Well, it has been one heck of a run. And it all ended in front of a packed crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Emotions ran high, 16 teams in total dropped one-by-one and even a support Miss Fortune became a sought-after pick/ban.
In the aftermath of it all, the League of Legends (LoL) champions have done it again. The 2016 League of Legends World Championship finally came to a close when SK Telecom T1 (SKT) successfully defended their title with a 3-2 series victory over Samsung Galaxy (SSG).
Bullseyes Constantly on Their Backs
SKT had many hard fights to get to the championships. It all started with the finals of the group stages where they had to fight off the “Korean Killers,” Flash Wolves, a team they regularly had trouble beating. During the quarterfinals, SKT’s bracket was somewhat stacked with names such as Royal Never Give Up and ROX Tigers to cut down and get to the finals.SSG remained the only team in SKT’s way. For this particular matchup, all eyes were on mid lane. An epic battle between titans in their own right in SKT’s Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and SSG’s Lee “Crown” Min-ho.
SSG Pushed SKT to the Brink
Games 1 and 2 both began with SKT firing on all cylinders, kicking off a 2-0 performance against SSG. With what appeared to be a 3-0 complete sweep in the works, it looked like SKT would easily take the match point in the third game. However, SSG made sure to snap the SKT’s broom right in half. They would not go down without a fight.
A 71-minute Game 3 entailed SSG’s precise objective control and other methods to stall out the outcome. Eventually, their battle of attrition won to keep their hopes alive. Then all of a sudden, the tables completely turned as SSG walked away with another victory in Game 4. Excitingly, a huge upset for the ages was in the works. SSG turned a potential sweep into a 2-2 split. Only one more game would decide it all.
Unfortunately for SSG, their comeback story would have an undesirable ending. SKT regained their composure and demonstrated extreme discipline. The returning champions ultimately tasted victory once again, keeping their title of World Champions.
You can relive all the action by watching the VODs over at lolesports.com or twitch.tv/riotgames. Prepare for the kkOma Teemo skin as we wave goodbye to this hectic season. So when the next season rolls around, look forward to the next upcoming team to hoist up the Summoner’s Cup.
Also, this year’s season isn’t completely over yet. Although SKT is the World Champions, competitive LoL has some more stuff down the road. The All-Star Event will be happening December 8-11 in Barcelona.
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