As most of America slept, Worlds 2017 concluded all the way over in Beijing, China. The finals came down to a 2016 rematch between SK telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy. The result was wildly different this time around, as Samsung Galaxy turned the tables on the defending champions and crushed them 3-0 to become the 2017 League of Legends World Champions.
Samsung Galaxy had little trouble with SKT this year, a stark contrast to last year's five-game nail-biter. Park "Ruler" Jae-hyuk led the way, as SSG set the tempo early with baron buffs and a triple Mountain Drake buff that allowed them to run away with Game 1. The exclamation point came at the end, with Ruler wiping out Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok with a Chain of Corruption ultimate and symbolically bringing SKT's reign to an end.
This ends years of total domination for SK telecom T1. The team had won every World Championship it had been a part of, behind some of the game's most talented players. The one name that stood out above the rest was Faker, but he looked shockingly mortal, being outplayed by SSG's Park "Ruler" Jae-hyuk throughout the series.
Samsung Galaxy wins the $2.25M base prize pool, but the total prize pool continues to rise. The current prize pool, after fan contributions, is at over $4.5M and counting.
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