League of Legends, the world’s most played game with more than 32 million active players, had its Season 3 World Championship at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Friday.
More than 15,000 fans from around the world gathered together to watch SK Telecom T1 from South Korea and Royal Club battle for the title of World Champion.
SKT had to face their Korean rival, NaJin Black Sword in a 3-2, five game series, while Royal Club annihilated Europe’s Fnatic 3-1.
SKT gained a quick lead in game one with two strong ganks on mid lane by their jungler Benji. This gave the already prolific mid laner Faker a great start to continue to punish his opponent, Wh1t3zZ.
With an increasing lead in kills and gold, SKT snuck an extremely early baron and caught Royal’s ADC and Jungler off guard. With baron buff, SKT went lane by lane, pushing into the enemy base to solidify their first win.
Following the slaughter Royal endured in game one, they surprised the audience by not banning Faker’s Zed, Impact’s Jax and Benji’s Lee Sin open. SKT had two strong picks, while China attempted to counter with Wh1t3zZ’s very mobile Kassadin. While the game started turning around with Kassadin snagging kill after kill on SKT’s bottom lane, SKT’s relentless split pushing Jax gave them the overall advantage with a huge gold lead. SKT ended game two by catching Godlike’s Rumble out of position and powering their way through to Royal’s nexus, giving them a 2-0 lead.
In game three, SKT continued to dominate the entire jungle and gain more objectives than Royal. Seemingly one step ahead of their Chinese enemies, SKT put heavy map pressure on Royal and executed lane swaps with excellent timing, not giving Royal any time to react.
Although it was Royal’s last chance to bring themselves back into the game, SKT didn’t let them have an inch. SKT solidified their victory with a 21-minute game and swept China for the title of World Champions.
Local SHSU students got together to watch the championship. When asked the question of who they thought was going to win, the overwhelming answer was Korea’s SKT.
“The Koreansàthey uncontestably did,” senior Cameron Davis said.
But senior Danny Dyer was disappointed with the outcome for another reason.
“I was really expecting, or at least hoping for, a much closer match,” he said.
With League of Legends season three almost over, fans and pros alike look towards season four and the opportunity to start all over in the ranked system.