All the action from the semi-finals of LoL Worlds 2020.
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Check out the everything you need from the Worlds 2020 Semi-Finals below, including all the info on schedules, teams, game recaps, and more! The Semis are a Best-Of-Five format.
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SEMI-FINALS DAY 2 (SUNDAY OCTOBER 25) - SCHEDULE
Suning vs Top Esports (Best of 5) (REWATCH RECOMMENDATION - 3/5 - From 11th place in the Spring to World Finals in October)
A tame first eight minutes reigned the start of this series with Hung “Karsa” Hao-Hsuan getting the first dragon of the game for TES — playing the timing of SN’s bottom lane going back to base. Action finally broke out at around 8:30 where Chen “Bin” Ze-Bin got First Blood onto Bai “369” Jia-Hao with the help of a Lê “SofM” Quang Duy gank. Karsa later roamed up to get a counter kill, with the help of a 369 teleport. While all of this happened SN’s bottom lane dove Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo as Liang “yuyanjia” Jia-Yuan was back in base. But due to yuyanjia being Pantheon, he was able to ultimate back in time to make it a two for zero in TES’ favour.
After this, TES was playing through bottom late ganks while SN was playing through top lane ganks. SofM made another visit to 369, killing him, while Karsa paid a visit to the bottom lane, killing Tang “huanfeng” Huan-Feng — getting the first tower of the game. TES kept setting themselves up with their lead, getting more dragons and getting more kills around the map. Until 23 minutes where SN mounted the comeback. With Dragon Soul looming for TES, getting priority on the dragon — stopping TES’ soul — and get a two for zero team fight win, with a Bin and SwordArt flank. The team fight win gets them Baron and the gold lead — later some towers as well.
Prior to the dragon fight at 28:30, TES engage onto SwordArt, forcing his cooldowns but use some themselves. Then the dragon fight breaks out in which SofM secures the dragon for SN and SN ace TES. With TES aced, SN run it down mid and take game one.
Like game one, the first minutes of the game were relatively tame, but this time around it was a trading of objectives between the two teams. For the first 13 minutes, both teams traded objectives, with TES getting Herald and the top side while SN got the dragon and the bottom side. With First Blood finally happening at 13:37 with SN pseudo engaging onto TES but Xiang “Angel” Tao gets First Blood onto Karsa — this leads to a second dragon. After this play, a few minutes down the line TES expend a lot of resources to get one sole kill onto Angel which allowed Bin to get the first tower of the game of SN in the bottom side — 369 eventually responds with top tier one.
With dragon number three on the board, TES instantly delete SwordArt but SN trade Karsa in return. This allowed SofM to take the third dragon uncontested, later ending in another trade in kills between the teams. With a pick in between the dragon fights, TES take the fourth dragon — stopping SN’s soul — and get a one for one. Another pick onto Bin later down the line, lands TES at a solid gold lead and two kill lead. With that pick, TES go to Baron and land another pick onto Angel and get the Baron — like SN in the game prior, TES now have mounted the comeback. At around 27:30, Angel and SN find JackeyLove and kill him but can’t get anything else as the objectives are all taken and the waves were pushed against them.
With Baron in hand, TES bait a fight as they were pushing bottom lane, getting two kills onto SN and bottom lane inhibitor. Due to the pressure they’ve built up, right after the inhibitor take they get themselves a second Ocean dragon. Both teams reset and in the top side SN take a two for one fight but once again, not much to be gained as objectives are already down. In the final fight at 32 minutes, find a kill onto SofM who was in the wrong spot at the wrong time. This allows them to translate to finishing off the game.
A fast start to this game as at three minutes in, a two versus two fights broke out in the bottom lane, giving huanfeng First Blood but it has JackeyLove traded in return. Quickly after this, SofM (on the Shen) invades Karsa’s Gromp after he got his Red Buff stolen and forces him to smite it early. After this, SofM with Bin, dives 369 and Karsa under their top tier one tower and they get themselves two kills. Later, huanfeng and SwordArt kill JackeyLove. The action didn’t stop there as fast-forward a few minutes in, at eight minutes Bin goes onto 369 and finishes him off with the help of SofM — TES get first dragon in return.
