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Samsung Galaxy (9-4, 20-12 match record) beat the odds and came away with a 2-1 upset victory over KT Rolster (10-4, 23-10 match record) on Thursday to close out Week 8, Day 3 of League of Legends Champions Korea in Seoul, South Korea.
Game 1 started off slow with no action coming until 11 minutes in, when Samsung picked up first blood in the top lane. That proved to be one of only three kills that Samsung secured to KT's whopping 15 as KT controlled the game through teamfights and objective control. The main catalyst for KT's success was jungler Go "Score" Dong-bin's Kha'Zix, who finished with a flawless 5/0/4 KDA (kills/deaths/assists). Score was all over the map, helping his side lanes gain sizable leads over the competition while also controlling the Dragon Pit to secure all three of the game's Elemental Drakes. Picking up a late Baron at 30 minutes, KT used the buff to make its way into the Samsung base to pick up the 33-minute win.
KT Rolster continued their momentum into Game 2 by picking up two kills before three minutes, but the honeymoon phase didn't last very long for KT as reality hit quickly in the form of two kills from Samsung a few minutes later that kicked off a massive snowball. Less than 10 minutes later, Samsung had picked up five more kills and secured the first tower gold for a 3,000 lead. Samsung had enough of an advantage across the map that it picked up a free Baron at 20 minutes, using the buff to push all of its lanes further towards KT's base. Sweeping through KT, Samsung which eventually translated its leads into a breezy 26-minute win.
For the second game in a row, KT grabbed an early first blood, this time just under a minute into the game. From there on, the teams went back and forth in terms of kills for the rest of the early game, but Samsung snagged the first tower gold to start growing its gold lead. By 15 minutes, Samsung had downed four towers for an almost 4,000 gold lead, and looked poised to take a quick victory. KT tried to turn the tide with a Baron steal at the 23-minute mark, but Samsung picked up three kills right after to stay in control. Samsung simply continued to pick up kills across the map before picking up a second Baron to make its final push into Samsung's base for the 36-minute win.
KT Rolster will return to the Rift next week to take on MVP at 4 a.m. ET on Tuesday, while Samsung Galaxy is back this Sunday in a matchup against Kongdoo Monster at 4 a.m. ET.