David Hollingsworth
David Hollingsworth
David has written for games media outlets for the last seven years. With his first major esports role being with Esports News UK covering mostly UK League of Legends. David is also a member of the British Esports Association and is an advisor to them on World of Warcraft Esports. More recently David has worked for Esports Insider and Red Bull as an esports journalist.

LoL: Gen.G vs LNG Esports – Worlds 2021 Group Stage Recap

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A big game for LNG, as a loss could see them staring down the barrel of group exit. Meanwhile, GEN still needed one more win to confirm group victory.


Gen.G vs LNG Esports

A screenshot from the 2021 World Championship Main Event Group Stage broadcast, showing the champion drafts between Gen.G and LNG Esports with a shot of the teams on the 2021 Worlds stage above.

First Blood went the way of LNG after a sketchy dive in the top lane saw them pick up a kill. Then, there was a repeat gank top side for LNG, as they claimed another kill, making GEN fall 1.5k gold behind just seven minutes in. Ale's Fiora was huge, smashing Burdol into the dirt and putting him behind 70 CS by 11 minutes. There’s a fight next at the Rift Herald, and while the objective reset, LNG picked another two kills, with GEN finally picking up their first kill.  More and more strong plays across the map from LNG, securing three more kills and a second Rift Herald.

Moments later disaster struck for GEN. They lost another three members in a fight in the bot river while losing an Inhibitor tower at 17 minutes. LNG had moved to 8k gold ahead at this point as GEN collapsed. Rift Herald crashed into the bot lane as LNG picked up yet another Inhibitor tower, though they overplayed their hand in the engagement and lost two members. Had they not been 8k ahead, that could have easily been an Ace for GEN.

With Mountain Soul spawning and a second Baron on the map, LNG took their time to secure the drake. While LNG got the Mountain Soul, Ale was caught out and GEN somehow managed to claim a free Baron. LNG were playing with fire, though they just managed to hold on. The gold lead had dropped to just 7k, as LNG showed a moment of weakness. Eventually, LNG finally found the game-winning play, and GEN tried to hold but it wasn’t possible. LNG forced one last fight and promptly won the game. With a 7k lead from such an early stage, it was a longer game than expected. The result keeps the group wide open, as Group D continued to deliver.

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Quick Stats:

  • Teams: GEN – LNG
  • Time: 34:20
  • Kills: 7-22
  • Turrets: 2-11
  • Gold: 56k – 67.6k
  • Dragons: 0-4
  • Barons: 1-0

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