As expected, two Korean teams would advance to the finals knocking out all EU and NA competition
SKT vs. ROX. 3-2
SG vs. H2k. 3-0
In the semifinals, SKT did end up beating what many considered the tournament favorites and Korea’s top team, the Rox Tigers. This was an extremely close match with the series being 3-2 in SKT’s favor which allowed them to advance to the quarter finals. SKT had won the first game with their veteran jungler Benji, but dropped both game 2 and 3 facing the Miss Fortune support and subbing out Benji in favor of Blank. In game 4 and 5, SKT subbed Blank out against and allowed Benji to play once again, this improved team moral tons and subsequently improved team game play. Through this, SKT won game 4 and 5 meaning Benji won 3-0 against the ROX Tigers.
While Samsung Galaxy did beat H2k 3-0, they did make some major mistakes. The first game was also insanely close, but due to CuVee’s split push in game 1, Samsung were able to gain a gold lead from the towers. H2k played well, considering they weren’t expected to put up much of a fight considering Samsung’s one of the best teams in the worlds only dropping a single game at worlds to NA’s top team, TSM.