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Greetings, Summoners, from the Fields of Valoran! This weekend saw the top four teams in the League of Legends world pair off for the Semi-Finals. Just like Quarters, teams would face each other in a Best of Five Knockout. Reigning champions SKTelecom T1 relived their championship match by going against ROX Tigers. After, Samsung Galaxy challenged H2K for a change to take on the winner. So, ready to learn who moved on to Finals? Here we go.

SKTelecom T1 vs. ROX Tigers

Game 1

ROX Peanut started out quickly, wanting to set up a gank in bot. SKT saw the play and avoided the death while Bengi out-farmed Peanut in the jungle. The teams danced around each other for a while, with ROX trying to make plays and being chased off. SKT steadily took a Gold lead until a confrontation in the river let to First Blood for ROX, two Kills total, and an Infernal Drake.

Even with the success, ROX only leveled out the Gold. First turret went to Faker of SKT, widening the Gold lead once more. Another fight just after led to SKT Duke claiming the first Kill for his team. The teams clashed just before the 20-minute mark, with SKT making a move in the bottom lane. They claimed three Kills and a turret before Smeb turned around for a Double Kill against SKT.  ROX then moved to take the second Infernal Drake, but SKT was ready for them. Bang Shut Down Smeb, but ROX still claimed the Drake. ROX Peanut was caught in the Dragon Pit, but a lucky ward from SKT Wolf to look for the other 4 ROX members gave Peanut's Elise the escape he needed to survive.

The teams danced around each other for a while, exchanging damage and Kills. ROX moved for the third Infernal Drake, but SKT took advantage of the lack of top-side wards to claim the first Baron Nashor. SKT used the Buff to push turrets, expanding their Gold lead in the process. At the 36-minute mark, ROX took advantage of a slip in SKT's attention when SKT went for Cloud Drake to rush for a Baron. SKT tried to teleport and rush for a steal or challenge, but ROX held them off until they claimed the buff. 42:30 saw a team fight for Elder Drake, with SKT Bengi claiming the Drake before all-but wiping ROX off the map.

SKT then pushed for ROX's base, taking down mid and the nexus for Victory #1

Game 2

 Picks and Bans started the excitement early, with ROX taking Ashe ADC with a Miss Fortune Support while Karma went mid. The break in tournament meta had Casters both excited and "desperately trying to figure out what is going to happen" (as per Caster Jatt). Peanut headed top at 3:43 to set up a counter gank and seize First Blood for ROX.

SKT moved to turn the game around at 6, claiming a Kill in mid and in jungle, but ROX retaliated by setting up a gank in bot and taking down SKT Wolf. ROX then gave a brilliant performance juggling the turret's aggro to make sure they all made it away alive.

ROX also claimed first turret at 12:40, expanding the gap in Gold and other leads. Teams clashed over the Drake at 15, but Peanut secured the kill for ROX before his team wiped 4 SKT members, with Bang the only survivor. SKT made a move for the Rift Herald in an effort to catch up to ROX. ROX tried for the steal, but SKT was successful in claiming the buff for Duke. ROX punished them by pushing top lane and taking the outer turret. Despite the heady lead, ROX started playing a little messy. Duke was able to push the side lane, and even the Blue Buff challenge in SKT's jungle didn't work out. Kuro was then taken out in mid, with SKT changing the Kill count to 11-4 in an effort to close the gap currently in ROX's favor. The teams moved to meet outside the Baron Pit, with a 4-for-2 trade in ROX's favor as Peanut secured Baron for his team.

ROX pushed mid to take down the lane, including their first inhibitor. They then rotated top. They took down the turret but got greedy going for the inhibitor, so Duke led SKT to wipe four members of ROX, with only GorillA escaping with his life.

SKT moved to push mid and take Peanut down in the bot lane, but ROX was pushing top and took down another inhibitor and both nexus turrets. A clutch Ashe Arrow prevented the first recall, buying the team time.

The back door was exactly what ROXneeded to tie up the victory score.

Game 3

 7:40 saw a fight in bot lane that ended in a 2-for- 1 trade. PraY took First Blood just before GorillA fell. Peanut came in with a glorious Lee Sin ult to hit Bang out from under the tower and give PraY a Double Kill.

SKT wouldn't roll over, making a move to claim the first Cloud Drake. Despite their efforts, first turret fell to ROX in bot. SKT evened out the Kills at 15, taking down Smeb in the top. ROX made an aggressive counter-play to take down Wolf before dodging down into river for an Ocean Drake. Gameplay was running slower this match, which let SKT play comfortably in an effort to match ROX's aggression. A 2-for-2 trade with PraY's Ashe getting Shut Down certainly helped their cause.

