LoL tops Group A… FC Online falls short

While the League of Legends squad headed into the knockout stage with a clean sweep of the group stage, the highly anticipated FC Online squad ended day two with a disappointing loss.
Day 2 of the esports competition at the 19th Asian Games got underway today at the Hangzhou Esports Center in Hangzhou, China. Korea competed in the League of Legends and FC Online categories.

In the League of Legends category, the team won both of its matches to advance through the group stage.

In the first game against Hong Kong, the Korean team started with the lineup of Choi “Zeus” Woo-je, Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyuk, Chobi “Chobi” Jeong-hoon, Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk, and Ryu “Keria” Min-seok, and after surviving Hong Kong’s early onslaught, they piled up points by targeting their opponents in the bottom lane. Seo’s Sejuani, in particular, made a big impact in every attacking situation by carving through the canyon, ending the game in 23 minutes.

Playing “Faker” Lee “Chobi” Sang-hyuk instead of “Chobi” Jeong-hoon for the next game against Kazakhstan, South Korea quickly opened up a gap by forcing the opponent’s surprise pick. After harassing their opponents with the yone and overwhelming their former lineman Kazakhstan, Korea entered the opponent’s zone around the 15th minute and made a final attack to destroy the nexus in the 17th minute.

With their second straight win, the Koreans clinched first place in Group A and will face Saudi Arabia in the quarterfinals.

In the FC Online category, both Park Ki-young and Kwak Jun-hyuk suffered disappointing losses.

After defeating China’s Liu Jia Cheng in the fifth round of the losers’ bracket and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City’s Ho Chi Minh Huy in the sixth round, Park Ki-young dropped the first set 1:2 and the second set 0:3 to Thailand’s Pattanasak Varanan in the seventh round.

Kwak Jun-hyuk, who played in the winner’s bracket final, took the first set 2:0, but conceded the first two goals of the second set and three goals 토토 in the second half to tie the score at 2:3. In the third set, Kwak was unable to make up for his mistakes in the first half, and the match ended with a score of 0:1, resulting in a set score of 1-2.

With the loss, Kwak dropped to the loser’s bracket final, where he will face Thailand’s Patanasak Varanan on Nov. 27 for his last chance to qualify for the final.

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