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MSI 2022: PSG Talon defeat G2 Esports twice, RNG dominate standings

The fourth day of MSI 2022’s Rumble Stage wrapped in an interesting fashion, starting from Royal Never Give Up leading the standings and two consecutive defeats of the Spanish professional team G2 Esports to PSG Talon.

Talon had the third and fourth day to themselves, forcing G2 to their knees despite being ranked the fifth in the standings behind Evil Geniuses and G2.

Talon break G2’s flawless run

G2’s lineup comprises top laner Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik, jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski, mid laner Rasmus “caPs” Borregaard Winther, bot laner Victor “Flakked” Lirola, and support Raphaël “Targamas” Crabbé.

G2’s current main lineup is the team’s lucky charm and had brought them to win LEC 2022 Spring Playoffs in a finale against Europe’s Rogue team. Moreover, the lineup used was first employed in this year’s LEC Spring following the team’s major roster change in late 2021.

Despite the relatively new lineup, the team was confident in MSI 2022. They did an outstanding performance in Rumble Stage until Talon came in to play along.

Talon was the brainchild of two esports entities and the organization was formed in 2018. Despite not having five years of venturing into the world of esports, making it into Rumble Stage and leading alongside RNG in Group B was admirable.

Talon’s lineup is decorated by an all Asian roster, from duo top laner Su “Hanabi” Chia-Hsiang and Huang “Azhi” Shang-Chih, jungler Lee “Juhan” Ju-han, mid laner Park “Bay” Jun-byeong, bot laner Wong “Unified” Chun Kit, and support Ling “Kaiwing” Kai Wing.

In their first matchup, both teams played dominantly over one another, but the tide went on to Talon’s side after the team had managed to pick the first Baron Nashor buff. This marked the end of G2’s flawless run in a matchup that lasts for 27 minutes. Both teams met once again on the following day only to have G2 suffer their third defeat after playing RNG.

MSI 2022 standings, RNG sit on top

MSI 2022’s Rumble Stage has offered enthusiasts a thrilling run ahead of the last day. If G2 was able to hold their flawless run, then the Spanish pro would sit on top of the standings as the team had shown no signs of holding back or sustaining any defeats.

G2 topped current standings leader RNG and T1 in the first two days of Rumble Stage. Recording such an achievement was not a trivial feat for the team.

However, the team faced heavy resistance from RNG, T1, and Talon as the third day came in. The first game defeat from Talon had marked the team losing their confidence.

RNG is leading the standings with their 7-1 win-loss record, a single defeat which they received playing G2. T1 came in second 5-3 and G2 followed in third position 4-4. EG is trailing closely in fourth, recording 4-4. Both EG and G2 are are slated to meet on the final day of the stage.

Talon’s 3-5 only able them to seize the fifth position of the standings and lastly, Saigon Buffalo has yet to make more wins and is likely to be eliminated from the stage. Buffalo is a 1-7 record and sits at the very bottom standings.