Edward Gaming vs Gen.G esports
This is, quite literally, the second-to-last Best of 5 before this year's World Championship concludes which makes it both incredibly exciting and also fairly bittersweet. We've been on quite a ride thus far and, needless to say, we don't want it to end. Fortunately, we have a couple of bangers left before it's all done and dusted, so there's no reason to be all doom and gloom about it!
Edward Gaming taking on Gen.G will no doubt be a hotly contested affair -- one that could, potentially, go the five-game distance. That's both a fact and a bit of wishful thinking. The thing about this one is that we simply don't know who'll emerge victorious. There's just no other way to put it. Based on everyone's preliminary power rankings and pre-tournament expectations, Gen.G weren't even supposed to go this far. They're a tremendously talented bunch, of that we were all aware, but they often crumbled underneath the pressure, especially when they had to face a hyper-aggressive team that could create big enough leads in the early game and then snowball come mid and late. Gen.G were and, to a certain extent still are, a fairly one-dimensional team. They have a diverse set of weapons and avenues for success, but they tend to telegraph their moves in advance, and their overreliance on a couple of key members (namely Bdd and Ruler) is easy to prepare for.
Well, beating them still requires a metric ton of talent and team-wide cohesion, but they're a relatively easy puzzle to solve when compared to some of their peers (i.e. DWG KIA and T1). One could argue that the biggest reason why they've made it so far is because Bdd and Clid have been playing some of their best League of Legends yet. It's been masterclass after masterclass, and they've shown no signs of stopping, either. While Gen.G didn't exactly have the hardest or most perilous path to the semifinals, their dominant wins and performances *did* make one thing perfectly clear: they're not to be taken lightly.
Still, one cannot help but wonder whether their *best* is sufficient for tackling a giant like Edward Gaming, a team that has a far more diverse set of weapons to work with, not to mention a more well-rounded line-up with some of LPL's finest. There's not an insurmountable gap between the two, it seems like, but there *is* a gap nonetheless. Edward Gaming have done more than enough to warrant everyone's benefit of the doubt, and while they might not have what it takes to dethrone DWG KIA, they should still be more than capable enough to best Gen.G in what'll surely be a Best of 5 for the ages.