Worlds 2022 Knockout Stage: Gen.G vs DWG KIA Series Recap

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Worlds 2022 Knockout Stage: Gen.G vs DWG KIA Series Recap

The LCK civil war resulted in a victory for the Summer champions, as Gen.G eliminated DWG KIA with a 3-2 score.


GEN vs DK (Game 1)

Ryze for Chovy and Kayn for Canyon to start our LCK vs LCK series. An exciting start to a game as Canyon found a great level one invade and an early top gank, but a miscalculation meant they couldn’t get the kill, and GEN got the first blood with a Chovy roam. The early game was very hectic and full of fights, including a Herald fight that went to DK, which meant a 10-minute transformation for Canyon’s Kayn. And despite a 30 cs GEN lead in bot lane, this early transformation meant DK turned the gold lead to their side. But DK overestimated their lead and tried to dive the tier two bot lane tower. It went disastrous as they failed to get any kills and gave Chovy three. These kills were crucial as in the next drake fight, multiple GEN members lived with very low HPs while Ryze dealt massive damage back. The won fight gave GEN a free Baron. Another last-ditch fight by DK also went sideways in the mid lane, and GEN managed to put a fast end to the game and took a 1-0 lead.

  • Teams: GEN 1 – 0 DK
  • Time: 25:47
  • Kills: 17 – 7
  • Turrets: 7 – 2
  • Gold: 51.3k – 42.8k
  • Dragons: 1 – 2
  • Barons: 1 – 0

GEN vs DK (Game 2)

GEN managed to get Yuumi once again in the draft, on top of the Yone counter for Chovy. And the counter pick paid off very early as a great gank from Peanut gave the star mid laner the first blood. But Canyon was once again able to keep his team in the lead with his ganks and by taking the first Herald. DK had over 1k lead during mid game and the drakes were tied despite multiple kills GEN found. The game was slowing down while GEN looked like they were getting the upper hand with the game’s tempo when DK found a pick on a stray cat and started Baron. But a great steal from Peanut gave the objective and the gold lead to GEN. The game turned into a couple of minutes of chaos after this, as DK took fight after fight individually, and gave multiple kills and the Soul point to their opponents.

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DK got themselves an inhibitor and denied the Soul on the back of great map movement, an overchase from GEN and a great play from ShowMaker. The game almost ended during another Baron flip from DK, where they almost got aced because of the multiple Guardian Angels on GEN. But only two living GEN members meant the game continued, but with them taking Soul. Now massively behind, DK gave the Baron a third try, also not successful. This time GEN managed to get the clean ace and brought the series score to 2-0.

  • Teams: DK 0 – 2 GEN
  • Time: 42:17
  • Kills: 11 – 17
  • Turrets: 5 – 10
  • Gold: 67.9k – 75.7k
  • Dragons: 2 – 4
  • Barons: 0 – 1

GEN vs DK (Game 3)

Much better start to Game 3 by DK from the draft as they finally banned Yuumi. Unfortunately, Canyon started out the game getting caught during an invade and giving over first blood, but he recovered with a good top lane dive, the first Herald and the first drake. A favorable bot lane matchup meant DK had more chances to make early game moves, which gave them a 3k lead and let them stack early drakes while GEN was always on the back foot. The lead grow when DK sieged the mid lane tower with the Rift Herald and found four kills as ShowMaker’s Swain dominated the fight which then turned into a sub-20-minute Hextech Soul point. DK’s control over the map was unchallenged and they found multiple picks in a row. These picks first turned into the Soul, then a Baron. GEN tried to contest the Baron but they were nearly 10k gold behind and they just got aced. DK had enough time to end the game with the Baron and they gave themselves another life.

  • Teams: DK 1 – 2 GEN
  • Time: 26:05
  • Kills: 15 – 2
  • Turrets: 7 – 1
  • Gold: 50.1k – 39.7k
  • Dragons: 4 – 0
  • Barons: 1 – 0

GEN vs DK (Game 4)

DK seemed to come alive after Game 3 as they start out this game with a double kill on Canyon after he read an early gank from Peanut perfectly. He used this early lead in a great fashion as he kept invading the enemy jungler, finding two more kills. This pressure gave DK the first Herald, two early drakes and a 4k gold lead before the plates fell. GEN found two picks on the DK top side and got some shutdown gold, but DK was always there to trade kills back. The trades were always advantageous for them as they got a Baron and the Soul point. But DK decided to give up the Soul chance and take a 5v5 after the objective. They found massive flanks in the fight and with deokdam blowing up GEN with his Ultimate, they found a very clean ace. Despite the early game time, 5 kills and a Baron were enough to end the game and tie the series.

  • Teams: GEN 2 – 2 DK
  • Time: 24:27
  • Kills: 2 – 13
  • Turrets: 0 – 8
  • Gold: 37.1k – 49.8k
  • Dragons: 1 – 3
  • Barons: 0 – 1
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GEN vs DK (Game 5)

It’s Game 5, win or go home. Canyon just locked in Kayn once again and invaded level one once again to establish another jungle dominance with double Peanut’s farm at six minutes. GEN found a moment of relief when they managed to steal the first Herald to keep the gold close. DK wasn’t able to snowball their early game lead as the first two kills of the game went to GEN as they punish the aggressive DK top side. DK was still able to hold on to a small gold lead through the mid game, but GEN was getting the drakes to complement their scaling team comp. Canyon managed to steal the third one to delay the Soul point, but the fight was overwhelmingly in GEN’s favor as they got four kills for zero. GEN also got a free mid inhibitor when DK overcommitted to chasing Doran in the side lane.

But even behind, Canyon found made the perfect play. With a great flank from their jungler, DK found four kills in the mid lane and took a Baron for themselves. They then found another pick on Peanut to delay GEN’s Soul. The game mostly turned into posturing in the mid lane and fighting over objectives. So it wasn’t surprising when it got decided on a 44-minute Baron fight, which GEN secured. But the buff itself didn’t matter as GEN took the fight after and aced DK with a quadra kill from Ruler and secured themselves a Semifinals spot.

  • Teams: GEN 3 – 2 DK
  • Time: 44:48
  • Kills: 18 – 11
  • Turrets: 10 – 3
  • Gold: 81.6k – 72.7k
  • Dragons: 3 – 3
  • Barons: 1 – 1

Worlds 2022 Knockout Stage Schedule

Quarterfinals, October 20-23

  • October 23, 4 PM CST (11 PM CET)
    • EDward Gaming vs DRX

Semifinals, October 29-30

  • October 29, 4 PM CST (11 PM CET)
    • JDG vs T1
  • October 30, 4 PM CST (11 PM CET)
    • Gen.G vs TBD

Worlds 2022 Finals

  • November 5, 7 PM CST (1 AM CET*)
    • TBD vs TBD

*Indicates next day.

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Worlds 2022 Knockout Stage: Gen.G vs DWG KIA Series Recap
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