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: Team Liquid vs Gen.G – Worlds 2021 Group Stage Recap

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This was a must-win game for TL, as TL were faced with a do-or-die scenario. Win, or head home. For GEN, a win would secure their spot in first place while TL needed to shake off the loss to MAD.


Team Liquid vs Gen.G

A screenshot from the 2021 World Championship Main Event Group Stage broadcast, showing the champion drafts between Gen.G and Team Liquid with a shot of TL mid laner Jensen above.

After seven minutes of quiet, it was advantage for TL as they picked up two kills for one in return in a mid lane 4v4 fight. Then, in the top side, GEN picked up a kill top side to close the TL gold lead. The drake fight broke out and it was TL who came out on top, picking up two kills and the drake in the process. GEN traded three back before TL equaled that as well. It was a bloodbath in the early game as TL continued to force their lead.

Towers were traded across the map, though GEN pushed in the top side of the map with the Rift Herald. Shortly afterward, the third drake spawned on the map and it was easily claimed again by TL with GEN not looking to contest. TL got a kill on the backside of the map but the objective went to TL. While TL were able to claim an uncontested Dragon Soul, GEN were able to claim a kill. With that man advantage, they pushed mid to claim a tower but the Cloud Soul still went over to TL, giving them a huge buff. GEN used the proceeding time to contest Baron. They peeled away to take down Jensen with TL chasing.

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Moving into the late game, TL decided to sneak a Baron but it was spotted out by GEN. Being foiled there, TL once again forced a fight and this time it paid off. They cut down GEN, claimed an Elder Drake and turning that into a Baron. With all the buffs, TL forced down the mid lane while GEN went bot side, but it was TL that took the Inhibitor as GEN were forced to defend. TL were able to forced the base, and despite GEN almost saving the base, TL claimed the win to force at least two tiebreakers, as once again the four-way tiebreakers moved closer.

Quick Stats:

  • Teams: TL – GEN
  • Time: 34:50
  • Kills: 16-9
  • Turrets: 9-6
  • Gold: 65.5k – 59.9
  • Dragons: 5-0
  • Barons: 1-0

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