Samsung Galaxy fought great, but SK Telecom T1 was hands-down the better fighter. And after adding a third championship to their name in just four years, it's safe to say they are the best team in League of Legends history. That outcome seemed just as inevitable before last night's finals as after them. Of course SKT would take the series. Of course Lee "Faker" Sanghyeok was going to win MVP of the tournament and solidify his legacy as the best player in League of Legends history.
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The Staples Center in L.A. is home to the Lakers, Kings, and a number of other teams. It's home to the championship finals for League of Legends this year. And even though the game plays out on a digital map stored in cyberspace, the organisers behind the event clearly felt the teams needed to be playing on a stage that would properly communicate how epic ten people frantically clicking their mouses in front of computer screens could be.
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion," wrote David Thoreau in Walden. This weekend is kind of similar. There might be a lull before BlizzCon 2016, and less action than usual in the fighting game community, but the final act of Worlds 2016 is just about to be written.
It turns out Josh "Jatt" Leesman was right when he trolled the League of Legends World Championship audience with his prediction for the semifinal series between Samsung Galaxy and H2K Gaming.
There were three teams representing South Korea when the League of Legends World Championships began late last month. Now, a few weeks and many matches later, all three teams have made it through to the semifinals. SK Telecom T1, ROX Tigers, and Samsung Galaxy even did so without seeming to break a sweat, showing just how dominant South Korea remains in the pro League scene.
Riot, creator of League of Legends, announced a ruling suspending pro player Hankil "Road" Yoon for one match and fining him $US2,000 ($2,636). The ruling came after it was discovered that Road had been verbally abusing other players in the game while solo-queuing for ranked matches in order to practice. This leaves I May, Road's team, in a tough spot as they battle to make it out of the group stage at the League of Legends World Championship.
Counter Logic Gaming has a history of performing unevenly at big League of Legends tournaments, and Worlds is no exception. Founded back in 2010, the veteran LoL team exited the 2015 World Championship before the knockout phase, finish 2-4 during the group stage. After falling to Albus Nox Luna in Sunday's match, they now have the distinction of losing to a wildcard in three consecutive international tournaments.