Group A | League of Legends Worlds 2018

League of Legends Worlds 2018 LogoThe LoL World Championship is the most awaited event of the year. After the exciting Play-In Stage, with the consecutive knockout, the “Main-Tournament” with the Group Stage follows. All Matches are played in a Bo5 format and we will se a lot of action in the rift. Group A consist of rather exciting teams, with the new souverän region Vietnam and the highly motivated members from Phong Vü Buffalo. High expectation goes as well to the Afreecan Freecs, who managed to be in both splits under the Top3 and were 2nd placed in the Rift Rivals. Flash Wolves seems one of the teams, everyone heard from quite often, but don't know much details about. It's a Taiwanese Team coached from WarHorse, REFRA1N and MadWolf who are since 6 splits on a 1st place winning streak with the Flash Wolves. Let's see if fresh international summoners-blood can satisfy their hunger. Don't miss the live stream – October, the 10th, from 12:00 CEST!

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League of Legends Icon Group Stage – Group A | Standings

Group Stage – Group A
1. Afreeca Freecs League of Legends LoL Team Logo Afreeca Freecs 4-2
1. G2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo G2 Esports 4-3
2.  Flash Wolves 3-3
2. Phong Vü Buffalo League of Legends LoL Team LogoPhong Vü Buffalo 2-4

League of Legends Icon Group Stage – Group A | Schedule and Results

Group Stage – Day #1 – Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Match #3: Phong Vü Buffalo League of Legends LoL Team LogoPhong Vü Buffalo  vs. Flash Wolves    0 :
Start Time: October 10, 03:00 AM PDT / 06:00 AM EDT / 12:00 CEST

Match #4: Afreeca Freecs League of Legends LoL Team Logo Afreeca Freecs  vs. G2 EsportsG2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo   0 :
Start Time: October 10, 04:00 AM PDT / 07:00 AM EDT / 13:00 CEST

Group Stage – Day #2 – Thursday, October 11, 2018

Match #1:  Flash Wolves  vs. Afreeca Freecs Afreeca Freecs League of Legends LoL Team Logo   1 :
Start Time: October 11, 01:00 AM PDT/ 04:00 AM EDT / 10:00 CEST

Match #2: Phong Vü Buffalo League of Legends LoL Team LogoPhong Vü Buffalo vs.G2 EsportsG2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo    0 :
Start Time: October 11, 02:00 AM PDT / 05:00 AM EDT / 11:00 CEST

Group Stage – Day #4 – Saturday, October 13, 2018

Match #1: Afreeca Freecs League of Legends LoL Team Logo Afreeca Freecs  vs. Phong Vü Buffalo Phong Vü Buffalo League of Legends LoL Team Logo   1 :
Start Time: October 13, 01:00 AM PDT/ 04:00 AM EDT / 10:00 CEST

Match #2: G2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo G2 Esports  vs. Flash Wolves    1 :
Start Time: October 13, 02:00 AM PDT / 05:00 AM EDT / 11:00 CEST

Group Stage – Day #6 – Monday, October 15, 2018

Match #1: Afreeca Freecs League of Legends LoL Team Logo Afreeca Freecs  vs. Flash Wolves    1 :
Start Time: October 15, 01:00 AM PDT/ 04:00 AM EDT / 10:00 CEST

Match #2: G2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo G2 Esports  vs. Phong Vü Buffalo Phong Vü Buffalo League of Legends LoL Team Logo   1 :
Start Time: October 15, 02:00 AM PDT / 05:00 AM EDT / 11:00 CEST

Match #3:  Flash Wolves  vs.G2 EsportsG2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo   1 :
Start Time: October 15, 03:00 AM PDT / 06:00 AM EDT / 12:00 CEST

Match #4: Phong Vü Buffalo League of Legends LoL Team LogoPhong Vü Buffalo  vs. Afreeca Freecs Afreeca Freecs League of Legends LoL Team Logo   0 :
Start Time: October 15, 04:00 AM PDT / 07:00 AM EDT / 13:00 CEST

