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Welcome to our Worlds 2021 match ratings, as we move on to Day 2 of the group stage. Every day, I, your designated guinea pig and critic, will watch all of the world championship games so you don’t have to. I will be here to dish out star ratings for every game and let you know if I recommend the slew of fights that day at Worlds.
My rating scale is from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) stars. Here’s what each star rating means in layman’s terms:
* = Boring. Utterly skippable and something no one will remember by tomorrow.
** = Watchable. Possibly recommended based on your rooting interests.
*** = Good. Something I’d recommend checking out, even if you’re not a fan of either team.
**** = Must-watch. A game or series that you need to watch if you have any interest in League of Legends.
***** = An all-time classic. This perfect rating is only achievable if a game or match is at the highest level of entertainment, gameplay and will go down in the lexicon as a moment no League of Legends fan will ever forget.
We’ve got eight more matchups today, which will hopefully deliver even more twists, turns and unforgettable plays at Worlds 2021. We begin the day with T1 taking on Edward Gaming, right through to Team Liquid vs. LNG Esports as the closer.
Without further ado, here are my match ratings for Day 2 of the group stage at Worlds 2021.
T1 vs. Edward Gaming
Yesterday was a fever dream of blowouts and never-ending brawls. This match between the two longtime Asian rivals was a palate cleanser following all the junk food League of Legends we gorged on during the Worlds 2021 play-ins.
It was a pleasure watching two of the best teams in the tournament test each other throughout, each tiptoeing on the edge of what they could reasonably pull off against a fellow world-class opponent. Edward Gaming, who pulled away as the game progressed, put forth a beautiful display of understanding T1’s ultimate poke composition and knowing exactly how to disarm it.
If only the result was closer so I could go above four stars.
DWG KIA vs. Rogue
*** 1/2 stars
Uhhhhh, what? This was an easy one-star, skippable game for the first 20 minutes until DWG KIA decided to unplug their keyboards for a few minutes to create a chaotic mess of a race to the finish.
I don’t even know what to say. Neither team will be satisfied with how they played, and the winning team might be the ones who are even more disappointed in their play.
Hanwha Life Esports vs. PSG Talon
*** 3/4 stars
Draven and Pyke versus a topside with triple teleports. HLE got ahead early and Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon did his thing in the mid lane with a massive CS differential, yet it was PSG’s mobility that bewildered the South Korean side.
Another fun match in a day that has already produced more recommended matches than all of day one at the Worlds 2021 main event.
Fnatic vs. Royal Never Give Up
*** 1/4 stars
Fnatic: We are going to fight you.
RNG: We are going to beat you up.
RNG then proceeds to beat them up.
Fnatic: We’ll do it again.
RNG: Uh, okay?
RNG slaps around Fnatic and pushes them over.
Fnatic: Let’s try that one more time.
RNG puts them out of their misery by knocking them out.
Cloud9 vs. FunPlus Phoenix
**** 1/2 stars
I really don’t know what to write here. Just go watch the game for yourself. A true roller coaster of emotions with C9’s split-pushing against FPX and their superior five-on-five composition.
Great game, befuddling ending.
100 Thieves vs. Detonation FocusMe
100 Thieves smashed the early-game, patiently made sure not to cut any corners but still made a few errors to extend the map longer than it deserved.
The better team won, and it sure was a game of League of Legends.
Gen.G vs. MAD Lions
**** 1/2 stars
What an absolute war between these two sides. Lead changes throughout. Big individual outplays. A lot of exciting, down to the last team fighting.
Do yourself a favor and check out this game if you weren’t lucky enough to watch it live.
Team Liquid vs. LNG Esports
* 3/4 stars
Everything I said about MAD vs. Gen.G? Take that, make it the opposite and you have this game. 10 minutes of feeling each other out, LNG grabbed a pick in TL’s jungle and it was a straight snowball into one of the biggest blowouts of Worlds 2021.
* Article in progress as the Worlds 2021 group stage continues for Day 2
Tyler Erzberger is entering a decade of covering esports. When not traveling around the world telling stories about people shouting over video games, he’s probably arguing with an anime avatar on Twitter about North American esports.