troveshop | ROX defeat EDG 3-1, advance to Worlds semifinals

ROX Tigers have defeated EDward Gaming 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the 2016 World Championship. They advance to the semifinals, where they will face SKT Telecom T1 for a chance to secure a spot in the Grand Finals on Oct. 29.

ROX quickly took control of Game 1 in the opening minutes and did not lose momentum throughout, as the entire team combined for four deaths while securing 18 kills in their 35-minute win. In particular, Song “Smeb” Kyung-Ho thoroughly outplayed Tong “Koro1” Yang with the assistance of Yun “Peanut” Wang-ho, going 2/1/10 on Jayce and holding a 30 CS lead over his fellow top laner at the game’s end.

In Game 2, ROX built off of their Game 1 victory in a quick 26-minute victory that saw EDG collapse in fight after fight against their Korean opponents. While EDG secured one more kill than the previous game, they failed to take a single tower over the course of the game. Lee “KurO” Seo-haeng’s Aurelion Sol was the star of this game, ending the game with a 4/0/12 KDA in the quickest game of the series.

The beginning of Game 3 featured similar themes to the previous two games: ROX secures several pick offs, slowly building up a gold lead before preventing EDG from going on the offensive. Unlike the previous two games however, EDG managed to counteract the Koreans’ initiation, taking a 4K gold lead at 20 minutes. With that foundation, EDG began to push each lane one at a time to slowly wear down ROX, culminating in their first victory of the series.

Despite EDG coming into Game 4 with a victory under their belt, ROX looked rejuvenated, harassing EDG across all lanes with Peanut’s Olaf, who would go on to take a 11/0/5 KDA with a 100 percent kill participation by the end of the game. In the mid game, ROX continually forced fights, and EDG put up next to no resistance as their lanes were pushed in one by one. An Ace by Peanut sealed the series in 32 minutes, as ROX advanced to their second straight Worlds semifinal appearance.

ROX will play SKT on Oct. 21 to see which team will secure the first spot in the Worlds finals.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

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