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The best games from the League of Legends Season 2 playoffs

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The best games from the League of Legends Season 2 playoffsWith so many matches occurring during the workweek, and on west coast time, it was hard to catch all of the action at the League of Legends World Championship. It’s not always the easiest game to watch, either: with single games routinely stretching well beyond 40 minutes, few viewers can book the time to watch a whole tournament.

So if you didn’t see all the great games from the playoffs, we’ve gone through and linked some of the very best for your enjoyment.

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League of Legends World Championship Final recap: Taipei Assassins crush Azubu Frost

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League of Legends World Championship Final recap: Taipei Assassins crush Azubu FrostUnderneath a small galaxy of LED spotlights, with the silver Summoner’s Cup sitting tantalizingly close at center stage and shining like a diamond, Taiwan’s Taipei Assassins and Korea’s Azubu Frost met on the main stage of USC’s Galen Center to decide a million dollar prize and the Season 2 League of Legends world title.

Somewhere around 10,000 League of Legends fans packed into the arena, wearing Teemo hats and carrying signs with League of Legends inside jokes scrawled on them. “Jax walks into a bar... but there’s no counter" and “Asians OP", for instance, and after this tournament, you’d find few who didn’t agree with the latter sentiment. Even within League of Legends, these two teams (and the pro-gaming cultures they represented) were in a league of their own.

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League of Legends World Championship Finals today, Azubu Frost and Taipei Assassins fight for $1 million

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League of Legends World Championship Finals today, Azubu Frost and Taipei Assassins fight for $1 millionThe world’s two greatest League of Legends teams do battle tonight in a million-dollar best-of-five match for the League of Legends World Championship title. While Azubu Frost was a heavy favorite coming into the tournament and is still the favorite tonight, Taipei Assassins have shown a knack for beating the odds, taking out Korea’s fearsom NaJin Sword before beating the other tournament favorite, the renowned Moscow 5.

Tonight’s final streams live on Twitch, with the broadcast starting at 1:30 UK / 8:30 Eastern.

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Riot hand down judgments, punishment for cheating in League of Legends Season 2 playoffs

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Riot hand down judgments, punishment for cheating in League of Legends Season 2 playoffsOne of the uglier stories to emerge from the troubled League of Legends playoffs at LA Live last weekend was the alleged cheating by several teams and players. In particular, many spectators at the event believed they had seen competitors glance at the spectator minimaps during their games, which would have conferred an advantage because the specator minipals  showed both teams’ positions.

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League of Legends Season 2 semifinals recap: Moscow 5 v Taipei Assassins and CLG EU v Azubu Frost

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League of Legends Season 2 semifinals recap: Moscow 5 v Taipei Assassins and CLG EU v Azubu FrostThe much-delayed League of Legends Season 2 playoffs concluded last night at LA’s Galen Center, where CLG’s quarterfinal series against World Elite finally reached its end prior to a long semifinal round. With the main stage still under construction behind the casting booth, teams were forced to play from separate backstage locations without a live audience, an arrangement that may have lacked the grandeur of the LA Live outdoor arena, but which at least eliminated any chances for more of the cheating that troubled the playoffs’ earlier matches.

It was an odd night of uneven games and close-fought series, with each of the two semifinal matches going to three games.

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Bad to worse: allegations of cheating at League of Legends playoffs, Team SoloMid's Reginald expresses view that Azubu Frost abused the stage minimap

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Bad to worse: allegations of cheating at League of Legends playoffs, Team SoloMid's Reginald expresses view that Azubu Frost abused the stage minimapYet more bad news is coming out of Riot’s troubled Season 2 World Championship playoffs: a number of spectators at the LA event have accused World Elite and Azubu Frost of using the spectator minimaps arrayed on the stage to cheat in their playoff matches.

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League of Legends Season 2 Playoffs Day 2 recap: Moscow Five and Azubu Frost dominate, Taipei Assassins stun NaJin Sword

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League of Legends Season 2 Playoffs Day 2 recap: Moscow Five and Azubu Frost dominate, Taipei Assassins stun NaJin SwordThe first day of the League of Legends Season 2 World Championship quarterfinals featured the best play of the tournament so far and three decisive victories for Korea’s Azubu Frost, Russia’s Moscow 5, and Taiwan’s Taipei Assassins. Team Solomid, North America’ last team standing, went out against Azubu Frost. On the livestream tomorrow at 8 PM UK / 3 PM Eastern, World Elite play CLG EU to determine who moves on to face Azubu Frost in the semifinal round.

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