League of Legends Match of the Week: Week of 5/7/17

by James Bates

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The last two week have been merely an appetizer for veteran fans of League of Legends, as with the conclusion of the Play-In Stage the Mid-Season Invitational can, at last, begin in force. The main course begins later this week, as the best teams from all around the world finally take to the rift to prove who will be the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational champion. For fans of the EU LCS, LCK, and the LPL, it means the first chance to finally see their favorite teams play. For fans of the NA LCS, LMS, and GPL, it's an opportunity to see how their favorites stack up against the teams from the "strongest regions" in the world. Many Dragons will be slain. Many Turrets will be torn to pieces. Many brave champions will give their lives. In then end, though, we'll have our champion at long last.

So, which games are the ones worth paying attention to? Which ones can safely be ignored? We brought together the best minds the WWG League of Legends staff hs to offer (such as they are) and them all the same question. What is this week's League of Legends Match of the Week?

Matt Best, League of Legends Staff Writer - SKT T1 vs. Team SoloMid

- "In what should be one of the most viewed matches of MSI, I’m thrilled to see SK Telecom T1 square off against Team SoloMid. Why? So western fans can be very disappointed and see their favorite meme’d team get slapped around. Call me a sadist, call me whatever it is, but sometimes these western fans need a wake-up call. SKT is always a treat to watch, too. The bot lane is going to be very, very unfortunate for TSM while the mid lane matchup has the potential to be just okay."

James Bates, League of Legends Staff Writer - Gigabyte Marines vs. Team SoloMid

 - "A Wildcard match as the Match of the Week? What trickery is this? Well, there's no trickery here, I honestly think this will be the most interesting match of the week, with SKT T1 vs. Flash Wolves in a close second. Why? Because the Gigabyte Marines play Team SoloMid exactly twice from this point on, assuming neither team survives into the elimination stages of the event. As I recall, the Marines won their first two games against Team SoloMid, so it's not wholly impossible to imagine they can do that again. These games are all played in a Best of One format that strongly favors the team that can most surprise the other, and the Marines have proven to be one of the biggest surprises in the history of international League of Legends play to date. If the Marines manage to 2-0 Team SoloMid this week, it will forever change the way that we talk about regional strength in League of Legends, and seriously bring into question the competitiveness of the LCS teams. Whether that ends up being a good or a bad thing for competitive League of Legends, I honestly don't know. What I do know is that I will never stop holding it over the head of the TSM fanboys in my life if they manage to do even worse than G2 did last split. At least G2 smashed the wildcard team.

By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.