Team Whales surprised the League of Legends community around the world by defeating Team BDS in the warm-up round of Worlds 2023.
After the final match in the 2023 World Championship qualifiers, many commented that Team Whales will face many difficulties when facing Team BDS, the team that destroyed Golden Guardians to win the right to continue. Many people believe that the number 2 seed of the VCS may have to suffer a quick defeat against the number 4 representative of the LEC.
At the present time, BDS is rated much higher in all aspects than TW, especially the wings on the map when Adam has an extremely dominant playing style, especially when he holds champions like Garen and Olaf. , Sett and especially Darius as in the first game. As expected, Adam completely destroyed Sparda right from the laning phase with 5 kills in just over 11 minutes of play. There was even a time when Adam’s Darius even played bloody games with 4 members of TW. With Darius’ destructive power, BDS easily took a 1-0 lead after the first game.
In the second game, the match was extremely tense from the first moments. The big goals belonged to Team BDS continuously, but Team Whales’ bright spots gradually appeared with BeanJ’s precise handling and the solo kill of Renekton from gunner Artemis.
Team BDS showed good macro ability when controlling the map and was able to be more proactive in Baron cave. However, TW showed excellent fighting ability, placing extremely reasonable control to wipe out the enemy team and win the first Baron. The kills that continuously fell into Artemis’s hands created a front-line trigger. He also received extremely powerful support from his teammates, especially from Sparda with the accepted card K’Sante. compete for sacrifice.
With a superior squad in the late game, TW completely overwhelmed the opponent. Despite commendable defensive efforts, BDS’ main house still collapsed after 39 minutes of play.
Entering game 3, Bie’s brain hacking brought the first victory to Gunner Artemis. With smart moves and reasonable macros, TW quickly expanded its advantage, widened the gap in money and took the initiative when controlling large targets.
When Adam could not have an advantage in the top lane, BDS appeared to be at a loss in team fights. Even when Gloryy was caught alone, Team BDS was still in a superior position and was still repelled by the damage coming from Artemis. The match moved further away from BDS as TW read BDS’s moves to get Baron and then Fire Dragon Soul. At minute 40, BDS was determined to stop TW from taking Baron but failed. Immediately, TW organized an attack with Bie’s Nautilus and a cover from Glory. The number 2 seed of VCS swept away the opposing team and completed a 2-1 comeback victory in front of the amazement of all the spectators.
Team Whales’ historic victory over a representative from the Major region
This is the first earthquake at Worlds 2023, because almost no one can believe that BDS, after an easy victory over GG, can be defeated by one of the teams considered the weakest in the tournament. . However, with a more convincing performance, the victory for Artemis and her teammates was completely deserved.
Defeating BDS, Team Whales also made history by becoming the first VCS team to defeat an opponent from a Major region (LCK, LPL, LEC and LCS) in a Bo3 match. In the past, we have won games against major regions, but defeating them in a knockout match is still too big a challenge for VCS representatives.
Winning the right to move on to the winner’s bracket, Team Whales will face PCS’s No. 2 seed, CTBC Flying Oyster. Although this is still a very strong opponent compared to TW, VCS fans have every right to be proud of the whales’ victory today.