While Fnatic aren’t expected to win the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational esports tournament, their fans would’ve expected them to perform better than they have done so far.
Fnatic played two games on the opening day of the group stage, and lost both. The first was a close affair against Royal Never Give Up, who knocked them out of last year’s World Championship.
The second was a winnable game against LMS team Flash Wolves, but they also fell in a game where they couldn’t seem to find a foothold.
Fnatic lost once again to Royal Never Give Up at MSI, after losing to them at Worlds last year
Flash Wolves, incidentally, are the only team at 2-0, although their other win was against Evos, generally regarded as the weakest team left in the tournament. Both came through the Play-In stage to make it to the group stage.
RNG will play Kingzone DragonX later today to determine who will join Flash Wolves at the top of the standings after day one. These two teams are expected to meet each other in the final.
Throughout the five day group stage, the six teams will all play each other twice, with the top four going through to the knockout stage. So, Fnatic have plenty of chances to get back on track. However, they’ve left themselves with a lot to do.
Fnatic’s tactics were interesting in their game against RNG, with Caps on an unusual Yasuo pick. It actually worked out pretty well, but RNG managed to come out on top in a close game, despite Fnatic having chances to win.
Fnatic will have a lot of work to do after going 0-2 on the opening day of the group stage at MSI
Fans of Fnatic would’ve been happy with the performance against a team which has proved to be incredibly strong on the international stage over the past several years.
It was a similar situation in Fnatic’s game against Flash Wolves. It was close, but superior map pressure from FW allowed them to gain a slight lead and hold onto it until a few mistakes from Fnatic left their base wide open.
A loss against FW in this fashion, who are a much weaker team than RNG, put a dampener on Fnatic’s hopes which were raised earlier in the day. Whether this will affect the team morale as the tournament goes on remains to be seen, but they do now have a day to recover before they play Kingzone and Team Liquid tomorrow.
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