ROX melted SKT Faker before pushing for Baron. Blank wanted to stop them, running in for the steal only to die a horrible death while ROX secured the buff. ROX pushed a turret in mid before rotating down for their third Ocean Drake. A push bottom saw Faker delete PraY as punishment for getting greedy. SKT made a move top, taking down three members of ROX. PraY flashed into a 4-vs-2 and turned the fight around, working with Peanut to claim an Ace.

ROX made another push for Baron, melting the health bar before shoving up mid. SKT tried to come up behind them, but ROX annihilated the inhibitor. ROX rotated top, disengaging for a bit before pushing again. A beautiful Ashe ult hit Faker and Bang so that Peanut could shove in and use his Guardian Angel, with ROX claiming a turret. The team pushed through to melt the nexus turrets as ROX claimed victory #2.

Game 4

Match point for ROX saw SKT bring Bengi back into their line-up while banning Miss Fortune. They let ROX take an Ashe/Zyra bottom lane while first-picking Nidalee for Bengi. Faker took Zilean for mid, leaving most of the damage to Bang's Jhin and Bengi's Nidalee. Bengi set up several ganks in the first five minutes, but several good Flashes from ROX strung SKT along until a good set-up in mid allowed Faker to take down Kuro for First Blood.

ROX kept up the pressure in top and mid, with Smeb winning the 1-v-1 and ROX powering through bot with Peanut's assistance to take first turret. Gold and objective stayed pretty even, but SKT took a Kill lead going 3-0. ROX did take the first Mountain Drake, but SKT remained in the lead. A 21:40 push up top saw Smeb melt under his turret. A good use of Zhonya's Hourglass spared him for a little while, but it wasn't enough against the gank. GorillA's Zyra did take down Faker's Zilean, but SKT took a turret and another Kill.

They rotated down to take a Mountain Drake as well. An SKT push mid resulted in a Double Kill by Bengi. 29 saw Bengi Shut Down by GorillA and his teammates in the bottom jungle. The teams continued to trade, but SKT kept coming out on top before claiming a second Mountain Drake. ROX tried to force a Baron, but SKT answered strongly with several kills and a base push. They took out an inhib and pushed right up to the nexus turrets, but a lack of minions forced the disengage. After regrouping, SKT pushed the Baron and Elder Drake. ROX tried to mount a defense, but SKT put the final nail in their coffin with an Ace. After taking down the nexus, SKT tied up the series 2-2, forcing the teams into a Game 5 tiebreaker.

Game 5

The Hype was real going into Game 5, with both teams fighting for their life to make it into the Finals. Jayce made it through Picks/Bans for the first time. ROX had the better comp, but the CC on SKT's side was formidable. An early jungle-v-jungle led to First Blood for Peanut and ROX.

The teams skirted around each other a bit, with ROX taking an early 1K Gold lead. A gank in bot led to SKT Wolf melting under PraY's Jhin. 9:30 saw ROX GorillA fall to SKT before SKT moved up to claim a Cloud Drake. At 11:50, the CC chain came into play as Faker helped Bengi take down Peanut.

Down in bot lane, first turret fell to SKT. ROX started pushing back, evening out the Kill and turret counts by 17. SKT answered by taking a second Cloud Drake, relinquishing top-side pressure for trade. ROX pushed for a 22-minute Baron, with SKT Bengi's smite down. SKT still challenged, jumping in to claim 4 Kills despite ROX claiming Baron.

Teams kept fans on edge, exchanging damage and Kills. SKT maintained the turret and Gold lead. Even when ROX started dominating fights, Faker proved his mettle with a beautiful escape.

30:20 saw a good set up by SKT, sending three players mid as a distraction while the remaining two took Baron. Duke worked on pushing outer turrets while the rest of SKT rotated ROX's base. ROX's defense kept them away from the inhibitor turrets. SKT started to take charge, with their champions far too tanky for ROX to effectively answer. After taking down PraY in an exchange, SKT rotated for another Baron and an Elder Drake. SKT pushed mid, shoving through to take down turret and inhibitor before a lack of minions forced the disengage. Smeb's Jayce tried to set up a team gank during the retreat but missed the mark. SKT pushed top after the regroup, taking down the turret and inhibitor once again thanks to Bengi Shutting Down PraY. SKT moved to the nexus turrets from there, ending the most epic series in Worlds history.

