The completely unpredictable 2018 Worlds stage
It is an understatement to say that the teams who have currently advanced to the semi-finals were unexpected. While many European and North American fans have remained optimistic throughout the years in regards to the League of Legends World Championships, they have also remained reserved due to the strength of both China and especially Korea. Throughout the past two worlds in 2016 and 2017, there has only been one non Korean/Chinese semi-finalist, H2k Gaming, who arrived as a semi-finalist by luckily matching up against Albus Nox.
In a complete turn, this year’s 2018 League of Legends World Championship has seen one North American and two European arriving at the semi-finals. G2 Esports and Fnatic, both widely recognised as the two of the strongest European teams, have a good chance to bring the glory to EU. Cloud9 has been hailed by many to be North America’s savior, decisively taking down Afreeca Freecs 3-0. The last semi-finalist is Invictus Gaming, a well-established name in the LPL. While Invictus Gaming is not China’s first seed, they remain as the region’s only hope in finally being able to claim a world championship title after years of falling short due to the stronger Korean teams like SKT.
Cloud9 vs. Fnatic
Cloud9 has been unexpectedly strong throughout the entire run at Worlds, clean sweeping the Afreeca Freecs. That said, Fnatic are no push over, the Europeans themselves only dropped a single game to Edward Gaming.
Prediction: C9 52% l Fnatic 48%
G2 Esports vs. Invictus Gaming
Both G2 and IG went to game five in the quarterfinals. G2 Esports is an extremely strong contender to take out this year’s worlds having defeated China’s top seed earlier in the quarterfinals, exerting their dominance. While Invictus Gaming have shown inconsistencies, they have demonstrated their ability in taking down the favourites to claim this year’s worlds, KT Rolster.
Prediction: G2 Esports 40% l Invictus Gaming 60%