Korea’s national team in the eSports League of Legends has secured a spot in the finals after defeating their biggest rival, China. This victory is especially significant as Korea had previously lost to China in an exhibition event at the Asian Games five years ago.
The game League of Legends involves two teams of five players fighting in a canyon, with the objective of destroying the opponent’s base, known as the Nexus. The semi-final match between Korea and China, both dominant forces in international competitions, was highly anticipated and considered as the de facto final.
In the best-of-three semi-finals, Korea emerged victorious with a 2-0 win over China. The first set was fiercely contested from the beginning, with Korea ultimately clinching the game near the Chinese team’s base after 28 minutes. In the second set, China initially struggled to counterattack, but the tide turned in the 15th minute and Korea sealed the victory by attacking the main Chinese base.
Despite the absence of the renowned player Sang-hyuk Lee, also known as ‘Faker’, the Korean national team showcased their skill and determination. In the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Tournament, the team had suffered a 1-3 defeat to China in the finals, but now they have secured at least a silver medal in their quest for gold.
The finals, scheduled for tomorrow at 8 o’clock, will see Korea vying for their first gold medal. eSports has been officially recognized as a sport in the Asian Games for the first time, adding to the significance of this achievement.
By Choi Ki-seong, YTN
Edited by Jongmoon Lim
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The national team of the eSports League of Legends advanced to the finals by defeating China, which is considered the biggest rival of this tournament.
Korea, who lost to China in an exhibition event at the Asian Games five years ago, successfully gained revenge.
This is reporter Choi Ki-seong.
League of Legends is a game where two teams of five players each fight in a canyon and win by destroying the opponent’s base, the Nexus.
In fact the semi-final match between Korea and China, who have been taking turns winning international competitions, was called the final.
In the best-of-three semi-finals, the Korean national team defeated China 2-0.
In the first set, it was a tight game from the start.
Korea won the game near the Chinese team’s base about 28 minutes into the game.
[해설 : 대한민국! 아, 이겼습니다. 솔직히 어려운 과정 있었잖아요.]
At the start of the second set, China struggled to counterattack, but the tide turned in the 15th minute.
Afterwards, the game ended by attacking the main Chinese base.
[해설 : 금메달이 눈앞에 있습니다. 결승해 봐야겠습니다만 사실상 결승이거든요.]
The Korean national team consists of Choi Woo-je, Seo Jin-hyuk, Jeong Ji-hoon, Ryu Min-seok, Park Jae-hyuk, and Sang-hyuk Lee, but Sang-hyuk Lee, better known as ‘ Faker’, did not play in the match between Korea and China.
The Korean national team lost 1-3 to China in the finals of the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Tournament, when League of Legends was an exhibition sport.
[김정균 / LoL 국가대표팀 감독 (지난 16일) : 목표가 우승인 만큼 어느 팀을 만나더라도 절대 방심하면 안 될 거로 생각하고 있고요.]
Korea, who have secured at least a silver medal, will challenge for their first gold medal in the finals at 8 o’clock tomorrow (29th).
eSports was adopted as an official sport for the first time in the Asian Games.
This is Choi Ki-seong’s YTN.
Video editing: Jongmoon Lim
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