EDward Gaming makes its way from China’s LPL. At the time of this writing, it is considered the toughest region in the competitive landscape, since new powerhouses are always emerging from the region. In the recent split, EDG showed a strong performance as they achieved a second-place finish in the regular season after 12 wins in 16 matches. Then in the playoffs, the team was knocked down to the lower bracket after the first round.
However, they fought hard and ultimately beat the former World Champs FunPlus Phoenix in the Finale. The team also performed well in the group stage as they won four of the six matches played with defeats to 100 Thieves and T1.
Their opponent, RNG, arrives in the competition as the third seed of the LPL. It is shocking to see them in third since it is the same team that beat the reigning World Champions DAMWON KIA to win the MSI 2021 title. Yet as we mentioned above the competition is brutal in Chinese regions. RNG only managed a fourth-place finish in the Summer and was eliminated early in the playoffs. They also hold a 4-2 record in the group stage.
An interesting fact is that RNG has won all of the three meetings between the two teams in 2021. They will also have a psychological advantage since they arrive as the MSI champions. It will surely be a remarkable series, yet we believe RNG will come out on top by the slightest margin.
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