After three grueling weeks of competition, Korea’s SK Telecom T1 takes on China’s Royal Club 皇族 (Huang Zu) tomorrow for the League of Legends Season 3 World Championship. The winning team will take home the coveted Summoner’s Cup and $1,000,000 USD in prize money!
[warning: the following post will contain heavy amounts of bias towards SKT T1. You have been waaaaarned.]
Now, I don’t know how many of you (outside of George, Fred, and Hamilton) are actually following worlds right now. And I also know how many of you don’t care (coughcoughSelenacoughcough). But I feel like gushing, so let the gushing begin.
The League of Legends Season 3 World Championship has been going on since September 15th featuring fourteen teams sent from all across the world:
North America – Cloud 9 HyperX, Vulcun Techbargains, TSM Snapdragon
Europe – Fnatic, Gambit BenQ, Lemondogs
South Korea –Najin Black Sword, SK Telecom T1, Samsung Galaxy Ozone
China – Royal Club 皇族, OMG
Taiwan – Gamania Bears
Southeast Asia – Team Mineski
International Wildcard (Lithuania)- GamingGear.eu
After a weeklong group stage, four teams moved onto the quarterfinals, where they faced each region’s number one seed (except for Europe ’cause they sucked at All-Stars in May and didn’t get to clinch a bye for their region’s #1 team, lulz).
From here, Cloud 9 got destroyed by Fnatic, Najin obliterated Gambit’s Russian power, Royal Club easily beat OMG, and SKT T1 showed no mercy towards the Gama Bears. SKT then beat out Najin Sword, and Royal Club knocked out Fnatic. So the bracket now looks something like this:
Now onto SK Telecom T1 and why they’re so sexy:
SKT is such a great team mostly due to their Mid laner Faker (이상혁).
KNEEL BEFORE YOUR GOD, FILTHY PLEBS. #thingsfakerdoes #dancefakerdance
Faker first came to international fame when his LeBlanc play during an OGN Spring match against MVP Blue took him 10-0-1 by 18 minutes and made MVP Blue surrender at 20. Faker then impressed us again at the South Korea regional finals where SKT took on KT Rolster Bullets, which had already knocked out the famous Korean favorites CJ Entus Frost, and CJ Entus Blaze:
Here you can see Faker absolutely destroy Bullets’s own mid laner, Ryu, in a the final blind-pick game of a Best of 5 set:
A hidden powerhouse, and sadly, very underrated, yet integral, part of SKT T1’s success is their Marksman: Piglet (채광진).
Legend says he wears Winnie the Pooh socks on game days because they help him win.
Paired with his support, PoohManDu (이정현) in their “Hundred Acre Lane,” Piglet has slowly began to make a name for himself on the Korean scene. Previously a semi-professional Starcraft player, Piglet broke into the Korean scene with his signature defensive Marksman play and use of Vayne, the Night Hunter. He’s proven his awesomeness at Worlds, at least. He’s has shown that he can maximize his damage output in almost any situation. Piglet is will probably go back home as one of the best Vayne players in Korea. With all of his fancy tumbling, and positioning, and sniping, he is seriously a force to be reckoned with. Even if SKT T1 doesn’t manage to win Worlds (GOD FORBID), both players are still very strong candidates to win the MVP award.
A recap of SKT T1’s match versus Najin Black Sword in the semifinals proving that they’re the superior Korean team. Watch Piglet absolutely wreck with his #VayneMechanics!
The Analyst Desk showing why SKT T1 is the greatest thing since sliced bread:
And to make this a bit fairer, here are ZionSpartan, Snoopeh, Deficio and Crumbzz deciding to throw in their two cents (euros?) on why Royal Club might win:
Well, that’s all for now.
Be sure to catch the stream at http://na.lolesports.com/ tomorrow at 8pm PST/11pm EST!
NOW DANCE, FAKER, DANCE, MAN, THEY NEVER HAD A CHANCE!