For the first time in League of Legends history, a team has successfully defended their World Champion title. In Berlin on Saturday afternoon SK Telecom 1 entered the arena to take on Korean rivals KOO Tigers for the Grand Final showdown of the 2015 League of Legends World Championships. Both teams successfully knocked out their European rivals the weekend before making it a fantastic all Korean weekend in Berlin. SK Telecom 1 came into the competition as the favourites, and completed their 2015 campaign in style.
Of the initial lineup which won the 2014 World Championships, only three of the players can stand tall as consecutive champions. Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, Bae “Bengi” Seong-ung, and coach Kim “KkOma” Jeony-gyun were part of the 2014 Lineup who won Worlds just under a year ago.
Being new to League of Legends, a recurring theme when watching the games is the emphasis on Top Lane. It’s always hyped up, and the matchups often involve the MVPs on both teams battling it out. This game was no different as “Smeb”, on Riven, took on “MaRin” on his Rumble which in the beginning may have been favouring Smeb, as Riven has been a powerful champion throughout the tournament. What we didn’t expect was the agression from MaRin which lead him to a 7-0 K/D and, in my opinion, MVP of the game as SK Telecom 1 took the first game rather convincingly. In a best of five the first game is always an interesting one, and in my opinion nine times out ten favours the stronger team. However, it should place a bit more pressure on the winning team as the losers now have the chance to right their wrongs and bring forth a stronger second game performance.
My initial analysis was incorrect when looking at the end result of Game Two, however KOO Tigers put up a great start jumping ahead with a 4K gold lead early on, but around the 20 minute mark it all went south for KOO Tigers as SK Telecom 1 managed to secure three turrets and Dragon. Now pulling ahead again SK1 retained their lead and made it 2-0 with the end in sight. Now needing just one game to win SK1 could smell the victory, but they had to get through one more game against their Korean rivals and we all knew it was not going to be easy.
Now with a comfortable lead my initial assumption of what might happen actually happened. KOO Tigers needed to give the third game everything they had to put themselves back in the series, and they did just that. With the pressure on SK1 wanted to nip the game in the bud, but KOO Tigers responded accordingly and Aced (killed the entire team) SK Telecom 1 at the four minute mark. This is something we don’t often see, a four minute Ace, but with the stakes so high, anything could happen. This time KOO Tigers were able to hold on to their lead and secured game two in a quick fashion. We were now back in it, and KOO Tigers proved they had what it takes to be the World Champions.
Game four was the Faker show. The Korean superstar proved why he, and SK1, are the best team in the world as the went back to the safe, methodical gameplay. He got his signature champion Ryze and went on to become unstoppable. KOO Tigers crumbled uner Faker’s Ryze as he dominated with a 9-0 K/D and the final game to rest making SK Telecom 1 The World Champions for the second consecutive year in a row.
Last Updated: November 2, 2015