LPL’s age-old rivalry against LCK kicked off 2021 League of Legends World Championship today in the form of LNG Esports thwarting and responding accordingly to every play attempt made by Hanwha Life Esports. Top laner Ale produced a 6/0/8 score on Jax, while ADC Light was 7/2/6 in LNG’s 41-minute victory.
LNG and Hanwha is clearly the favorite to come out of Group A of the play-in stage, meaning whoever won that match won the tournament opener and set the tone for the group’s future.
The match started off quite slowly with Hanwha showing the desire to move Morgan forward in the Irelia vs. Jax match with several plays from the upper side. But LNG thwarted each of their attempts while responding accordingly across the rest of the map, giving them a solid lead.
This showed the first indications of a possible one-sided beat to start the Worlds. It wasn’t the case right away, however. With smart games and answers to LNG initiatives – especially in the bottom lane –Hanwha got back on track.
Once This happened, the fights between the two teams finally began to take place across Summoner’s Rift and the senior LNG team fights appeared. Hanwha mid laner Chovy’s Tryndamere quickly proved unable to function in combat, and LNG managed to combat the new meta-choice by rallying for each engagement. The first indications of a one-sided beat were correct.
Thanks to LNG’s refusal to give Hanwha more than an inch over the top, and their countermeasures for Chovy in team fights, the LPL team claimed the tournament’s first victory and now set the tone for what to expect from them in their future matches.
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