Clutch Gaming lose, Team Liquid win on the opening day of the League of Legends World Championship group stage

Team Liquid beat Damwon Gaming in their first game of the group stage of the League of Legends World Championship. Provided by Riot Games

North American teams got off to a mixed start Saturday at the League of Legends World Championship group stage with Clutch Gaming losing to Royal Never Give up and Team Liquid topping a young South Korean Damwon Gaming.

The six-game slate kicked off with perennial world champions T1 defeating Europe's Fnatic.

Sixteen teams, divided into four groups, are participating in the group stage, which features a double round-robin format and single-game matchups. The top two teams from each group after eight days of play will advance to the knockout stage, where matches are best of five.

In other action Saturday, Invictus Gaming topped ahq e-Sports Club; J Team beat FunPlus Phoenix and Splyce prevailed over GAM Esports.

Sunday's lineup:

-- T1 vs. Royal Never Give Up

-- Fnatic vs. Clutch Gaming

-- Team Liquid vs. Invictus Gaming

-- ahq e-Sports Club vs. DAMWON Gaming

-- Griffin vs. G2 Esports

-- Cloud9 vs. Hong Kong Attitude

Worlds concludes with the final, which is set for Sunday, Nov. 10.

--Field Level Media