It’s all about the battle between Europe and Korea as the surviving teams travel to Belgium. Will it be the traditional power of SKT, the flair of Koo Tigers, the pedigree of Fnatic or the talent of Origen that will win a place in the finals.
Origen vs SKT (SKT win 3-0)
It wasn’t the end to their maiden tournament that most Origen fans would have wanted. The team blasted all the way from the challenger series to the semi-finals before they were stopped, and in quite some fashion. SKT are known as one of the world’s best teams for a reason and they showed their strength in depth as they once again showcased Easyhoon and Faker, their two-star mid laners, over the course of the series. Origen never seemed to be truly dominant, looking at their best in the first game and slowly losing form as they slipped to three straight defeats. SKT advanced to the final where they will be looking strong favourites to double their world titles.
Fnatic vs Koo Tigers (Koo Tigers win 3-0)
This match, on paper, was much closer than the first, but it did not seem that way on the day. Fnatic were caught off guard by the Tigers who forced them to the finals in three straight games. A lot can be put on Smeb for bringing his team this far, the top laner as on form to take down Huni, and he will be hoping to assert himself as the best top laner in the world in the final. As a side note, it was also nice to see Zac back in play after so long on the sidelines, showing how different regions respect different champions to those seen at home.