Royal Never Give Up proved to be the big winner Friday by picking up a pair of victories during the second day of group play at the Mid-Season Invitational.
The only team to start 3-0 at the event thus far, Royal Never Give Up has taken charge of Grouo A in Stage 1 play.
MAD Lions and PSG Talon grabbed wins in Group B action, and DWG KIA and DetonatioN FocusMe were victors in Group C.
The 12-team MSI is being held between the first and second splits of all regions. Teams are drawn into three groups based on seeding. Groups B and C are double-round robin while Group A is quadruple-round robin. The top two teams from each group advance to Stage 2.
Stage 2 is the Rumble Round and Stage 3 is the Knockout.
Royal Never Give Up first defeated Pentanet.GG from the Oceania region in just under 25 minutes on red Friday, dropping Pentanet.GG to 0-3. RNGU, playing again on red, then followed up by handing Unicorn of Love (1-1) their first loss in a match that lasted another 25 minutes.
Playing on red, MAD Lions remained unbeaten at 2-0 by besting the Istanbul Wildcats, who fell to 0-2, in nearly 38 minutes. Also in Group B, PSG Talon evened their mark at 1-1 by beating paiN Gaming on red in just over 25 minutes.
In Group C, DWG KIA moved to 2-0 with a 25-minute win over Infinity Esports on red. In the day’s other group match, DetonatioN FocusMe triumphed over Cloud9 on blue in 32 minutes.
Mid-Season Invitational standings
1. Royal Never Give Up 3-0
2. Unicorns of Love 1-1
3. Pentanet.GG 0-3
1. MAD Lions 2-0
T2. paiN Gaming 1-1
T2. PSG Talon 1-1
4. Istanbul Wildcats 0-2
1. DWG KIA 2-0
T2. DetonatioN FocusMe 1-1
T2. Infinity Sports 1-1
4. Cloud9 0-2
–Field Level Media