The League of Legends Worlds Championship has come to an end.
Not many people coming into the Worlds finals predicted EDG to be competitive against the likes of Damwon Kia, but EDG proved their worth, not only challenging Damwon and their dynasty, but taking the series and the title of world champions in the process.
In what is already being debated as the best world finals of all time, massive underdogs EDG took the series in five games against the defending League of Legends world champions, Damwon.
The back and forth series had it all. Interesting drafts, stomps by both sides, and tightly contested games that all came down to one teamfight.
This game had perhaps the spiciest draft of them all. With Khan, in his last professional series before going into military service, locking in the Yasuo for the first time in his pro career and Meiko bringing in some tech from T1 by locking in the Zilean.
EDG came out really strong in this first game, calming the fears that many seemed to have of the series being a 3-0 stomp by Damwon.
EDG jungler JieJie was fantastic this game on the Jarvan, taking all four dragons in the game playing well enough that he wasn’t able to get back on the pick for the rest of the series.
EDG took game one in 35 minutes, leading kills 15-4.
This game was a complete stomp by DK. They adapted well after the first game, taking the Graves for Khan and banning away the Jarvan.
Showmaker even brought out the Malzahar in the midlane for this one against Scout’s Leblanc, but it was the topside duo of Khan and Canyon who carried this game for Damwon.
On the EDG side they were never really able to get anything going in this game, losing in 32 minutes and being down 22-3 in kills.
This draft started out interesting with big trade, with EDG picking the Twisted Fate, but allowing DK to get the Aphelios and Lee Sin in response, and as commonly said in the sport, this game was a draft difference.
While this game was closer than the previous two, the trade didn’t work out in EDG’s favor. Ghost’s Aphelios was able to carry in the late game. Flandre’s Jayce had a rough time in the top line and could never really get anything going.
DK took this game, and their first lead of the series in a 35 minute game that was 16-7 in kills.
This game was another draft difference, but this time it went the other way. DK tried to play it smart and take away the Nami from the Lucian pairing, but their botlane couldn’t get anything going and it seemed like they would have been better off just giving it.
You could tell that the pressure was on for both teams, as neither one of them wanted to make a mistake, but the topside duo for EDG of Flandre and JieJie did enough to secure them the win and send the game to a winner takes all game five.
In what was one of the closest games of the series it was JieJie who was once again a standout performer. Securing the mountain soul and finishing the game with a clean 2/0/4 k/d/a.
This game was a low kill affair, with EDG taking the game 6-3 in kills at the 33 minute mark.
The final game of the series was pretty close throughout, but there were, in my opinion, some questionable decisions made by Damwon in the draft. Giving over three power picks to EDG including the Aphelios to Viper of all players is a bold decision, and the responses were just not there.
In the actual game Damwon did their best to keep up, but it simply wasn’t enough. As was a running theme throughout the EDG wins, JieJie played well. The stats aren’t pretty, but JieJie was able to get his team the ocean soul.
The three big carries for EDG all showed up in this game, with Flandre, Scout, and Viper all having standout performances.
It is a heartbreaking loss for Damwon who were looking to start their own dynasty with back to back finals wins, but this puts a major blemish on their record. In particular this loss hurts for Khan, who goes out as runner up instead of champion.
EDG took the final game of the season in 41 minutes, and leading 19-8 in kills in this winner take all battle.
Now League of Legends esports moves into its offseason as teams from all over the world are looking to put together a roster that will dethrone EDG next year and become the next world champions.