If anyone doubted that ROX Tigers’ Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho was the best top laner in the world, they need only watch this clip to be convinced otherwise. Europe’s G2 eSports looked to be on the verge of a major upset after their opening game defeat to Counter Logic Gaming, but despite establishing a strong early lead, any glimpse of victory was quickly stripped from G2 by Smeb’s Kennen play. Within a matter of seconds, the worlds new number one committed the entire G2 roster to an early grave before they could even react.
During the World Championship, even the slightest mistake is enough to cost you the entire match – a truth G2 are having to learn the hard way. For all the hard work that went into building up a 7k gold lead over their Korean opponents, it was all immediately undone by a dodgy baron play and an incisive move from the man soon to lay claim to the title of World’s Greatest Player.
Gg ROX, we played a good game but fucked up and lost, they’re really good team but we can still do this ! #G2WIN
— Luka (@G2Perkz) 2 October 2016
I think we showed some good things but we lack patience. Every worlds team is really good at punishing so we need to be extra careful…
— Alfonso ‘mithy’ (@G2mithy) 2 October 2016
I think we put up a good performance today, just need slight better execution.. Disappointing loss though but ggwp @LOL_Tigers 🙂
— Jesper Svenningsen (@G2Zven) 2 October 2016
For many western League of Legends fans, only normally exposed to the EU and NA LCS competitions, the 2016 World Championship has provided the first opportunity to see Smeb in action; a chance to see what all the hype was about. After a relatively subdued first round victory over the international wildcard, Albus NoX Luna, the G2 match provided the first opportunity for Smeb to announce himself on the Worlds stage.
— Jessie @ #Worlds (@hitstreak) 2 October 2016
Dishing out 5000 damage to champions with three seconds, Smeb showed exactly why people are describing him as the World’s best player right now, rivalling SK Telecom T1’s Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok for the top spot.