SKT, G2 Esports: LoL Worlds 3rd and 4th Semifinalists
Posted 28th October 2019 By: Derpina    213 Views
Esports News – The League of Legends World Championship found its third and fourth semi-finalists today. SK Telecom T1 and G2 Esports won their Knockout Stage matches against Splyce and DAMWON Gaming, respectively. The two winners will face each other on the next stage.
SK Telecom T1 is arguably one of the heavy favorites in this year’s Worlds. The legendary South Korean team proved time and time again that they are a force to be reckoned with. That’s why when they faced Splyce in the arena, fans and analysts already know how the game will end. Although many analysts predicted a 3-0 victory for SKT, some still give Splyce the benefit of the doubt.
The first game started with SKT top laner Kim “Khan” Dong-ha sealing two kills using Lucian. Splyce responded with a team fight, but it only gave star mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok an opportunity to get two kills and hand over the first victory to SKT. In the next game, both teams showed more aggression. Four minutes in and we already saw two kills from each. Splyce managed to claim an early lead, but SKT ended the game in only eighteen minutes.
The third game was full of surprises and straight out shocked SKT to its core. Splyce jungler Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir secured two out of the first five kills, mid-double kill, and a Baron for his team. This feat has helped Splyce take control of the game and get their first win in the series. The fourth game, as a determiner round, was brutal. Splyce gained control of the gold lead in just 10 minutes, but SKT got the lead back when they took down their second enemy turret. Pushing forward, SKT successfully earned a 7k gold lead. They ended the match in 31 minutes with a 3-1 score.
Meanwile, G2 Esports and DAMWON Gaming’s match wasn’t smooth sailing—and that makes it even more exciting. It was a game of survival for both teams, leaving both teams no choice but to go all in.
G2 claimed first blood and the first solo tower within 10 minutes in the first game. They earned an early lead mid-game, so DAMWON was forced to scale up and get critical items. The two teams traded team fights until G2 killed DAMWON’s Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu and took their first Nexus. In the next game, DAMWON outsmarted G2 and secured the first blood, first tower bonus, the Infernal, and the Herald. Although G2 tried to get up, it was a clean fight in favor of DAMWON.
The third game surprisingly went back in favor of G2 Esports. DAMWON got some of the multiple kills and bonuses, but G2 recovered from these bruises. G2 killed Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon and Canyon again to secure the Nexus. The last game was already one-sided. G2 Esports’ Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther and Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski got the better of Nuguri and Canyon in team fights—which were all chaotic. In the end, G2 Esports cut down all the opposing team’s champions and ended the match with a 3-1 victory.