Worlds 2017: The Grand Finals Will Be a South Korea-Only Affair, China Taps Out
Following nearly two weeks of competitive proceedings, the League of Legends World Championship (Worlds 2017) has now reached its concluding stage.
The grand finals are scheduled to take place this weekend on November 4, right after an opening ceremony that will feature a live concert in celebration for the community. There will be performances from several high-profiled international musicians, including the heavy metal Pentakill band and other artists that have been behind a variety of musical themes for the game.
The local crowd was naturally hoping to see one of its Chinese teams survive the semifinals for an opportunity to win the prestigious championship crown as well as the major share of the prize pool. Unfortunately for the country, both Royal Never Give Up and Team WE were beaten over the weekend by SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy respectively.
Both teams from the regional League of Legends Pro League (LPL) showed sheer dominance at the beginning of their respective series. Royal Never Give Up, in particular, came close enough in its efforts to make history by eliminating SK Telecom T1. Team WE, on the other hand, had a remarkable first game but fell hard later on. In the end, it will be the two South Korean teams playing in the grand finals of Worlds 2017 in a potential grudge match.
In retrospective, this is the second time in a row that Samsung Galaxy has qualified for the grand finals for the annual championship tournament. It faced SK Telecom T1 last year as well but could not find itself taking home the fifth game in the series. The community would be expecting another brutal best-of-five series this weekend as well.
SK Telecom T1 has so far won three world championships in its lifetime. It is the most decorate esports team in League of Legends and on the brink of achieving its fourth championship. Whether it manages to do so, or is defeated by Samsung Galaxy, will mark a page in the history of the game.