Underdog vs Superstar
From Paris to London, on to Brussels and Berlin, the League of Legends World Championship has crossed Europe pitting the world’s best teams in a whirlwind battle for the Summoner’s Cup. The month-long trial culminated today in a heroic matchup starring Season 3 champions SK Telecom T1, a team that entered the finals having won every match of the championships thus far. Taking on the SKT behemoth was KOO Tigers, the fan-neglected underdogs predicted to lose each matchup of the month. Could the dark horse KOO Tigers end superstar SKT’s 17-game winning streak, or would SKT pull off LoL’s first perfect worlds run? In the words of LCS shoutcaster Sam “Kobe” Hartman-Kenzler, “There have only been 2 types of teams here at worlds, SKT and teams that lose to SKT.”
Four matches and a 100% Mordekaiser ban rate later, SK Telecom T1 emerged as League of Legends’ first two-time world champions, winning a $1 million prize and retribution for their season 4 letdown.
But it was a hell of a fight.
The odds weren’t looking great for KOO, decidedly losing game one and then throwing a strong early lead in game two. In game three, even as KOO rocked a 12k gold lead over their opponents, fans were only just beginning to allow a glimmer of hope. By the end of the match, SKT knew their first loss in 19 games, and KOO knew the roaring support of thousands of fans for the first time this season. It’s the moment KOO and League will remember – the outcast team who won a game and a crowd from the SKT superstars.
In the words of OGN Caster Yong Jun Chun, “KOO Tigers will go down in history as the most beautiful, the most almighty, second place team.”