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LoL Mid-Season Invitational Playoff Bracket Confirmed As Group Stage Concludes

Published: 15/May/2018 17:21 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 18:26

by Joe O'Brien

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The group stage of the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational has concluded, and the playoff bracket has been set.

The group stage consisted of a double round-robin best-of-one format, with four of the six teams advancing to the best-of-five, single-elimination playoffs.

Despite coming in with limited expectations, it was Flash Wolves who dominated the first round robin of the group stage. After a weak year for their region as a whole in 2017, they had to win a play-in match to even get to the main group stage, but there they were able to put together a 6-0 run that quickly guaranteed them a playoff spot.

In the end, however, it was Royal Never Give Up that were able to claim the top seed. A fantastic run through the second half of the group stage saw them fight their way back to a tie-breaker

As the top-seeded team, Royal were given their choice of opponent for the semi-finals. Unsurprisingly, they chose to avoid Kingzone DragonX, opting instead to face Fnatic for their semi-final match-up.

Fnatic had a relatively strong start to the tournament, picking up a win against Kingzone DragonX and becoming the first team to take a game against Flash Wolves. A losing streak in the final games contrasted with a winning streak for Team Liquid, however, meant that the two LCS champions had to play a tie-breaker to reach the playoffs, with Fnatic emerging victorious.

The Flash Wolves will face LCK champions Kingzone DragonX in their own semi-final. Kingzone entered the tournament as heavy favorites, but a mixed group stage saw them . The Flash Wolves themselves were a particular source of trouble for Kingzone, losing to the LMS champions on both occasions, but Korean teams have historically been a very different beast in best-of-fives.

Royal Never Give Up versus Fnatic will take place at 12:00pm CEST on Friday May 18th, while Flash Wolves versus Kingzone DragonX will take place at the same time on Saturday May 19th. The final will occur between the respective winners on Sunday May 20th.

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Caps passing Perkz as greatest western LoL player – Amazing & Munchables

Published: 23/Oct/2020 14:37 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 17:39

by Daniel Cleary

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With the topic of the “greatest Western League of Legends player of all time” heating up once again, Maurice ‘Amazing’ Stückenschneider and Joseph ‘Munchables’ Fenny have explained why G2 Esports star Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther could be taking the number one spot over teammate Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic, in Dexerto’s recent Worlds 2020 review.

As Worlds 2020 is coming closer to declaring a new set of champions, one of the biggest talking points in the League of Legends community has been the overall performance of Western teams at the international event and the individual players who contribute to them.

After G2 Esports defeated Gen.G in the quarter-finals and cemented themselves as “the last Western hope” following Fnatic’s narrow defeat to Top Esports, it raised the question of who exactly is the best Western player of all time.

Speaking on the matter in our Worlds review, Amazing highlighted that Perkz being around for longer has let him build up a more impressive resume than his teammate, “Caps has the highest highs I would suppose and Perkz has the better career so far, because he has done more in his career so far.”

Is Caps better than Perkz?

Munchables followed up by adding that the success Caps has seen in such a short span of time can not go unnoticed when discussing the pair, making it even more difficult to rank who is truly the best player of all time.

“I honestly think the problem is Caps is too good,” he explained. “The amount of time he has been in the scene, versus the amount of time he has been successful, is such a one-sided ratio on the side of success.”

Munchables also claimed that Caps might have had a greater impact on the region as a whole, comparing the success of Europe internationally before and after his time on teams like G2 and Fnatic, who have both made appearances in the Worlds final with him on the roster.

“European success versus, before Caps and with Caps is so dramatically skewed to Caps being a part of that,” Munchables explained. “At this point, I find it almost unarguable that Caps is the best Western player of all time.”

Amazing added that Perkz had paved the way for Caps to be the best in the west, after years of putting together a roster that is now helping the mid laner to shine on the biggest stage. “He’s granted Caps the ability to understand what winning really means.”

He then followed up on Caps’ growth as a player in the new G2 lineup, claiming that he has also had a “shift in mindset” which has massively helped his ability to play at the highest level.

Only time will tell how each of these remarkable players will fare throughout the rest of their careers as there will be plenty of opportunities to sway public opinion. But for now, it will likely remain up for debate as the two G2 stars continue to perform on the Rift.