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Esports World Cup: China's TES stomps new LOL champion

The members of TES's LOL team. /Top Esports
The members of TES's LOL team. /Top Esports

The members of TES's LOL team. /Top Esports

In a surprising stomp, Chinese esports club Top Esports (TES) swiped South Korean club Gen.G 2:0 in the League of Legends (LOL) quarterfinals of the Esports World Cup (EWC) held in Saudi Arabia.

Gen.G is the latest global champion in May's Mid-Season Invitational (MSI). The team went unchallenged in the first three weeks of the current domestic league.

But TES, who had not even reached the top four in MSI, managed to beat Gen.G in what they do best – the teamwork between the mid-laner and the jungler.

TES jungler Gao "Tian" Tianliang, one of the 2019 world champions, and mid-laner Lin "Creme" Jian secured a total of 21 kills in the two matches, while the Gen.G duo only got five.

TES will face European club G2 in the semifinals, the team that sent TES home during the MSI 2024. It's still hard to tell if TES can take revenge on G2, as the game meta has significantly changed after MSI.

LOL is only one of the 22 games played during this year's EWC, which hold a combined prize pool of a staggering $62.5 million, the largest in esports history.

Though TES is a powerful contestant for the LOL champion prize of $400,000, the club participates in this game title alone, making it almost impossible for them to get the $7 million top prize for Club Championship.

Saudi Arabia's local club, Team Falcons, participated in 14 games, the most among all clubs, making them the club most likely to secure the club prize.

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