Final Victory: SKTelecom T1

H2K vs. Samsung Galaxy

Game 1

The first Pick/Ban of the second Semis saw Miss Fortune Support making an appearance for Samsung Galaxy. Time would tell if the tournament meta change would work as well for SSG as it had for ROX. H2K came out swinging, taking down Ambition before the first minute had passed. 

Jankos set up a gank bot to take down CoreJJ, but Ambition answered by downing Ryu in the jungle before Smiting the Scuttle Crab from underneath Jankos' axe. A misplay by Ryu led to his second death at Ambition's hands. At 7 minutes, teams were tied with 3 Kills a piece and no turrets, but SSG had a 200 Gold lead. Jankos' Olaf set up a gank top to help Odoamne melt CuVee.

Ambition's answer was to solo Mountain Drake. 17:30 saw a repeat, with a gank in top leading to Mountain Drake #2 for Ambition and SSG. An engagement in mid just before 19:30 saw a 2-for-4 trade in H2K's favor, including a Shut Down on Ambition and a Double Kill for Jankos.

H2K later collapsed on Ambition in the top to gank him down. CuVee teleported in to help, but when his Ekko started melting he took advantage of his time abilities to port back to bot lane. H2K made a move for their first Drake, claiming an Ocean. H2K traded 1-for-1 mid while CuVee split pushed up to H2K's bottom base turret. When he backed off, H2K made a move for a 28-minute Baron. SSG answered, melting their forces with a Triple Kill for SSG CuVee.

Despite the Ace, SSG disengaged from Baron and moved to regroup. Though down four Kills, SSG took the Gold lead again with help from an Infernal Drake. 36:50 saw SSG claim the first Baron while split-pusher CuVee opened up the H2K base. Despite a slow start, CuVee became a monster in the lane, often using Chrono Break to Recall, buy items, and pop right back into lane. With CuVee's Ekko carry, SSG shoved into H2K's base to end the Game with victory #1.

Meta note: AP Miss Fortune seems a good answer to Zyra, but Ashe/MF struggled against Olaf's ganks. The previous series saw MF struggle against an opposing Caitlyn ADC. Keep these in mind before you jaunt off to SoloQ

Game 2

This game started slower than Game 1, but a gank by Jankos top saw H2K take First Blood yet again.

In response, SSG Ambition took an Infernal Drake. Crown took down Ryu just before 9:30 to put SSG on the board with a Kill and claim a 200 Gold lead. H2K Ryu took down Ambition, but the use of his flash left him vulnerable. Crown and Ruler took advantage of that to claim a Kill, but H2K claimed first turret. An engagement in bottom saw Jankos score a Double Kill before H2K moved for their first Infernal Drake.

SSG struck back with Crown taking down Jankos. SSG started striking back, overtaking H2K in Kills and Gold while defending their objectives and pushing down H2K's turrets.

H2K took Ocean Drake, but SSG made a move for Baron at 21:30. SSG pushed to open H2K's base. Odoamne Shut Down Crown, but it came at the cost of a turret. H2K pounced Crown's Cassiopeia in the Jungle, but CuVee's Jayce started to turn the fight around. it ended in a 1-for-1 trade that put some Gold in H2K's pockets but allowed SSG to take an Ocean Drake. SSG moved for Baron at 29:30, with H2K looking to challenge. SSG melted H2K, taking down three in exchange for one, and then moved right back to Baron. Ryu and Vander hoped for a Steal, but couldn't make the miracle happen as SSG secured the buff. SSG rotated the map to push to H2K's base, melting any resistance to claim their second win.

Game 3

 Match point for SSG, Do or Die for H2K. Game 3 weighed heavily on the last team of the West's shoulders. Jankos had a strong showing in previous Games, but SSG was consistently outplaying their opposition. The crowd was all-in with the excitement, taking Picks/Bans to gift viewers with a classic round of the Wave. Ambition and CuVee came together top at 4:20 to take down Odoamne for First Blood to SSG.

Vander and Jankos caught out CoreJJ in the Jungle before melting him and Ruler, though Ruler took Jankos down to prevent first turret and keep the Kill count even. Ambition and Crown came together at 9:30 to take down Ryu and boost SSG into the lead with Gold and Kills. Shortly thereafter, SSG took down Jankos, Ryu, and Odoamne before claiming first turret and a Cloud Drake. At 16, SSG also picked up a Rift Herald for that extra boost. CuVee was challenging Odoamne up top, but some assistance from H2K led to the fight being turned around and Ryu killing the SSG top-laner. SSG took their second Drake, an Ocean, at 19. H2K Ryu made a play against Crown, but CoreJJ's arrival allowed his teammate to survive and take down Ryu instead. After an exchange at 21 with no deaths, SSG took a 21:30 Baron. They pushed up the mid lane before splitting to take mid and top, SSG took down the top inhibitor in H2K's base. They pressured all three lanes before disengaging to regroup. They took an Infernal Drake in the meantime for an extra boost. They moved to push again, pushing H2K to their fountain before taking down bot and mid inhibitors. At 26, SSG set their sights on the nexus turrets. H2K tried to mount a defense, but SSG continued to overpower them. With the final nexus sweep, H2K was sent packing while SSG secured their spot in the Final.

