Group leaders Royal Never Give Up, T1 and G2 Esports continued to mow down the competition Thursday on Day 3 of the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational in Busan, South Korea.
T1 beat DetonatioN FocusMe in 25 minutes on blue to remain undefeated in Group A.
RNG toppled RED Canids in 28 minutes on blue to improve to 3-0 in Group B.
G2 defeated ORDER in 25 minutes on blue to improve to 4-0 in Group C.
Eleven teams are competing for a prize pool of at least $250,000 through May 29.
The group stage consists of a double round-robin in Groups A and B and a quadruple round-robin in Group C. All matches are best-of-one with the top two teams in each group advancing. Stage 2 (Rumble) is a double round-robin and all matches are best-of-one with the top four teams advancing. Stage 3 (Knockout) is a single-elimination bracket with all matches best-of-five.
There are only 11 teams instead of 12 because the LCL is not represented due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Royal Never Give Up are competing remotely due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in China.
Also on Thursday, Evil Geniuses beat ORDER in 25 minutes on red, PSG Talon defeated Istanbul Wildcats in 23 minutes on blue, and Saigon Buffalo downed Team Aze in 21 minutes, also on blue. Saigon Buffalo (2-1) remains a game behind T1 in Group A.
Group play continues Friday with six more matches:
PSG vs. RED Canids
RNG vs. Istanbul Wildcats
Istanbul Wildcats vs. PSG
RED Canids vs. RNG
RED Canids vs. Istanbul Wildcats
PSG vs. RNG
Group stage standings:
1. T1, 3-0
2. Saigon Buffalo, 2-1
3. DetonatioN FocusMe, 1-2
4. Team Aze, 0-3
1. Royal Never Give Up, 3-0
T2. RED Canids, 1-2
T2. Istanbul Wildcats, 1-2
T2. PSG Talon, 1-2
1. G2 Esports, 4-0
2. Evil Geniuses, 2-2
3. ORDER, 0-4
–Field Level Media