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Worlds 2017 Group Stage: Group C finale recap

Europe’s G2 Esports came up just short of the Knockout Stage.

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The finale of Worlds 2017’s Group C may have had one or two minor surprises along the way, but for the most part, this group ended exactly as most people thought it might; Royal never Give Up got out of the group as the first seed and Samsung Galaxy in second.

As so often happens in these Worlds Group Stages, while two good teams go through, there is another that sits on the outside looking in, just a few games away from a trick to the Worlds Knockout Stage. In the case of Group C, this team was Europe’s G2 Esports.

For all of their reputation of struggling at international competition, G2 performed well at Worlds 2017 taking a game off of the impressive Royal Never Give Up, and almost giving Samsung Galaxy a run for their money. Sadly for EU’s first seed, they simply weren’t strong enough to measure up to the talents of the other regions in the group and the team will be going home.

For a full look at how Group C ended, check out our breakdown below.

G2 Esports vs Royal Never Give Up

Winner: G2 Esports

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Royal Never Give Up were one of the best teams at the tournament after week one, which makes this G2 victory even more impressive. For the first time so far at Worlds 2017, G2 played a smart, proactive style that gained them an early lead that they turned into a huge victory.

Samsung Galaxy vs 1907 Fenerbahçe Esport

Winner: Samsung Galaxy

This win was an important return to form for last year’s Worlds runners-up. Samsung Galaxy took down their opponents with an effective and highly dominant style that left no room for mistakes from 1907 and gave them no way back into the game at all. Also meaningful was the way that Samsung managed to deal much of their damage from their bottom lane, something that they couldn’t do in week one.

Samsung Galaxy vs G2 Esports

Winner: Samsung Galaxy

It sure does seem like the old Samsung Galaxy are back as they take care of business and pick up another important win in Group C. Sure, it may have seemed like G2 were technically in the game up until the moment they lost, but that wasn’t really the case. The truth is, G2 never took a single tower from Samsung and while they were able to pick up one late game kill, they were still down almost 15k gold by the time their Nexus fell, a classic Samsung performance.

1907 Fenerbahçe Esport vs Royal Never Give Up

Winner: Royal Never Give Up

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RNG picked Vayne, their AD Carry’s signature champion and man did it go well. While almost everything in the game went right form RNG and they dominated in short order, the spotlight was on Vayne who managed pull out a ton of damage and shut down 1907 Fenerbahçe completely.

1907 Fenerbahçe Esport vs G2 Esports

Winner: G2 Esports

In the first completely irrelevant game of Worlds 2017, G2 finally got the chance they had been waiting for to put Yasuo in the middle lane. While they picked the entire team composition around this fact, the team initially seemed unable to make anything happen with it. However, the game game dragged into super late territory and after over 50 minutes, G2 finally managed to take the game.

Royal Never Give Up vs Samsung Galaxy

Winner: Royal Never Give Up

RNG looked absolutely incredible in this game. To no one’s surprises, the team picked a composition that excelled early, just as their composition was reaching it’s limits, Royal Never Give Up pushed a near perfect play, taking a surprise Baron and finishing the Samsung Nexus before the buff even wore off. And with that, the LPL team have secured the number one seed in Group C.