LNG Esports, NRG, and T1 have qualified for the Worlds 2023 Quarterfinals.
Following the conclusion of Round 4 of the League of Legends World Championship 2023, three additional teams have qualified for the Quarterfinals. The three teams, LNG Esports, NRG, and T1, will be joining JD Gaming and Gen.G in the Quarterfinals. With that, a total of five teams have now qualified for the next stage of Worlds 2023.
In yesterday’s qualifying series, the LPL third seed, LNG Esports, went head-to-head against the LCK third seed, KT Rolster. It was a very close series, but in the end, LNG Esports edged out, beating KT Rolster 2-1.
Today’s qualification series pitted two of the best western teams, G2 Esports and NRG, against each other, with NRG coming out on top 2-0. On the other hand, T1, the LCK second seed, managed to take down the LPL second seed BLG in another surprisingly quick 2-0 victory. Resulting in LNG Esports, NRG, and T1 qualifying for the Worlds 2023 Quarterfinals.
With that said, let’s delve in a little further and break down these series.
LNG Esports vs KT Rolster
LNG Esports vs KT Rolster was a back-and-forth series till the very end. Both of these teams were evenly matched in terms of both seeding and power level. However, LNG Esports‘ emasculate team fighting resulted in a 2-1 victory.
Game 1 of the series was pretty close overall, but a couple of well-executed team fights and a 26-minute baron by LNG Esports ballooned their gold lead, leading to a 35-minute victory. The second game was also very close, but KT Aiming’s Kai’Sa carried KT to victory. Game 3 was, on the other hand, extremely one-sided. LNG got an early lead and used it to get a swift 24-minute victory.
NRG vs. G2 Esports
NRG vs G2 Esports was the most surprising of the matches. Most anticipated G2 to easily win 2-0, but NRG came out strong today, quickly dismantling G2 with their Bot lane picks and Mid-Jungle synergy. The entirety of NRG really stepped up and pretty much outplayed G2. A very well-deserved Quarterfinals spot.
T1 vs. BLG
T1 vs. BLG is a repeat of this year’s MSI 2023 Bracket Stage clash. During MSI, BLG managed to get the upper hand on T1, defeating T1 3-1. However, T1 managed to exact their revenge with a 2-0 win in the Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage.
The first game of the series was quite one-sided. T1 Bot-Lane managed to take a sizable early lead, whereas Top-Lane was a nightmare for BLG due to Gnar versus Renekton being a one-sided matchup. In the end, T1 managed to close out the game with a 28 min victory.
The next game was pretty close overall. BLG managed to gain a significant early-game advantage, with BLG Yagao taking early first blood and BLG Bin solo killing T1 Zeus twice. T1 Bot Lane, on the other hand, managed to hold on to the game with some flawless teamfights, and T1 won the game in 31 minutes.
Thus, the Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage Round 5 concludes.
Having said that, we have some excellent matches in store for Round 5 of the Swiss Stage. Among these matches, Dplus Kia vs. KT Rolster and Fnatic vs. Weibo Gaming should be the most exciting.