Worlds 2022 Group Stage: Day 5 Recap

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Worlds 2022 Group Stage: Day 5 Recap

The Main Event of Worlds 2022 swung back into action for Day 5. The best of the best in Group A fought in 5 competitive rounds of single-elimination matches yet again. With the NA teams hungry for wins, here's everything that went down during the second week of Groups.

You can learn more about the Worlds 2022 schedule and previous results here.

Fnatic VS Cloud9 (Group A)

Another battle between EU and NA gave a fun start. With a history of being very close matches, the pressure was on for C9 as they couldn't score a single win last week. Humanoid was a monster in the mid lane, so careful picks were key. Strong picks by C9 showed that they were determined to win a mid game advantage against FNC's scaling. Blaber's Jungler played better and won C9 first blood, earning an early game lead that carried LCS thru mid game. As the kills piled up, Razork could only use Jarvan's ultimate defense to save Fnatic against C9's snowball. Better teamplay from LCS' first seed saw NA take down their first tier 2 turret in the Worlds 2022 Main Event. A bloodthirsty match led by Fudge and Blaber gave the crowd a brilliant show of playmaking in every teamfight they won. C9's huge gold advantage in late game made them an absolute bulldozer. Despite the pressure, they inevitably won the first match of Week 2, and finally broke their Group's losing streak.

  • Teams: FNC 0 – 1 C9
  • Time: 27:49
  • Kills: 5 – 18
  • Turrets: 1 – 10
  • Gold: 42.9k – 57.9k
  • Dragons: 1 – 3
  • Barons: 0 – 2

T1 VS Fnatic (Group A)

The unkillable demon king that broke the backs of the most prominent players at Worlds returned to claim his revenge. A threatening Yuumi pick from T1's side kept FNC on their toes. A 1-for-1 in the midlane before the 3-minute mark set the tone for the first half of the match. Faker's smart use of the cloud drake pushback gave them an escape against a second gank, but Razork's continued aggression forced the GOAT to find more success elsewhere. Patient plays in bottom lane set by their Yuumi allowed T1 to fight back and get the score even and took the LEC's numbers advantage. FNC's Akali took a grisly CS lead against Faker, which meant that Zeus had to pick up the slack. The game was close throughout the early game, but fully collapsed after T1 took complete control over the map. Precarious plays to separate and isolate Faker proved too risky. These teamfights cost FNC their lead, and forced them to take defensive maneuvers to defend their territory. Every kill gave T1 enough momentum to destroy all of their turrets. And after a very messy fight, T1 claimed a successful tiebreaker from their vengeful match-up against Fnatic.

  • Teams: T1 1 – 0 FNC
  • Time: 29:05
  • Kills: 15 – 7
  • Turrets: 11 – 1
  • Gold: 57.2k – 45.6k
  • Dragons: 2 – 1
  • Barons: 2 – 0

Cloud9 VS EDward Gaming (Group A)

Set to go up against EDG and T1, it would be an arduous climb for the NA team. But the match against last year's champions made it a vertical cliff. The game was not even close. it was Jensen's pocket pick Viktor against strong scaling melee champs in EDG's corner. Meiko's strong set-ups with Thresh helped their Rennala get the first blood of the match. With Flandre's strong playmaking,  C9's map was already in shambles 9 and a half minutes into the game. Blaber couldn't be everywhere at once, and had to make impossible decisions constantly. Scout's Akali was ruthless and dominated every lane he found himself on throughout the game. Once midgame started, the entire Rift was completely owned by EDward Gaming. The LCS representatives played their best, but C9 just couldn't find a single opening. The LPL champions circled around their opponents like sharks, demolishing any counterplay plans. After a crushing defeat in bottom lane, EDG got every single dragon, an 18k gold lead, and eliminated C9 from Worlds.

