The KeSPA Cup is superior. It’s reverent of a distinct time, a time during which League of Legends nonetheless had tournaments run by third events.
Or maybe it’s a cousin of different, non-League competitors the place that’s nonetheless the norm. Take Counter-Strike, for instance.
Its developer, Valve, has nearly nothing to do with organising aggressive play other than selecting who ought to host a few Majors annually.
The LCS system has been nice, I’m an enormous fan and have been because the get-go, however KeSPA Cup leaves me wishing we nonetheless had a greater diversity of tournaments within the West.
LCK commentator PapaSmithy has in contrast KeSPA Cup to soccer’s FA Cup. The comparability is way from good – the previous lacks the historical past and status of the latter – but it surely isn’t utterly improper both. The romance of cup competitors is definitely current, as are the large killings.
They began early, at the least in title, as Busan Rising Star took down the work-in-progress roster of MVP within the very first spherical.
I say “in title” as a result of, although MVP has been a reasonably mediocre staff for some time, this present line-up is perhaps probably the most mediocre but. A Challenger staff beating MVP of the LCK is technically an upset, however the 5 gamers on Busan beating the 5 gamers on MVP? Not a lot.
Busan then went on to defeat one other LCK staff within the form of Jin Air Inexperienced Wings, earlier than shedding to KT Rolster.
JAG and MVP might lack the star energy of the following staff on the receiving finish of an upset, however that doesn’t detract from Busan’s accomplishment. In any case, what’s higher than taking down one LCK staff?
In case you in some way missed it, SKT was the following large to fulfill his very personal David. This specific David had his title modified to DAMWON Gaming, however he nonetheless remembered to deliver his slingshot and down went Goliath.
Extra spectacular, although, was the style of DWG’s victory: comeback wins in skilled League are uncommon. Comeback wins in opposition to SKT are nearly exceptional, however the challenger staff did precisely that.
A composed baron sneak bought them again in a sport three that appeared all however misplaced after a disastrous opening 20 minutes. From there, they closed out the collection in knowledgeable trend that SKT themselves would have been pleased with.
DAMWON went on to lose to Griffin within the subsequent spherical, however everybody loses to Griffin nowadays. Even Gen G, their earlier Achilles’ heel, might do nothing to cease them in at the moment’s grand-final.
Certainly, the brand new champions swept via all the competitors with out dropping a lot as a sport. In case anybody thought their rise to energy in 2018 was a Leicester Metropolis-like flash within the pan, KeSPA Cup was right here to indicate that they nonetheless imply enterprise.
However even DAMWON practically fell to what would have been, looking back, nearly as huge an upset as their win over SKT. They have been one sport away from elimination by the hands of KeG champions, Seoul.
By no means knew Seoul had its personal staff? By no means heard of KeG? You’re not alone. They have been a regional staff in a largely unheard-of match, which certified the winners for IESF 10. Awkwardly for the foundations, the staff was made up of subs from LCK groups, plus one free agent by the title of Pop.
IESF, by the best way – briefly, as a result of it’s fairly the rabbit gap – is a world competitors that receives nearly zero protection, at the least on the elements of the web I frequent.
Australia really completed within the 9-16 bracket, shedding to occasion match runners-up… look ahead to it… Macau. Sure, actually. Macau then misplaced within the grand-final to South Korea, so at the least some normality was restored in the long run. China didn’t ship a staff.
Again on matter: KeSPA Cup taught us so much concerning the lay of the land in Korea proper now, not least of which is the truth that an identical match in Europe and America could be superior.
I already talked about the truth that Griffin is right here to remain, however, maybe extra importantly after a 12 months during which Korea’s dominance of the worldwide scene lastly crumbled, KeSPA Cup confirmed that Korea nonetheless has an extremely deep pool of expertise from which to attract.
Sure, it’s pre-season and most of the prime groups are within the midst of remodelling. Even so, would you count on SKT to lose to a challenger staff? Would you count on that challenger staff to nearly lose to mix-team of reserve gamers?
Considerably, we noticed glimpses of what the rebuilding may appear like for a lot of LCK groups as soon as the work is full. SKT confirmed flashes of former and future glory at occasions and Gen G appeared properly on their solution to restoration within the earlier levels. Griffin is the staff to beat, although, and so they haven’t any renovations to take care of.