In a hardly surprising feat, EDward Gaming demolished DetonatioN FocusMe 3:0 and punched their ticket to the 2018 League of Legends World Championship main event. DetonatioN FocusMe entered the event with upset potential following their showing against Cloud9 during the play-in group stage, but EDward Gaming was too significant an obstacle to overcome.
In Game 1, both teams sought to execute picks and transition into 1-3-1 split pressure, but EDG was better at enabling their winning condition as their bottom lane spiraled out of control (4k gold lead at minute 10, 5:1 kill score, with four kills involving iBoy and Meiko). DetFM’s attempts at recovery hit an even harder brick wall as Ray’s Shen survived Steal and Evi’s ganking foray long enough for his team to collapse and annihilate them (19:30), and the game was more of the same until it ended in EDG’s favor.
Game Two saw Ceros’s persistence at picking Heimerdinger mid backfire as Scout (on Akali) took over the map and snowballed his lead into other lanes. EDG controlled neutral objectives in an almost textbook manner, with their sole ‘slip-up’ occurring as DFM attempted a sneaky Baron Nashor at minute 20, only for Scout to stumble upon them and pave the way for ClearLove’s Baron steal, and a clinical finish.
In Game 3, DetFM took a page from Infinity eSports CR, the latter beating EDG during the group stage with a Nocturne pick to hide team fight engagements. The team understood their pre-level-6 woes would be temporary as long as they played well, and they did for the most part (mid lane stomp notwithstanding, as Heimerdinger still provided a pressure element). However, it all went downhill at minute 18 as DetFM gathered around their blue buff in a tight chokepoint, a dream come true for Ray’s Ornn — a champion that can singlehandedly decide the outcome of a game from such a position; with DFM’s players incapacitated, EDG wreaked havoc upon them and secured the game from there. In a last desperate act at minute 28, the Japanese squad attempted to contest EDG’s Baron Nashor, but clumping up in a tight chokepoint (once again) was their undoing.
Although Detonation FocusMe left in a 3:0 demolition, they went farther than any Japanese team had gone before them. Rampage and Rascal Jesters had failed before them, and their feat (engineered by head coach Kazuta "Kazu" Suzuki) may help Japan develop further as a competitive League of Legends region.
As for EDward Gaming, they move on to the group stage, with their opponents unknown at this point. there is plenty of League of Legends World Championship 2018 action still going, and Oct. 7's games are set to seal the fates of G2 Esports, Infinity eSports CR, G-Rex, and Bahçeşehir SuperMassive. Be sure to tune in starting 06:00 CET / 12 a.m. ET on the Worlds hub!