The finals have come and gone, and the champion has been crowned. APGNation was there to bring you the story as it unfolded and to analyse why the games played as they did. SKT, the Korean top seed, entered the series undefeated at worlds and looking to keep it that way. Koo Tigers, on the other hand, were serious underdogs and many saw them as write offs immediately.
The first game looked like the analysts and crowd would be right, with SKT winning quite a standard game, with MariN putting in an extraordinary shift on Rumble as his favoured Renekton was target banned, especially with Riven being considered a strong counter to Rumble. This put SKT in the running to continue their perfect run, with their imperfect performance still seemingly being too much for the Tigers, since SKT were far from flawless and, in many ways, slipped up early and put themselves at an early gold deficit, albeit a small one. SKT would have been expecting an easy run in, as much as they can in the finals.
This was put to the ultimate test in the second game, with SKT’s Wolf and MariN deciding to tower dive two towers at level one and both dying in the process, only in exchange for one kill. This have Koo a good advantage leading into the mid game, but some interesting decisions from Smeb and a botched Baron play cost them the lead, and the game in the end. Many thought that Koo had thrown their best chance of a win or the series down the drain.
However, SKT seemingly wanted to throw Koo a bone, and so decided to fight a disastrous three against five, losing all five members only to kill GorillA. The nature of this fight meant that Koo could rely of a very fed Hojin in the jungle to snowball the lanes as the game progressed. This gave Koo an even bigger lead than in the second game, and this time Smeb would not make the same mistakes. The Tigers fought valiantly all over the map and eventually cracked the nexus, preventing a perfect run for SKT and writing their names into this years history book.
This took the game to four matches, but there would be no need for a fifth, as SKT put on their performance to take the title. Faker on Ryze was especially impressive, knowing when and where he could kill any enemy and executing some impressive plays. While the rest of the team put in good performances around him, Faker led his side to their second world title, allowing himself the honour of a two time winner, along with his teammate Bang, and confirming his pedigree as the best player in the world.
With that the world championship was over for another year, and SKT once again stamped their name in the League of Legends hall of fame. They lifted the summoner’s cup and will hold it until next year, when the world will once again convene to fight it out for the privilege. I would like to thank you all personally for following our coverage of worlds and keep your eyes pealed for more great eSports coverage.
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