Bilibili Gaming vs Fnatic could be the toughest match of the EMEA team in the Swiss Stage – but if they deliver, they might get enough momentum for Knockouts.
2 teams have already qualified for the Knockout Stage in the 2023 League of Legends World Championship! JD Gaming has defeated their compatriots, LNG Esports 2-1 on the first match of Saturday, while G2 Esports suffered a huge loss against Gen.G, who won 2-0.
On Sunday, the spotlight will be on the teams with a 1-1 record so far. Half of them will get to an inch from qualifying, while half of them will be closer to elimination. Where will Bilibili Gaming and Fnatic end up after their match tomorrow?
Bilibili Gaming vs Fnatic Preview
Bin and his teammates had a bit of a falloff after making it to this year’s MSI Finals. After JDG defeated them, they only finished 3rd in the LPL Summer Season, qualifying through Championship Points.
At Worlds, they won their first match against KT Rolster, but the 3rd seed of the LCK didn’t give up that easily. Even though the stats of BLG tell otherwise, it was an incredibly tight and back-and-forth match, with Aiming and co. holding on as long as humanly possible. After two Barons however, they couldn’t defend their base any longer, and BLG got their first victory. Against JDG, they couldn’t break the curse, and their biggest rivals demolished them as they did in every single occasion they met before. Now, it’s BLG’s turn to bounce back.
Bilibili Gaming Roster
Chen “Bin” Ze-Bin
Peng “Xun” Li-Xun
Zeng “Yagao” Qi
Zhao “Elk” Jia-Hao
Luo “ON” Wen-Jun
The black-and-orange squad was in peril up until the last moment before Worlds. Their toplaner, Oscarinin suffered a hand injury at the end of the LEC season, and the team had to finish the Season Finals with Wunder on the top side of the Rift. While Wunder did a good job, Oscar got his spot for a reason back in Spring – but thankfully, the young Spaniard returned to the team for Worlds.
Fnatic started Worlds against LNG Esports, who had a surprisingly good run – which started out against the LEC 2nd seed. Noah’s Ezreal and Oscar’s Renekton was not strong enough to withstand the blows, which meant that FNC crumbled in a short time. Against GAM Esports however, Fnatic had an incredibly strong showing, beating the VCS team in just over 24 minutes. The 2 players mentioned before shone brighter than the sun, with Noah ending the game with a 8/1/2 scoreline, while Oscarinin finished 7/3/1.
Óscar “Oscarinin” Munoz Jiménez
Iván “Razork” Martín Díaz
Marek “Humanoid” Brázda
Oh “Noah” Hyeon-taek
Adrian “Trymbi” Trybus
Bilibili Gaming vs Fnatic Predictions
This match will be all about the early game. Both BLG and FNC are strong and fight heavy early teams, but while the LPL squad’s every member takes their part of the bouts, FNC relies on Razork to lead them through the first minutes. The saving grace for Fnatic could be their midlaner, Humanoid, who is much more of a carry than Yagao, which could mean that the midgame could provide new possibilities to Fnatic – they just have to take them.