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League of Legends: Generation Gaming keeps rolling

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Generation Gaming was too much for any team as they barreled through the competition not losing a single set en route to becoming your 2024 MSI Champions. 

The League of Legends Mid Season Invitational was a wild ride and Generating Gaming led the way.

The 2023 World Champions T1 battled all the way from the play in all into a 3rd-place finish. Liquid Alienware, the number 1 team in the North American division, only captured 1 win in the losers bracket before elimination. However, the consistent dominance of Generation Gaming was too much for any team as they barreled through the competition not losing a single set en route to becoming your 2024 MSI Champions. 

T1 dominated the Play-In stage of the MSI going a combined 4 and 0 in their games and qualifying with ease. Top Esports was not far behind as they’d also qualify without after losing a combined 1 game between the two sets.

Fanatic had a little more trouble qualifying in a bounce-back 2-0 win versus GAM Esports after falling to TES in the previous match. And PSG would be able to rally after being swept by T1 and resoundingly win both remaining sets to qualify for bracket play.

After observing the play-in phase of the tournament for nearly a week, Gen.G started the bracket stage off strong with a win in the first game of the torment. Then they won the second game, and then the 3rd; sweeping Fnatic in a resounding round 1 victory.

A victory that marked the beginning of the end for Fnatic as they lost their next set versus Liquid Alienware who too got swept in round 1 by their opponent TES. T1 and Bilibili Gaming both squeaked out victories in their round 1 matchups as well, sending G2 Esports and PSG into an elimination set against one another. A set that G2 dominated leaving PSG in the dust after a 3-0 finish.

Round 2 of bracket play proved to be the toughest challenge for the eventual champs as after going up 2-0, Gen. G dropped two straight to Top Esports before seeking out a game 5 victory. BLG on the other hand, did not have as much trouble handing last year’s world champs winning in a decisive 3-1 set sending T1 to an elimination set with Liquid Alienware. T1, however, bounced back in a big way against Liquid Alienware with a 3-0 victory in the series. This fate was not shared by TES as they would get swept by G2 after the emotional letdown from the failed comeback against Gen. G.

In the Semi Finals, Generation Gaming had the opportunity to get revenge against Bilibili Gaming who struck the final nail in their coffin during last year’s MSI with a 3-0 demolition. And revenge is what they got ripping off two straight wins to close the series off sending BLG to their elimination set against T1.

A T1 team that had been rolling outside of their first set with BGL as they had just won their 5th set in a resounding 3-0 fashion over G2 who had just swept their previous 2 opponents. This momentum seemed to help keep T1 in the series as the first 4 games went back and forth, but the momentum was not enough as BLG would prevail in game 5 and take the series 3 games to 2. 

The finals were now set and it was a rematch of the first semi-final game. Bilibili Gaming looked to build off their previous year’s MSI performance and climb from second place to first.

Generation Gaming was looking to cement themselves as a true contender for worlds with a tournament win, and cement themselves they did. After falling down 0-2 in the series, BLG staved off elimination in game 3 with a victory cracking a door for a comeback. Gen G would slam that door shut in game 4 pulling out the win and securing 1st place in the MSI. 

This tournament victory marks Generation Gaming’s first international tournament win since the club’s founding in 2018, but their 5th tournament win in the last 2 years when including regional play. The 50 grand first-place prize is a great reward for Gen.G. Just as important, their great performance automatically qualifies Generation Gaming for the World Championships later this year giving them a chance to compete for a share of over 2 million dollars and the title of the best League of Legends team in the world.