It was a late and exciting night for “League of Legends” as the playoffs finished up in preparation for the World Championship Finals. The final two teams are Taipei Assassins and Azubu Frost making an all Asian Final match-up. If you missed the games on Oct. 10 read on for an overview of the games.
CLG.eu vs. WE finished out their best-of-three match for the position in the semi-finals. Each team had a win under their belt, WE was issued a warning for cheating, and after numerous non-viable games in day three it all came down to the first game of the night for these two teams. The game started with successful jungle invades for both teams before the game was paused amidst the Galen Center construction. Things got back underway with WE getting first blood and CLG taking the first dragon. CLG turned that first blood into a curse for World Elite as they kept the gold and tower scores even. While WE held onto their early lead it wasn’t enough to prevent CLG.eu from winning team fights. Mid-late game CLG took Baron, securing the lead in kills and gold. CLG’s team comp had more poke and were able to pressure WE in their own base. World Elite tried to make a comeback by ambushing CLG from the jungle but couldn’t get the drop on them. The attempt turned into a team fight which the Chinese team lost. Late game CLG was willing to tank turrets and became unstoppable. They went for a Baron late into the game which allowed WE to take a tower yet at the 43 minute mark CLG.eu was done poking around and taking objectives and destroyed the nexus.
TPA vs. M5BenQ turned into 3 nail biting games. The first game M5 took an early lead and ran with it despite TPA stealing their red. M5 tower dived for first blood and AlexItch reminded everyone why Evelynn needs to be banned. There was a long pause early in the game but the teams didn’t let the disruption shake them up. TPA tried ganking the Russian team but ended up losing most of their team. M5 maintained dragon control and took the first turret at 27 minutes followed up by an ace at 28 minutes. The first Baron went to M5 at 29 minutes before another ace of TPA’s team and M5 won the game before the 40 minute mark.
M5 was a favorite for the finalist position and the first game proved why as they shut down TPA. Yet the Taiwanese team made a comeback in the second game. TPA got an early first blood in the river and secured their lead in kills by continually catching M5 in the jungle. They quickly followed up their kill lead with a tower. M5 took dragon but at the disadvantage of losing their second tower. While M5 was able to keep up in farm and control the dragon TPA focused on towers and refused to let M5 close the gap. TPA snowballed out of control and quickly won the game to the fury of M5 fans around the world.
The third game between M5 and TPA saw a lot of cautious play with TPA taking down the first tower at 11 minutes into the game. M5 got first blood at 15 minutes but had their dragon stolen. TPA proceeded to steal M5’s jungle creeps and keep a lead in towers. M5 was able to keep the kill score even yet they had the audience questioning their champion picks as their heavily melee team was out ranged by TPA; allowing them to shred half their health bars before M5 could even get in range to fight. A small window of opportunity opened up mid-game as M5 took a small lead in kills and tried for Baron while they had map control. Alas TPA used their superior crowd control to force M5 out and regain their lead. TPA pushed into M5’s base before taking Baron and winning the game. TPA secured themselves a position in the World Finals and showed the world just what an impressive team they are.
The last matchup of the night was between Azubu Frost and CLG.eu. Azubu was a fan favorite yet CLG’s impressive play against WE had garnered them a loyal following for the next three exciting games. CLG got off to an early lead by feeding off of AF’s top laner Shy, continually ganking him for first blood and beyond. CLG took the first dragon and turret with some aggressive ward clearing, earning them a small lead in both kills and gold. Azubu stole a dragon from CLG and did their best to keep the game close. Trying to close the gap in gold AF went for dragon mid-game losing their tower and putting themselves on the defensive as they tried to keep CLG out of their base. AF almost seemed to let CLG take their turrets as they stood under tower and let CLG’s superior range poke them down. Eventually CLG won the game at 35 minutes in.
AF learned from their mistakes first game and came back with a vengeance in the second game. Azubu shut out CLG starting with first blood, tower and dragon. AF continued taking objectives and had a clear lead all around. CLG was powerless to defend themselves and weren’t able to get a single kill the entire game making a pretty convincing win for Azubu Frost.
The last game of the match and final of the night would determine the second finalist to play on Saturday. Azubu started out with some misleading champion picks taking Zyra, Singed and Vlad leaving CLG to wonder what lane pairing they’d be up against. CLG wasn’t about to get shut out again and secured themselves first blood in the jungle. Azubu answered first blood with an aggressive attack on bottom lane earning them a tower. CLG pressured top lane and took a tower at 6 minutes before going for dragon. CLG got dragon but ended up losing a team fight 2 to 1. Shy redeemed himself with some impressive Singed play, taking the lead for his team and securing map control. Azubu Frost capitalized on their lead by taking the first Baron. CLG fought back evening the score early-mid game. CLG had a chance to take the lead when AF started getting a little overconfident and was caught out of position. CLG wasn’t able to get the upper hand losing 4 of their team members as Azubu pushed into their base allowing them to take another Baron before winning the game and the finalist position.
Wednesday night saw some great plays from all around but Azubu Frost and the Taipei Assassins will be squaring off Saturday in the Galen Center for the title of “League of Legends” World Champion. An overwhelming majority were hoping for a matchup between M5 and Azubu Frost. At least one of the two fan favorites will be seen in that final showdown. The tournament stage is looking impressive with a plethora of lights, huge display and many surprises in store for fans. The World Championship will be an eSports event you won’t want to miss. Check in with Boulder Games Examiner for more coverage and watch the games live at 7 PM mountain time.