G2’s Time for Revenge against Damwon
It wasn’t that long ago since the last time these two teams faced off against each other. It’s hard to forget Damwon’s legendary run back in the 2020 World Championship, where they only dropped 3 games out of 17, becoming one of the most dominant teams we’ve ever seen on the international League of Legends stage and ultimately claiming the World Champions title.
Interestingly enough, G2 was one of the three teams capable of snatching a game away from DWG. First, G2 breezed through the quarterfinals, where they faced Korea’s #3 seed Gen.G in just 3 games. Their next opponents would be Showmaker and co., and even though the European squad scored a single win in their books, the rest of the games were one-sided in favor of DWG.
Now, things have changed a bit since 2020. Right now, it wouldn’t be that crazy to say that G2 Esports is still the strongest European representative heading into this year’s world championship. Sure, Rogue managed to roll over them in the LEC finals, but we all know what G2 is capable of when they are playing on the international stage, while Rogue has choked time and time again, failing to get out of groups.
On the other side, unlike in 2020, Damwon is not even close to being the strongest LCK team playing in the tournament. While they managed to ramp up towards the very end of the summer split, we can’t forget just how inconsistent this team was during the regular season. Which is why this match should be one of the most exciting ones on the opening day, and it’s very unlikely that we will see a stomp coming from either team.
Which One of his Sides will Nuguri Show??
Right now the top lane is in a somewhat weird state, at least from what we saw in the play-in stage, though it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will transfer all the way into the main stage. It seems that top laners are transitioning into a mostly carry-oriented role, with champions like Aatrox, Fiora, and Jax having high priority in the top lane.
Looking at Nuguri, it’s safe to say that he was the most inconsistent member of DWG KIA through the majority of the summer split. That’s why we were mostly seeing him play champions like Ornn and Sejuani until playoffs arrived, where he started to pick up on Aatrox and Gwen, which is exactly the kind of playstyle that fits the most in this year’s world championship.
Also, we can’t forget just how good Nuguri looked a couple of years ago when top lane was all about early game dominance. Fortunately for Nuguri, this meta should fit like a glove and he should be able to style on most of his opponents. That said, he is now going up against Brokenblade, a top laner that has one of the biggest champions pools in the entire tournament, which might cause some concerns for DWG KIA.
If everything turns out as expected, we might be able to witness the resurgence of Nuguri, the 23-year-old Korean top laner who was once considered to be one of the best players of all time.
G2 Esports vs Damwon KIA Match Information
- Date: Friday, October 7th.
- Time: 6:00pm ET.
- G2 Esports vs Damwon KIA Live Stream: Twitch.tv
G2 Esports vs Damwon KIA Prediction
As mentioned before, I think that this will be one of the most interesting matchups on the opening day of the tournament. I know, the lol odds are heavily favoring DWG KIA, but in reality, this is going to be closer than most people expect.
Taking a look at G2, their biggest strengths are in their top triangle. Brokenblade’s flexibility and unexpected champion pool makes him one of the biggest top lane threats in the whole tournament. Jankos and Caps amazing mid-jg synergy made them an untreatable duo in the LEC, and even in their losses, they still looked like the absolute best duo in the league.
On the other hand, Damwon does have a lot of strengths too, though their inconsistency and lack of identity makes it a little bit harder to trust them. Don’t get me wrong, on a good day, they should be more than capable of taking down G2, but I don’t think that we will see that side of them just yet, which is why I think that G2 will score their first victory of the tournament against Damwon.
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