Britain’s H2K has made it through to the final four of the League of Legends World Championships.
The weekend saw the quarter-finals of League Of Legends 2016 World Championship in Chicago, with the eight best teams facing off in the knockout stages.
They began with North American team Cloud9 playing Korean side Samsung Galaxy who won the best-of-five series, with a clean sweep 3-0 victory.
It was a comfortable win for SSG, who dominated the majority of the three matches and gave Cloud9 little room to recover from. The first game was especially intense after Samsung Galaxy managed to claim victory within 27 minutes and an impressive 20 kills.
The second series of the weekend was between SK Telecom T1 and Royal Never Give Up. Both Korean teams looked strong initially, with RNG winning the first game of the series.
SK Telecom quickly recovered from the setback, however, and went on to win three straight games in a row for a 3-1 victory. The win sees the 2015 champions and there star mid laner Faker still in the running to retain their title.
The third quarter-final of the weekend saw ROX Tigers and Edward Gaming clash. As one of the favourites of the tournament, ROX Tigers were eager to take control of their matches.
This led to two initial victories for ROX, who managed to gain strong advantages in both games – finishing the second game within 26 minutes, one of the quickest games of the weekend.
Edward Gaming won a tight third game of the series, with near equal amounts of objective taken between the two sides, meaning EDG’s advantage over ROX was only slight.
They managed to push into the ROX base, however, and score their sole one victory, before the Tigers returned with a vengeance in the fourth game – claiming a third victory and therefore winning the best-of-five series.
Lastly there was the much anticipated match-up between H2K Gaming and Albus NoX Luna. Albus NoX Luna had plenty of hype surrounding them due to the team making history by being the first wildcard team to make it into League Of Legends World Championship’s knockout finals.
Despite this excitement, however, ANX was unable to apply any pressure on UK-based H2K Gaming, who ended up winning comfortably with a 3-0 sweep.
H2K Gaming controlled the entire series, beginning each game with early streaks that lead to an advantage that the wildcard team was unable to recover from.
The final stages of the League Of Legends 2016 World Championships continues this weekend with the semi-finals inside what will be a sold-out packed Madison Square Garden on both days. ROX Tigers will face off against SK Telecom T1 on Friday, whilst Samsung Galaxy take on H2K Gaming on Saturday night.
With three other Korean teams in the tournament, H2K Gaming is the UK’s and Europe’s only remaining chance at victory at Worlds this year.