When Edward Gaming lost their first game against INTZ e-Sports, LPL fans held their breaths. Was China about to witness another collapse of Worlds 2015 proportions? Or was someone out there screwing with The Matrix? As it turns out, neither.
Day 3 of Worlds was another day worth forgetting for EU fans, despite some encouraging signs at least in the early game. G2 Esports dropped a game to tournament favourites ROX Tigers in Group A, while Splyce didn’t have enough in the late game to finish off a resilient but clearly mortal TSM in their final game of Week 1 of groups.
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We got to see another International Wildcard upset, games weren’t one-sided stomp after one-sided stomp, and there were plenty of come from behind victories. After Day 1 people were making some pretty outrageous claims about the competition, which were then completely ruined by Day 2 playing out exactly like everyone expected. So what did we learn from Day 3, and what, if anything, should we look out for as Week 1 of the Group Stage wraps up this Sunday?
It’s a fluke. They were underestimated. Over-aggressive. These are the excuses that flood discussions when an International Wildcard team pulls off an upset. The floods this year, though -- they are more frequent. And more violent. ANX and INTZ have made major waves at the 2016 World Championship thanks to aggressive and unrelenting play. The upsets continued on Day 3.