Madison Square Garden was a fitting setting for the heavyweight clash between Korea’s ROX Tigers and SK Telecom T1. The first and second seeds from the best region on earth played out what has to be considered as one of the greatest series of all time; certainly the best game of the 2016 World Championship. The thrilling series went to five games, in which fans were treated to unique and innovative picks, insane plays and ‘Silver Scrapes’ blaring out of the in-house speakers.
When ROX Tigers and SK Telecom T1 met in the semi-final of the Season 6 World Championship over the weekend, fans tuned in with the understanding that the matchup they were set to witness should have been the grand finale – indeed it would’ve made for a fitting curtain call to one of eSports biggest spectacles.
As with any defining best of 5 series, each game was a story unto itself, individually stuffed with a wealth of narratives and iconic moments. Here are our assorted selection of highlights that perfectly encapsulate the hype of the tournament’s greatest matchup:
5. ROX Peanut – “This Guy Ganks”
Despite falling short of the mark in the last game vs SKT, ROX Tigers’ Jungler, Han “Peanut” Wang-ho stole the hearts of the western audience, showing up with some insane games and a happy-go-lucky attitude that made his games so entertaining to watch.
Following a successful gank to secure first blood in the bottom lane, Peanut starts to physically relax into the game with a heart-warming little jig – it’s impossible not to love this guy.
I really appreciate all the chants and cheers everyone gave us today. I hope you guys support us next year as well. Love you all. ?
— Wang Ho Han (@roxpeanut) 22 October 2016
4. ROX GorillA’s Miss Fortune Support
Oh good lord, solo queue is going to be a mess for the foreseeable future.
ROX Tigers Support, Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon shocked everyone with his insta-locked last pick Miss Fortune support, sparking widespread confusion and excitement amongst the casters, analysts and each and every fan in the audience.
Our manager give me some picture..lol pic.twitter.com/y8eH2T3Pir
— Beom Hyun Kang (@lolGorillA) 22 October 2016
3. SKT Duke Gets Minion Blocked
It’s ironic that one of the most exciting games of the tournament was decided by a savage case of minion blocking. As SKT Top laner, Lee “Duke” Ho-Seong made a break for it in an attempt to distract the ROX Tigers’ advances on the base, he found himself fatally enclosed by the on-rushing minions – a hilarious end to an enthralling game.
2. SKT Faker Impossibly Jukes To Safety
99.9% of players would’ve died in this situation. With three ROX Tigers closing in on Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, only a perfect sequence of movements, abilities and micro-mechanics would save the SKT Mid laner.
Somehow, Faker escaped with hardly a scratch on him, whilst his teammates piled on the pressure elsewhere on the map.
1. ROX PraY’s Godlike Ashe Arrow
This play needs to be placed on pedestal, alongside Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez’s legendary Kassadin backdoor play – this may well be the best Ashe arrow ever.
With ROX Tigers rushing to close out the game, AD carry, Kim “PraY” Jong-in fires off an inch perfect arrow, stunning Duke, who could have stalled out the game with his ekko. Truly a legendary play, and indeed a series, that could be watched over and over again.