Final Victory: Samsung Galaxy

What's to Come

SKTelecom T1. Samsung Galaxy. These two teams have bested the competition to secure the two finals spots in Worlds. Next week, these top two will face off to claim the Summoner's Cup. Who will walk away victorious? Will it be the reigning champs, SKT? Or will SSG continue this Worlds cycle of upsets? 

I'll see you on the Rift to find out.

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SMITE World Championships 2016 Semi-Finals Results https://www.gameskinny.com/6b58x/smite-world-championships-2016-semi-finals-results https://www.gameskinny.com/6b58x/smite-world-championships-2016-semi-finals-results Sat, 09 Jan 2016 16:35:31 -0500 Auverin Morrow

In today's semi-final matches, the top 4 NA and EU teams went head-to-head to earn a seat in the Grand Finals tomorrow. There was a serious upset as the reigning world champions, Cloud9, were unseated in this round.

Here are the highlights from today's semi-finals round:

Paradigm vs. Enemy

3-1, favor of Enemy

In this match, the NA dark horse team Enemy took on the top EU team, Paradigm. Paradigm got a 4-1 trade on Enemy early on, but Enemy quickly recovered and took the early lead. After landing a 3-0 wipe on Paradigm, they took the first Gold Fury. But Paradigm fought back, sacrificing one member for a 5 kill retaliation that helped them close the lead.

Paradigm went for the Fire Giant to take the advantage, but Enemy forced them out and took it for themselves, along with 2 kills. With a 12K gold and EXP lead, they bided their time and farmed the map until they could take the second Fire Giant. Paradigm had only toppled one map objective by the time Enemy breached their base and took the Titan. 

Paradigm came back with a vengeance at the outset of Game 2, drawing first blood at less than a minute in. Their aggression was a little too risky, though, as they pushed a fight at the Gold Fury that cost them 3 members. It looked like Paradigm might be able to recover, though, because they nabbed the Gold Fury and took down the first tower at the 20 minute mark.

Not long after the first towner down, Enemy snuck an uncontested Gold Fury kill and a Tier 1 tower before Paradigm could react. Enemy closed the lead with a few key team fights and objective grabs. After a 4-1 scuffle in their favor, Enemy took the Fire Giant and headed toward Paradigm's base. After another 4-1 trade, they forewent the Phoenixes to go straight for the Titan kill and the Game 2 win. 

Paradigm finally got a win on the board in Game 3. After they took first blood, Enemy tried to retaliate. But the few jabs they got in weren't enough to grab a solid lead. Paradigm kept taking map objectives until they pushed Enemy off the Gold Fury at 20 minutes, then took the Fire Giant uncontested just a few minutes later. Enemy got one more 3-0 trade on them, but it didn't stop Paradigm. They snowballed their lead until they took the base and their first victory of the match. 

Game 4 was the deciding game for this match. Enemy took first blood, and Paradigm took the first tower. In a 3-1 scuffle, favor of Enemy, they took the Gold Fury while Paradigm claimed a Tier 1 to mitigate the advantage. Enemy snuck the Gold Fury at 25 minutes. A long dance near Paradigm's middle Phoenix eventually resulted in a 4-0 wipe in Enemy's favor, and they took the Fire Giant and a free Gold Fury. They used this lead to push hard into Paradigm's base, skipping the Phoenix kills to land the lethal final blow. 

Paradigm was knocked out of the running for Worlds, and Enemy will move on to the Grand Finals tomorrow. 

Cloud9 vs. Epsilon

3-2, favor of Epsilon

As the reigning world champions, Cloud9 was the clear favorite going into this match. But Epsilon challenged them in ways they've never encountered before, and they just weren't ready for it. 

Epsilon started strong, with a quadra-kill for first blood. They took the early lead, and it looked like they would hold it from start to finish. But after shutting down a few key team fights, Cloud9 evened out the lead and started taking major objectives. The first Fire Giant and a Gold Fury fell to them. Epsilon tried to push back and got in a few good jabs, but Cloud9 took the second Fire Giant and used that momentum to secure their win. 

