LoL Worlds is over and the dust has settled. It’s been a week since the new champion for this year (spoiler alert) SKTelecom T1 (the T quite possibly standing for “terminator”) was crowned. With only one loss, they showed a spectacular performance in the World Championship finals. There were so many breathtaking performances that we will surely remember this final for the months to come, at least until we reach the point where we’ll be too busy talking about the All Star Event in December.
Highlights from the Event
The newest visitor of Berlin for the Worlds Finals was none other than Baron Nashor. A huge statue of the monster was erected in front of the venue for the whole world to see. Thankfully, with all the cosplayers walking around no one tried to slay Baron for the buff, though this might have been more interesting than the finals, themselves. OK, of course we’re kidding – nothing could’ve been more interesting than the finals, but one can dream, right?
The Mercedes Benz arena in the German capital was bursting at the seams, showing to the entire world why League of Legends is one of the most popular games in the universe. Millions of fans were watching from viewing parties and at home at any given moment, as well. The players knew they were observed by millions of fans at any time, so that might have helped them give their best (well, that and the fact that there was a million dollars on the line).
The stage was almost as a futuristic gladiators’ battle arena where the two best teams in the world got the chance to show off their skills. The true grand prize was not the million dollars. Although it’s a significant sum of money, deep inside players competed for a lot more than that – they competed for the honor and glory of being the best in the world. It was about proving themselves, not about financial benefits. The Summoner’s Cup sitting silently on the side of the stage and patiently waiting to be claimed by the best was a perpetual reminder of what at stake.
The games were like going through a collapsing tunnel for the teams, and in the end, once the dust had settled, SKTelecom T1 stood victorious – prouder, more satisfied, and a million dollars richer. We congratulate the team for their stellar performance and we wish them the best of luck in the future. They have definitely earned a place in the hearts of League of Legends fans everywhere (even those who didn’t root for them).
More League of Legends News
LoL Patch v5.21
The 2015 World Championship saw a large diversity of champion picks, with 74 unique champions being picked all across the 73 games of the tournament. Averaging at the largest champion diversity seen so far, this is pretty impressive. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t lots remaining to be desired. For example, while the mid lane saw a relative diversity, the jungle rarely moved away from the trinity of Gragas, Elise, and Rek’Sai. Also, with Mordekaiser and Gangplank being either picked or banned every game, it’s clear that these champions are a bit imbalanced and need some work to make them fit the overall balance of the game. Neither champion has any obvious weaknesses and both are very difficult to counter (we’re talking about the highest levels play, here, not your average Silver III pub game). It was clear there was still a lot to be done.
We’ll see how the new balance changes will serve to alter the meta. Mordekaiser and Gangplank are getting nerfed. We hope that they won’t turn from absolute powerhouses to those champs no one ever picks because they’re weak and boring. Zilean’s passive is also getting reworked a bit and will be a lot easier to feel the use of. Now your Zilean pick will (hopefully) finally be a lot more appreciated, especially if you’re the kind of person who uses Chronoshift on himself.
Kassadin is also getting some love this patch. We hope that he won’t be an unstoppable killing machine from now on. No one likes playing against a snowballed Kassadin. Cho’Gath is also getting aboard the buff train, so we can’t wait to see where it leads.
Watch the Patch Rundown of LoL 5.21:
Here’s the full list of patch notes here.
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