Fans expected the reigning League of Legends world champions to stand up to its competition in Group B, yet Gen.G showcased one of the worst performances on the international stage of any Korean team. The team was eliminated from Group B in fourth with a 1-5 record, becoming the first Korean team since Samsung Ozone in 2014 to go out in the group stage.
Here are three reasons why Gen.G struggled in the League of Legends World Championship group stage.
3. Finding the Right Jungler
Kang "Haru" Min-seung stepped in this year to fill in for Kang "Ambition" Chan-yong as the team's starting jungler. The roster change came as a much needed one prior to the League of Legends World Championship, as Ambition began to look weaker on stage.
Haru showcased good synergy with the team's mid laner, Lee "Crown" Min-ho, and had a good performance on the international stage. He earned the Player of the Game award in the team's first match against Cloud9.
Despite Haru's success, the team seemed to panic when it couldn't stand up to its opponents and subbed in Ambition on Day 5 against Team Vitality. Ambition lacked presence in the lanes that needed it the most, helping his teammates fall prey to enemy ganks.
2. Bad Drafts
One of Gen.G's biggest downfalls was poor decisions in the pick-and-ban phase. The team drafted for early snowball picks against group favorites, Royal Never Give Up.
The team continuously picked low mobility mages into compositions that consisted of Nocturne and LeBlanc, setting up its mid laner to lose lane. Gen.G drafted two late-game losing lanes with Shen into Aatrox and Nami and Lucian into Kalista and Thresh relying on the early game against Jian "Uzi" Zihao.
1. Crown's Passive Play Style
Crown has been known in the past for being stuck on Malzahar duty, which is a notoriously passive pick compared to popular assassin picks. The Gen.G mid laner brought out both the Irelia and Aatrox once each, but continued to stray away from other aggressive, snowballing champions that his opponents used against him.
Instead, he favored the Syndra and Malzahar picks, both low mobility mages that left him open to all-ins and ganks. Crown repeatedly fell prey to Cloud9 camping mid lane leading to his demise.
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