MSI 2022 Rumble Day 1: G2 Stands Tall with 2-0, T1 & RNG Pick Up First Wins
Evil Geniuses and PSG Talon also pick up wins
The Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2022’s Rumble Stage was off to a sizzling start with G2 Esports defying all expectations. Day 1 of the Rumble Stage delivered the hype with pros making stellar plays, insane comebacks, and classic League of Legends wombo combos.
The following are the teams that won the Day 1 matches:
RNG - Evil Geniuses vs RNG
PSG Talon - PSG Talon vs Saigon Buffalo
Evil Geniuses - Saigon Buffalo vs Evil Geniuses
T1 - PSG Talon vs T1
G2 goes 2-0 on Day 1
G2 won both the games against T1 and Royal Never Give Up (RNG) on Day 1 of the MSI 2022 Rumble Stage. A common factor in both these matches was that caPs popped off and carried his team to victory. Against T1, G2 Esports capitalized on its team fighting power and played around the Yasuo-Diana combo, whereas in the match against RNG, it collected objectives and won duels. However, both the Chinese squad and the Korean roster showed up big time in their respective games. It was just a matter of one slip up that G2 Esports held on to and propelled to victory.
Evil Geniuses picks up one win
Evil Geniuses (EG) won its game against Vietnam’s Saigon Buffalo (SGB) but lost to RNG. In the match against the Chinese squad, EG also pulled off the classic Diana-Yasuo combo but failed in the execution part. Chen "Bin" Ze-Bin’s infamous Gangplank was brutal and at 12.35 minutes, he had collected two towers for himself and extended the gold lead. EG eventually lost this match to a late-game Gangplank, who was one-shotting champions. However, EG looked alive at times like when it collected Baron buff and escaped RNG’s wrath. It was textbook execution from the LPL representative’s side: Mountain Dragon soul into Baron Nashor to close out the match in under 35 minutes.
In the second match, Saigon Buffalo (SGB) tried to match EG’s aggression and plays. It was a very bloody game with kills falling left and right. EG’s carries Joseph Joon "jojopyun" Pyun and Kacper "Inspired" Słoma brought forth advantages and enabled team fights. After securing Baron, Evil Geniuses took down SGB in 29 minutes.
T1 and PSG Talon pick up wins
T1 lost the opening match against G2 Esports as a result of which its winning streak ended. But it closed out the day by picking up a win against PSG Talon. T1 looked comfortable in the match against PSG as all its members picked up kills across the map and had highlight-worthy plays. PSG Talon, on the other hand, made good use of its Kennen and Viego picks. The team did answer back in terms of kills by taking down multiple members of the T1 roster. However, the match was over by 32 minutes.
PSG Talon won its first MSI 2022 Rumble stage win against Saigon Buffalo. This game was actually one of the most entertaining matches of the day. It was very back and forth with both teams throwing comfortable leads at multiple instances. The fans were also surprised to see yet another unique pick for the Vietnamese team in Veigar mid. For the longest time, it looked like a comfortable win for PSG Talon, but Saigon Buffalo won a team fight at 30 minutes and turned around its fortunes. Unfortunately for SGB, a crucial mistake by its support player Đinh "Taki" Anh Tài who was caught off-guard by himself, cost the match again. Capitalizing on this, PSG Talon killed all the carries and ended the game in 41 minutes.