The Road to Worlds: EU and NA Play-Off Semi Finals Recap

At this stage, the League of Legends World Championships are within sight, and for these eight teams their chances of qualifying have either taken a hit or been boosted by their semi-final performances. These four games show some of the best teams in Europe and North America and also give us the teams who will face off in the play-off finals for these regions.

Origen Vs H2K Gaming (3-1)

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Origen looked strong against H2K, but can they beat Fnatic?

Origen looked very organised in their victory over H2K, although they were not as dominant as Fnatic were in their win. The fact that Origen chose to ban the same two champions (Siver and Thresh) in their first three games, and also banned or picked Kalista in these games, showed they had done their research and knew what to do. While there were no truly standout performances across all three games, the whole of Origen put in a strong showing and have proved why they are sometimes referred to as a ‘super team’. The question on everyone’s minds is if Origen will be able to topple the mighty Fnatic in the playoff finals.

Make sure to watch all four games at the links below:

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Game 4

Fnatic Vs Unicorns of Love (3-0)

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YellOwStaR was crucial in Fnatic’s rise to power, as well as their victory over UoL

Once again Fnatic proved that they are the dominant force in Europe, beating the Unicorns of Love with three unyielding performances. While the games were all a team effort, YellOwStaR once again showed his talent, getting a huge 37 assists across the three games, not being killed in two of those. The Korean pair of Huni and Reignover also proved their ability, with Reignover seemingly ruining Vizicsacsi’s day in game one according to ROCCAT manager Yamatocannon. It is no surprise that Fnatic have now gone 21 games without being defeated this split.

Fnatic will now go on to face Origen in the play-off final, hoping to continue their reign as the best team in Europe, while the Unicorns of Love will be relatively lucky if they manage to take the third seed to worlds this time around.

Make sure to watch all three games at the links below:

Game 1

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Game 3

Counter Logic Gaming Vs Team Impulse (3-0)

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Doublelift will be crucial for CLG in the play off finals.

Doublelift proved why many saw him as the strongest marksman in North America with a series of unyielding performances as CLG took down Impulse in straight games. The lack of mid laner XiaoWeiXiao, who is under investigation by riot, cost Impulse as their substitute Gate never really managed to take off, even with some quite good showings. CLG will always be considered a top NA team, but will they be able to take down TSM in the play off final? If Doublelift can put in a number of performances as he did in the semi-finals then maybe they can.

Make sure to watch all three games at the links below:

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Team Solo Mid Vs Team Liquid (3-1)

Dyrus will be looking to beat CLG to qualify for worlds.

Dyrus will be looking to beat CLG to qualify for worlds.

TSM managed to gain their place against CLG in slow and methodical fashion against Liquid, with the series taking a long time to come to it’s conclusion. The first two games proved to be exceptionally slow, each being well over 50 minutes in length. Both Bjergson (TSM) and Fenix (Team Liquid) had impressive performances on Azir in the mid lane, underlined by the Azir ban in the fourth game. Wildturtle, the marksman for TSM, also managed to perform well against Piglet, who is seen as many as one of the best marksmen in the world. Team Solo Mid will now face off against CLG in the NA play-off finals, with Team Liquid facing Team Impulse in the 3rd place game.

Make sure to watch all four games at the links below:

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Game 4

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Hey there guys! I’m Phil and I’m a 19 year old from the lovely UK. I’ve always loved video games and can remember the first time I played Age of Empires on my mum’s laptop. This passion for gaming grew as I grew and went into overdrive when I found myself with money I could spend and my own computer and consoles. While you’ll mostly find me on the PC, either being shouted at in online games or shouting at the screen on Steam, I also have a soft spot for my Xbox One. My favorite games of all time include Crusaders Kings 2 and Thomas Was Alone.When you can find me away from gaming it was almost certainly not by choice. I’m currently still a student International Relations and Political Science. While away from keyboard I also enjoy playing football (or soccer if you prefer) and recording a podcast with some of my friends who should know better.I love keeping up to date with all the latest gaming news and I hope I can help you to do the same.I’ll see you out there!

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