The Group Stage for Worlds 2018 was one of the most memorable ever. From tiebreakers and upsets to western hopes and Korean disappointment, this group stage had just about everything fans could have hoped for. But now that it’s over, it’s time for the biggest matches of the tournament to begin with the Knockout Stage.
For this stage of the tournament, the remaining eight teams have been drawn into matches with the first seed from each group playing the second seed from another group. Members of the same group last stage also had to be positioned on the opposite side of the bracket from each other in the Knockout Stage.
During the draws, things worked out pretty well for western viewers, as both Fnatic and Cloud9 were placed on the easier side of the bracket and could even be considered favorites for the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, things are great for anyone that wants exciting games as some of the most highly anticipated teams in the tournament, like kt Rolster, Invictus Gaming and Royal Never Give Up, will likely all have to face off eventually, while G2 Esports has a mountain to climb if they want to reach the Finals.
Saturday, Oct. 19
- kt Rolster vs Invictus Gaming, 3-2
- Royal Never Give Up vs G2 Esports, 3-2
Sunday, Oct. 20
- Afreeca Freecs vs Cloud9, 3-0
- Fnatic vs Edward Gaming, 3-1
Saturday, Oct. 27
- G2 Esports vs Invictus Gaming, 3-0
Sunday, Oct. 28
- Fnatic vs Cloud9, 3-0
Saturday, November 3
Fnatic vs Invictus Gaming, 3:30 a.m. ET