What we hoped would be the closest, most impressive, match of the tournament turned out to be a rout. Samsung White outplayed Samsung Blue at every step, and outside of a few skirmishes in the early game, Blue never found their footing in the match. There were many pocket picks revealed for both teams, giving the impression that the Samsung teams had been sandbagging through the Group Stage. But in the end, the mechanical execution and champion select of White were the keys to their World Championship Final birth.
This game was an absolute stomp. Samsung White came out of the gates quickly and it wasn't until 18 minutes in that Samsung Blue even found a kill. Great skirmishes for White throughout the early game gave them an incredible lead. Several aces by White allowed them to close out the game with a 20,000 gold lead before 30 minutes.
The early game started off about as well as it could for Samsung Blue. A level one first blood for Bae "Dade" Eo-jin earned him a Tear of the Goddess. An early dragon fight gave both Kim "Deft" Hyuk-kyu and Dade double jungle buffs. Dade also earned a five minute Tear + Catalyst of the Protector. Yet still, Blue wasn't able to snowball their advantages. Heo "PawN" Won-seok's Jayce once again tore through the SSB backline, and there was no answer. Choi "Acorn" Cheon-ju's surprise Galio pick was largely ineffective and Blue's normally great team fighting was nullified.
Blue started off Game Three with a wrecked psyche -- the game was total annihilation. Nothing went well for Blue here. as they made misplays all over the map while White completely styled on them. Their only chance to get momentum was a great Twisted Fate gank initiated by Dade that transitioned into a 5 vs. 3 dragon fight. But the fight backfired and Blue never could find breathing room afterwards.
ON TO THE NEXT ONE ...
In a total show time of less than three hours, Samsung White ran Blue out of the building behind great team play and MVP performances from Pawn, particularly on Jayce. Looking ahead, whoever wins the OMG vs. Star Horn Royal Club match will have a lot of work to put in, as White looks nigh unbeatable.