Now that we officially know four of the eight teams who are going to the Quarterfinals in Chicago, it is time to look ahead to Group D.
Group D is arguably the craziest group at Worlds with Samsung Galaxy, Team Solo Mid, and Royal Never Give Up. Splyce rounds out the group as the fourth member, but after their lackluster Week 1 performance, their chance of advancing are slim . The other three teams however each ended Week 1 tied for first place in the group. It is a good thing that Group D is starting three hours earlier than the other days, because it is fairly likely that things could get messy when it comes to ties.
There are multiple scenarios in which we could see teams have to play tiebreakers. It is likely that we will see at least a two way tie, but if last week repeats itself, we will see a three way tiebreaker between TSM, RNG, and SSG. Splyce is also down but not completely out. If Splyce wins all three of their games, and the perfect storm happens in the other games, Splyce could in fact force a four way tie in Group D.
Technically speaking, all teams do stand a chance of getting out of this group and moving onto the Quarterfinals. If any team other than Splyce win three games, they will advance. If Splyce wins all three of their games, their fate is in the hands of their group mates
For a visual view of all the scenarios, check out this cool graphic by Adam Pearce.
All times Eastern.
Royal Never Give Up
Saturday Schedule: vs. Splyce at 5 p.m., vs. SSG at 7 p.m., vs. TSM at 9 p.m.
What They Need: Wins against SSG and TSM clinch qualification. Any two wins will clinch at least a tiebreaker.
Possible Scenario: RNG beats SPY and TSM; SSG beats RNG, TSM, and SPY; TSM beats SPY. RNG and SSG advance to Quarterfinals.
Saturday Schedule: vs. TSM at 4 p.m., vs. RNG at 7 p.m., vs. SPY at 8 p.m.
What They Need: Wins against RNG and TSM clinch qualification. Any two wins will clinch at least a tiebreaker.
Possible Scenario: SSG beats RNG and SPY; TSM beats SSG, RNG, and SPY; RNG beats SPY. SSG and TSM advance to Quarterfinals.
Saturday Schedule: vs. RNG at 5 p.m., vs. TSM at 6 p.m., vs. SSG at 8 p.m.
What They Need: A miracle. If Splyce somehow wins all three of their games, they must win at least one tiebreaker game to move out of Group D and onto the Quarterfinals.
Possible Scenario: SPY beats RNG, TSM, and SSG; SSG beats TSM; TSM beats RNG; RNG beats SSG. The top two winners of the four way tiebreaker of SPY, TSM, SSG, and RNG advance to Quarterfinals.
Team Solo Mid
Saturday Schedule: vs. SSG at 4 p.m., vs. SPY at 6 p.m., vs. RNG at 9 p.m.
What They Need: Wins against SSG and RNG clinch qualification. Any two wins will clinch at least a tiebreaker.
Possible Scenario: TSM beats SSG and SPY. SSG beats Spy and RNG. RNG beats SPY and TSM. The top two winners of the three way tiebreaker of TSM, RNG, and SSG advance to the Quarterfinals.