[Worlds 2020] PSG Talon is the first team to qualify for Group Stage from the play-in

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PSG Talon has survived the play-in, placing 1st in Group B with a record of 4-1 and subsequently qualifying for the Main Event of the 2020 League of Legends World Championship. As the 2nd seed from Taiwan's Pacific Championship Series, PSG Talon will be randomly selected as the team to round out any group except Group A, which already contains PCS 1st seed Machi Esports. PSG Talon is the first team to escape from the play-in at Worlds 2020.

PSG Talon looked to be coming into Group B at a disadvantage due to visa complications. AD carry Wong "Unified" Chun Kit would be unable to play until the third day of the play-in, and the South Korean mid-jungler duo of Park "Tank" Dan-won and Kim "River" Dong-woo would be ineligible for competing in the entirety of the play-in.


Fortunately for PSG Talon, its subsitutes were no slouches. Chen "Dee" Chun-Dee, a substitute AD carry for Machi Esports, slotted in perfectly alongside starting Support Ling "Kaiwing" Kai Wing. Alongside Dee, Kaiwing and top laner Su "Hanabi" Chia-Hsiang played excellently around mid laner Chen "Uniboy" Chang-Chu and jungler Hsiao "Kongyue" Jen-Tso, who were loaned for the play-in from PCS squad ahq eSports.


One would expect a two/three subsitute team to be at at disadvantage, but the starters of PSG played so well around Kongyue and Uniboy there was no need for a period to gel. The supersub mid-jungle combo has been the biggest head-turner at Worlds 2020 thus far.


Unified was able to start for his team once again on day 3, where PSG Talon defeated V3 Esports to move to 3-1. PSG faced off against Unicorns of Love in a tie-breaker for the first seed in the group, and in doing so, is now locked in for the main event with its full starting five.



Unicorns of Love, Rainbow7, and LGD Gaming, the latter of whom was expected to be the play-in favorite as the 4th seed from China's League of Legends Pro League, secured 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place in Group B and will move onto the knockout round of the play-in. V3 Esports and LGD Gaming, tied at 1-2, played a tiebreaker to see who would be the first team eliminated from the play-in, and with V3 taking the loss, Japan's journey at Worlds 2020 has concluded. 



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