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November 6, 2023
Hong Lau

League of Legends Worlds - Long Live the King (1 minute read)

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I wrote about Worlds when we were in the original play-in stage. It’s been an incredible worlds, from North America’s #1 representative, NRG, making it to the Quarterfinals (I called it, you’re welcome) to EU getting bounced lmao and all the Civil Wars that we have had (They picked a bunch of match-ups after each stage and ended up picking a lot of regions facing each other in earlier stages). The dust has settled, and we are on to the final four.

The Final Four holds three representatives from the LPL (China) and one from LCK (Korea). As you may or may not know, the championship is being held in Korea, so having a Korean representative is obviously favourable. The last time they held Worlds in Korea was in 2018, and no Korean teams made it past the quarterfinals. T1 handled LNG China’s third seed quite easily with a 3-0 victory in the quarterfinals. T1 and Faker have never lost to China / the LPL in a best of 5 at Worlds.

It has been quite an incredible run for Faker, from 2013, dawning the world stage for and winning worlds in his first appearance, to playing in his first world championship in Korea in year 10. He has never been eliminated in a world championship before the Semifinals in 8 appearances. It really is an incredible stat. Most players in LoL dream of making it to the Semifinals one time in their career; it really is a milestone to make the semifinals once in your entire career. For Faker, it’s become a standard, and this year has been no different. It’s incredible to see as an avid fan of Faker, T1 and the LoL scene.

When you look at the road to a championship, it is scripted for an incredible narrative or a chink in the armour. Faker and T1 are fighting for their nation as the last remaining team vs all Chinese teams. T1 will either make the run and defeat all of the LPL to raise a trophy in Korea, or his flawless record against the LPL in best-of-5s will fall here.

Either way, it swings; it’s been incredible to watch the Unkillable Demon King, or GOAT, whatever you call him, play on the world stage for the first time in Korea, and he continues to dominate like he always has! The semifinals are on Saturday and Sunday at 3 AM EST! Hope you guys tune in.