G2 Esports defeated the LPL’s third seed Suning in one of the most nail-biting games of League of Legends played so far at this year’s World Championship.
At the centerpiece of all the action was Perkz, who kept his team afloat during the game with his monstrous Ezreal performance. Even though he had a couple of misplays, what was seemingly due to the pressure involved in in their debut game, he redeemed himself towards the end and helped secure the first win for G2.
This matchup between the LEC’s first seed and the LPL’s third seed was hyped up in the previous days by the community. G2 looked a bit shaky coming into this tournament after their regular season performance while Suning were considered one of the most underrated teams to qualify from the LPL.
Both teams put up a huge show with Suning’s Lê “SofM” Quang Duy taking the early lead with his Lee Sin pick. He built tank items for which he became notorious for in the LPL, including Knight’s Vow and Spirit Vissage making it very hard for G2 to take him down. Suning’s early pressure and dragon control were too much for G2 to handle and as a result, they secured the Ocean Dragon Soul quite early.
G2 didn’t give up and traded blow for blow with Perkz acquiring an Executioner’s Calling as soon as Suning secured the Ocean Dragon Soul. This item came to help G2 going forward a lot since Ezreal easily applied the debuff to the entire Suning roster, reducing their healing and ensuring G2 had a chance to win teamfights.
The game culminated at the Elder Dragon, where an extended teamfight was fought well by both teams. G2, however, came out on top and kept themselves in the game after swift movements by Perkz and Caps.
With the Baron, G2 advanced fiercely to Suning’s Nexus but failed to tear down the second tower before getting aced. Suning decided to charge fast through the mid-lane to finish the game, but the respawn timers played into G2’s favor. The entire roster came back to life as Suning was hammering away at their Nexus towers. A fast clean-up by G2 and a teleport play into Suning’s base secured the LEC representatives their first win of this year’s World Championship.
G2 took down arguably the most difficult opponent in their group. With this performance, they can easily take down Team Liquid and Machi Esports to secure the first place in their group. Tune in to see how will G2 fare against Machi tomorrow and Liquid on Oct. 6 at 3am CT.
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