League of Legends World Championship 2018 semi finals are now behind us, with Fnatic and Invictus Gaming cruising through to face off for the title in a best of five. C9 still scored an impressive statistic, despite being knocked out.
Both Fnatic and Invictus Gaming blazed through the semi finals, sweeping Cloud 9 and G2, respectively. Fnatic vs Cloud 9 was particularly an interesting matchup, despite going 3-0 for the European side.
This outcome has repeated the success that European and American teams managed only in Season 1 World Championship, as NA teams never reached semi finals after that and neither did EU teams reach finals.
The matchup was called dream semi finals for a reason it seems, as it has broken several viewership records regarding League of Legends livestreams. No other semi finals match has attracted 1.558.581 viewers before, with only 2016 and 2017 finals beating that number. Considering there is a western team in the finals this year, it is expected to trample previous years' records as well.
Bear in mind that this number does not include Chinese viewers. If you do include them into the calculation, then the gets a bit nutty with a peak of staggering 149.058.415 viewers in the G2 vs iG semi finals match.
Similarly, iG strolled in their semi finals matchup as well, with a 3-0 sweep vs G2. This development also left an interesting mark, since this is the first time in the history of League of Legends World Championships that two teams from the same group meet again in the finals. This turn of events also dictates that, albeit somewhat humourously, 100 Thieves lost only to the top two teams of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Cloud 9 managed to secure a rather for NA LCS, even though they dropped in semi finals fairly easy. North American win rate ended up being 48 per cent, in large part thanks to Cloud 9 who secured the semi finals spot, while LCK teams finished the tournament with 46 per cent win rate, on top of not having any teams in semi finals. Is it time for NA>KR memes perhaps?