It was the weekend of upsets at this year’s semi-final leg of the League of Legends World Championships as both Fnatic and Origen were knocked out. It was a rough weekend for Europeans, noting that the semi-finals were in Brussels, Belgium.
Semi-final 1 – Origen vs. SK Telecom T1
SK1, Korea’s number one team, took on the European underdogs Origen in a hopeful semi-final on Saturday afternoon. While most of you sat down for the rugby, European eyes turned to Brussels as all that remained were two European teams and two Korean teams. SK1 were the clear favourites going into the match, but with all major eSports titles, we had hoped for an upset. After all, an all-Korean final is not really what we wanted.
Origen seemed to struggled from the start as Korea’s best and undefeated team thwarted every attempt thrown their way. The game was owned by the power of the top lane carry. MaRin, top lane and shot caller for SK1, dominated his lane and fuel the 3-0 sweep of Origen. Many had hoped they’d be the team to at least take one game of SK1, but that unfortunately was not the case, and Origen were just another casualty in the landslide that is SK Telecom T1.
Semi-final 2 – Fnatic vs. KOO Tigers
This was perhaps the biggest blow to the European leg of the World Championships. European Champions, and clear favourites, Fnatic met against Korean team KOO Tigers in their semi-final campaign in what promised to be a great match – with Fnatic hopefully coming out on top. This of course was not the case and KOO Tigers followed in their SK1s footsteps and cleared up a 3-0 sweep against the Europe’s last hope.
Similar to the SK1 vs. Origen semi-final, Fnatic put up a tough fight in game one, but lost out on a few important team fights. From then it was just a blood bath with a 43 minute game resulting in 43 kills. KOO Tigers asserted their dominance in the two and three completely toppling the European champions, and before we could gasp at the fact Europe’s last hope, and favourites, were losing, they’d already been knocked out.
The all Korean grand final kicks off this weekend in Berlin, Germany. My money is on SK Telecom T1, but here’s hoping for an upset from KOO Tigers.
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Last Updated: October 26, 2015