Things get set up for a China vs. Korea grand final in this year's League of Legends World Championships.
Last time we checked in on this year's League of Legends' World Championships, I gave you a brief run-down of the teams, and my predictions for the quarterfinals. Now that the quarterfinals are over and we have our four semifinalists, I'd like to give you a summary of each match, and who I think will be moving forward to the grand final.
In the first round, we saw North America's sweetheart Team Solo Mid face off against Korea's undefeated Samsung White. While TSM put up a very good fight, and even managed to tarnish SSW's hopes of a "perfect" World Championship by taking a game off them, SSW, as expected, manage to knock out the Americans.
Next up, SSW's sister team, Samsung Blue, faced off against another North American team: Cloud 9. Unlike TSM, Cloud 9 started their quarterfinal series swinging, taking a decisive win from SSB in the first game. Unfortunately, though the second game was still very close, C9 couldn't secure a second win, and things went downhill from there, with SSB taking the third and forth games with ease.
For the third quarterfinal, we saw both Star Horn Royal Club and Edward Gaming bring their A-game, with both teams trying desperately to put an end to the long-standing nationalistic rivalry between them. The only series to go to five games, the fifth and final game in particular was one of the most carefully played LoL games I've ever seen, with neither team giving the other so much as an inch for the first 20 minutes of the game. SHRC did manage to finally break through and defeat their rivals, in no small part due to some impressive plays and positioning by their AD carry, Uzi.
Lastly, in stark contrast to the SHRC/EDG series, Chinese OMG completely wiped the floor with Korean Najin White Shield, shattering my prior prediction with the only 3-0 clean sweep of the quarterfinals. Subbing out support DaDa777 for Cloud acted as a huge morale boost for the team, and thanks to some amazing Ryze play by top laner GoGoing, OMG managed to surprise everyone again.
This performance by both the Korean and Chinese teams means that no matter what happens in the next stage of the tournament, we have been set up for a China vs. Korea grand final. Nonetheless, lets have a look at who will be facing who in the two semifinal matches.