LoL: Worlds 2021 Unicorns of Love vs Galatasaray Esports Play-ins Recap

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LoL: Worlds 2021 Unicorns of Love vs Galatasaray Esports Play-ins Recap

Galatasaray and the Unicorns took to the Rift to try and improve their lot in Group B.

Unicorns of Love vs Galatasaray Esports

A screenshot from the 2021 World Championship Play-ins broadcast, showing the drafts between Unicorns of Love and Galatasaray Esports with a shot of Kim "Crazy" Jae-hee in the middle.

In the final match of Day One of the Play-in Stage, Unicorns of Loved looked to bounce back after a rough loss and Galatasaray hoped to go 2-0 on the day. Things started off very well for GS, as though the game was quiet early, GS accumulated neutral objectives across the map. At eight minutes, in the midst of a messy fight, GS crept ahead in a top lane fight to go up three-for-two in kills. Three minutes later, UOL tried to punish the top lane, but GS collapsed on the play to rout them and trade three-for-one in their favor. Meanwhile, Alive solo killed Argonavt in the bottom lane.

With these fights and the multiple neutrals, GS was feeling good. They soon claimed the First Tower bonus, found a pick onto Nomanz and gained two more kills worth of gold in a skirmish. Even as early as 15 minutes, the game looked dire for UOL. As at 16 minutes, GS forced another fight, this time in the mid lane, to claim three more kills and a third dragon. UOL managed to get some gold back with a Herald and a tower take, but it was too little too late.

It wasn't long until the Ocean Soul dragon spawned, where both teams met. Though it was an equal two-for-two kill trade, GS did secure the coveted Soul. This helped them in the next few minutes, where a long series of drawn-out fights resulted in more kills to GS, and ultimately, Baron Nashor. Once they had the uber buff, GS was unstoppable as they pushed down every lane and eventually dove into the UOL base to kill multiple champions and the UOL Nexus too.

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Quick Stats:

  • Teams: UOL-GS
  • Time: 29:03
  • Kills: 9-23
  • Turrets: 2-9
  • Gold: 45.0k-58.3k
  • Dragons: 0-4
  • Barons: 0-1
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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