Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated series of the tournament, Samsung rivals White and Blue faced off in a battle to decide the Korean representative in this year’s final. With Blue having the edge historically, but White looking much stronger throughout the tournament, this series was massively hyped, but what unfolded was a stomp of epic proportions.
Game 1 – Samsung White
Game 1 revealed the tone of this series straight from the beginning with White ruthlessly dominating Blue at every turn via incredible early game skirmishes. It took 18 minutes before Blue’s first kill while White had accumulated a 7k gold advantage. White claimed kill after kill, stopping Blue from creating any plays and completely controlling the map. White extended their lead to over 20k gold before 30 minutes and wrapped up the game in 28 minutes. Blue tried an unusual champion pick in Varus and while deft performed capably on him, he had little impact and could not stop the slaughter that White imposed upon them. The final score was 24-3 in White’s favour and dade uncharacteristically went 0-7-2 on Yasuo.
Game 2 – Samsung White
Blue again pulled out a niche pick with Acorn locking in Galio. However, despite a great early game advantage for Blue, where dade got extremely fast core items on Ryze, they couldn’t capitalise on their lead, PawN’s Jayce again shredding through Blue’s defences and Mata having a fantastic game on Morgana. Blue’s legendary late game team fighting looked poor, and White overcame the early game deficit to roll through Blue’s base, preventing the Galio from becoming a threat, and taking a 2-0 lead in only 32 minutes.
Game 3 – Samsung White
By now Blue were extremely rattled, their surprise picks had failed, and White had displayed an efficiency not seen in their previous meetings. Once again, Blue got dominated in the early game. Despite making a great Twisted Fate gank into the bot lane, White hit back and once they held the lead they never relinquished it. Blue made misplay after misplay, and White was only too happy to take advantage, pulling out a missive lead and ending the game 28-3 in kills.
For Blue this is a demoralising defeat, as they were completely outplayed by their sister team, and in reality they never really fired on all cylinders in this tournament. Contrastingly, Samsung White look almost unbeatable. The mechanical execution and overpowering early game aggression has proved too much for every single team they have faced so far, only dropping 1 game to TSM, and arguably that was White not trying their absolute hardest.
Star Horn Royal Club vs OMG
A familiar contest for both teams, Royal and OMG have faced off regularly in the LPL and met at last year’s worlds in the quarterfinals. Royal Club were triumphant on that occasion, but with their new super support, Cloud, OMG looked able to provide a more formidable challenge this time round. What occurred was one of the most exhilarating and hotly contested series of the tournament, both teams gave it their all and it went right down to the wire in a 5 game series.
Game 1 – OMG
OMG started off firing on all cylinders, showing good knowledge of their neighbours by beating Royal in the early game thanks to great ganks from Loveling and superior objective control. Royal kept trying to make a comeback but OMG tightened their hold, using their lead to out-teamfight Royal and continued their superb form from the quarterfinals, wrapping up the first game in 29 minutes.
Game 2 – Star Horn Royal Club
Royal looked to even things up in the second game, Uzi and Zero starting out strong, picking up the first 2 kills. However, OMG repeated their game 1 tactics, using their poke comp to control Royal and taking the lead into the mid game. However, like all Chinese teams, OMG felt the lure of baron too strongly and in an overconfident attempt, ended up giving up 4 kills and the baron to Royal and letting them back in the game. The ‘baron alarm’ kept working in Royal’s favour, and via a cheeky ward right in the back of the pit they were able to prevent OMG’s repeated attempts to secure a baron of their own. Eventually Royal’s superior late game composition outstripped OMG and Royal evened up the series at 1-1.
Game 3 – Star Horn Royal Club
A surprise Fiddlesticks pick for inSec set the tone for Game 3, as the game swung back and forth to conclude with a tense finale. Royal improved their early game and took an early lead via the dragon pick up, but OMG successfully employed tier split push tactic to extend right up to Royal’s base. With a stronger team fight comp, Royal constantly looked for a fight, and in the 42nd minute they found it. The combination of Fiddlesticks, Maokai and Orianna was too strong for OMG, dropping 3 of them and with Uzi’s respawn, Royal charged up the midlane towards OMG’s open nexus. Loveling and Gogoing tried to return to defend, but a great sapling toss by Cola prevented the recalls and let Royal claim a fantastic comeback.
Game 4 – OMG
Fuming after their game 3 throw, OMG turned up the aggression, punishing all of Royal’s mistakes and letting cool’s Twisted Fate split push. Although Royal pulled out some close team fights, OMG was not going to be denied 2 games in a row. They kept extending their gold lead, and just like in game 4 of the quarterfinal against EDG, Uzi had a very lackluster game, when compared to his normal hyper carry standard. After a great initiation by Loveling, OMG were able to close out the game in 35 minutes.
Game 5 – Star Horn Royal Club
The final game of the closest series ended in a totally one sided affair. Royal recovered from their game 4 slump, and with another niche pick in inSec’s Pantheon, they dominated OMG from start to finish. A four for none baron fight ensured Royal’s victory and Uzi woke up after game 4, getting a quadrakill and a nearly flawless kda. But it was inSec’s Pantheon that stole the show, allowing him to exploit his preference for early game aggression and snowballing. OMG couldn’t bring themselves to the level needed for a third time, and crumbled under Royal’s onslaught.
This series win for Royal means Uzi becomes the first player in history to be in 2 World Championship finals, and Royal Club becomes the first team to do the same. OMG have been beaten by Royal in 2 consecutive years, while looking incredibly strong vs everyone else. Royal will go into the final high on confidence, but awaiting them is Samsung White, the strongest team in the world and the massive favourite. Royal have done exceptionally well to get this far, but inSec, Uzi and friends want to take the next step, beat a Korean team and win China’s first World Championship.
The World Championship will be concluded with the final between Samsung White and Star Horn Royal Club on Sunday, 19th of October starting at around 8:45 CEST.
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