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Who wins League of Legends World Championships 2017?

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League of Legends World Championship is the annual professional League of Legends world championship tournament hosted by Riot Games and is the culmination of each season. The first World Championship was held in 2011 at DreamHack Winter 2011 and was won by Fnatic.

The 2016 League of Legends World Championship final became an instant classic as the first Worlds final to go five games, and SK Telecom T1 defeated the rebuilt and remodeled Samsung Galaxy for their second straight Summoner's Cup and their third title in four years. SKT dominated the first half of the grand final, taking down Game 1 in 54:37 minutes with a grinding pace and a bend-but-do-not-break defensive style that prevented any real potential for a comeback. Faker was a monster on Orianna in terms of teamfighting, damage output, and playmaking. SKT, as a team, prioritized better trades in objectives, split push, base damage and damage-dealer targets in teamfights. In Game 2, reactionary rotations benefited Faker, Bae "Bang" Jun-sik and Lee "Duke" Ho-Seong's early-game farm and itemization. The snowball from the rotational kills and higher farm led to an easy 31:26 minute game.

SKT returned to the careful and methodical style that earned them the recognition of best team in the world. The team brought back Bengi to jump-start SKT's early game and allowed the lanes to stabilize. Samsung Galaxy's Ambition and CoreJJ focused their attacks on the bottom lane with multiple tower dives to funnel farm onto AD carry Crown. Instead of a disaster at the Baron pit, SKT punished the overzealous movements of Crown and Park "Ruler" Jae-hyuk to establish full map control over neutral objectives. With Baron buff, discipline and poke, SKT collapsed onto the Samsung Galaxy base and crushed their last defenses.

The prize money for the 2017’s edition was not announced as of yet, but judging from the trend of the previous years, it is expectable an important increasement of the amount. 2016 League of Legends World Championship prize pool had reached a total of $5.07 million. The amount was originally announced by Riot on Sept. 6 as $2.13 million, so fan support comprises over half of the total amount.

Throughout the 2016 League of Legends World Championship, SK Telecom T1 has proven to have a dynamic and diverse duo of junglers in Bae "Bengi" Seong-woong and Kang "Blank" Sun-gu. If one fails, the other picks up the slack. That has allowed SK Telecom T1 to dominate their group early in the tournament.  But don't count out Samsung Galaxy's jungler just yet. Former mid laner Kang "Ambition" Chan-yong has proven he's more than capable in his performance at Worlds. Earning most valuable player in Samsung's match versus H2K Gaming, Ambition's veteran status adds an edge to a young Samsung team.

However, with each passing year, the top teams nipping at their heels get closer and closer. Samsung have now got a taste for SKT’s flesh and if I’m gonna bet on anything it’s that if Faker makes it to the Worlds stage again, Crown isn’t going to be far behind. SKT have made history, but I think League of Legends is well overdue for new overlords. 2017 will be anyone’s game.