In the MSI Play-In Stage teaser video that Riot released yesterday, Phong Vũ Buffalo’s top laner, Phạm "Zeros" Minh Lộc, said that this would be the year Vietnam made a statement at an international tournament and proved their strength.
We’re not really sure if home field advantage is a thing in League of Legends, but he really wasn’t kidding.
“Vietnam has caught many eyes on the world stage,” he said. “And this time, on our home ground, we will shock the world.”
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Their first two games against Bombers and Isurus Gaming were complete bloodbaths. PVB managed to rack up 48 kills between those two games alone, and neither of them exceeded 30 minutes.
You know how when your duo partner hypes you up after you make a crazy outplay, it only encourages you to make more plays? It’s as if the louder the cheers are, the more PVB delivers, too. These guys have a proper crowd of fans watching in the stands, and they’re losing their minds over every single thing that PVB does.
In their match against 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports, the other favorites to win Group A, PVB were mostly in control throughout, even after getting aced right outside 1907’s base. One or two int-eresting plays aside, the whole team put on one hell of a show. Their bot lane duo, Đặng “Bigkoro” Ngọc Tài and Nguyễn "Palette" Hải Trung, were especially on point.
Even though they lost against Bombers in their rematch on the back half of the day, they left spectators entertained and cemented themselves at the team to beat in the second round robin.