Worlds 2020 play-ins day one recap – Worlds 2020 begins

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The first day of the Worlds 2020 play-ins marks the beginning of League of Legends’ most prestigious tournament. The play-ins features teams competing for a spot in the tournament’s group stage. These teams include the major regions’ lower-seeded teams and the minor regions’ champions. If you missed the day’s matches, then continue reading this recap to learn about what happened.

MAD Lions vs INTZ

Kickstarting Worlds 2020 is the match between the LEC’s MAD Lions and the CBLoL’s INTZ. This game began slowly, but MAD had the upper hand during the early laning phase. An early first blood attempt in the top lane ended badly for INTZ. Their top-laner Rodrigo “Tay” Panisa accidentally used his teleport spell before he could secure a kill onto MAD’s jungler. MAD secured first blood later on near the eleven-minute mark after a coordinated gank onto Tay. INTZ would strike back and even out the kill score after a skirmish that began near MAD’s red buff. Later on, INTZ secured MAD’s middle outer turret and two kills after performing a coordinated five-man push. MAD turned the tide shortly after by picking up two kills in the mid lane. Another mid lane skirmish ended with MAD picking up two more kills which led them to securing the baron buff.

A well-timed flank by MAD mid-laner Marek “Humanoid” Brázda in a mid-lane skirmish helped MAD secure two more kills and open up INTZ’ base. Both teams continued to trade blows, with INTZ fighting back because Tay’s Urgot was starting to scale. However, Humanoid’s Lucian scaled better especially after his Manamune upgraded into Muramana. Another fight ended with MAD securing baron and more kills. Shortly after, MAD took down two more INTZ players in the mid lane and marched onwards to win Worlds 2020’s first game.

PSG Talon vs Rainbow7

The PCS’ PSG Talon and the LLA’s Rainbow7 faced off in the second match of the day. A skirmish broke off early on in the bot lane with R7 almost securing two kills. However, PSG’s loaned jungler Hsiao “Kongyue” Jen-Tso’s timely arrival turned things around. R7 struck back and secured two kills after their jungler Brandon Joel “Josedeodo” Villegas visited the bot lane too. Not wanting to be outdone, Kongyue continued to be wreak havoc onto R7 with his well-timed ganks around the map. PSG were exceptionally well-coordinated despite playing with three substitutes. They continuously outperformed R7 in what was quickly becoming a one-sided game. PSG continued to rack up kills in multiple fights as they completely dominated R7 and secured their first win of the tournament.

Legacy Esports vs INTZ

The day’s third game featured the OPL’s Legacy Esports versus INTZ. Legacy scored first blood, but INTZ responded by securing the first dragon of the game. This trend continued as Legacy kept getting more kills while INTZ just focused on securing dragons. INTZ started to secure more kills for themselves during the mid-game in what was becoming an all-out brawl. However, Legacy maintained the gold lead throughout the mid-game because of the multiple turrets they razed. Legacy added more pressure onto INTZ after their top-laner Kim “Topoon” Ji-hoon’s Camille split pushed his way to securing INTZ’ top inhibitor. Things started to look up for INTZ after they secured the mountain dragon soul within the thirty-minute mark. Afterwards, INTZ countered Legacy’s sneaky baron attempt by getting three kills onto them. Legacy were still able to secure the baron buff, and their remaining members used it to keep pressuring INTZ through siege.

INTZ’ scaling and earlier dragon control helped them weather the storm as they continued to push back against Legacy. However, a skirmish that started near the blue side raptor camp ended with four members of INTZ taken down. Legacy used this opening to secure the elder dragon buff and then the baron buff shortly after. With the combined power of both the elder dragon and Baron Nashor on their side, Legacy started their victory march. After securing INTZ’ bottom inhibitor, Legacy took down two members of INTZ before losing two of their own. With the victory in sight however, Legacy continued their push. Their pushing power was too much for INTZ to overcome as they quickly took down what remained of INTZ’ base.

LGD Gaming vs PSG Talon

The LPL’s LGD Gaming faced off against PSG Talon in the fourth game of the Worlds 2020 play-ins. LGD Gaming had the advantage during the early game because their solo laners kept pressuring and bullying their PSG counterparts. They used their early lane pressure to take the first dragon and the first rift herald of the game. Shortly after, LGD secured first blood after a coordinated dive in the top lane. PSG fought back by securing an infernal drake and then getting a pick in the mid-lane. The momentum continued to shift in PSG’s favor after they baited and won a fight against LGD near their blue buff. Afterwards, they secured the third dragon of the game, an ocean drake.

PSG completely turned the game in their favor in another dragon fight. After securing a kill onto LGD bot-laner Ha “Kramer” Jong-hun, PSG started taking the dragon. LGD tried to stop the attempt but it ended badly as they lost three more members and the dragon. Next, PSG’s substitute mid-laner Chen “Uniboy” Chang-Chu landed a massive Orianna shockwave onto the entire LGD team in a baron fight. This let PSG secure the baron and push LGD towards the edge. After sieging and razing down the bottom side of LGD’s base, PSG positioned themselves to take their second baron to close out the game. LGD attempted to stop PSG but failed and then lost the fight after. Despite playing with three subs, PSG’s coordinated play helped them overcome LGD and end the day with two wins.

Team Liquid vs MAD Lions

The final game of the first day of the Worlds 2020 play-ins featured the classic rivalry between North America and Europe. The LCS’ Team Liquid faced off against the LEC’s MAD Lions. This final game began with MAD winning the laning phase against their counterparts in Team Liquid. MAD eventually secured first blood, but Team Liquid turned the fight afterwards. Team Liquid’s mid-laner Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen used Twisted Fate’s Destiny to teleport to the bottom lane and secure two kills. The American team’s proactivity helped them secure more kills, but the Europeans evened the score after a bot lane fight.

Both teams traded kill for kill until a fight that erupted in the mid lane ended in favor of Team Liquid. Another mid lane resulted in Team Liquid securing four kills and the baron buff. Despite MAD’s attempts at fighting back, Team Liquid’s rookie bot laner Edward “Tactical” Ra’s Twitch was too fed. Moreover, Team Liquid’s top laner Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong’s Mordekaiser provided a solid front line threat as well. Their combined might helped Team Liquid overcome MAD in one final fight, resulting in North America’s victory in this match.


This wraps up the recap of Worlds 2020 play-ins day one. For information on the Worlds 2020 match schedule, go here.

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