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Royal Never Give Up entering the 2022 League of Legends World Championship through the play-ins stage, despite being the reigning MSI champions from the LPL, led many to believe they’d have little issue joining their region’s teams in the main event group stage. Yet after their surprising loss to DRX, the LCK’s fourth seed, RNG no longer had a clear route to the top, now having to move alongside the rest of the playing field.
Recognizing what went wrong yesterday, RNG completely restructured their draft around comfort picks today, taking advantage of MAD Lions’ continued unsteadiness—despite having already accrued two victories. RNG’s early lead through their jungler, Wei, quickened the effectiveness of his team, a pace that MAD could not keep up with.
This loss is the first that the LEC has experienced at Worlds thus far, though MAD remain near the top of Group A. As MAD players have pointed out already, the team has struggled to maintain consistency in their matches, losing sight of the aggressive plays that carried them through the LEC Summer Split. Head coach James “Mac” MacCormack expressed in the post-game interview that he was “happy with how the players did, staying in [the game],” but that Wei’s lead really threw off the team.
Jungle pressure has been among the most important factors in teams snowballing early leads thus far at Worlds. With resurging meta picks like Hecarim and Maokai at the disposal of many teams, junglers have placed more priority on keeping their top and mid laners ahead, particularly around the Rift Herald spawn.
RNG’s jungler Wei did not have many opportunities to show his understanding of the role yesterday, so today he ensured that MAD would not forget what he’s capable of. In less than 15 minutes, Wei had four kills for himself as Graves, each with a bit of help from the team’s support Ming landing precise crowd control on Leona.