League of Legends IEM Katowice: Semifinal Preview

cupAfter two days of intense gameplay, upsets and broadcasting failures we will see Royal Never Give Up, Fnatic, Team SoloMid and SK Telecom T1 advance to the best-of-three semifinal playoff. The winners of these matches will meet in a best-of-five final, looking to win the US$50,000 first prize.

Royal Never Give Up vs Fnatic

Royal Never Give Up cruised through Group A defeating both Origen and ESC Ever in 30 minutes. They will meet a resurgent Fnatic who faced an enduring path into the semifinal playoff. Fnatic dropped into the losers bracket after losing the first match against Qiao Gu Reapers. In the losers semifinal they met Counter Logic Gaming and won in a best-of-three set, losing the first game. They advanced into the losers final and faced Qiao Gu Reapers, winning the set 2-1.

Royal Never Give Up look to be the favourites for this match after their walk through the group stage. Meanwhile Fnatic has been improving with each game and look to be the giant killers yet again.

Predictions: Royal Never Give Up 60% | 40% Fnatic

Team SoloMid vs SK Telecom T1

Team SoloMid was the cause of face palming all across the world after their massive throw to ESC Ever Friday night. Dropping into the losers bracket, they faced Origen in a best-of-three set; winning games one and three. They advanced into the losers final defeating ESC Ever 2-0 in a convincing fashion. Team SoloMid will play against the tournament favourites SK Telecom T1 who swept through the group stage disposing of both Counter Logic Gaming and Qiao Gu Reapers.

SK Telecom T1 look to defeat the reigning champions of IEM Katowice. Both teams are looking to prove that they are one of the best teams in the world, despite their inconsistent regular season.

Predictions: Team SoloMid 40% | 60% SK Telecom T1