Match #5:  Flash Wolves  vs. Phong Vü Buffalo Phong Vü Buffalo League of Legends LoL Team Logo   0 :
Start Time: October 15, 05:00 AM PDT / 08:00 AM EDT / 14:00 CEST

Match #6: G2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo G2 Esports  vs. Afreeca Freecs Afreeca Freecs League of Legends LoL Team Logo   0 :
Start Time: October 15, 06:00 AM PDT / 09:00 AM EDT / 15:00 CEST

TIE #1:  Flash Wolves  vs. G2 EsportsG2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo   0 :
Start Time: October 15, 03:00 AM PDT / 06:00 AM EDT / 12:00 CEST

==> Full Schedule and Results LoL Worlds 2018

League of Legends Icon LoL Betting and Odds for Group Stage 2018

As soon as all Group A Teams has drawn all betting sites will provide us with fresh odds about the Bo5 Group Stage Matches. Still, already around February 20th the first betting markets for the World Championship have popped up. Bet365 and Pinnacle are the first eSports betting operators to offer odds for Worlds 2018, and this more than 7 months before the tournament. You can read more about the first betting odds for LoL Worlds 2018 here.

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League of Legends Icon Preview and Predictions

Group Stage – Day #6 – Monday, October 15, 2018

Match #1: Afreeca Freecs League of Legends LoL Team Logo Afreeca Freecs  vs. Flash Wolves 

Start Time: October 15, 01:00 AM PDT/ 04:00 AM EDT / 10:00 CEST

The Afreeca Freecs encounters the Flash Wolves. The Afreeca Freecs were allowed to smell some playoffs-air after their first victory over Phong Vü Buffalo and will now give everything to achieve this goal. In the game against PVB the Freecs showed their best side. An Irelia, Olaf, Swain, Varus and Tahm Kench matchup sealed the fate of the Vietnamese in a 12/2 and 56.7k to 41k gold advantage. On the other hand, the Flash Wolves have not managed to defeat G2 despite their favorite status. In a very balanced and low kill game (G2 4Kills/ FW 3Kills) the game just slowl dripped further. Embarrassing for FW, that they didn't pay attention to their base, which was slowly disassembled by G2 Wunder from the inhibitor to the nexus, while FW tried his hand at the Baron in a 5v4! For this encounter I see the upwind for the LCK and bet on a 1:0 for the Afreeca Freecs.

Match #2: G2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo G2 Esports  vs. Phong Vü Buffalo Phong Vü Buffalo League of Legends LoL Team Logo

Start Time: October 15, 02:00 AM PDT / 05:00 AM EDT / 11:00 CEST

G2 Esports will face Phong Vü Buffalo. In no case should you underestimate the Buffalos, who already caused a big surprise in the first round. After the ingenious LCS backdoor of the G2 Esports on Day 5, the team will enter the game with the blessing of the fan community and leave no stone unturned to get to the First Playoff Seed. I'm predicting a hard-fought, but in the end clear, 1-0 win for G2 Esports.

Match #3:  Flash Wolves  vs. G2 EsportsG2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo

Start Time: October 15, 03:00 AM PDT / 06:00 AM EDT / 12:00 CEST

The Flash Wolves encounters G2 Esports again. After the “special” victory of G2 Esports, made possible by G2-Wunder (Camille), the Wolves will probably not leave a stone unturned for restoring their honor. Otherwise, the game was very balanced until minute 30 and G2 led only with a discreet gold advantage. I can't remember any tournament in which the Baron was “failed” as often as now (aka Tiebreaker C9 vs. RNG). Otherwise, the tank matchup as a wall against G2-Perkz (Alkali) worked out well, and a lot will be decided tomorrow with the blind pick middle. I lean out of the window and say that a similar mistake will not happen to the Flashs again and that FW-Trio Hanabi, Moojin and Maple will win 1:0 for the Flash Wolves.

