‘This is what a #1 seed looks like!’ LCK Genji and LPL Jingdong reach quarterfinals
The Korean and Chinese No. 1 seeds were exceptional.
In the third round of the Swiss Stage (Round of 16) of the League of Legends World Championship 2023 (RLWC), which continued at KBS Arena in Gangseo-gu, Seoul on April 21, LCK (Korea) and LPL (China) No. 1 seeds Genji and Jingdong Gaming defeated LEC (Europe) No. 1 seed G2 Esports and LPL No. 3 seed LNG Esports, respectively, to become the first teams to advance to the quarterfinals with three-game sweeps.
The Swiss stage was a bit of a novelty this season, but it didn’t deter the heavy favorites. After taking down GAM of VCS (Vietnam), Zenith swept both games against T1 in an LCK civil war, and then swept European favorites and perennial favorites G2 in straight sets, 2-0. G2 is a tricky favorite to trip up LCK teams in many international competitions, and they were no match for Genji in this tournament, as they quickly reached the third round with wins over LCK and LPL No. 4 seeds DePlus Gia and Weibo Gaming.
Jingdong, who has dominated the LPL Spring and Summer seasons this year as well as the international Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) in May, is looking to be one of the most dominant teams of 2023, and followed LEC’s Team BDS into the quarterfinals with back-to-back wins over LPL No. 2 and 3 seeds Billabilly Gaming and LNG. It’s an interesting situation, as South Korean internationals Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk and Seo “Canavi” Jin-hyuk, who shared the gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games, will now have to battle with four other teammates to help their teammate Jingdong win the title. If Jingdong can win their domestic league, MSI, 먹튀검증토토사이트 and then the Rold Cup, it will be a first. The only other team in history to win both the MSI and the Rold Cup in the same season was T1 in 2016, when they won the LCK Spring but finished third in the Summer playoffs.
The two best-of-three winners will be seeded in the quarterfinals to face the team that went 3-2 in the Swiss stage, with the benefit of being in different brackets and not meeting until the final. However, with no matches for more than ten days until November 2, when the quarterfinals begin, staying fit and fresh will be a key factor.
Meanwhile, T1 took a 2-1 lead with a perfect 15-0 kill score over C9 in just over 22 minutes, while KT Rolster will face Weibo for their second win. With two losses, Deflux will look to clinch the knighthood with a best-of-three ‘guillotine match’ against Team BDS on the 23rd.