Worlds 2016: SKT Impresses, Sends Cloud9 to Quarterfinals
Bans: Karma, Zyra, Ryze Alistar, Nidalee, Syndra
Top: Poppy Trundle
Jungle: Lee Sin Olaf
Mid: Viktor Lissandra
ADC: Caitlyn Ezreal
Support: Braum Nami
The early game mostly started slow, but at nine minutes, SKT and Flash Wolves both committed teleports bottom and traded one-for-one. Later, at 14 minutes, Lee "Duke" Ho-seong inadvertently took two turret shots top lane, and with a timely Viktor roam, Huang "Maple" Yi-Tang secured another kill for Flash Wolves.
At 18 minutes, SKT double teleported bot lane and killed Braum and Poppy for a two-for-zero advantage and a subsequent 3k gold lead.
Later, at 23 minutes, SKT, led by Bengi, initiated a top lane fight where they nearly aced the Flash Wolves. Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok died, but the SKT bottom lane each netted two kills. SKT snowballed their lead by taking three turrets around the map, the top outer turret and the bottom inner and outer turrets.
At 30 minutes, SKT headed to Baron but it was merely a bait as they killed three and headed right back to Baron to take it for free. However, Flash Wolves arrived back in time, and Hung "Karsa" Hau-Hsuan miraculously stole the Baron. No matter, SKT still had full control of the game and a gargantuan 10k gold lead.
SKT took a fight in the bottom side jungle of Flash Wolves where Faker was instantly popped, but they used their insurmountable gold lead to brute-force their way through the Flash Wolves frontline.
At 38 minutes, SKT took Baron and destroyed Flash Wolves in a completely lopsided team fight which promptly led to the end of the game at 39 minutes. SK Telecom absolutely dominated through all stages of the game, but had a few mishaps that slowed down their inevitable victory.
SK Telecom T1 improve to an impressive 5-1, as they look to defend their title this year. With FW's defeat, they are eliminated from playoff contention; thus, Cloud9 has clinched a spot as NA's only team in the Worlds quarterfinals.
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