By Ozzy Alaba
MANILA - And China's tale of supremacy continues today.
People's Republic of China sustained its international dominance, claiming the gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games - Esports Demonstration Event (League of Legends) after trampling a persistent South Korean side, 3-1 in their best-of-5 finals brawl at the Kelapa Gading Sports Mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday afternoon (Philippine time).
After surviving the so-called "Group of Death" with its 4-2 card in Group A, and scraping past Chinese Taipei in their best-of-3 semifinal date on Tuesday, 2-1, China solely capitalized on catching key targets on game-deciding team fights, specifically, Korean superstar mid laner Lee (Faker) Sang-hyeok, which gave them their third straight international victory over the Koreans, starting with the 2018 Mid Season Invitational, and Rift Rivals (LCK vs. LPL vs. LMS).
This was truly evident in Game 4, where Lee was caught by a Dragon Kick by Chinese jungler Liu "Mlxg" Shi-Yu, playing as Lee Sin, which gave China enough time to destroy the last inhibitor and nexus turret, ultimately sealing the championship for the victors.
But it wasn't just Liu's shining moments that overtook the said matches.
Chinese bot laner Jian (Uzi) Zi-Hao also had its moments, claiming all of the Man of the Match honors in their wins after his dominant showing on both Xayah and Varus, which resulted to a game-high 37-kill output and a 9.25 Kill-Death-Assist (KDA) Ratio. (30/4/7 KDA)
For the Koreans, their best chances of keeping the momentum swinging in their favor came in Game 2 after sealing a win through a Baron pit teamfight, with Lee getting the Man of the Match honors through his 2/0/8 KDA, but it wasn't enough as it was suppressed immediately by their archrivals, causing their downfall.
With the win, CHN will bring the gold medal home and KOR will claim the silver. However, their medals will not count in the official medal tally due to the tournament's main nature (demonstration event).