MSI 2022 Rumble Day 3 Recap: G2 Goes 0-2, PSG Talon Shows Up Big
It was the day of surprises and upsets on Day 3 of the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2022 Rumble Stage. After going undefeated at MSI 2022, G2 Esports suffered its first loss at the hands of PSG Talon in a shocking manner, before dropping yet another game to close out the day with a 0-2 win-loss record. Royal Never Give Up (RNG) was the big winner of the day, finishing with two victories, both convincing ones at that, pushing it to the top of the table.
The following are the teams that won the Day 3 matches:
PSG Talon - G2 Esports vs PSG Talon
RNG - RNG vs Saigon Buffalo
T1- T1 vs PSG Talon
Evil Geniuses - Evil Geniuses vs Saigon Buffalo
T1 picks up two wins on Day 3
The first match of the MSI 2022 Rumble Stage Day 3 kicked off with T1 and Evil Geniuses (EG) going head-to-head in a battle for the third spot on the table and T1 beat Evil Geniuses to secure that spot. Despite having a shaky early game, T1 bounced back pretty quickly and collected all the objectives, and steamrolled Evil Geniuses.
In its second match of the day against PSG Talon (PSG), T1’s bot lane showed its flaws yet again and the Korean squad had to make cross-map plays to press on its advantages. At around 15-minutes, T1 had already demolished three of PSG’s towers. Throughout the match, PSG went toe to toe with T1 and matched it in terms of kills on the board. But unfortunately, the gold lead was too big to match. Notably, the LCK representative played the game slowly and methodically to avoid crucial mistakes and respected its opponents. PSG’s nexus broke into smithereens at 34.30 minutes.
Upsetting day for G2 Esports
In the G2 Esports vs PSG match, PSG proved that it was a tough contender from minute one. The team collected a lot of firsts on the map including the kill and the dragon. With its phenomenal team fighting composition, it matched G2’s aggression and picked up early kills. G2 was still winning the match up until the mid-game where a massive throw by the team, cost it all the advantages it had built up. After collecting the Baron buff, PSG Talon closed out the game in under 38 minutes.
Going into its second match of the day against RNG, G2 Esports was looking to repeat things with a victory over the Chinese giants. But unfortunately, the game seemed very one-sided for RNG with its very strong Xayah tearing through multiple members of G2 Esports. RNG dismantled G2’s base in under 27 minutes and ended the day with a 5-1 record.
RNG and EG pick up wins against Saigon Buffalo
It was an expected outcome in both the Saigon Buffalo (SGB) matches. Despite being very proactive and strong in the Group Stage, SGB has yet to pick up a win at the Rumble Stage of MSI 2022. RNG had a solid start to the game and maintained a lead at all times. SGB did not go silently, however. It matched RNG in kills but conceded objectives including towers and monsters and its nexus was destroyed at 35 minutes.
In the match against Evil Geniuses, SGB was ahead in gold and towers until the mid-game. With an impeccable comp that does best in team fights, SGB collected multiple kills with its chain crowd control (CC). But after a point, EG just hit the accelerator and raked up kills across the board and secured Baron, and propelled its gold lead further. Evil Geniuses took down SGB in under 33 minutes.