League of Legends World Championships 2017 Final Match
On 4 November 2017, for the very first time, the finals will be a rematch between the 2016 runners-up and the 2016 champions.
Both teams, SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy, have fought their way to the top once more and are set to face off for the World Championships 2017, an enormous trophy and a US$1 million prize.
The two teams have had an amazing season, each earning their top placements throughout the knockout stages with grace and real esports professionalism. SK Telecom already has three World Championships under their belt, while Samsung Galaxy has only won once. Both teams are from the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) circuit where they have faced off numerous times this year in the pre-knockout bracket. This comes as no surprise considering both teams are two of the top Korean teams around.
These teams are only a year out from their historical match up in 2016 during the World Championship Finals Stage, with SK Telecom T1 clinching victory in a stressful five-game marathon.
The 2016 Final
SK Telecom is known for their dominant style, but this year they struggled somewhat. In a strange turn of events, SK Telecom T1 barely won some of their victories, which is a far cry from their usual style and gameplay. Too many close calls were had as most of the matches went into a crucial fifth match, with Europe’s Misfits Gaming and China’s Royal Never Give Up both almost stealing the victory in the final moments. SK Telecom T1 needs to clean up their act if they want a chance at taking the title again this year.
Samsung Galaxy has had an amazing season, killing the competition throughout the Knockout Stage. As last year’s runners-up, they were the underdogs to beat this season and have been pulling out some astounding victories in matches against higher ranked teams, such as Longzhu Gaming and China’s Team WE. These matches showcased just how far Samsung Galaxy has come since losing out in the final match last year and seem to be carrying some real momentum into this year's final match.
However, there is no real way to know how the final match will play out. These two teams know each other so well that the meta play will be off the charts. The victory will be found in the smallest of details that will lead one team to the top. From the previous games, we know that the two teams are both proficient in finding the other's mistakes and punishing them profusely. Teamwork and coordination will be paramount to success here, with any cracks in the armour no doubt leading to one side’s downfall.
Team picks and bans will be a big factor here, with the season meta having made a big appearance throughout this championship so far. A big factor will be whether SK Telecom chooses to ban the hero Galio and keeps Samsung Galaxy’s best player Faker off his current global playmaker stride. However, we won’t know until the night of the match just who will prevail. It’s anyone's guess at the moment, but one thing is for sure – it will be a match to be remembered.
The rematch of the decade is going to be broadcast live on Twitch TV on Riot Game’s channel.
The show kicks off at 3pm AEST, with pre-show coverage and recaps to catch you up on the championship so far. There are even a few places you can watch in person to get that adrenaline going:
- Sydney, AU: Summoner’s Society @ Palace Hotel Sydney (from 3pm AEST)
- Melbourne, AU: GGEZ Bar (from 6pm AEST)
- Melbourne, AU: Pixel Bar (from 10am AEST)
HOYTS Cinema will also be broadcasting the game live at participating cinemas around the country.
Make sure to tune in for an amazing match, and if you can’t watch it live, stay tuned for our coverage of the finals on Monday on our esports hub here.
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