  • Teams: C9 0 – 1 EDG
  • Time:
  • Kills: 1 – 19
  • Turrets: 0 – 9
  • Gold: 36.1k – 54.4k
  • Dragons: 0 – 3
  • Barons: 0 – 1

Fnatic VS EDward Gaming (Group A)

It was do or die for Fnatic in their elimination match for the second week of the main event. Hopes were high for EU's top team. But aggressive plays by FNC in the early game were quickly turned around by the reigning champions, outmatching them every single time. Jiejie's patient ganks were well-timed, and Scout fired off on all cylinders on anyone brave enough to face him. Razork, unfortunately, lost control of the jungle well into mid game, which meant that they couldn't remove enemy vision during important team fights. EDG dominated the bottom lane with 3v3s, and prevented Fnatic from building any momentum. Regardless of how defensive EDG's approaches were, each small win compounded into an insurmountable score that hard smashed the hopes of another western team from reaching semi-finals.

  • Teams: FNC 0 – 1 EDG
  • Time: 29:41
  • Kills: 2 – 18
  • Turrets: 2 – 11
  • Gold: 45.5k – 61.5k
  • Dragons: 0 – 3
  • Barons: 0 – 2

T1 VS Cloud9 (Group A)

Cloud9 invested in some of the hardest-hitting champions for their “aggro” comp, but an overwhelming victory still found its way in T1's hands. A risky mid lane gank almost saw 2 kills in favor of T1, but C9 got first blood through lighting-fast Flash dodges. Blaber had his hands full early game, but Oner made sure to defend midlane so that Faker wouldn't get hard-focused again. A close match that saw constant back and forth plays between the two crowd favorites saw a 4-2 score just before the 10-minute mark. On top of this, with 15 turret plates taken in just under 15 minutes, T1 maintained a strong 10k gold lead. Both teams kept a clear head in every clash, while Jensen took down Faker with fast plays that made the entire crowd roar. The unkillable demon king was able to take his stylish revenge, however. While smart playmaking gave the EU team a small kill lead, it was short-lived as their opponent dominantly punched through enemy flank attempts with better items, and sent Cloud9 home.

  • Teams: T1 1 – 0 C9
  • Time: 30:21
  • Kills: 16 – 8
  • Turrets: 10 – 0
  • Gold: 48.7k – 34.4k
  • Dragons: 1 – 2
  • Barons: 1 – 0


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EDward Gaming VS T1 (Group A)

Both powerhouses entered the last match of the day 4-1, and by historical precedent, T1 came out on top in first place for this year's Groups. Kalista came back to the main stage under Gumayusi, and the whole game was a monumental match-up that could've been a Worlds final in any year. A tense quiet filled the stage as both teams knew how the last game could go either way. Meiko's Thresh hooks never missed in the early game, and made sure to clear enemy vision bottom side jungle to avoid any disadvantages in teamfights. Neither side risked overaggressive plays to ensure that objectives never got lost before midgame. EDG found an early lead in top lane after they got good mileage out of the first Rift Herald. JieJie and Meiko managed Faker's overenthusiastic plays, while Keria's silence as Soraka shut down plays from both of EDG's carries. Despite the good early game advantage, T1's legendary zone control took the lead back from LPL's representatives with well-executed combos. For the opposition, it was a terrifying landslide. For Worlds history, it remained inevitable.

  • Teams: EDG 0 – 1 T1
  • Time: 28:14
  • Kills: 8 – 24
  • Turrets: 1 – 9
  • Gold: 46.4k – 59.5k
  • Dragons: 0 – 4
  • Barons: 0 – 1

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Worlds 2022 Group Stage: Day 5 Recap
Paul Goño
Paul started writing for ESTNN in 2022, the same year he beat his first Souls game. An avid fan of RPGs, his all-time favorites include Baldur's Gate 3, Assassin’s Creed and Kingdom Hearts 2. Besides being a professional nerd, he still struggles to get over the broken PS2 memory card that stored years of his save files.