A Look Back At LoL Worlds As South Korea’s Reign Ends
Posted 6th November 2019 By: Derpina    281 Views
Esports News – This year’s League of Legends World Championship saw its biggest tournament upset yet. G2 Esports defeated SKT Telecom T1, the most powerful South Korean team to ever grace the international scene. With three Worlds titles, the majority of the LoL community expects SKT to win the competition. However, the exact opposite happened.
Does this mean that South Korea’s League of Legends reign is over?
South Korea’s representatives
SKT did not take part in last year’s Worlds, but there were other powerhouse teams representing their region. Gen.G, Afreeca Freecs, and KT Rolster took the stage last year, but none of them qualified for the semifinals. Gen.G got eliminated early, while Afreeca Freecs and KT Rolster lost to Cloud9 and Invictus Gaming in the quarterfinals. 2018 Worlds marked the first time that a North American team defeated a South Korean team in a BO5 match.
The same formula would have happened this year if it weren’t for SKT and the younger teams’ appearances. Griffin and Damwon Gaming both deserved their places in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Griffin even dominated the LCK with three straight splits. SKT, meanwhile, made it to the semifinals as one of the biggest threats to North America—until G2 Esports found their weakness.
SKT played exceptionally well. From the group stage to the quarterfinals, they took down all opposing teams in one-sided matches. So, perhaps, they’ve grown complacent and underestimated G2 Esports in the semifinals.
After all, if we look at the team forms, SKT’s players are technically better than G2’s. Even Andrew “Vedius” Day, a color caster for Riot’s EU LCS, acknowledged the fact that SKT is a much better team than G2: “Ultimately, SKT played better than G2 did, but G2 drafted in a way that allowed them to come back in the game later on. A large part of that was SKT did not execute properly on the comps they drafted themselves and at the same time G2 had these moments in every game where one player stood out.”
Aside from team forms and executions, it’s difficult to identify other issues that SKT failed to iron out. They’re that good, so it seems like G2 Esports has a knack for finding weaknesses.