Korean League of Legends Regionals Kicks Off

Hey everyone, sorry I haven’t gotten a chance to post more this week but I have been busy with the usual work search plus the release of Rome Total War 2. I feel like I never really bring up the fact I am a huge fan of the Total War series. I should talk about it a bit more,  but that’s not what you’re here for. What you’re here for is to find out a bit about the League of Legends Korean Regionals that are going on this week.

The way the Korean Regionals work is kind of interesting. Just like the LCS has two seasons so does the Korean pro league. Teams accumulate points over the course of the two seasons, and the top two teams advance directly to the World Championships. In this case, NaJin Black Sword and MVP Ozone finished first and second, respectively, and advanced to Worlds automatically. The teams that placed three through six in the circuit points were invited to this week’s Regionals to play for the one remaining Worlds invitation.

You might think I would send you to a nice Riot website to find out about the teams playing and the format, but I have actually found Leaguepedia to do a much better job laying it all out. One of the interesting things about the Korean Regionals is the way it is formatted. Instead of having all the teams play the same number of games to reach the finals, teams fight more or less teams depending on their rankings.

CJ Entus Blaze, who is seeded last, has to defeat every other team (fighting them in order of their rank) to qualify for Worlds. The opposite of this can be seen with SK Telecom, the highest ranked team at Regionals, who has an automatic bye to the finals. If this still doesn’t make sense, check out the Leaguepedia page or think of it as kind of being like Pokemon when you fight the elite four. Blaze, playing the role of you or that bum Ash Ketchum, definitely has its work cut out for it.

The Leaguepedia page will show you the format of the Regionals and give you the schedule, but it won’t really tell you what to look for. What I want to do is give you the names of a few players you should keep an eye on.

Cpt Jack (CJ Entus Blaze): Well regarded ADC. Often struggles in the early game but is renown for his positioning in team fights. Give him a watch if you want to figure out where you should have your squishy damage dealer standing in the late game.

MadLife (CJ Entus Frost): If you have ever seen a highlight reel featuring Blitzcrank or Thresh plays then you have definitely seen some of this support master’s work. He is considered to be one of the best play making supports in the world, but frequently has his favorite champions banned away from him.

inSec (KT Rolster Bullets): You may have seen videos of inSec jungling Lee Sin. He came to fame as one of the best junglers in the world, but has now switched over to the top lane. The reason he is still talked about so much probably has something to do with the fact that he brought his ability to dominate opponents along with him.

Faker (SK Telecom): There is a good chance that Faker is the best mid player in the world. He certainly is considered by most to be the best in Korea, and let’s face it, the Koreans produce some darn good players.

If you are able to stay up late enough, or wake up early enough, I highly recommend heading to Twitch to watch these matches – which will play out each night/early morning this week and end on Saturday. For those of you who are normal, well rounded, fully functioning human beings I recommend that you find yourself the VODs to watch later. I am a huge fan of the OGN English casters, and I think they actually have found a good balance between being informative and entertaining. I believe the fact that Riot has not invited them to help cast worlds only confirms how good they are. Can’t have the LCS casters get upstaged.

I’ve included a video at the end here to show you why you should be watching some of these games. In the meantime, let’s hope that MadLife gets to play Thresh and that I am awake enough to watch it!

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