A sad end to yet another North American team for Worlds 2023 came today after Cloud9 got eliminated by Fnatic. On the second match of the day, WeiboGaming showed dominance over MAD Lions, sending a second European team back home in the first round of the world championship.
Every elimination day is a sad one for Swiss tournaments and Worlds 2023 is no exception. After two best-of-3 matches, both the LCS and the LEC saw their teams leaving the championship.
Worlds 2023 – Cloud9
Truth be told, Cloud 9 showed that they can’t compete with a straight face against the Worlds’ giants. Even so, two of their 3 round-1 matches went up against LNG and T1, two of the strongest teams in the championship. When pitted against Fnatic though, the European team proved that they wanted to stay in the tournament.
In today’s match, Cloud 9 tried to play around the meta and dominate lanes with strong picks. However, Fnatic seems to be adapting faster to the series, with a fast 1-2 in their favor. Noah proved to be a menace in the bot lane, resulting in Berserker and Zven not managing to carry the third game to a victory.
Worlds 2023 – MAD Lions
The second match of the day saw the LEC spring split winner, MAD Lions against WeiboGaming. Although MAD showed better sustain and team fight potential than earlier matches, this still wasn’t enough to face the LPL. Hyllisang was a bit over-aggressive for his own good, with Weibo punishing every single misstep MAD made. Undeniably a difficult game to win but it wasn’t the cleanest performance on the part of MAD Lions either.
On the next day of Worlds 2023, we’ll see Dplus Kia going against GAM Esports in the first match of the day. Next up, we have KT against LNG in order to see which teams will join JDG and GenG in the Top 8 of the tournament.
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