Semifinals LoL Worlds 2018 – Preview and Predictions

It is the late LoL renaissance of the western world, otherwise one cannot name the action that are currently happening in the playoffs of the League of Legends World Championship 2018. But who denies that the decisive early gank and subsequent close-up on RNG-Uzi in the final game G2 vs RNG was not beautiful to watch. RNG went into the quarter finals half asleep in an exaggerated expectation and only seems to have woken up when their Nexus exploded in game 5. Fnatic (EU-LCS) vs Cloud9 (NA-LCS) and G2 Esports vs Invictus Gaming (LPL) are the names and matches of the semi-finalists. In contrast to RNG, the latter may have already put their farewell-words in order for them to be eliminated, but the IG gained more self-confidence against KT Rolster with every minute of play. Invictus Gaming managed the impossible on the first matchday, defeating tournament favourites KT Rolster and the host country's last hope of keeping the trophy within their own bounds. The curse of the Korean World Cup has already been broken and everything seems open again. Of course, Fnatic is now being the new favorite, but so far all the favourites have crashed a short time later, so there's nothing to rush the expectation so far (2 weeks before the finals). There are again more theories than teams in the World Cup, why all the favorites disqualify this year. One of the most plausible seems to me the many changes with the new meta. The LCS has done its homework in Season 8 and has grown beyond itself – in the end you can say clearly that the gap between West and East is closed! But there is still a strong Chinese team in the race and the fight for the podium is just around the corner, so join us on October 27th – here for the livestream!

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League of Legends Icon LoL Semifinals 2018 Facts (World Championship Season 8):

League of Legends Icon Schedule | Semifinals

Semifinals – Day #1 – Saturday, October 27, 2018

Match #1: G2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo G2 Esports  vs. Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo   0 :
Start Time: October 27, 01:00 AM PDT  / 04:00 AM EDT / 10:00 CEST

Semifinals – Day #2 – Saturday, October 28, 2018

Match #2: Cloud9 League of Legends LoL Team Logo Cloud9 vs. Fnatic Fnatic League of Legends LoL Team Logo   0 :
Start Time: October 28, 01:00 AM PDT  / 04:00 AM EDT / 10:00 CEST

==> Schedule and Results Worlds 2018

League of Legends Icon LoL Betting and Odds for Semifinals 2018

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League of Legends Icon Preview and Predictions

Semifinals – Day #1 – Saturday, October 27, 2018

Match #1: G2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo G2 Esports  vs. Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo

Start Time: October 27, 01:00 AM PDT  / 04:00 AM EDT / 10:00 CEST

G2 Esports encounters Invictus Gaming. Many analysts, including myself, were surprised by last weekend's match and were more prepared for the KT Rolster versus Royal Never Give Up match. It was precisely this conviction that was the fate of both teams. Anyway, now it's called LCS vs. LPL.

G2 Esports: An analysis of the match against Royal Never Give Up allows many conclusions to be drawn about the team philosophy of G2. In 5 games G2-Wunder drove every game aggressively: 3x Aatrox, 1x Akali and 1x Ryze. Also G2-Jankos has chosen the offensive, respectively Bruiser Champions (Nocturne, Olaf and Gragas). The message is clear – “we dare something!”. The LCS has collectively decided to not only concentrate on their own game in the defensive, but to approach their opponents proactively. Like a stab in the back, the offensive G2 tactic bored its way into the RNG-Uzi centered game structure. Nevertheless it was also a bad performance of RNG to be “surprised” by a G2-Gank on the RNG-Botlane in the decisive game and therefore gifting the opponents “First Blood”. Furthermore we have to praise again the individual performance of G2-Perkz, who showed us a 11/0/4 LeBlanc in the all decisive game against the potential tournament favorites. It will be exciting in the coming game whether G2 will be able to react to the 180 degrees opposing strategy of Invictus Gaming.

Invictus Gaming: If the team were sent to the athletics field, their favorite discipline would be 2KM sprinting. None of the world teams is as dangerous in early and midgame as Invictus Gaming. KT seemed speechless as defeated by Invictus Gaming in the first 2 quarterfinal games in only 29 minutes (game 1) and 25 minutes (game 2) respectively. The coach of KT Rolster thankfully served us the right reaction to the early aggressor (IG) right away. KT Rolster then also picked Carries and KT-Smeb and KT-Ucal were able to defend themselves successfully with Irelia and Azir. In the last game it was the outstanding IG botlane of JackeyLove and Baolan that helped the team to victory despite Lategame.

Prognosis: In my opinion, IG made it to the semi-finals surprisingly and the team will be a difficult and surprising opponent for the guys from G2 Esports. The carry on carry tactics will be more in favour of IG; only G2-Perkz will be able to duel at eye level with the Chinese Midlaner-Bulli – Rookie. I'm predicting a very tight game, still a 3:2 win for G2 Esports

 

Semifinals – Day #2 – Saturday, October 28, 2018

Match #2: Cloud9 League of Legends LoL Team Logo Cloud9 vs. Fnatic Fnatic League of Legends LoL Team Logo

Cloud 9 encounters Fnatic. We're not talking about the Rift Rivals, but about the quarter-finals of the League of Legends World Championship 2018. If we take the scenario further, an EU-LCS against EU-LCS would even be possible. For the semi-final, however, the first encounter is: (NA-)LCS vs. (EU-)LCS!

Cloud9: C9 made it, like the phoenix from the ashes. In the past meantime, the team was last in the summer split table of the NA-LCS and you can definitely speak of a pile of ashes. Now the team has worked its way through the play-in event to the semi-finals of the World Championship and all the questions have arisen as to whether the journey is over. Against the Afreeca Freecs the team managed an embarrassing (for AF) 3:0 stomp. If we look at the statistics of the games, we see three short games. The first game ended with the destruction of the AF-Nexus in 28 minutes, the second in 29 and the final in 35 minutes. Nevertheless, Cloud9 plays at a mediocre pace and even gave away two times “First Blood” to his opponents. C9 chooses individual picks rather than a “Wombo-Combined” and with feeded Carries they cause fear and terror in the backline of their opponents. I can't see this way of playing against Fnatic, whose single weak point is a too strong 5v5 matchup in favour of the opponents, but to which Fnatic also knows how to react by clever rotation.

Fnatic: As expected, Fnatic has mastered their entry into the semi-finals and will certainly keep an eye on the other side of the schedule where G2 Esports could reach the final. Caps vs. Perkz in the final of the World Championship – but everything in its time. Fnatic had previously made a 3-1 debut in the quarter-finals against Edward Gaming. The coach decided to use Toplaner Bwipo, who was not performing very well individually, but BUT could shine with his “Bwipo moves”. I'm rather predicting SoAz to play in the semi-finals, but we'll have to be patient with this information until shortly before the game starts. The team played with good, but not excellent, laneperformance and a brilliant meta game 2, 3 and 4 in their favour. FNC-Caps had a hard time in the first match on his comfort pick Irelia against LeBlanc ( unfortunately LeBlanc of all champions, on which he played a “godlike” in the penultimate match). Also the Botlane of Fnatic could deliver, with only few exceptions, a strong game.

Prediction: Fnatic have excellent chances for the upcoming game. The team proves that it doesn't only depend on the individual performance on each lane or the TF, but that a clever rotation and meta-tactics can over overshine many weaknesses and bring the team to the final. For the match, I'm predicting a clear victory for Fnatic and a 1:3 counter for Fnatic.

Start Time: October 28, 01:00 AM PDT  / 04:00 AM EDT / 10:00 CEST

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