Worlds 2016: Samsung wows, upsets RNG

Uzi and flaming-hot RNG look to extend their Group D dominance with a third victory in Week 1. Can they overcome Crown and Samsung Galaxy?

Following dominating performances featuring carry performances by star ADC Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao in their first two victories, Royal Never Give Up looks to improve to 3-0 and send Korean third-seed Samsung Galaxy to 1-2.

                                           RNG                                              SSG

Bans:                     Viktor, Elise, Rek’Sai                    Lee Sin, Syndra, Ezreal

Top:                                 Jayce                                            Kennen

Jungle:                          Nidalee                                          Skarner

Mid:                             Cassiopeia                                         Ryze

ADC:                               Caitlyn                                             Jhin

Support:                          Nami                                             Karma

Prior to the match, Samsung Galaxy elected to substitute support Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in for Kwon “Wraith” Ji-min.

After Samsung secured first blood on Uzi courtesy of a successful Skarner gank by Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong, Liu “Mlxg” Shi-yu desperately tried to trade back a counter-gank kill but ended up pointlessly dying, giving two kills to Ambition’s Skarner by six minutes. Despite an early death, Uzi was able to maintain a CS advantage throughout the laning phase.

Between ten and twenty minutes, RNG and Samsung traded kills back and forth and were virtually even in gold at twenty minutes.

At the 24-minute mark, Samsung took Cloud Drake and, with an effective engage by Ambition, took a four-for-one teamfight in their favor, largely due to Lee “CuVee” Seong-jin’s Kennen ultimate. Samsung then elected to take Baron and extend their lead by gaining deep vision around the map and finding picks.

By 30 minutes, Samsung Galaxy, utilizing their near 10k gold lead, won a teamfight in RNG’s top-side jungle and broke the base of RNG. Improbably, Samsung was actually able to close the game in their first push into RNG’s base due to superior itemization and Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk’s turret damage on Jhin.

Royal Never Give Up played uncharacteristically, in that bot lane duo Uzi and Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong couldn’t have much of an impact in teamfights and were on the back foot for most of the game. This, compounded with Ambition’s masterful Skarner carry performance, led Samsung Galaxy to a surprisingly dominating victory that sends both RNG and Samsung’s preliminary records to 2-1 heading into Week 2 of the Group Stage.

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