The Giants Have Fallen

Do you pull for the underdogs, or the reigning giants in sports?

Yesterday marked the 7th world championships for League of Legends.

If you read my post on ____, you’ll know that the League of Legends world championships has become a big deal.

The League of Legends world championships has amassed more viewers than the likes of other major sports world championships such as the NBA world finals or the baseball world series.

This year, the teams in the finals were both South Korean. Those teams being SK Telecom T1 (SKT) and Samsung Galaxy (SSG).

For the past two years, the world championships have been won by SKT. This year, there was a lot of talk about SKT winning for the third year in a row.

However, there was also a lot of talk about SKT being sloppy in their games, and how it might be the end of their championship streak. SKT is a team that generally comes from behind after adapting if the other team has somehow taken a lead against them. So the series could have gone either way.

It’s incredible how these players play the game. They have put in so much time and effort to get where they are today, and it shows. Here’s a video from a past world championship showing the iconic Zed Vs. Zed play between Faker and Ryu.

If you watch the video, don’t follow league, and are a little confused as to what happened, it’s ok. I was ranked in the 93rd percentile in North America at the time, and I didn’t even know what happened.

The mechanics and plays these players can pull off are inhuman.

Faker, the winner of the iconic Zed duel, is the undisputed best League of Legends player in the competitive world. Faker is also the mid-laner for SKT.

Faker’s skills alone however, were not enough to carry SKT to a third straight world championship.

SSG have taken down the giant that SKT has become. The games were pretty one-sided in SSG’s favor, which is what I found most interesting. I was sitting there, waiting to see the come back from SKT only to be let down. I did have a shred of hope in game 3 while SKT were dominating the map, but they were no match for SSG.

I’m going to be honest and say that I really wanted SKT to win. I’m a complete Faker fanboy. I just have too much respect for the things he can do in the game.

Congratulations to SSG for taking down the reigning champions

As always though, the world championships were great. We were given some great games by some amazing teams, and I look forward to next year’s worlds.

I can’t wait to watch the future world championships and share the experiences that they bring with my son.  Nothing says father son bonding like e-sports.

Stay wild

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