8:00 pm ET — Despite an early deficit, SKT battle back and take the game remaining undefeated at MSI so far.
7:46 pm ET — 21 minutes in and Team WE actually has a lead of almost 2k gold along with a 3-2 lead in towers and a 8-6 lead in kills.
7:20 pm ET — Team WE vs SK Telecom T1 Pick and Ban
WE: Gragas, Rengar, Karma, Caitlyn, Lulu
Bans: Graves, Lee Sin, Rumble, Lucian, Syndra
SKT: Kennen, Ivern, Orianna, Twitch, Nami
Bans: Leblanc, Kled, Fizz, Jayce, Kog’Maw
6:54 pm ET — After a huge teamfight win G2 secure a come from behind victory against GAM!
6:42 pm ET — Perkz pulls back a couple kills after G2 lose a fight and a Baron buff. GAM’s lead is now 11-8 in kills and about 2k in gold.
6:24 pm ET — 13 minutes in and G2 have a slight lead of about 900 gold thanks to their 3-1 lead in kills.
6:10 pm ET — GIGABYTE Marines vs G2
G2 are going to have a comp with no real identity. They can use strong damage from Kog’Maw but can’t quite protect him and they have little to no engage. GAM meanwhile have their perfect comp of aggression combined with strong teamfight damage and CC.
GAM: Kennen, Graves, Taliyah, Ziggs, Bard
Bans: Ivern, Caitlyn, Karma, Twitch, Ashe
G2: Jayce, Nunu, Fizz, Kog’Maw, Lulu
Bans: Leblanc, Lee Sin, Gragas, Zyra, No Ban
5:47 p.m. ET — Flash Wolves picks up a Baron, a triple kill for Betty and an ace, breaking TSM’s base open with the mid inhibitor and one Nexus tower taken down. When Biofrost attempts to defend the second, Flash Wolves take him down and the turret as well, securing the 17-9, 35-minute victory over TSM.
TSM is now in dead last, at 1-3. After an 0-2 Day 1, Flash Wolves completes the 2-0 Day 2 to slide up into third place.
5:26 p.m. ET — We’ve had some terrific Graves play in this tournament, and here’s Karsa’s contribution.
5:23 p.m. ET — TSM has jumped out to an early lead against Flash Wolves thanks in part to this First Blood for Hauntzer.
It’s 2-1 TSM at 10 minutes, with a dead-even gold score.
5:11 p.m. ET -- FW vs. TSM picks and bans:
FW: Rumble, Graves, Ryze, Jhin, Tahm Kench
Bans: Kennen, Ivern, Jayce, Syndra, Cassiopeia
TSM: Fizz, Lee Sin, Orianna, Varus, Braum
Bans: LeBlanc, Lulu, Karma, Zed, Ashe
4:50 p.m. ET — What do you do when Trick locks in Nunu? How about a quadra kill for Graves’ Condi, paving the way for an easy win for Team WE.
4:21 p.m. ET: G2 vs. WE pick and bans:
G2 Esports is tired of vacation memes from last year’s MSI and they’re ready to take names. WE definitely isn’t going to go down without a fight, though so we’ll see who takes this match.
G2: Shen, Nunu, LeBlanc, Kog’Maw, Lulu
Bans: Elise, Lee Sin, Nami, Zyra, Thresh
WE: Kled, Graves, Kassadin, Ashe, Malzahar
Bans: Ivern, Kennen, Karma, Rengar, Kha’Zix
3:57 p.m. ET: What’s the use of a fantastic early game if you can’t close it out? Absolutely nothing. Flash Wolves scales with its team-fighting composition and earns a 4-0 fight near Elder Dragon at 38 minutes, taking the lead and the game, Flash Wolves’ first win of the MSI main event.
3:42 p.m. ET — After a big fight seemed to go the Marines’ way with a huge Galio ultimate, the Marines stick around too long and allow Flash Wolves to pick them off. Betty picks up a triple kill, and with Flash Wolves’ much stronger team fight composition, this game isn’t anywhere near over yet.
3:34 p.m. ET — It’s not just the early game: the Marines have been extending their lead in the mid game, too. The 1-3-1 is destroying Flash Wolves, with Stark’s Galio flying around the map and picking up assists in every fight.
It’s 6-0 Marines with an almost 6k gold lead at 18 minutes.
3:21 p.m. ET — The Marines open the game up with a lane swap (yes, seriously), pitting their bottom lane top side against Flash Wolves’ Shen. FW doesn’t quite know how to respond, and the Marines are able to push the lane in and bring Stark’s Galio in with a teleport, earning First Blood for Slay against MMD.
3:16 p.m. ET — GM vs. FW pick and bans:
Can Flash Wolves pick up its first win of the tournament? The Taiwanese champions entered MSI with high expectations, and have to be favored to take down GPL’s Marines.
GM: Galio, Elise, LeBlanc, Ashe, Lulu
Bans: Kled, Malzahar, Zyra, Varus, Caitlyn
FW: Shen, Graves, Ryze, Ezreal, Karma
Bans: Ziggs, Kennen, Gragas, Lee Sin, Kha’Zix
2:49 p.m. ET: That’ll do it. SKT earns probably its easiest win of MSI so far, led by a terrific performance from Peanut’s Lee Sin (9/1/4). An ace at 26 minutes after an SKT Baron was all the reigning MSI champions needed to close this out, marching into TSM’s base to secure the 22-6, 28-minute victory.
2:37 p.m. ET: So, stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but it turns out Peanut is good at Lee Sin. Like, really, really good.
At 18 minutes, SKT leads 6-2 with a 7k gold lead and a 3-0 tower lead. Peanut is 4/0/1, compared to Svenskeren’s 0/3/1. Both teams have one Infernal Drake.
2:24 p.m. ET: Svenskeren tries to invade Peanut’s jungle, but SKT collapses and Faker gets First Blood. That’s not the start TSM was hoping for.
2:18 p.m. ET — SKT vs. TSM pick and bans:
SKT’s running a protect-the-Twitch composition, which TSM tried out on Day 1 to not much avail. TSM has picked strong lanes with a Shen and a Kha’Zix, so we’ll see how that goes.
SKT: Rumble, Lee Sin, Orianna, Twitch, Tahm Kench
Bans: Ivern, LeBlanc, Gragas, Galio, Kennen
TSM: Shen, Kha’Zix, Syndra, Varus, Braum
Bans: Graves, Lulu, Karma, Ashe, Lucian
The first day of MSI 2017 was an exciting one, with a lot of close games and just one team (SKT, who else?) emerging unscathed at 2-0. Now we head to Day 2, as the group stage hurtles forward and teams look to make a mark before they’re eliminated.
The day starts off with SKT against TSM, who ended the first day 1-1 after losing to GIGABYTE Marines and defeating Team WE. All of the Marines’ games should be considered must-watches, but especially the one against Flash Wolves. FW enters the day the only 0-2 team, but stands a pretty good chance of having a 2-0 day against TSM and the Marines. The last game of the day may end up being a finals preview, as Team WE takes on SKT.
Each match up during the Group Stage will be a best-of-one, with the top four teams advancing to the Semi-Final round.
All times Eastern
SKT vs. TSM, 2 p.m.
GM vs. FW, 3 p.m.
G2 vs. WE, 4 p.m.
FW vs. TSM, 5 p.m.
GM vs. G2, 6 p.m.
WE vs. SKT, 7 p.m.