humanoid in Orianna didn’t work out at all. The dreaded “Wumbo Combo” didn’t even come true.
I improved in match 2, the MAD Lions adapted really well and won the early match clearly. Meanwhile, they were already more than 6000 gold ahead of “ShowMaker”, “Canyon”, “Khan”, “Ghost” and “BeryL”. The main focus was on the overpass, where Khan was a victim of drowning and diving so many times that his acquaintances could not have much effect for a long time. However, he was not deterred by the best global scheme and found his way back into the game. In his final season as an active player, he appears to want to make a lasting impression once again. In two crucial team fights, he managed to land on nearly perfect flanks, which the MAD Lions caught cold and DWG KIA back into the game.
Although the MAD Lions was able to secure the mountain dragon’s soul, the battles still remained very close. In the end, one team fight played admirably by DWG KIA was enough to turn a deficit of 6000 that went to a second victory in the Top 5. In the third match, the last remaining Europeans in the 2021 World Championships had their backs. Three consecutive victories had to be scored against the title winners, the reigning world champion and the last undefeated team of the tournament. The fans’ last hope was that the comparison increase from Game 1 to Game 2 could be repeated again in order to prevent a match point.
However, the apparent increase was not enough
Game 3 started out quite differently than one would have hoped. Although the MAD Lions relied on one of their earlier brands and chose Wukong for the top track, game one, unlike game two, clearly went to DWG KIA. The Korean No. 1 seed had multiple goals and was also able to win small skirmishes on the lanes. This quickly led to large gold relics from the MAD Lions, which had already robbed much of the belief in a European victory. But again like a mirror from Game #2, it was a team battle at The Baron, which in this case brought the MAD Lions back into the game. While Khan was still a kenin in Game 2, in Game 3 The Poverty on Wukong was able to find an almost perfect winger to clearly decide to fight for his team.
In the end, despite everything, the great fighting spirit of the Europeans was not enough to lead Damon to the first defeat. In the second battle for the Dragon Soul of DWG KIA they lost so much that the Koreans immediately managed to finish the decisive game. It took nearly 40 minutes for a 3-0 net result to be decided and the end of Europe in the 2021 World Championships was decided. HOWEVER: MAD Lions shouldn’t be ashamed of Sunday’s performance. The increases in Matches 2 and 3 clearly demonstrated the performance that the LEC Champion could provide and the potential in the team. It wasn’t easy for DWG KIA to make its way to the semi-finals.
In the said semi-final, the world champion will meet T1 on his way to defend his title, who in turn also reached the semi-finals of the competition with a clear 3-0 lead over Hanwha Life Esports. For T1 about famous quarterback “Faker”, today’s score means you’ll meet a team from your region for the second time in a row in the knockout stage. On the other side of the tournament tree, Gen.G Esports is also a Korean team in the tournament, which in theory could reach the finals. But first Gen.G Esports will have to prove itself tomorrow, Monday, in another great quarter-final against Cloud9, the last LCS team in North America. In the semi-finals, the winner of this duel is EDward Gaming, who won the Chinese duel in the quarter-finals against Royal Never Give Up in a real action game with a score of 3-2.
Meanwhile, the 2021 World Cup quarter-finals set the previous record for attendance for this year’s World Cup. As reported by Esports Charts, 2,293,140 viewers were watching the confrontation between the MAD Lions and DWG KIA at 3:40 p.m. This number is expected to be clearly exceeded in the semi-finals between T1 and DWG KIA at the latest.
– Sports Charts October 24, 2021
A quick overview of the tournament track:
- Quarter-final 4: Monday, October 25, 2021 at 2 pm:
Gen.G Esports (LCK #2) – Cloud9 (LCS – Play-Ins)
- Semi-finals 1: Saturday 30 October 2021 at 2 pm:
EDward Gaming (LPL #1) – Winner of Quarter Final 4
- Semi-final 2: Sunday, October 31, 2021, 2 p.m.:
T1 (LCK #3) – DWG KIA (LCK # 1)
- Final: November 6, 2021, 1:00 p.m.:
Winner HF 1 – Winner HF 2
Quarter-finals 3 in repetitions
If you don’t have the chance to watch the top 5 series between DWG KIA and MAD Lions live this Sunday, you can of course watch all the games in iteration. You can find the corresponding VoD for the live broadcast in English here:
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