It all boiled down to this - the final contest between the last 2 teams standing. Korea’s Samsung White, tournament favorites and possibly the most dominant team in history, against China’s Star Horn Royal Club, in their second consecutive world final and looking to overthrow the underdog tag.
Game 1 – Samsung White
Samsung White began with a bang, beating Royal in the early game skirmishes, and showing why they deserved the accolade of the world’s greatest team. PawN’s Jayce was terrifying, killing Royal members left, right and center with well-aimed shock blasts. Royal had no answer and seemed slightly passive when White turned up the pressure. The mid game belonged to White as they outrotated Royal and coordinated some superb tower dives. This amounted to an almost 20k gold lead by 24 minutes, when White decided enough was enough, and with the kills standing at 16-1 in White’s favor, they wrapped up Game 1 in style.
Game 2 – Samsung White
Royal looked much more stable following their Game 1 loss, actually winning the early game via some strong laning. However, the game swung on a 5vs5 team fight in the bottom lane. White triumphed 5:4 but without a couple of key mistakes, Royal could well have extended their lead. White transitioned this slim lead into total dominance in a way only they can. Capitalizing on mid game mistakes by Royal and quickly racking up a comprehensive lead. White took only 5 minutes longer in game 2, securing an emphatic win and a 2-0 lead in the series. Afterwards the wry smile on Uzi’s face showed Royal knew they had been outclassed.
Game 3 – Star Horn Royal Club
After 2 quick victories White looked poised to claim the title, but Royal refused to go down without a fight. Now accustomed to White’s aggressive early game plays, Royal focused on stopping star jungler DanDy from making an impact with his trademark Rengar, and inSec broke out his Rammus. Although quiet in the early game it synergised well with Royal’s team fight comp, and Uzi on Tristana was again at the forefront of everything positive Royal displayed. White looked somewhat shaky during the midgame, letting Royal dictate the pace while making some uncharacteristic mistakes. Royal took advantage and after winning some crucial team fights, they were able to out-muscle White and claim their first win of the final.
Game 4 – Samsung White
Royal’s now reawakened dream of clinching the world title was swiftly put to rest in Game 4. White recovered their earlier form and the final game resembled the first, where White was in complete control from start to finish. inSec’s Pantheon pick was not as effective as it had been the first time, and White preyed upon his jungle pathing, creating sublime counter ganks in order to get the early lead. A comprehensive team fight victory at dragon meant White were now too far ahead for Royal to pull it back, and in typical Samsung White style, the victory followed shortly afterwards.
There can be no doubt that Samsung were the deserved winners, only dropping two games (only 1 when considered to be giving it everything) and being the team to beat from start to finish. Whether it was imp getting 2 pentakills, Mata showing why he deservedly won the MVP award, or demolishing sister team Blue in the semi-final, White have undisputedly become the best team in the world, perhaps even greater than SKT T1 were last year.
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