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After a rough tournament for both teams, League of Legends Japan League representative DetonatioN FocusMe and the Liga Latinoamérica representative Team AZE have been officially eliminated from the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational after the conclusion of the games played on Day 6 of the event.

Saigon Buffalo eliminated AZE after the first game on Day 6, and SGB eliminated DFM in the third game of the day. Both teams had games on the schedule left despite elimination and also faced each other in the final series of the day. Team AZE entered that game with an 0-5 record while DFM came in with a 1-4 record. With both teams playing for pride, Team AZE finally picked up a win.

After a 37-minute back-and-forth game and multiple Barons, AZE broke through DFM’s base and improved to 1-5, the same record that DFM ended with.

It was a forgettable tournament for DFM after making waves internationally last year. After becoming the first team in LJL history to make it to the group stage at Worlds 2021, DFM came into MSI 2022 with great expectations and were a favorite to make it out of the group stage.

The team looked competitive in their games against SGB and had chances to win both but couldn’t close the door. Although their results at MSI 202 are disappointing, DFM still have time to grow before Worlds 2022.

AZE on the other hand seemed happy to just be at MSI 2022 and seemed wholly outmatched against international competition. The team holds four of the five fastest defeats at MSI 2022 so far. But heading into their last match against DFM, something clicked for AZE and managed to take one game, which is huge for morale heading back to the LLA where the team will look to make it to its first-ever Worlds.