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| Author Paul Goño
G2 Esports vs PSG Talon Preview and Predictions: MSI 2023 Play-Ins
The might of the pacific meets one of the best European teams in the winner's bracket for the MSI 2023 Play-Ins. LEC vs PCS. G2 Esports vs PSG Talon.
PSG Talong isn't a stranger to coming out on top. Their years-long winning streak in the PCS has led to Wako and co. placing in the top 10 in MSI tournaments past. And this year, the French-backed champs started the invitationals off in confident fashion after winning an endurance match against one of the LJL's best. Against them is G2 Esports, who also won a 2-0 victory on Day 1 of play-ins. The Kings of Europe have suffered in their matches as of late, but their newfound momentum could be a major threat to PSG's dreams of reaching Worlds. If you're betting on the mid-season invitationals, this G2 Esports vs PSG Talon preview guide is for you!
G2 Esports vs PSG Talon Preview
Members of G2 Esports came into MSI with a nervous excitement. But despite the doubts on their current form, the star team from EMEA knew what they were capable of and rose to the occasion. Mikyx and Hans Sama placed their bets on a non-meta comp at bot side, a decision that would set the tone for the rest of their victorious series against CBLoL's LOUD. Individually, their playmaking is looking closer to their LEC Winter Split performance, where the Berlin-based roster dominated their region.
G2 Esports Roster
- Sergen “Brokenblade” Çelik
- Martin “Yike” Sundelin
- Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther
- Steven “Hans Sama” Liv
- Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle
Player To Watch
BrokenBlade's late-game performance in the top lane is an instrumental win condition for G2 Esports.
BB 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/wPQ9UYOp30
— G2 League of Legends (@G2League) May 2, 2023
Boasting an impressive line-up, PSG has set the stage with MSI's first series win against DFM. The pacific region representative remains an open threat with their lane pressure tactics, strong jungle control and Wako's mid-game Aphelios. These were all exhibited in the invitational's opening series where the ubao-led PCS Spring champs pulled off miracle plays and daring 4v4's to force lopsided games to end in their favor.
PSG Talon Roster
- Huang “Azhi” Shang-Jhih
- Yu “JunJia” Chun-Chia
- Chen “ubao” Chang-Chu
- Tsou “Wako” Wei-Yang
- Lin “Woody” Yu-En
Player To Watch
Wach Wako become a living turret when his crit rate on “The Weapon of the Faithful” goes past a million in the late-game.
QUADRA KILL for PSG ubao! #MSI2023 pic.twitter.com/denOhLPs1Z
— LoL Esports (@lolesports) May 2, 2023
PSG Talon vs G2 Esports Predictions
Finding their best fights on opposite sides of the map, it'll be a sprint towards the better laning phase. In teamfights, the Taiwanese team isn't afraid to get into the thick of it. They've also proficient in wrestling their way out of bad situations. Even so, these positional disadvantages are unheard of in the LEC, and G2 has shown far greater diligence in their macroplay. 2-1 in favor of G2 Esports.
How to watch G2 Esports vs PSG Talon
Keep an eye on the Riot Games Twitch or YouTube channels. The next round of play-ins is set to begin on May 3 at 08:00 ET/07:00 CST/05:00 PT.
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