World Cup 2022 qualifying group stage: Matchday 4 recap


Here’s everything that happened on the 4th and final day of Groups Play-In for Worlds 2022.

Day 3 saw intense clashes between the contenders. RNG fought and defeated Isurus and the Istanbul Wildcats, leading to both teams being kicked out of the Play-Ins Knockout competition. Overall, the LPL maintained a strong presence, while the LCK were unbeaten above the others 4-0.

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The Southeast Asian second seed faced FNC’s solid 3-1 scoreline atop the final day of the tiebreaker Play-Ins. BYG did their best to make their torpedo lineup with Kai’sa, Sejuani, and Sylas work, but the game wasn’t as close as expected. Razork’s Graves took aggressive control of the jungle and robbed camps early in the game. FNC made up for a slight lull in play and won mid-game clashes for the Rift Herald and a game-deciding top lane push. The brilliant team plays of the PSC representatives couldn’t keep up with the individual powerhouses of Fnatic. FNC’s total control of the entire map maintained their lead throughout the match. Despite BYG Husha’s well-played Baron steal, any planned team effort was unable to break Fnatic’s tidal wave that carried the fan favorite to a very dominating victory.

  • Teams: BYG 1 – 0 FNC
  • Time: 32:50
  • Deaths: 7 – 23
  • Turrets: 1 – 10
  • Gold: 51.5k – 66.3k
  • Dragoons: 1 – 3
  • Barons: 1 – 1


The Chiefs’ valiant efforts to break their losing streak gave 240,000 viewers one of the most action-packed shows at Worlds 2022. LLL’s first blood in the top lane helped Robo’s Aatrox to start to grow. Croc’s dominant jungle ensured ganks and an undisputed Rift Herald after hitting level 6 first. Back-to-back engagements from the Loud squad gave the Chiefs (and shoutcasters) no breathing space, and CBLOL executives crushed the opposition under their Tier 2 turrets before Baron even appeared on the line. map. The stakes were high and CHF fought tooth and nail against LLL’s final lead. But despite Topoon and Taes leading their team in opportunistic 4-on-2s, Loud earned his name by earning thunderous applause.

  • Teams: LLL 1 – 0 CHF
  • Time: 38:29
  • Deaths: 29 – 18
  • Turrets: 9 – 2
  • Gold: 60.5k – 50.8k
  • Dragoons: 2 – 2
  • Barons: 1 – 0


DFM’s ban on Azir and Kai’sa removed two of EG’s most viable choices for hard hitters, and it still turned out to be a close game. An early matchup at the upper river saw EG’s raw power clash with DFM’s good positioning, which set the pace for the entire game. The Japanese team recognized EG’s snowballing abilities and decided to avoid risky engagements before the midgame. And it paid off hugely. DFM played it safe throughout the mid game and tied the score while securing a golden lead. LJL stopped one of their turrets from falling even after 30 minutes of play, while EG took every opportunity to initiate teamfights. The entire match was a constant strategic back and forth, with DFM impressively taking advantage of EG’s confidence to bounce back each time they were knocked down.

  • Teams: DFM 1 – 0 EG
  • Time: 40:13
  • Deaths: 18 – 14
  • Turrets: 7 – 1
  • Gold: 72.8k – 67.2k
  • Dragoons: 3 – 2
  • Barons: 1 – 1


The Wildcats and Isurus competed for their first win in their final game for Worlds 2022. Isurus took the first dragon and won a matchup after the Wildcats took the Rift Herald, with smart plays seen from Gnell’s Wukong . Team TCL remained slippery during teamfights and narrowly avoided a full early game wipeout. Ferret’s Maokai had perfect zoning and isolated strong opponents with his ultimate ability. But with each Wildcats recovery, Isurus rallied with their golden lead and came back stronger. With one matchup after another, ADD’s Aatrox and Seiya’s Sylas scattered the enemy team in each fight, earning ISG a scrappy victory as both teams exited the tournament.

  • Teams: IW 0 – 1 ISG
  • Time: 31:10
  • Deaths: 11 – 20
  • Turrets: 1 – 8
  • Gold: 49.4k – 59.6k
  • Dragoons: 2 – 2
  • Barons: 0 – 1


MAD took on the most formidable team at Worlds 2022 in a powerful show of resistance that could have gone either way. MAD Armut smartly picked the Mordekaiser top to help counter BeryL’s Yuumi. Deft’s Sivir brought down thunder in the bot lane, while Nisqy dealt with mid-game ganks from several DRX members. The game remained close until MAD took a 1-4 lead and a baron 22 minutes thanks to Morde’s Demonic Visage + Sunfire build. The excitement among Lions fans was palpable, but a strong and coordinated team fight from the top lane enemy dealt a devastating blow to MAD’s Tier 2 tower. This destroyed Team Europe’s rhythm and gave the undefeated challengers enough window to take Inhibitor.

  • Teams: DRX 0 – 1 MAD
  • Time: 33:43
  • Deaths: 14 – 10
  • Turrets: 7 – 5
  • Gold: 60.3k – 60.8k
  • Dragoons: 0 – 4
  • Barons: 0 – 2


RNG’s team-focused roster earned them their 4th Play-Ins victory. The LPL representative scored 2 wins before the 5 minute mark and kept control of the map. They scored the first Rift Herald and the first drake almost unchallenged. This early power spike allowed Royal to match SGB Shogun’s lethal power differential, but even he struggled to carry SGB in every clash. The Vietnamese second seed was able to transform the team fights more effectively as their quick and loose play carried them through the middle of the game. But after more turrets fell on RNG, they rushed to defend against a final wave of Baron.

  • Teams: RNG 1 – 0 SGB
  • Time: 32:59
  • Deaths: 9 – 9
  • Turrets: 10 – 2
  • Gold: 63.5k – 53.4k
  • Dragoons: 3 – 2
  • Barons: 1 – 0


In their rematch, Evil Geniuses faced first seed Japanese DFM. EG’s macroplay down and up saw Vulcan’s Thresh shine, and Kaori’s mid lane control gave the team undisputed reign over drake. The Akali-Aphelios-Aatrox composition evolved in stark contrast to that of DFM as the game progressed. Big outplays from Jojopyun and the rest of the NA group in mid-game clashes saw Evil Geniuses claim gold and tower advantage, and DFM could do nothing but slowly lose.

  • Teams: EG 1 – 0 DFM
  • Time: 28:32
  • Deaths: 22 – 8
  • Turrets: 9 – 3
  • Gold: 57.2k – 47.4k
  • Dragoons: 3 – 1
  • Barons: 1 – 0

LOUD VS evil geniuses (GROUP B)

The final match before the groups had a shaky start for Loud. Robo’s Sejuani was massive in setting up ganks for their top and mid lane. EG Impact scored a double kill in less than 10 minutes as Mordekaiser countered crowd favorites and stacked the kill count. Impact’s top lane tank was an absolute juggernaut that made it difficult for Loud to get in close and win objectives. Even when it looked like Loud was winning clashes, Face Mordekainen’s AP burn helped turn things around until the score difference led to Loud’s crushing defeat.

  • Teams: LLL 0 – 1 EG
  • Time:
  • Deaths: 6 – 26
  • Turrets: 1 – 11
  • Gold: 41.3k – 58.6k
  • Dragoons: 1 – 2
  • Barons: 0 – 1

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