League of Legends Season 3 World Championships reach the Quarterfinals

The $2,000,000 League of Legends Season 3 World Championships is down to its final eight teams.

The week-long group stage has come to a close at the League of Legends Season 3 World Championships, with only eight teams remaining to play for $2,000,000.

China's OMG, Russia's Gambit Gaming, South Korea's SK Telecom SKT1, and Fnatic with players from all over Europe are the four teams to qualify into the bracket stage. While OMG and SKT1 ran away with Group A, the deciding spots from Group B came down to the final day of games between the top five teams. They will now face off against the four regional winners which have an automatic berth into the quarterfinals, with OMG playing fellow Chinese team Royal Club, Fnatic taking on Cloud 9 from the United States, Gambit against Najin Sword, and SKT1 verse Taiwan's Gamania Bears.

"I think the Chinese are the unexpected region so far, they've been playing really well," says Cloud 9 Jungler Will "Meteos" Hartman.. "We played Royal and have watched OMG play--they put insane pressure on the map and really know how to push an advantage. The Chinese teams are the ones to watch out for the most."

What looked to be a lost game for Gambit against Vulcun, and with it an automatic bid by Korea's Samsung Ozone into the brackets, was turned around after mistakes by the Americans in the mid-game. Gambit came back to secure the victory and force a one-game decider with Ozone to determine the last spot. Led by captain Alexey Ichetovkin's Kassadin, Gambit defeated Ozone for the second time at the Championships, and secured themselves into the bracket stage.

"We should lose that game, the game was lost," Ichetovkin told GameSpot about their match against Vulcun, thinking their tournament life was coming to an end. "But we were fighting till the end."

“I was much more prepared for the game against Ozone and it paid off. I asked [Fnatic]’s XPeke about the matchup and the style beforehand.”

Gambit will now go up against Korea's top seeded team Najin Sword in the first round of the quarterfinals, the team he wanted to face the least.

"I don’t want to go against Najin Sword," Ichteovkin said before the brackets were drawn. "We don't know anything about them, we have no information. We've scrimmaged all the teams except Najin."

A transatlantic battle waits ahead for Cloud 9 and Fnatic, as America's far and away number one team is faced with a hungry European squad who has only lost one game at the championships thus far.

"We've practiced [with] a few of the international teams such as Gambit and Lemondogs," says Cloud 9's Hartman. "We've been watching all the games from World's, play solo queue, just doing anything we can to prepare. When I watch the games I look for certain things and how teams play, but I don't want to go into what I’m looking for."

"Our play style holds up to the other regions and we're not significantly behind like some people like to think we are. Fnatic’s been playing really well, I don’t really know how it’ll go.”

“Cloud 9 and Gama Bears are probably the two easies [teams to play in the Quarterfinals], but I’m really not sure at all," said Fnatic Lauri "Cyanide" Happonen before the brackets were drawn. “It’s really hard to figure out these teams because we haven’t seen anything from them. "It'll be easier for them to research us, but it might be our advantage that we are kind of warmed up from the groups, while it’s their first offline event in a while."

The group stages ended with some controversy between Team SoloMid and SKT1, where hometown fans for TSM attempted to notify the team of upcoming ganks from SKT1. While players use noise-cancelling headsets, teams competing in the group stage are not inside sound-protected booths which are standard for all games in OGN's Champions League.

Counter Logic Gaming Owner and former starter George "HotShotGG" Georgallidis is not happy with the current setup that Riot Games has for the players.

"Riot, please stop this bulls**t and get soundproof booths," Georgallidis wrote in a scathing statement on Reddit. "The extra production value is not worth it. Putting the white noise up DOESN'T HELP, so please stop that too. I'm sorry, but this issue has gone on for too long. I've heard countless Barons and ganks as they were happening because of the speakers + audience. In my pro career I can safely safe I've heard GAME CHANGING things from the outside at least 5 or 6 times."

"Ruining the spirit and fairness of competition is NOT worth it. I love Riot and everything they've done for the scene but this just boils my blood to hear about every time. Sympathize for the players, I know a game where it was lost for a team due to players hearing outside noises. Even if there is a small chance of it happening, this is a teams future being diminished because of negligence."

At the time of publishing, Riot Games has not responded to requests for comment.

The Quarterfinals begin today at 3 p.m. EST/Noon PST and continue through Thursday. The Semifinals at the Galen Center begin on Friday. Watch the event live on GameSpot each night. GameSpot eSports is live on location provided interviews every day of the championships.

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11 comments
iampenguin
iampenguin

Wish you could win that much in a FPS. 

wezkilla
wezkilla

@Ba8e one day dota 2 will maybe be half as popular as lol, theres a reason why its never got more views than league on twitch cause its an inferior game 

DMND
DMND

@Ba8e DOTA2 is so pretty isn't it? I've heard Hello Kitty is coming in the next patch.

Uruca
Uruca

@Ba8eOh, the moba community. So cute.

WskerFan
WskerFan

@iampenguin  

First place in an FPS WC get's less than the last place in LoL WC xD 

Ba8e
Ba8e

@wezkilla You have no idea that the number of people still playing dota1 is larger than the retarded LOL community.

I cannot comprehend how one can play that shitty shitty game. It sucks on EVERY field.

Ba8e
Ba8e

@DMND Hahahaha n00b, I've been playing dota from day 1 while it was still a map for W3.

And yes, I do like the new graphics compared to the old W3 engine.

The only reason LOL is popular is because they filled the gap between the two dotas, which was pretty smart.

That doesnt change the fact that it's a shitty game with retards defending it.

Colinski283
Colinski283

@DMND @Ba8e LoL has more cartoony and cutesy graphics so thats where Hello Kitty would go.