After a hard fought day from the four teams in the 2016 League of Legends World Championship Group A, we finally know who is going to be making their way to the quarterfinals: Korean side ROX Tigers and – unexpectedly – Wildcard roster Albus NoX Luna.
Thanks to a tiebreaker win at the end of the day, ROX Tigers will be the first place seed out of Group A, while ANX will be the second.
With ROX, ANX, and Counter Logic Gaming each coming into the week with a 2-1 record, we knew things were going to be tense, but not many could have predicted exactly how strenuous it was going to be. ANX started the day with a big win over CLG, then rolled on to bring down ROX in a nail-biting 67 minute victory, earning them a spot in the quarterfinals (a first for a Wildcard team). Then, they lost to the then-winless G2, bringing their record to 4-2.
Meanwhile, ROX decisively beat G2 to open their week, but had to struggle to bring down CLG. Their early game continued to be an issue throughout the day, but their late game prowess managed to carry them through the day.
Thanks to both teams’ 4-2 records and 1-1 record between the two, they were forced to play each other for the third time in the group stage, with ROX Tigers gaining an early lead and suffocating the Russian roster out of the game.
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