The last quarterfinals of the 2021 League of Legends World Championship were the last chance for the west. Cloud9, the North American third seed, went up against Gen.G, the LCK third seed.
If Cloud9 wins this series, they would prevent a Korean and Chinese semifinal, and make it the second time that North America made it to the semifinals.
- Gen.G > Cloud9
- Cloud9 < Gen.G
- Gen.G > Cloud9
The West Has Fallen
With Cloud9 losing this series, it means that there will be no western teams in the semifinals, or in the 2021 League of Legends World Championship Finals.
This isn’t a surprise to those who have watched the World Championship in the past. Western teams have only made two finals in the last five years, and semifinals four times in the same time period.
With the World Championship in North America next year, fans can hope that both North America and Europe can have a better showing then.
The performances from the western teams not performing to their expectations, this offseason could be interesting. Joining G2, a team that didn’t make the World Championship, Fnatic and Cloud9 could be making roster changes.
The two players that people should keep their eyes on are Bwippo from Fnatic and Zven from Cloud9. If there is movement from these players, it will be interesting to see where they land and who they are replaced by.
Coming out of the 2021 League of Legends World Championship Quarterfinals, of the four teams that made it to the semifinals, three of the teams are from the Korean league.
Damwon Kia, the defending World Champions, T1, the team with the best player historically in Faker, and Gen.G, the third seed from the region.
With China not playing to expectations, this domination is a return to what we saw in years past, with teams like the ROX Tigers, T1, and Samsung Galaxy White winning finals for what felt like every year.
The first round of the 2021 League of Legends Semifinals will be on Saturday, October 30th, with Damwon Kia going up against T1. The first game starts at 5 AM PST/ 8 AM EST/ 1 PM BST, and you can watch the first team in the finals at LoLEsports.com.