MSI 2022: Group stage update

MSI 2022 started this week and we definitely missed having a live audience during an international tournament. Although some problems overshadowed the competitive integrity in MSI, such as Riot Games not being able to correctly exercise the artificial ping in Busan, making RNG repeat their first three games after the end of Group C, it’s still great to witness this competition between the champions all over the world.

European, Korean and Chinese champions: G2 Esports, T1 and Royal Never Give  Up, expectedly dominate their groups. All three are undefeated in MSI 2022 so far, with T1 actually stretching their winning streak to 23 wins in all 2022. Let’s have a look at what happened until now, and what awaits us this weekend.

MSI 2022: first three days and the end of Group C

There haven’t been any major surprises during the first three days. However, as it turns out, the artificial 35 pings that was introduced because of RNG not being able to attend the tournament in Busan was botched, and the first three days was flawed. RNG’s games will be repeated, but the rest of the teams won’t have to play any of their games a second time.

In Group A, T1 took down all of their opponents, Saigon Buffalo, DetonatioN FocusMe or Team Aze unfortunately stands no chance against such a strong team. T1’s most unique feature this year is that unlike the T1 we knew before, this roster puts having fun before finishing the game as fast as possible against relatively weaker teams, which indicates a better mental status for some.

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Saigon Buffalo, Vietnam’s representatives, are following T1 as the second best team of the group, dominating the other two. LLA representatives Team Aze looks too weak to even compete with DFM, as the Japanese team follows Saigon Buffalo and will look for an upset in their rematch to make the impossible happen.

Group B was supposed to be over yesterday, but because of the decision to replay the RNG games, the only outcome was Istanbul Wildcats being guaranteed to be eliminated. RNG won all three of their games on the second day which didn’t have any impact on the fate of the group, but PSG Talon defeating both RED Canids and IW pretty much finished all hope for both Brazil and Turkey.

RED Canids now has to defeat RNG and hope for PSG Talon to get defeated by the Chinese champions, and the games will be played after the end of Group C games today. Can this miracle run happen? Unlikely, but it’s exciting.

The competition in Group C was even lower than the first two groups. G2 Esports easily took down both Evil Geniuses and ORDER, the Europeans managed to have fun while proving EU>NA. Following them, EG dominated ORDER, closing out the deal after the first six games of the group, ORDER will probably finish it without any wins, unfortunately.

Thus, G2 Esports and Evil Geniuses became the first teams to secure qualification to the main event, while Turkish Istanbul Wildcats and Oceanian ORDER became the first teams to be out of the tournament.

Schedule and betting odds for the last games of the tournament

Group C competition is practically over, but RNG will play three extra games today and Group A will be finished tomorrow. Have a look at the schedule:

May 14, Saturday
Royal Never Give Up (1.03) vs Istanbul Wildcats (9.00) - 14:00 CEST
Royal Never Give Up (1.10) vs PSG Talon (5.80) - 15:00 CEST
Royal Never Give Up (1.04) vs RED Canids (8.50) - 16:00 CEST

May 15, Sunday
Team Aze (3.20) vs Saigon Buffalo (1.30) - 08:00 CEST
DetonatioN FocusMe (11.00) vs T1 (1.01) - 09:00 CEST
DetonatioN FocusMe (1.92) vs Saigon Buffalo (1.80) - 10:00 CEST
Team Aze (12.00) vs T1 (1.01) - 11:00 CEST
DetonatioN FocusMe (1.32) vs Team Aze (3.10) - 12:00 CEST
Saigon Buffalo (10.00) vs T1 (1.02) - 13:00 CEST

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