NRG vs G2 – Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage: Match Preview

The Epic EU vs NA Showdown at Worlds 2023: G2 vs NRG

The rivalry between EU and NA continues at Worlds 2023 as G2 and NRG face off in the Swiss Stage round 4. In this high-stakes match, the winner advances to the knockout stage, while the loser will have one final chance in the last round. So, who has the edge in this fierce battle? Let’s analyze the matchup.


NRG G2 Worlds

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Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage – NRG vs G2 – October 28, 09:00 CET

As the top seeds from the LCS and LEC respectively, NRG and G2 are living up to expectations, having each won two out of three games in the initial rounds of the Worlds Swiss Stage.

Both teams have managed to avoid facing any of the eastern powerhouses in this decisive Best of 3 series, providing them with even more hope of securing a spot in the top 8. Furthermore, the winner of this series will also evade facing the undefeated Gen.G and JDG in the next round.

However, there are a few question marks surrounding both teams heading into the series. NRG has had a stroke of luck with their draws, facing WBG, TL, and MAD. On the other hand, G2 is coming off a devastating loss to Gen.G in Round 3, exposing some potential weaknesses that the EU team needs to address if they want to reach the top 4 and contend for the title. Let’s dive into the details.

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Fierce Battles in the Jungle and Top Lane

One thing that sets NRG apart from other Western teams is their ability to excel in teamfights and find ways to turn the tide in their favor. While they may not be as dominant as their Eastern counterparts, they’ve showcased their resilience throughout the season by making comebacks in many games. And the World Championship is no exception.

Even if they fall behind early on, NRG’s playstyle aligns well with the current meta, prioritizing neutral objectives and extended teamfighting. This strength will likely give them a fighting chance against G2, especially if Contractz steps up and finds ways to neutralize Yike.

On the G2 side, we see a more traditional two-carry setup, with Caps and Hans Sama given the resources to carry games. Yike and Mikyx fulfill enabling roles, while BrokenBlade brings flexibility to the team. The matchup between Dhokla and BrokenBlade will be intriguing, especially if both teams opt to put them on carry champions.

Overall, G2 is still the favored team in this series. They are slightly stronger and are likely to come out on top. It’s unlikely that they will drop a game in this series, even though NRG may be able to snatch one if they secure the blue side (where they have had success). Side selection may tilt the momentum slightly, but it won’t be enough to topple G2.

Prediction: NRG 0 – 2 G2

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