In the semi-final of the Belgian League Country Finals there was a lot to prove for both Sector One and Aethra Esports. Sector One wanted to win to reach KVM Esports in the Grand Final for a rematch, while Aethra Esports wanted to show they’re able to compete with the two giants of Sector One and KVM Esports.
Sector One conjured up a Graves in the mid lane for Night, something we have not seen before from him. Both teams kept things balanced early, with Sector One claiming the first Dragon. After a while Sector One ramped up the pressure and secured a gold lead and a lead in most lanes, leading to a second Dragon. Aethra Esports found some scrappy fights and secured some extra gold for themselves, but they were unable to prevent Sector One reaching Soul Point. Sector One looked towards Baron which they were able to secure without a fight, leaving Aethra Esports scrambling to defend. Aethra was unable to keep Sector One out of their base and lost the first match, as Sector One goes 1-0 up.
Things looked better for Aethra in game 2, with a good start for jungler Goksi and mid laner Mikkel. Things went wrong around the second Dragon when Sector One was able to ace Aethra. Shortly after Sector One even picked up a second ace thanks to a great play by Dibu on his Lilia, leading to a free Baron. Sector One pressured the mid lane and took down the turret, engaging Aethra Esports in a fight. Sector One came up victorious with a Quadra Kill for mid laner Night, as they picked up their second victory and put themselves on match point.
After a balanced early game Sector One found a lead in the top lane and jungle, while Aethra got ahead in the bot lane. Aethra used their bot lane pressure to secure the first Dragon, as support Bardo already had four kills to his name on Pyke. Sector One kept chipping away at the gold lead of Aethra and after a solid fight led by Phoenix’ Camille, Sector One took over. With Aethra Esports on Soul Point a big fight broke out around the fourth Dragon, which was won by Sector One with them finding multiple kills. That fight left open a free Baron and after one more fight Sector One eliminated Aethra Esports from the Country Finals. They were up for a rematch with KVM Esports in the Grand Final.
It came down to a rematch between Sector One and KVM Esports in the Grand Final, where the winner would crown themselves as the first Belgian League Country Finals Champion, while taking home €5.000 in prize money. With KVM Esports having seemingly closed the gap, we were in for an exciting final.
Both teams played cautiously in the first game. KVM Esports got ahead in the jungle and used that to their advantage to pick up the first Dragon and the First Blood. KVM Esports kept focussing objectives and secured the second Dragon alongside two more kills. Sector One realized they had to contest KVM and managed to keep them from reaching Soul Point, while Phoenix’ Urgot looked more and more menacing. Things fell through for Sector One when they quickly lost two fights in a row, with a brilliant performance by mid laner Sumi on Orianna. After picking up the Ocean Soul and Baron, KVM Esports destroyed the base of Sector One, going 1-0 up.
The tempo was a lot higher in game 2 with Sector One looking for the First Blood and finding it, but KVM Esports was able to answer with two of their own and the first Dragon. Sector One got ahead in the bot lane, levelling the gold, and securing the Rift Herald. After overextending in the bot lane Sector One lost four players, giving KVM Esports a way back into the game. Sector One responded by playing more cautious and KVM Esports put themselves on Soul Point. In a fight in the mid lane KVM Esports overstayed and was too eager, losing a major fight and handing Sector One a free ace. In a Hail Mary play KVM Esports engaged once more, but Sector One came out on top again. The death timers were too long on the side of KVM Esports, giving Sector One all the time they needed to end the game. All level again at 1-1.
Sector One found a lead early through fast kills with KVM Esports looking towards objectives as a countermeasure. A fight broke out in the jungle with Sector One finding the advantage, making things very hard for KVM Esports that only had a win condition left in the form of the Graves of their mid laner Sumi. KVM Esports saw their objective play pay off with an eventual Soul and looked like they were headed for a win after all. KVM Esports hesitated too long while in the base of Sector One however, leading to them turning the fight. It gave Sector One ample time to roll into the base of KVM Esports and pick up their second win. Match point for Sector One.
The game started slow, something that working to the advantage of Sector One’s composition. After picking up the First Blood and the first Dragon, Sector One found individual leads across the map. KVM Esports was unable to respond in any way and Sector One cruised to an immense gold lead and put themselves on Soul Point. Through jungler Dibu the gold lead kept snowballing as Sector One secured the Ocean Soul, leaving KVM Esports almost unable to defend themselves. One more fight sealed the deal as Sector One destroyed their Nexus and became the first Belgian League Country Finals Champions.