League of Legends, Worlds 2020: Another Western Team Out

Another one bites the dust.

On October 9, 2020, we saw the departure of another western team from the groups knock-out stage. This time we watched in horror as the LEC's third seed, Rogue, was taken out by JD Gaming, the LPL's second seed. This is the second team from the LEC to be sent home before the quarter-finals.

Rogue needed to secure two consecutive victories over JD Gaming in order to land a qualifying spot for the quarter-final stage. If JD Gaming won the match, then they would automatically qualify alongside DAMWON Gaming and both, Rogue and PSG Talon would be sent home early.

Rogue delivered a strong showing in the earlier portions of the game. Vander, playing Pantheon support, managed to secure first blood during a late red buff invade. Rogue continued pressing their opponents by executing a flawless bottom lane dive and Finn was able to trade kills up in the top lane. That was the end of their early game success.

Rogue misplayed multiple portions of the mid-game. Their jungler, Inspired, was caught in the enemy jungle. Once JD Gaming found their footing, they never took their foot off the gas pedal. At approximately 13:20, Rogue decisively won a team fight against JD Gaming — this fight would not dictate the later fights for the remainder of the match. The LEC squad was never able to fight front to back; they were repeatedly outflanked by Zoom, on his Sett, and Yagao, on his Ekko.

Only two LEC teams remain at Worlds 2020. G2 Esports escaped Group A as the second seed. Fnatic is currently in a three-way tie for first place — it's anyone's game in Group C.