MSI 2022: RNG, G2, EG, and PSG Advance To Rumble Stage

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Royal Never Give Up, PSG Talon, G2 Esports, and Evil Geniuses are the first four teams to secure their spot at the rumbling stage, which is scheduled to begin on May 20. İstanbul Wildcats, RED Canids Kalunga, and the Oceanian representative, ORDER, were officially eliminated from the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational. They will look to attend the World Championship to make up for their heartbreaking performance. To find one more chance to prove themselves on the international stage, they will have to win their regional leagues in the Summer.

MSI 2022 Group Stage Day 5 Results

  • Evil Geniuses 0 — 1 G2 Esports
  • Evil Geniuses 1 — 0 ORDER
  • G2 Esports 1 — 0 ORDER
  • Evil Geniuses 0 — 1 G2 Esports
  • ORDER 0 — 1 Evil Geniuses
  • ORDER 0 — 1 G2 Esports
  • Istanbul Wildcats 0 — 1 RNG
  • RNG 1 — 0 RED Canids Kalunga
  • RNG 1 — 0 PSG Talon

There is no surprising result as of the fifth day of the group stage, where the top two teams from groups B and C that will compete at the rumbling stage have been determined. G2 Esports and Royal Never Give Up went undefeated at the end of their eight group matches, while Evil Geniuses and PSG Talon were not even able to stand against them to make the group stage more worth watching. Even though we had nine games today, most of them were predictable, and fans could not get the excitement they were looking for. This clarified that Riot needs to think about the format for the next year’s MSI tournament.

Evil Geniuses were expected to steal one or more games from the European champion, G2 Esports, after their outstanding performance throughout the 2022 LCS Spring Playoffs. Things did not go as planned for Evil Geniuses, especially for their bot lane. One thing they had to get over that was Danny could not dominate his lane against Flakked because he was not used to it. In the LCS, Danny always competed against players worse than him, so he did not need to demolish the bot lane. When he was put under pressure by G2, Danny stumbled immediately, and EG’s game plan was disrupted. If there was not such a power difference between G2 and EG, it would be more fun and exciting to follow their group.

Royal Never Give Up will be tested

Royal Never Give Up dominated their group without losing a match, as expected. The defending champion replayed its three-match due to the fact that the teams participating in the MSI from Busan had a latency problem. Nonetheless, the inevitable result has not changed as RNG made their way to the rumbling stage. Although PSG Talon lost power compared to the last year, the VCS representative proved they are still better than the Turkish and Brazilian teams. They recovered well, led by their veteran top laner, Hanabi, and took down IW and RED in a row. PSG Talon now takes their place at the rumbling stage alongside the other champions.

The full schedule for the closing day of the group stage is as follows:

  • Team Aze vs Saigon Buffalo
  • DetonatioN FocusMe vs T1
  • Saigon Buffalo vs DetonatioN FocusMe
  • T1 vs Team Aze
  • DetonatioN FocusMe vs Team Aze
  • Saigon Buffalo vs T1

The remaining two teams that will qualify for the rumbling stage will be determined tomorrow. T1, Saigon Buffalo, DetonatioN FocusMe, and Team Aze will face off each other to finish the group in top two place. T1 will probably secure their spot at the next stage without facing resistance, but there will be a bloody war for the last seat.

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