League Pro Runs Face-First Into Wall Trying To Escape Opponent At Worlds

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We’ve shown you a lot of great plays from the League of Legends World Championship games this month. There are certainly a lot of them. But what about the not great ones? Witness, my friends, the glory of professional eSports stars making the same clumsy mistakes the rest of us do.


In game two of today’s semifinals matchup at Worlds, Fnatic player Huni was facing off against KOO Tiger’s Smeb alone in the top lane. Huni went in to start a proper fight, which he quickly started to lose. So as anyone would do in that situation, he turned around and started to run away.

He didn’t get very far. A giant rock wall got in his way:

As he ran back towards his base, Huni knew he wasn’t going to be able to walk around the large rock face dividing the top lane from the jungle, because turning in either direction would give his pursuer an extra moment to slice at him. So he pulled out a standard “summoner spell” called flash, a teleport ability that lets League champions blink forward or backward short distances instantaneously.

Flashing over a wall is the perfect way to put some much-needed distance between you and a foe in League of Legends. Problem is, it needs to be timed and aimed just right to work. Otherwise, you just end up stuttering forward a few millimeters and wasting one of your most powerful spells in the process. And that’s exactly what happened to Huni. Poor guy:

Personally, I find it kind of comforting to see the best League of Legends players in the world can fuck up exactly the same way all of us can and, very often, do.

The shoutcasters credited the faceplant to Huni’s mind already being on edge after losing the first match against KOO today, which made him more tense and liable to mess up delicate maneuvers like this. It only got worse for him and the rest of Fnatic from there on out, unfortunately. The team lost its second match too. This next game that’s about to begin could be their last shot.


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Yesterday Soaz was completely outclassed by Marin, that was kind of to be expected but I think it was a large part of why OG lost.

Today? We’re 2 games in and Huni is being outclassed by Smeb. I didn’t expect Huni to be outclassed by another toplaner so easily, but Smeb is doing it so completely.
Game one not so much, but game two Smeb blind picks Fiora KNOWING that Huni had to pick Riven and game three he gets to counterpick Huni’s Riven pick with the same Hecarim Ignite Teleport pick that Huni almost won the first game with against Smeb’s Riven. Koo are completely playing the top lane game and it’s working on shutting down FNC hard.

(It also doesn’t help that FNC Rekkles isn’t playing amazingly this series and that FNC Yellowstar seemingly can’t play Tahm Kench, the best champion in botlane right now).

C’mon FNC! Turn it around!

Also, side note - You can see who the better top laner is by who blind picks Fiora it seems. Marin did it to Soaz and Soaz got destroyed. Then Soaz got to pick it into Renekton and he just couldn’t play it to the same level that Marin did, explaining why he was hesitant to blind picking it. Huni hasn’t even picked Fiora yet.
Korea’s practiced Kench and Fiora and that seems to be a large part as to why they’re winning.