Handshakes can be hard -- particularly when you have two former World Championship-winning teammates on stage who haven’t seen each other in years. It becomes slightly more convoluted when one goes for the handshake and the other goes for the hug.
On the first day of Worlds, our true love gave to us... some really freaking weird games! This was supposed to be a fairly routine day. A few of the matchups featured heavyweights and early championship favorites against wild card regions. Both EU and NA fans claimed the other region belonged in said wild card denomination. Well, there was a lot of wild -- that much is true. Let’s overreact a little bit, though! Here's what we learned on day one!
It was a disappointing first day of Worlds 2016 for Europe, as the region’s #1 seed G2 Esports falls to North America’s #2 seed CLG. In Group C, H2K also loses out as they succumb to LMS’ AHQ in a tight, back-and-forth game. Splyce rounded out a painful day for EU with a loss to Samsung Galaxy in Group D.
The 2016 World Championship kicked off with a classic matchup between North America and Europe. On one side was Europe’s top seeded team, G2 Esports -- one of the tournament’s strongest teams. And on the other side was Counter Logic Gaming, a storied franchise who comes into Worlds after struggling in the Summer Split. And only one of them can claim victory and pride for their region.
As we make our way to San Francisco to see regional heavyweights clash in the 2016 tournament, we take a look at EU’s prospects going into this year’s event. Scepticism prevails due to the fall of Europe’s historically dominant teams and a poor performance at MSI. While the EU teams heading to Worlds 2016 are packed with talent, they have everything to prove.