The quarterfinals of the 2018 League of Legends World Championship concluded last weekend and saw surprise after surprise as teams that were considered the underdogs of their respective match-ups were able to grab victory and advance to the tournament’s semifinals.
Last Saturday, October 20, powerhouse teams Royal Never Give Up from China and KT Rolster from South Korea were expected to easily advance to the semifinals in their quarterfinal matches against Europe’s G2 Esports and China’s Invictus Gaming, respectively. But in two surprising upsets, the latter teams were able to swing victory their way as they defeated their opponents 3-2 to secure their spots in the semifinals.
The next day of the semifinals, Sunday, October 21, once again saw a duo of amazing wins. Fnatic from Europe was able to defeat China’s Edward Gaming 3-1 in dominating fashion, showing why they’ve become the favorites to win the whole tournament. And North America’s Cloud9 was, in a surprise twist, able to sweep Afreeca Freecs from South Korea 3-0, and becoming only the second North American team to ever reach the event’s semifinals.
The quarterfinals of Worlds 2018 really showed just how far western teams have come over the past couple of years. Competitive League of Legends has been dominated by South Korean and Chinese teams over the past five years and it’s exciting to see things start to change and the gap between the regions start to close. This year may be the first time a western team goes home with the championship since Fnatic’s win back in Season 1
The semifinals of the 2018 League of Legends World Championship will be held this weekend from October 27 to 28, 2018, with G2 Esports facing Invictus Gaming while Cloud9 go up against Fnatic.