Astounding, the word to describe the League of Legends Worlds Championship 2014. Not just the finals, but the entire year for League of Legends. Who would have thought that a mod of a Warcraft III game would turn into a phenomenon big enough to sell out a stadium built for the most popular sporting event known to humans, FIFA.
I was fortunate enough to be able to watch Worlds in at the OC Fairgrounds Hangar hosted by SoCal eSports with over 1800 other League of Legends fans. It was a extremely fun to be able to watch such a big event with such an awesome crowd. All the exciting moments in the finals were charged much more by the amazing crowd. Even as late as the finals were I had just enough energy for the last match.
SoCal eSports also gathered an impressive amount of fun activities to partake in before the championship actually started, which considering how late it was being shown on the Pacific meant they needed quite a bit. From cosplay to companies having fun giveaways there were quite a bit to do.
The game itself was awesome pretty fun to watch too. I don't have the analysis or the depth of knowledge to give you any input that other sites would do much more superbly. What I can say is Samsung White was just too good of a team which is expected of a team from South Korea. The fact they decimated their sister team Samsung Blue was a testament to how insane Samsung White was. Though Star Horn Royal Club did have some great plays and matches.
Looking for a great next year and to see what Riot Games can accomplish with League of Legends. Every year they improve the game and show what the advantages of being an eSport can be. The video game industry is thriving great thanks to eSports which beyond what anyone could imagine thanks to League of Legends. Here is to Worlds 2015.