Royal Club vs. OMG summary
The fourth quarterfinals match-up pitted two of the top teams against each other in a rematch of the championship from China. Royal Club, the winner, is heavily favored to win the entire World Championships with OMG being a close second for most. Both of these teams are extremely skilled and represent the best of the best for League of Legends.
Royal Club bans: Orianna, Zed, Aatrox
OMG bans: Shen, Fizz, Elise
Royal Club picks:
1. Renekton (Godlike)
2. Jarvan IV (Lucky)
3. Annie (Tabe)
4. Caitlyn (Uzi)
5. Vladimir (Whit3zz)
1. Corki (San)
2. Ahri (Cool)
3. Lee Sin (LoveLin)
4. Zyra (Bigpomelo)
5. Jax (Gogoing)
The number one and two seeds in China’s championships started off their quarterfinal match-up with some tense invades, but no real engagements. OMG started things off with a lane switch, forcing Royal Club’s Renekton to face off against both Corki and Bigpomelo. An early bottom lane engage from LoveLin gave OMG first blood against Royal’s Annie.
Lucky joined Uzi and Tabe in the bottom lane and put some heavy pressure on Gogoing and LoveLin, As they pushed through the bottom turret, Godlike joined them for a surprise gank to take down Gogoing. Renekton’s presence in top lane was noted however, and San and Bigpomelo managed to take back a tower for a bit of revenge.
Whit3zz tried to go all-in on Cool in the top lane, but a last minute save by LoveLin turned the tables and he went down with Ahri surviving by just a sliver of HP. Whit3zz and Lucky tried to get some revenge on Cool when they returned to the top lane, but despite some patience, Ahri managed to dash out of Jarvan’s Cataclysm and get back to safety. Her absence, however, would mean that the top outer turret would fall.
A surprise teamfight under OMG’s outer mid tower saw both San and Bigpomelo drop to Royal Club, but the top seed Chinese team was not able to put enough damage on the turret to bring it all the way down. Royal dropped to the dragon pit and secured a dragon, but OMG was hot on their heels. OMG picked up four kills in the dragon pit and chased Uzi back to the mid lane, still hungry for more, but the ADC safely got behind his turret and OMG pulled back.
Another mid lane team fight was surprisingly bereft of deaths, though both Godlike and Lucky came close, only escaping by a hair. OMG disappeared into their base and jungle, and Royal took this opportunity to finish off their outer mid turret. Gogoing dropped back to the bottom lane to continue pushing and while it looked like he was in trouble after turret diving on Caitlyn, Lee Sin and Zyra joined the fray and turned the tables, netting kills on Caitlyn, Annie, and Jarvan IV, as well as picking up the turret for their trouble. As the dust settled, OMG took an uncontested dragon for a bit more spending money.
Both teams began drifting towards the Baron pit, dancing around the edges of the river, but neither was willing to commit to the epic monster at the time. The teams poked at each other a few times, but there was no positioning that allowed for a solid engage. After a long time of dancing and poking, Royal finally engaged near OMG’s mid inner turret and picked up three kills for two, also managing to pick up the turret in the process.
With Jax sneaking up the bottom lane, Royal engaged Baron with the rest of OMG looking on. Jax picked up the bottom inhibitor and turret while the teams traded two-for-one in the Baron pit. Royal Club did in fact pick up the Baron buff, but Jax escaped unharmed with some renewed pressure on the bottom lane.
Royal grouped up at OMG’s inner bottom turret, despite the super minions coming down the lane, and forced their way through. An engagement under the inhibitor turret saw Bigpomelo, Gogoing, and LoveLin fall with only Tabe going down on the other side. With no more defensive pressure, Royal continued to roll through and took down both inhibitor turrets and the Nexus to pick up the first win of the best-of-three.
- Marc Lynch
OMG bans: Annie, Fizz, Corki
Royal Club bans: Orianna, Renekton, Aatrox
1. Shen (Gogoing)
2. Lee Sin (LoveLin)
3. Lulu (Bigpomelo)
4. Varus (San)
5. Ahri (Cool)
Royal Club picks:
1. Zed (Whit3zz)
2. Elise (Lucky)
3. Vayne (Uzi)
4. Sona (Tabe)
5. Rumble (Godlike)
To start the game, both teams cautiously approached the river with OMG invading Royal’s blue buff to place wards and exit. OMG was in a must-win situation and looking for an early advantage in the form of vision and a lane switch, putting San and Bigpomelo in the top lane.
Both teams sent their respective junglers to babysit the mismatched lanes and were able to put down some early damage, but neither lane was able to secure a kill. Eventually the dam broke in both lanes, landing two kills apiece, but Royal scored the all important first blood on San.
OMG was winning the early battle in the mid lane, which allowed Cool to roam to the bottom lane. A dive on the bottom tower turned into a kill for him. Immediately, Gogoing was able to use Stand United to get to the top lane and get a kill on Godlike. Luckily for Godlike, right before dying he was able to call his Rumble Equalizer on most of OMG, taking their health bars extremely low and allowing Whit3zz to pick up a clean-up double kill in response. After the flurry of action, Royal decided to rotate the dual lane back to the bottom while OMG captured mid tower.
Royal made a move to capture dragon after a successful gank by OMG in the top lane. OMG responded, but were met with a Crescendo, which stunned three of its members as they tried to flee the Royal assault. The duel ended with three kills for zero in Royal’s favor and allowed them to capture the bottom tower and dragon.
Royal swapped up lanes again, apparently trying to direct the easy farm to ADC Uzi, who had just been killed while wandering in the river. OMG responded by jumping on Zed in the mid lane and grouping up to push the inner tower. Royal fended them off by spending a few ultimates and countered by pushing the mid lane themselves and setting up for another dragon fight. OMG refused to let them capture it without a battle and initiated on Royal. Unfortunately, they bit off more than they could chew and a perfect Equalizer immediately put tons of damage onto OMG. Another Crescendo halted OMG’s escape and Uzi was able to pick up a triple kill.
With a lot of OMG down, Royal took the opportunity to ward up around Baron and push all the way down the mid lane, capturing the inhibitor before OMG was able to engage. However, Royal was not anxious to leave the base and put a lot of damage on OMG again before finally rotating to the top lane to continue their wave of tower destruction.
Royal dove on a defending OMG, unleashing another flurry of ultimates, but some well timed Cleanses allowed OMG to escape. Angered by the attempt at slaying OMG, Cool re-engaged and was able to kill Whit3zz while doing tons of damage to all of Royal. However, the victory was short lived as Royal immediately returned to the top side blue jungle. A huge teamfight erupted and somehow Uzi was able to survive all the damage and kill three members of OMG. The remaining members were cleaned up by the rest of Royal for the Ace and the win.
- Nate Hales
These two teams were evenly matched, despite the two to zero best-of-three victory for Royal. Every part of these games was a display of expert play and amazing mechanics. It is unfortunate that these two teams had to meet this early in the tournament because both seemed worthy of a final round bid. Although Royal won, OMG should hold their heads high for putting up a fantastic fight. China’s Royal Club moves onto the semifinals to meet Fnatic for a place in the finals.