Team Liquid and Machi Esports are the first teams to be eliminated from the League of Legends Worlds 2020 group stage as G2 and Suning finish top of Group A with 4-2 records.
With Machi out of contention early, Team Liquid depended on G2 beating Suning in the final scheduled match of the group to force a tiebreaker against the LPL third seed. However, Suning stomped G2 in just 23 minutes with a 17-4 scoreline after a poor draft from the European team. This means G2 and Suning will now replay each other in a tiebreaker to determine who will finish top of the group and who will progress as the second placed team.
With Suning and G2 booking their spots in the quarter finals, Team Liquid’s fate was sealed. While the experienced LCS team bagged a surprise win over G2 earlier in the week and defeated Machi today, it was not enough to keep them in the competition.
North American teams have come under massive scrutiny over the course of the last 12 months following a disastrous showing at 2019 Worlds. With Liquid being labelled by many as NA’s best chance at a high finish this year, that scrutiny could be set to continue.
On Twitter, the Team Liquid account praised the efforts of its players. “Despite losing in groups, we’re proud of the immense progress the team has made, from our initial struggles in Spring to the drastic changes we’ve seen this week. We didn’t get the results we expected but we still played our hearts out today.”
Let’s not forget our wins over Mad Lions, SuperMassive, Legacy, G2, Machi, and Suning.
This year has been our third split as a Worlds contender and an unforgettable journey over the past three weeks and many sleepless nights for our fans. So thank you for sticking by us.
— Team Liquid LoL (@TeamLiquidLoL) October 8, 2020
North America’s hopes now lie with 0-3 TSM in Group C and 1-2 FlyQuest in Group D.