The Kings of Europe take on the Worlds stage in a Swiss bo1 match against last year's reigning champ. G2 Esports vs Dplus Kia – LEC vs LCK
The excitement was palpable as the Kings of Europe took the World stage for their first match-up. After all was said and done, the team that had the most space in teamfights emerged victorious. Read about all of the highlights in G2 Esports and Dplus Kia's first skirmish in the Swiss stage with our recap!
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G2 Esports vs Dplus Kia Recap
G2 Esports has a lot to give this season, and their tenacity was reflected in their very first Worlds match this season. All cards were on the table after Caps and co. opted for more engage power to counter DK's poke potential and macroplay. With Hans Sama on Draven and Deft playing Varus, all bets were off in this pressure cooker of a bo1.
Despite constant abuse under their towers, Dplus held their own against Mikyx's onslaught along with Yike's Maokai saplings being everywhere at once. Despite that, the LCK team maintained a sense of confidence in their plays, preparing for the power spike in the midgame.
Big Renekton plays from BrokenBlade forced DK Canna back before Hans Sama took first blood in a cheeky Draven ult. With how things were going, that botlane execute did wonders for G2's win potential. They got a hextech drake shortly after.
With Dplus Kia's tier 1 top-lane turret getting destroyed, Deft's team wasn't in the best position. Without any kills to their name in the 10-minute mark, they knew they had to make a big play. Luckily, they had Showmaker to set up a big collapse near drake with Emperor's Divide. G2 was being cocky, and Dplus punished them for it.
By minute 15, G2 claimed the second herald to hep with their turret bounties. After multiple clashes with Yike's ult zoning for his team, they thought it was safe to get a Baron with a 5k gold advantage. But DK wasn't going to let them get the Baron Buff without a fight. In a stupendous Baron pit fight, Deft and co. were able to survive and carry their hard-fought momentum.
BrokenBlade's team was able to stall Dplus' advance until the Baron buff expired, but the attention away from toplane gave Canna enough time to gein lethality on Jayce. With plenty of tools to get away to safety, DK were able to comfortably catch up. But G2 was still primed for an Ocean soul.
After their fourth dragon, G2 started playing like a well-oiled machine. With Hans doing TP flanks when the enemy was focused on Caps' Orianna, they still played cautiously around Showmaker's Azir. At this point, every champion on the rift had their power spikes, but the match was still extremely close.
After losing more kills to G2, DK fell out of their advantage as the gold gap grew larger. And even when they split the party in front of the Elder Dragon, they still pulled off the neutral objective and secured a commanding position.
When the game pushed 40 minutes, the game was balanced on the edge of a knife. One significant ult or a mistimed engage could've decided the match. But eventually, the heals from the Ocean Soul were more than enough to mitigate any poke damage from Dplus KIA could dish out.
Teams: G2 Esports – Dplus Kia
Kills: 16 – 9
Turrets: 10 – 4
Gold: 80.8k – 68.3k
Dragons: 5 – 1
Barons: 1 – 2
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