Game 2 didn't go nearly as well for Cloud9. During picks & bans, Epsilon nabbed an imposing lineup that proved far too much for Cloud9. First blood went to Epsilon, and they gained a steady lead. With most of the map under their control, they were able to dominate Cloud9 in every encounter. After a few Gold Furies and a Fire Giant kill, Epsilon was unstoppable. They tore through the rest of map and ended the game with three times as many kills as Cloud9 -- a whopping 21-7. This got them on the board and evened out the match. 

Cloud9 didn't want to go down so easily, so they fought back hard in Game 3. Epsilon took first blood with a double kill, and got a slight early lead. But at the 15 minute mark, Cloud9 grabbed the Gold Fury and took that lead for themselves. This snowballed as they began farming the map and putting a lot of pressure on Epsilon. They successfully took the Fire Giant, and put Epsilon in their place in every team fight. At Epsilon's base, Cloud9 nailed a 3-0 wipe and took the Titan down, earning them the match advantage. 

Epsilon did not take kindly to their Game 3 defeat, and they came roaring back in Game 4. In typical EU fashion, they took the Gold Fury early on -- grabbing it at 4 minutes in, before they even drew first blood. With a considerable lead supporting them, they went for the Fire Giant. But Cloud9 did their best to stop them.

Epsilon came out on the winning end of most scuffles due to some serious dominance from Fenrir, but Cloud9 had heavy map control. But this wasn't enough to stop Epsilon from taking the Fire Giant at 25 minutes in. They rocketed ahead to a 17K gold and EXP lead, which made it easy for them to land a 3-0 wipe at Cloud9's base. This evened out the matched and forced it to Game 5. 

After suffering so much at the hands of Fenrir in Game 4, everyone expected to see him banned immediately in Game 5. But Cloud9 inexplicably let him through -- a mistake that turned out to be fatal. Epsilon went into this game with a powerful lineup of Bellona, Geb, Sol, Medusa, and Fenrir.

First blood went to Epsilon once again, and they took an early lead that they didn't relinquish until the game was finished. After two 2-1 trades in their favor and a Tier objective grab, Epsilon had a healthy 6K gold and EXP lead at 17 minutes in.

Cloud9 tried to recover by forcing team fights, but Epsilon was just too much. A 3-1 trade and 4-0 wipe fell in Epsilon's favor, and they took the Fire Giant without a problem. Cloud9 had absolutely no map control, and didn't take a single objective the entire game. After another 4-0 wipe, Epsilon took Cloud9's Titan and knocked the reigning champs out of the running for another Worlds win.

Epsilon is moving on to face Enemy in the Grand Finals tomorrow. 

Xbox One Invitational: EnvyUS vs. Eager

Game 1 was a landslide win for Envy. They took first blood, but the match was relatively uneventful from early to mid game. Envy nabbed a few kills here and there during scuffles, steadily earning themselves the lead. They made a quick push toward the 25 minute mark, and objectives started falling fast in Envy's favor. They closed out the game with a 17K EXP and 13K gold lead.

Envy took first blood and an early lead in Game 2, but once again the early and mid game was relatively uneventful. Tier 1 objectives didn't start falling until well past 20 minutes, and Envy was consistently shutting down scuffles. But Eager tried to close the advantage gap by farming the map and getting a few key kills. But Envy wasn't willing to give up their lead, tearing down Eager's defenses in team fights and putting lots of pressure in the mid lane.

Envy took the Fire Giant at 36 minutes in, putting them at about a 10K EXP/gold advantage. With more than double the kills on the board, they went for a hard split push to take down the last of Eager's defenses. Just past the 40 minute mark, Envy made their final push and wiped 3 Eager members before taking the Titan and the match with a 19-8 kill count. 

Envy will move on to tomorrow's Grand Finals to face Cognitive Gaming.

What's Next

Tomorrow we'll be moving into the Grand Finals round, and we'll see the Grand Finals match of the Xbox One Invitational. All of tomorrow's matches will be best of 5. Here are the upcoming games for Sunday, January 10:

  • 11:15 AM: Xbox One Grand Finals (EnvyUS vs. Cognitive)
  • 3:45 PM: Enemy vs. Epsilon

To keep up with the action, you can watch the official stream on the SMITETwitch channel, or follow @SmitePro on Twitter. And stay tuned to GameSkinny for more updates as we continue to cover this event live from Atlanta!

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