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: MAD Lions vs Gen.G Tiebreaker – Worlds 2021 Group Stage Recap

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After claiming a massive victory against LNG, MAD had to go once more to secure the first seed in the group. The good news for both MAD and GEN, they’ve qualified for the final stage regardless of the result.


Tiebreaker: Gen.G vs MAD Lions

A screenshot from the 2021 World Championship Main Event Group Stage broadcast, showing the champion drafts for the tiebreaker between Gen.G and MAD Lions with a shot of the Worlds 2021 stage in the center.

The battle for first seed got off to a slow start, which wasn’t normal for Group D. Finally, GEN picked up a Double Kill at the 7:30 mark as the game came to life. MAD got onto the board in the bot lane, with Carzzy picking up a kill to get MAD a minor gold lead. GEN quickly moved back into a gold lead after a number of plays across the map. More fighting on the bot side, with MAD picking up a kill but two more going over to GEN, as their gold lead extended to 4k.

MAD managed to secure the second drake, as they crucially kept a potential late-game win condition. With Baron spawning on the map, GEN had claimed their fifth tower to MAD’s one, as GEN held a 5k gold lead. At the next Drake, it came down to a 50/50 with MAD desperately trying to claim it. But GEN stayed calm and secured the drake. A little bit after, there was another winning skirmish and drake for GEN. Their lead remained at 4k gold while MAD continued to stay in the game. GEN managed to get a MAD Inhibitor, as they finally turned some map pressure onto the map.

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Holding on for dear life

GEN were able to get a third drake and found a solid win condition. Eventually, GEN were able to claim a Baron, but a big play on the tail end saw MAD pick up the Ace, completely negating the advantage GEN found. However, GEN secured the Dragon Soul, and the fight went their way. They took down four members of MAD, losing just three themselves. The game continued but it looked like another game that would come down to a combination of Baron and Elder Drake. GEN forced an engagement in the mid lane with Kennen but Carzzy came in to clean up for MAD, securing a two-for-one kill trade.

Not too much later, Baron was secured for GEN, who risked leaving it down to a 50/50. The Elder fight was next, and it was secured by GEN as MAD tried to steal it in a 50/50. GEN managed to win a team fight off the back of the play, as they secured the MAD Nexus and the top seed in Group D.

Quick Stats:

  • Teams: GEN – MAD
  • Time: 48:03
  • Kills: 24-13
  • Turrets: 9-5
  • Gold: 87.6k – 78k
  • Dragons: 5-2
  • Barons: 2-0

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