Fnatic come out on the top of the battle of the west… reversing their fortunes and leaving Liquid in despair
- Fnatic beat Team Liquid and Kingzone DragonX to take themselves to joint third
- Team Liquid are the only team remaining at MSI yet to win a single match
- A low confidence Olleh was subbed back in but failed to have much of an impact
- Caps showed Pobelter how to play Yasuo with yet another impressive display
In the latest installment of the ever ongoing Europe vs North America rivalry, it was Europe who stood tall while competing at MSI on home soil.
Yesterday was disastrous for both teams as Fnatic and Liquid lost their two matches, including games that they really should have been able to win.
Fnatic recovered admirably with an impressive win over Kingzone DragonX while Team Liquid continued to trip over themselves, falling to defeat at the hands of Flash Wolves. That form for both teams continued as Fnatic dispatched the NA LCS champions with relative ease.
Fnatic’s Caps and Rekkles are on fire, helping their team to wins over Liquid and Kingzone
Liquid were practically forced to make a substitution for their first game of the day as their support Kim ‘Olleh’ Joo-sung wanted to sit out his confidence severely dented.
With TL in desperate need of a win against Fnatic, academy support Joseph ‘Joey’ Haslemann was sent back to the bench and Olleh made his return to the stage.
However, it didn’t seem to make a difference as Olleh’s failed engage lead to Fnatic’s bot lane picking up first blood with a kill onto Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng.
Meanwhile in the mid-lane, Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther continued his total domination as he begins to secure his place as one of the world’s best mids.
Earlier in the day, Eugene ‘Pobelter’ Park had locked in Yasuo against Flash Wolves and put in an absolutely dismal performance. Caps showed a glimpse his proficiency on the pick yesterday and locked him in again to show Pobelter how it’s done.
We don’t know whether it was mind games or Caps just thinks the pick is good in the meta, but it must have stung for Pobelter. The TL mid was on his comfort pick of Azir yet was completely outclassed on the pick that he dramatically failed on earlier.
As we move deeper into the group stages, there will be two crucial matches tomorrow which will give us a true sense of where these teams rank. Flash Wolves are the only team left undefeated and will have their metal tested as they come up against Korean juggernauts.
On top of that, the joint-third place teams of Fnatic and Royal Never Give Up will clash for a second time. Fnatic will be looking for revenge but most importantly, the tie will have a huge impact on the standings.
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