The Brazilian representatives on the League of Legends 2021 Mid-Season Invitational paiN Gaming ended the primary spherical robin of the group stage 1-2, however delivered two of probably the most thrilling matches of the match. A comeback victory over Turkey’s Istanbul Wildcats and a near-upset of European champions MAD Lions put followers Brazilian and in any other case by way of the emotional wringer.
Although their second match in opposition to Taiwan’s PSG Talon was a one-sided loss, prime laner Leonardo “Robo” Souza is pleased with what paiN have achieved thus far by way of their wins. Neither the mettle to come back again like they did in opposition to the Wildcats, nor the power to resist blow after blow to remain even with the perfect staff in Europe are issues Brazilian groups of the previous have proven at worldwide occasions.
“We weren’t enjoying properly within the early sport, however we confirmed that even in a sport like that, we will flip issues round,” he advised Dot Esports. “That’s an vital high quality, in my view. We confirmed that we’re a harmful staff to face even once we’re behind.”
For the nation’s lone consultant on the esport’s worldwide competitions, expectations are by no means excessive. Even KaBuM! in 2014 and INTZ in 2016 are remembered for appearances by which they pulled off one cataclysmic, historic upset solely to lose their different 5 group stage video games. Whether or not it’s MSI or Worlds, for the Brazilian devoted the viewing expertise often consists of watching the identical pool of expertise ship 5 gamers to usually valiant, however disappointing finishes, with paiN’s 2-4 2015 Worlds group stage exhibiting being the lone exception.
Watching the biannual Groundhog Day is little doubt irritating for gamers and followers, however Robo chooses to deal with the opposite aspect of that coin. The identical gamers which have represented Brazil yr after yr are accruing expertise that’s doubly priceless for a minor area staff that may solely ship one consultant to those competitions. The disappointments are classes.
“When you have a look at the primary European groups to play internationally, they weren’t so nice at it within the outdated days, however when the identical gamers had already performed three, 4, 5 instances, they began doing rather well,” he stated.
The worldwide expertise is what has gotten them right here, and it’s what he believes will enable this iteration of paiN Gaming to alter the narrative round their nation’s worldwide showings. Mid laner Thiago “Tinowns” Sartori turned 24 on Might 6. ADC Felipe “brTT” Gonçalves is 30 years outdated. They every made their skilled debut in 2012 and have been to a mixed seven top-tier worldwide tournaments, usually enjoying by way of qualifiers and at all times being their area’s sole representatives.
Yearly it’s simple to say that it feels totally different, however this time it simply is likely to be. And if not at MSI in 2021, then sooner slightly than later because the learnings from enjoying on the worldwide stage pile up.
“Any more, I hope we’ll get extra wins and possibly make historical past for Brazil,” he stated.
PaiN Gaming are one sport outdoors of qualifying for the Rumble stage of MSI with three video games left to play on Monday, Might tenth beginning at 9am CT.
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