A five on five happens at 9:30 for Rift Herald, SofM smites it and a fight ensues. SN try their best to disengage but TES stayed persistent so they decided to dance with them. An Angel Orianna Shockwave got them two kills — TES lose the Herald and lose two kills. SN use that herald to get top tier one for first turret and take tier two. At 13 minutes in, TES show signs of life, they commit to a bottom lane play having four members in the bottom lane kill SN’s bottom lane — TES also get their second dragon. Yet again, three minutes later, TES continue to make plays to get themselves back in the game. A Karsa Kick Flash and some fancy plays from knight get them two kills.
Tired of their antics, SN threat a 4-man dive onto knight in the bot lane forcing 369’s Teleport; TES are forced to give up dragon after. Moving forward a few minutes Karsa finds a kick onto Angel, landing them a pick. SN quickly respond with a re-engage onto yuyanjia and get a kill. This allows SN to get their second dragon. At the 30-minute mark, SN start dragon and take it — this was their third dragon — and over the wall TES tried their best to get anything in return as well attempts at stealing but couldn’t catch anything. With Soul point in hand, SN transitioned to Baron but are forced to reset — TES managed to weather the storm and managed to delay.
With 30 seconds left until the seventh dragon respawns, TES five-man force a pick onto Bin but go too far. SN punishes this overaggression with hilling Karsa and yuyanjia — getting Ocean soul and Baron. With both teams having reset, SN like clockwork push down TES’ base with Baron and finish the game. They are now at series point to qualify for Worlds Finals. SofM's Shen in the early game was a monster.
SN continued right where they left off with a 3:30 gank from SofM onto TES’ bottom lane. SofM and his bottom lane played it perfectly, being patient with their cooldowns and making the correct target switches. Huanfeng finishes with the First Blood and they follow for more, this prompts knight to teleport and Angel matches. Ultimately, it ends in a three for one in favour of SN and a near one thousand gold lead four minutes in. With a bit of a lull in between, JackeyLove and yuyanjia find a play onto huanfeng in the bottom side and Karsa comes down to help secure the kill — JackeyLove gets a few plates. By this time, TES has caught up in the gold difference after a catastrophic early game.
Later, JackeyLove and yuyanjia find a play onto huanfeng, having Karsa come down to help secure the kill — JackeyLove gets a few plates. By this time, TES has caught up in the gold difference after a catastrophic early game. At around 18 minutes, TES set up a death brush in the bot lane with three players and get a kill onto SwordArt, this allows them to grab the third dragon, putting them at soul point — SN respond with mid tier one tower.
In the first fully-fledged team fight of the game at around 25-26 minutes, SN get an ace onto TES. SN chased TES away from the dragon; Angel and Bin had crucial flanks to get the team fight win. SN getting the dragon stops TES’ Soul for the time being. Quickly after this, both teams begin a Baron dance in which TES gets an early pick onto huanfeng, later a pick onto SwordArt. Even with the two picks gained by TES, SN manage to stop them from taking the Baron.
At 28 minutes, Angel finds an assassination onto JackeyLove allowing SN to posture for Baron but are forced to peel off. Right after this, after both teams reset, SN engaged onto TES — killing three but losing one. The fight win gives SN yet another dragon, once again stopping TES’ Soul. After both teams respawned, SN set their eyes on Baron, they take it and only lost SwordArt.
TES looking for a pick onto Angel in the bottom lane which prompts SN to counterpunch in the top lane, taking tier three tower. TES see Bin in the top lane and go to punish but spend multiple members to kill him. While Bin was buying time, huanfeng and SwordArt pushed bottom lane, taking inhibitor. Huanfeng had an amazing heads up play of throwing his Ezreal ultimate, cancelling multiple recalls in the top lane — after TES punished Bin — later having SofM follow up with his Jarvan, stalling TES even more. SN were able to get an amazing trade in what was a punish onto Bin. This forced TES to reset which allowed SN to get a third dragon in a row — once again stopping TES’ Soul.
A skirmish win at around 38 minutes in the mid lane lands SN a Baron. SN played the Baron perfectly, slowly pushing each lane’s naked inhibitor. With everything on the line — the Dragon Soul and the game — SN begin to prep for the Dragon spawn. TES try to get ahead of the play by having 369 teleport and yuyanjia Tahm Kench ultimate with JackeyLove but it wasn’t enough. SN were just too far ahead, they played the team fight as well as they could — SN win the series 3-1, keeping their Cinderella story of a bracket run alive and qualifying for Worlds finals.
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