Match #4: Phong Vü Buffalo League of Legends LoL Team LogoPhong Vü Buffalo  vs. Afreeca Freecs Afreeca Freecs League of Legends LoL Team Logo

Start Time: October 15, 04:00 AM PDT / 07:00 AM EDT / 13:00 CEST

Phong Vü Buffalo will face the Afreeca Freecs in the second half of the group stageIn the first half, the Freecs dominated over Phong hopelessly. But the Vietnamese seem to be at the end of the tunnel and have finally found their way back into the tournament. Of course, a play-off place is still possible in Group A for all participating teams. Nevertheless, I'll follow the odds and also predict a 0:1 victory for the Afreeca Freecs.

Match #5:  Flash Wolves  vs. Phong Vü Buffalo Phong Vü Buffalo League of Legends LoL Team Logo

Start Time: October 15, 05:00 AM PDT / 08:00 AM EDT / 14:00 CEST

The Flash Wolves face Phong Vü Buffalo. This match-memory is also not so long ago and the Vietnamese lost the group opening game against FW. Phong Vü Buffalo Players Minh “Zeros” Log Pham, Tien “Meliodas” Nhat Hoang, Thanh “Naul” Luan Vo, Ngoc “BigKoro” Tai Dang and Hai “Palette” Trung Nguyen have slowly found their way back into the tournament and can be proud sitting on one victory. If PVB secure one point, it's in this game. That's why my feeling tells me that tomorrow Phong Vü Buffalo will win 0:1.

Match #6: G2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo G2 Esports  vs. Afreeca Freecs Afreeca Freecs League of Legends LoL Team Logo

Start Time: October 15, 06:00 AM PDT / 09:00 AM EDT / 15:00 CEST

G2 Esports will face the Afreeca Freecs in the last regular game of Group A. In Group A's second game, G2 defeated the Freecs once in the first half. It's time for revenge and title holding on the other side. Everyone is happy about one LCK participant less in the playoffs and we keep our fingers crossed for G2 Esports as LCS representative for tomorrow's game, with a little more self-confidence and please no, no bad Baron Calls could be happen again. It will be one of the scarcest games of the day, but I'm predicting a 1-0 win for G2 Esports.

Group Stage – Day #4 – Saturday, October 13, 2018

Match #1: Afreeca Freecs League of Legends LoL Team Logo Afreeca Freecs  vs. Phong Vü Buffalo Phong Vü Buffalo League of Legends LoL Team Logo

Start Time: October 13, 01:00 AM PDT/ 04:00 AM EDT / 10:00 CEST

Afreeca Freecs plays against Phong Vü Buffalo. Group A was able to lean back relaxed and train hard on the 3rd matchday, and they certainly watched the potential playoff opponents as well. So far, the Afreeca Freecs have been the shame of the LCK, as it should not be forgotten that 1/3 of the games have already been played. Everything is still open and the Vietnamese Phog Vü Buffalo could even defeat G2 Esports, which were in high flight after the start of the game and defeated the Freecs before. Again a game with so many variables, but due to the performance so far, I believe in the Come Back of the Freecs and predict a 1:0 for the Afreeca Freecs

Match #2: G2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo G2 Esports  vs. Flash Wolves 

Start Time: October 13, 02:00 AM PDT / 05:00 AM EDT / 11:00 CEST

G2 Esports encounters the lonely king of the LMS – Flash Wolves. Unbeaten so far, it will become the most difficult opponent of the group and Perkz and Co. must rethink. In the Fnatic prognosis I find even clearer words, because the open question remains, why the LCS teams get involved in the open, aggressive play style of the Asians. Where is the Western world order in game construction and dominance from the economy? “We simply can't play Spanish football” and so we shouldn't try. In the game against the Buffalos from the VCS it is hard to see a PVB-BigKoro (Xayah) with 10/1/4 stats leaving the rift of summoners. “Again the same thing” will end badly, but G2 can do more and therefore I guess (against the odds) a cautious 1:0 victory for G2 Esports.

