The Group Stage of the Worlds 2017 Play-ins have come to a close and we are still left with a lot of questions about the teams that advanced to the Knockout Stage from Groups C and D.
In Group C Fnatic’s mid laner, and one of their star players, Rasmus “Caps” Winther struggled to find his footing, consistently looking outmatched by his mid lane opponents. While Fnatic did manage to top the group, they couldn’t match the undefeated runs in the early groups had by fellow major region teams, Team WE and Cloud9, as they dropped their second game to Young Generation. The one standout for the team was the fairly consistent play of AD Carry Martin “Rekkles” Larsson, though he doesn’t quite look like the standout star the team could use right now.
Meanwhile, Group D was a heated showdown between TCL’s 1907 Fenerbahçe Espor and LMS’s Hong Kong Attitude who each traded a game with each other, which led to a tiebreaker that 1907 Fenerbahçe took after almost 50 minutes of back and forth play. Both teams managed to impress in their group, and should hold their heads high as they both advance from the group and into the Knockout Stage.
The Worlds Play-in Knockout Stage kicks off on Wednesday night at 11:00 p.m. ET, when Cloud9 take on Lyon Gaming.