Brandon Sturak
Brandon Sturak
Brandon is a writer and editor for ESTNN with a passion for esports. He writes about League of Legends and esports generally, providing analysis and commentary on both. He is a founding member of Niagara University Esports, while being the previous mid laner and Head Coach for the NU Esports LoL team as well. Twitter @GhandiLoL

LoL: Hanwha Life vs RNG Tiebreaker – Worlds 2021 Group Stage Recap

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With a win over RNG earlier, HLE forced a tiebreaker against them to contest for first seed in Group C.


Tiebreaker: Hanwha Life Esports vs Royal Never Give Up

A screenshot from the 2021 World Championship Main Event Group Stage broadcast, showing the champion drafts for the tiebreaker match between Hanwha Life and RNG with a shot of the HLE players and coaches on stage above.

To dodge other first seeds, like DWG KIA or T1, it was imperative to win here. The opening minutes of the game were relatively quiet, as HLE took Herald and RNG secured a dragon. At 14 minutes, First Blood finally came out for HLE but RNG traded a kill back, making it a one-for-one. But HLE, a minute later, found a solid foothold in the game by beating RNG in a team fight two-for-zero in kills and securing the Herald.

From this point of power, HLE looked like they'd be getting rolling, but almost immediately threw it. Off of overaggression, HLE gave three kills over RNG in an extended fight, as well as a second dragon. The next few minutes passed quickly, until the next dragon spawned. Wanting to stop RNG's dragon stacking, HLE contested them and found a great fight, this time killing three from RNG and their first dragon.

Like clockwork, HLE and RNG faced off at each of the next dragons, where one went to HLE at 28 minutes, then one to RNG at 33. All the while, RNG came out slightly ahead in kills in the team fights as their AOE team fighting composition scaled past HLE's pick comp. At last, RNG claimed their Ocean Soul at 38 minutes after pushing HLE into their base.

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The end of the game was wild though. RNG rushed the Baron and got it without problem, then pushed top straight to the Inhibitor. Not slowing down, RNG pushed towards the Nexus, but pan camera and Chovy was near the RNG base, simply pushing mid. Of course, HLE didn't have a hope to defend in the 4v5, and as multiple members dropped, RNG blasted the HLE Nexus and took their place at the top of Group C.

Quick Stats:

  • Teams: HLE-RNG
  • Time: 43:44
  • Kills: 11-19
  • Turrets: 4-10
  • Gold: 69.7k-77.1k
  • Dragons: 2-4
  • Barons: 0-2

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