The joy of Riot Games’ lolesports: Mic Check provides League of Legends fans with a unique insight into the professional scene. Flash Wolves unexpected victory over SK Telecom T1 is the latest moment to join the Mic Check hall of fame.
Able to tap into the pro’s on-stage and in-game voice communications, the popular video series has immortalised some of the game’s most passionate moments: from H2K-Gaming Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski’s bloodcurdling cries at the 2016 World Championship, to Michael “Imaqtpie” Santana and Alan “KiWiKiD” Nguyen’s cherished rendition of John Lennon’s Yesterday.
Heading into their match with the three-time World Champions SK Telecom T1 on Day 4 of the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational, Flash Wolves needed to achieve the seemingly impossible and take down MSI 2017’s only unbeaten team. Nothing less than a win would keep the Taiwanese squad’s ambitions of a top four finish alive.
Dubbed as ‘SKT Kryptonite’, the Flash Wolves started the game brightly by securing first blood, but looked shaky as the Korean began to establish a foothold in the game. A number of uncharacteristic mistakes from SKT gifted the Wolves two free kills in the SKT jungle, keeping the game in a tender balance.
Living up to their reputation as an aggressive fighting force, Flash Wolves continued to catch out important members of the SKT line-up, crucially killing jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho to claim the first inhibitor of the game. With minions pushing in and superior vision control, FW secured a well-controlled baron before approaching the base to end the game.
It was at this point that any composure went out of the window. As the Flash Wolves team screamed orders at one another through their headsets, the raw emotion of the game’s final moments were laid bare:
As the bot lane duo of Shou-Chieh “SwordArT” Hu and Lu “Betty” Yu-hung become excited by the prospect of taking down the world’s greatest team, top laner Yau “MMD” Li-Hung ensures that the squad do not lose their focus, continuing to shot call and direct FW’s damage dealers.
With jungler Hung “Karsa” Hau-Hsuan quiet in concentration, mid laner Huang “Maple” Yi-Tang only meaningful contribution was to issue the simple command of “kill, kill, kill!”. The sheer elation of the Flash Wolves victory over their Korean rivals was a testament to the unity of the LMS team.
The Flash Wolves will face SK Telecom T1 once more in the semi-finals of MSI 2017, hoping for a repeat result of the team’s previous meeting. Typically the World Champions enter the match-up as heavy favourites, but if FW can play with the same energy levels they showed during Day 4 of the Mid-Season Invitational, another upset could be on the cards.