With Rumble Stage completed and going into the Playoffs, let’s look again to how our semi-finalists ended up in our MSI 2022 Rumble Stage Recap.
MSI 2022 Rumble Stage is over. Lastly, we’re accomplished with the Bo1s and going into Bo5s. After an underwhelming Group Stage, not less than we had an thrilling second section of the event. With a number of ups and downs, all groups put unbelievable performances for the followers.
Sadly for the wildcard groups, there aren’t many surprises going into the Playoffs, because the representatives of the 4 main leagues managed to qualify. Regardless of this, performances of each PSG Talon and Saigon Buffalo succeeded in impressing the audiences worldwide.
Essentially the most vital speaking level of Rumble Stage was the damaged win streak of event favourite T1 by G2, which themselves went chilly after the primary two days. On the similar time, the LPL giants RNG confirmed why they’re the reigning champions.
Saigon Buffalo was the one second staff attending the MSI. VCS Spring 2022 winners GIGABYTE Marines couldn’t take part, as they selected to signify Vietnam in Southeast Asian Video games 2022 as a substitute. That is the second 12 months in a row Marines missed MSI, as they couldn’t attend in 2021 because of Covid-19.
Nonetheless, the second seed of VCS got here to the event with massive aspirations. Lacking the final two worldwide occasions made certain followers have been hyped about them taking part, they usually delivered within the first Group Stage.
Whereas that they had a tough begin to the Rumble Stage with seven straight losses, their efficiency in these losses was nothing to dismiss. Their playstyle and aggressiveness left fairly the impression on each the followers and players. Particularly with the efficiency of bot lane of Shogun and Taki, followers are optimistic about Vietnam’s probabilities on the subsequent Worlds.
Not many individuals take into account PCS, particularly PSG Talon, a wildcard area anymore, deservedly so contemplating the worldwide outcomes of the pool 2 staff. They’d a superb run in Worlds 2021, they usually noticed semi-finals within the final 12 months’s MSI over NA champions Cloud9.
So many individuals have been anticipating PSG to compete for a similar end this 12 months as properly. Nonetheless, PSG couldn’t meet the expectations this time round. They have been in a position to solely win three video games and completed two video games behind qualification.
Whereas they couldn’t take any video games of T1, RNG, or EG, PSG’s most stunning outcome got here once they received each their video games in opposition to the G2, nearly eliminating the Europeans. Nonetheless, dropping a recreation in opposition to Saigon wasn’t useful to their trigger.
Nonetheless, there are numerous good takeaways from the MSI 2022 for PSG. First, Hanabi confirmed why he was thought of the perfect high in his area with none questions. Bot lane of Unified and Kaiwing can nonetheless go toe to toe with anybody. And Juhan and Bay confirmed enchancment all through the event. There is no such thing as a doubt in anybody’s thoughts that PSG received’t be coming again higher and improved.
NA’s hope continues their journey within the event. Evil Geniuses got here into the MSI 2022 carrying over a home win streak and the hype of Jojopyun and Danny. Whereas the 2 younger stars have been sluggish to begin within the first group, they confirmed constant enchancment all through the Rumble Stage.
Danny was prepared to return to his Jinx and Samira, regardless of the nonexistence of the previous and lack of success for the latter. Whereas Jojo was in a position to present his aggressiveness in lane and his potential for play-making out of it.
The highest facet of EG was additionally spectacular. Impressed confirmed why he was the LEC MVP, and Influence reminded individuals he hasn’t retired simply but, as soon as once more. The one fixed criticism was levied in opposition to Vulcan, who’s performing beneath his stage. The native help was particularly susceptible throughout solo warding missions, which followers assume value EG a recreation or two.
Regardless of the same old pessimism amongst NA followers, there’s a lot going for EG. The squad continues to be younger and exhibiting sizable enchancment within the MSI. And in contrast to final 12 months, they didn’t lose a recreation in opposition to both PSG or Saigon within the Rumble Stage. They even managed to steal a recreation from T1. However let’s not speak about their file in opposition to G2.
Similar to EG, G2 Esports additionally got here to the MSI following a decrease bracket win streak, which they managed to hold deep into the Rumble Stage. European followers have been hyped after the 24-straight wins and a 4-0 begin after Day 2. However like most issues, this didn’t final both.
G2 had a horrible expertise within the latter half of Rumble Stage, going solely 1-5 within the final three days. Their solely win was in opposition to EG of their final recreation, which was a superb one as they made the interregional rating 6-0.
Just like NA followers, European audiences began to anticipate doom and gloom ending to the MSI, however you will need to bear in mind the sooner performances of the LEC champions. They got here into the Rumble Stage with out dropping a single recreation, albeit in a three-team group, they usually managed to beat each LCK and LPL representatives on their first day.
Jankos and caPs are skilled gamers who can at all times flip issues round, and followers shouldn’t overlook they have been taking part in the perfect League they did within the final 12 months or so. Damaged Blade has been very steady all season and Targamas proved himself to be top-of-the-line helps in LEC. However the greatest upside for G2 this complete event is the resurgence of Flakked. The star AD Carry confirmed he’s able to carrying video games, and folks must be watching him going into the Playoffs.
Many individuals could be shocked in the event that they have been advised earlier than the MSI T1 wouldn’t be the primary seed going into the Semi-Finals. However the LCK first seed had its fair proportion of ups and downs. Whereas they weren’t essentially dropping too many video games, performances throughout these weren’t essentially the most optimistic.
There have been too many unhealthy selections, many Baron throws, and an excessive amount of uncommon mechanical misplay for gamers of T1’s caliber. A lot of the criticism was directed in the direction of the bot lane duo Keria and Gumayusi. Whereas Gumayusi was thought of top-of-the-line ADCs round, many claimed Keria to be the perfect participant on the earth.
Nonetheless, that they had a really sluggish begin to the event, dropping lane to Saigon bot lane, and never having their traditional stress across the map. This was obvious of their losses to G2 and RNG within the first two days.
However, they managed to tug themselves collectively, they usually have been taking part in a lot better within the final three days, regardless of dropping one other map to Evil Genuises. They managed to win their final two video games within the group off Gumayusi’s Xayah’s again, one among them being in opposition to RNG. Going into the Semi-Finals, G2 must be anxious that T1 is again on kind, they usually need to get revenge for his or her prematurely ended win streak.
Royal By no means Give Up
All main area groups confirmed some sense of struggling throughout MSI 2022, after which there was RNG. Despite the fact that they misplaced two video games, one to G2 and one to T1, they by no means appeared like they have been in hassle.
Whereas Bin gave the impression to be again to a few of his unhealthy habits in opposition to T1, he’s having an excellent efficiency general. Ming and Wei are nonetheless top-of-the-line jungle-support duos a staff can need, and their management across the map has been higher than most.
Xiaohu is taking part in to a stage persons are used to by now. Doesn’t matter which lane, mid or high, his contribution to the staff’s success is astronomical. And GALA is as soon as once more having an awesome efficiency as if to indicate individuals he’s not under Gumayusi within the rankings. GALA was the MVP of MSI 2021 and there’s a good probability he can repeat that if RNG goes on to win the entire thing once more.
Whereas most individuals got here into the MSI 2022 considering T1 would win all of it, the consensus shifted in the direction of the RNG going into the Playoffs. With the benefit of the primary seed, the reigning champions are higher positioned than anybody to as soon as once more deliver the trophy again to Shanghai.