Group Stage – Day #2 – Thursday, October 11, 2018

Match #1:  Flash Wolves  vs. Afreeca Freecs Afreeca Freecs League of Legends LoL Team Logo

Start Time: October 11, 01:00 AM PDT/ 04:00 AM EDT / 10:00 CEST

Afreeca Freecs encounters the Flash Wolves. AFS-Spirit should still be well known to us from the LCS, as he was still under contract for Fnatic two years ago. Although the AFS played on day 1 with First Blood and as match favorite against G2, Europe has found a weak spot in the Asian premier class. As in the LCK only two times a Heimerdinger was played and twice this experiment ended in a defeat, there was not much experience to react to G2´s pick. On the other side is Flash Wolves, who, as expected, have won a sovereign victory. Although Phong Vü Buffalo gave everything, too many mistakes were made, which FW relentlessly used to rush the nexus. Therefore, my prediction for tomorrow is not difficult and I'm predicting a 1:0 for Flash Wolves.

Match #2: Phong Vü Buffalo League of Legends LoL Team LogoPhong Vü Buffalo vs. G2 EsportsG2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo

Start Time: October 11, 02:00 AM PDT / 05:00 AM EDT / 11:00 CEST

Phong Vü Buffalo encounters G2 Esports. Maybe it was the 3rd seed with that the G2 went into the world championship, which gave the team the important decent mood. For the first time G2 had to qualify via Play-In for the Main Event and so they take it very seriously. And G2-Perkz HAS performed, the performance even reminds me of his golden times in MSI 2017. Also G2-Jankos on Gragas had one of his better days on day 1, which combined with G2-Hjarnans (on Heimerdinger) damage resulted in a fatal combination. But in the end it was the excellent macro plays (aka Heimerdinger Top-TP) that brought the team victory. Keep it up G2! Tomorrow I also see a 0:1 for G2 Esports. 

Group Stage – Day #1 – Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Match #3: Phong Vü Buffalo League of Legends LoL Team LogoPhong Vü Buffalo  vs. Flash Wolves

Start Time: October 10, 03:00 AM PDT / 06:00 AM EDT / 12:00 CEST

Phong Vü Buffalo encounters Flash Wolves. 2018 is the first year in which VCS (Vietnam) has been awarded its own region and thus a fixed start slot for the World Championship. Phong Vü Buffalo has filled this slot gladly and with all honour. Unfortunately, they were matched with the tournament favourites Afreeca Freecs and Flash Wolves (+ G2 Esports). Now they have to just don't lose their nerve, in a Bo1 they have to dare something. The Flash Wolves are the Bayern Munich in the LMS region and are undisputedly sitting on the first place season after season. The team has been at every World Championship since 2015. But who knows, maybe it will be the high expectations that prevent the team from qualifying for playoffs. Nevertheless, I have to bet on a 0:1 victory for Flash Wolves.

Match #4: Afreeca Freecs League of Legends LoL Team Logo Afreeca Freecs  vs. G2 EsportsG2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo

Start Time: October 10, 04:00 AM PDT / 07:00 AM EDT / 13:00 CEST

Afreeca Freecs encounters the play-in candidate G2 Esports. Even though Perkz and Co. still belong to the best laners of the LCS, David meets Goliath here. The Afreeca Freecs were even able to kick Kingzone DragonX out of the tournament during the current season, thus preventing them from qualifying for the Worlds with Championship points. Although I don't see it too realistic with the podium-expectations this year, the team will still have a big skill advantage and give everything on stage. The veterans Midlaner Kuro and Jungler Spirit play together excellently and will be able to dominate early on. I'm predicting a clear 1-0 win for Afreeca Freecs.

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