VG vs LGD’s group stage match saw a record amount of kills from poyoyo’s Juggernaut and the Radiant fountain
The final day of the WePlay! AniMajor group stage kicked off with a blast as PSG.LGD and Vici Gaming butted heads. While the first game was an unremarkable stomp for LGD, who’d already secured their ticket to the upper bracket, it was the second game that turned heads.
With a spot in the AniMajor upper bracket on the line, VG came out swinging in game two. Yang “poyoyo” Shaohan racked up 28 kills on his Juggernaut. The incredible 28/2/13 scoreline at the Animajor was the second-highest ever for a Juggernaut in a pro match, as pointed out by datdota‘s Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen.
The score is just one away from matching the record of Galvin “Meracle” Kang, who scored 29 kills on Jugg for First Departure during a match against MVP Phoenix in 2015.
During the LGD/VG match, poyoyo rapidly scaled into a monster carry as VG took early control of lanes. However, his dominance didn’t stop the game from taking over an hour to wrap up. In the longest game of the AniMajor so far, at an hour and five minutes, LGD refused to say die, despite a fed Juggernaut. The game ran for an hour and five minutes.
Perhaps LGD’s durability can be attributed to their sixth man: The Fountain. The radiant fountain played a vital part of the KDA composition of this match-up. VG found themselves unwillingly dragged into their opponent’s spawn multiple times during their siege of the high ground.
Valve’s Wykrhm Reddy put it best after watching the game. It’s hard to remember a time where the fountain has played as significant a role in a game:
Ultimately, it would take more than fountain kills to save LGD, and Vici Gaming would secure their win. However, it turns out that no matter how many times you drag a 28-kill Juggernaut to his seeming death, you’re still not going to stop him.
With the win, VG was able to wrap the series up 1-1 and keep their AniMajor upper bracket chances alive. But they’d need beastcoast to 2-0 Team Nigma later in the day—A slim chance, but better than nothing.