LoL: Worlds 2021 Hanwha Life vs LNG Esports Play-ins Recap

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LoL: Worlds 2021 Hanwha Life vs LNG Esports Play-ins Recap

Breaking down the action from the first game of Worlds 2021!

Hanwha Life Esports vs LNG Esports

A screenshot from the 2021 World Championship Play-ins broadcast, showing the drafts between Hanwha Life Esports and LNG Esports with a shot of the Worlds 2021 stage in the middle.

The first match of Worlds 2021 started with a lot of early skirmishes, where LNG forced a Flash from Deft, which later resulted in them picking up First Blood. While HLE secured the first dragon of the match, a sharp Teleport from LNG made sure they further pushed their lead against the enemy bot lane by getting more kills. LNG secured the next dragon of the match and both teams made their way into the mid-game by farming safely.

LNG found Morgan in the bottom lane and tried to kill him quickly. However, HLE was smart to read the map and quickly rotated to get a favorable fight, snag three kills and jump back into the match. After winning the team fight, HLE secured their second dragon of the match. Then, LNG caught Deft in the mid lane this time and took a 2v1 fight to stay in lead. Afterward, they secured another dragon for themselves.

After a few spare kills, a major team fight broke in the bottom river, where HLE wanted to force LNG to check the bushes for the dragon. However, the Chinese team came out on top and they won the team fight very convincingly to get their hands on their third dragon and a Baron Nashor. With the help of the Baron, they pushed all the lanes and set themselves up for the fourth dragon, i.e. Soul point of the match. The sheer power of LNG Ale's Jax was very difficult to deal with in the late game. After getting a kill in the mid lane they pushed through the lane and took the first match of the tournament for themselves.

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Quick Stats:

  • Teams: HLE-LNG
  • Time: 40:40
  • Kills: 5-18
  • Turrets: 3-8
  • Gold: 66.3k-78.5k
  • Dragons: 2-4
  • Barons: 0-1
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Rijit Banerjee is a freelance esports and gaming journalist who covers games like Fortnite, Valorant and League of Legends. He was formerly associated with Sportskeeda, GG Recon and Gamezo.