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Many considered EDG to be the third best team at Worlds behind Korea’s ROX Tigers and SK Telecom T1, while INTZ was one of two teams to qualify for Worlds through the International Wildcard tournament.
Despite the discrepancy in expectations, INTZ dominated pretty much every aspect of Thursday’s Group C clash. The Brazilian side consistently controlled vision, methodically took objectives, and held the gold lead from seven minutes into the game until the nexus dropped at the 42-minute mark.
Playing Lee Sin, jungler Gabriel “Revolta” Henud rescued his bottom lane from an early deficit with a perfect tower dive before turning his attention to the top, where he teamed with Felipe “Yang” Ca Yeg Zhao to continually abuse EDG’s Yuhao "Mouse" Chen.
The CBLoL champs converted their early lead into three Elemental Drakes, two Barons, and an Elder Dragon, before finally sealing the win.
When it looked like EDG might be able to slow down the game in attempt to come back, INTZ fought tooth and nail to maintain vision wards around key objectives, and Revolta skillfully picked off priority targets with Lee Sin’s devastating combos.
In pregame interviews, INTZ was not shy to say that EDG is one of the teams they admire. In particular, Revolta said he regularly studies and learns from EDG’s Kai "Clearlove" Ming, considered by many to be the best jungler in the world.
The chart below provides additional statistics from the unlikely INTZ victory.
After the game, Revolta acknowledged the magnitude of the victory while remaining measured about his team’s prospects.
“Winning the tournament is not something we can achieve yet,” he said in an interview with Riot’s Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere.
EDG has five more games in group stage to recover. In the other Group C matchup on Thursday, ahq e-Sports Club from the LMS defeated EU’s H2K. The four teams in the group play each other twice before the top two teams advance to the quarterfinals.
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