The VCS representative scored points both on the chart and in the eyes of the international fan community through the debut match.
Saigon Buffalo had a more impressive debut at the 2022 World Finals Kick-off Round this afternoon (September 30) thanks to a convincing victory over Istanbul Wildcats (Turkey). Besides the first Pentakill of the tournament, the complicated COVID-19 situation, the BTC delay of more than two hours and the DRX defeating Royal Never Give Up, etc., the SGB win deservedly entered the top of the most memorable moments of the day. Opening the biggest League of Legends tournament this year.
Not disappointing the audience with predictions, SGB immediately locked Zac – the champion that first appeared at Worlds 2022 – in Phase 1 of the pick and ban phase. But this isn’t the usual jungle pick, it’s for mid laner Froggy. Explaining after the match, Froggy shared that he was inspired for this match from…the history of caPs Solo Queue, mid laner G2 Esports. SGB had a bit of a glitch at 10-15 minutes and let IW AD carry, HolyPhoenix, get the kills in a row. But then, with a fiery play and proactive long-range combat with Zac, Hecarim and Leona, SGB took the advantage.
Farfetch’s reaction, IW’s support, after the teamfight defeat against SGB
Captain Hasmed did not disappoint his teammates when maximizing Gwen’s strength was given a lot of resources early in the game from Taki’s reasonable roams. Towards the end of the game, SGB always knew how to divide IW’s squad, isolate HolyPhoenix and create space for Miss Fortune in Shogun’s hands to perform. As a result, SGB’s gunner dealt almost twice as much damage as HolyPhoenix on the other side of the front line, helping VCS’s 2nd seed to win after 34 minutes of fighting.
Immediately after knocking down the enemy Nexus Town Hall, SGB received enthusiastic praise from more than 100 spectators present at the venue. They gave loud applause that lasted nearly a minute and chanted “Buffalo, Buffalo” at LLA Studio, Mexico City. Karnage – founder of One Trick Production, a media unit that is a longtime partner of Riot Games – admitted to being a “big fan” of Shogun after witnessing SGB’s performance. This is just the beginning of the Buffalos in the first time the youngest squad of Worlds 2022 attends the biggest tournament of the year. Ahead of them will be many other tough challenges, respectively, Isurus (Latin America) and DRX (Korea) tomorrow morning (October 1).