League of Legends Worlds: schedule and streaming for the semifinals

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The League of Legends Worlds kicks off the semifinal round tomorrow. Here is the schedule for this weekend’s games.

Four teams remain in the League of Legends World Championship as we move into the semifinal round. The LCK’s sole remaining representative, SKT, will face off against the last hope of the west in LEC’s G2, while we will see a rematch of two of China’s top teams as defending champions Invictus Gaming faces off with 2019 LPL champion FunPlus Phoenix. Here is the schedule for the penultimate weekend of games at Worlds.

Invictus Gaming (iG) vs. FunPlus Phoenix (FPX)

Date: November 2, 2019
Time: 7:00 AM EST / 11:00 AM GMT
Where: Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid, Spain
Streaming: The game will be available to stream on multiple platforms including Twitch, Youtube, and the official LoLEsports site.

This will mark the first time that two Chinese teams have faced off in the semifinals since 2014 when Star Horn Royal Club defeated OMG, 3-2. This will mark the first time these two teams have played since Week 7 of the LPL summer regular season. Invictus Gaming won that series 2-1, splitting the 2019 season set against FunPlus Phoenix.

A key matchup to watch in this game will be the team’s junglers. FPX’s Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang has been the best jungler at Worlds, posting massive gold and experience leads at 15 minutes, making him the deadliest early game jungler.

On the other hand, Invictus Gaming has swapped between both veteran Gao “Ning” Zhen-Ning and rookie Lu “Leyan” Jue. They seem to have settled on veteran and reigning Worlds MVP Ning for the role, but he has not been markedly better than Leyan in his seven games this Worlds.

G2 Esports (G2) vs. SKT Telecom T1 (SKT)

Date: November 3, 2019
Time: 7:00 AM EST / 11:00 AM GMT
Where: Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid, Spain
Streaming: Same platforms as for the iG/FPX matches.

The final series on this weekend’s schedule will feature a rematch from the 2019 MSI semi-finals, the most recent meeting between these two teams. G2 won the MSI meeting 3-2, bringing their overall record against SKT in the tournament to five victories and two defeats. These two teams have never played each other at Worlds.

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The key matchup for this game will be between mid laners Rasmus “Caps” Winther and Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. Faker actually has the lowest adjusted KDA (3.23) and adjusted damage per minute (409.3) of any of the remaining mid laners. He’ll be facing Caps, who has been weak in terms of macro but has been the strongest laner (averaging 13 CS leads at 15) at Worlds.