Worlds 2021 group stage: Day 4 match ratings
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Welcome to our Worlds 2021 match ratings, as we move on to Day 4 of the group stage. Every day, I, your designated guinea pig and critic, will watch all of the world championship games so you don’t have to. I will be here to dish out star ratings for every game and let you know if I recommend the slew of fights that day at Worlds.

My rating scale is from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) stars. Here’s what each star rating means in layman’s terms:

* = Boring. Utterly skippable and something no one will remember by tomorrow.

** = Watchable. Possibly recommended based on your rooting interests.

*** = Good. Something I’d recommend checking out, even if you’re not a fan of either team.

**** = Must-watch. A game or series that you need to watch if you have any interest in League of Legends.

***** = An all-time classic. This perfect rating is only achievable if a game or match is at the highest level of entertainment, gameplay and will go down in the lexicon as a moment no League of Legends fan will ever forget.

Today, we move onto the second half of the group stage round robin at Worlds 2021. That means the teams get a shot at replaying each other within each group, beginning with Group A. Will we get similar results this time out? Or will some of these teams exact their revenge? Let’s find out.

Without further ado, here are my match ratings for Day 4 of the group stage at Worlds 2021.

DWG KIA vs. FunPlus Phoenix

*** 1/2 stars

When these groups were first drawn, it was supposed to be a clash of the titans between the two most recent Worlds champions.

Instead, this has been a showcase on how amazing DWG KIA are, rolling FPX in a second straight game. This was a lot closer than their first meeting but it doesn’t mean much when the South Koreans still feel a level above.

We might be witnessing the coronation of a new dynasty.

Cloud9 vs. Rogue

** stars

A level one invade went wrong, Rogue tripped in proverbial spaghetti and C9 did a good job of snowballing the early lead to a quick victory. Watch the level one, 2x speed the rest of the game and move on.

Cloud9 vs. FunPlus Phoenix

*** 1/2 stars

Cloud9 have arisen from the depths of despair and are now on the verge of possibly forcing a tiebreaker for a spot in the play-offs.

Robert “Blaber” Huang, who was maligned internationally since a rough outing at the Mid-Season Invitational, has looked like the best jungler in the world today, in C9’s first two matches.

DWG KIA vs. Rogue

*** 3/4 stars

Rogue played a strong game and even grabbed a lead at the game’s midpoint. Yet, all it took was one overly eager engage by the Europeans to let DWG take control and rush to the finish.

While Rogue had impressive moments, the positioning in teamfights by the reigning world champions was immaculate around neutral objectives. When DWG play at this level, the opponent almost has to play perfect to even have a chance.

Rogue vs. FunPlus Phoenix

**** 1/2 stars

What the hell is going on. I don’t know. Is this real life? We are witnessing the craziest group stage since Worlds 2017 when Fnatic started 0-4 and made it out of groups.

Just go watch the game. Madness. Absolute madness.

DWG KIA vs. Cloud9

**** 3/4 stars

It’s a miracle in itself how much C9 have improved in a little over a day from their last game. The underdogs from North America knew they had to be on the front from the start and did just that, pushing the tempo and doing everything they could to carve out a lead.

And right at the moment it looked like C9 were going to pull off a run for the ages, DWG stole a Baron through pure brilliance that could only come from the reigning world champions.

DWG finished the group stage 6-0 and exited escaping their closest test in their final game.

Tiebreaker 1: FunPlus Phoenix vs. Rogue

*** stars

Not much to say about this one, except that FPX might be the biggest disappointment in world championship history. They finished 2-5 and would have been 1-6 if not for an utter collapse by Cloud9 in one of their games.

Rogue stepped up to the plate and FPX stepped onto the plane boarding back to China.

Tiebreaker 2: Cloud9 vs. Rogue

***** stars

It can’t be anything but five stars. The final game will go down as one of craziest days in world championship history. A laundry list of amazing games, the biggest collapse in worlds history with FPX and then the story of the down and out C9 rising up to make it to the playoffs against their European rivals.

Not only was everything surrounding this game magical, but the actual match itself might have been ever better, a 50-minute nail biter with more twists and turns than a Hollywood blockbuster. This is a game fans will be recalling a decade from now.

An instant classic on a truly all-time day at the League of Legends World Championship.

* To be updated throughout Worlds 2021 group stage Day 4

Tyler Erzberger is entering a decade of covering esports. When not traveling around the world telling stories about people shouting over video games, he’s probably arguing with an anime avatar on Twitter about North American esports.