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Mineski-LoL and the Kuala Lumpur Hunters Fall One Game Short Of The Finals

GIGABYTE Marines and Ascension Gaming will have their GPL rematch

Izo Lopez

The Garena Premier League 2017 Spring Split is down to its final two teams: Vietnam's GIGABYTE Marines and Thailand's Ascension Gaming.

Out of the running are Mineski-League of Legends and the Kuala Lumpur Hunters.

Mineski-League of Legends yesterday ended what could have been their most successful run yet in their road to Worlds. All the circumstances were ripe: they had a strong run in the group stage, they had borrowed an international Filipino coach, and for the first time ever the GPL is being held in the Philippines, their home court.

Sadly, despite their best efforts, Mineski lost 2-3 yesterday to Ascension Gaming in the semifinals. After a remade first game somewhat stuttered Mineski's hopeful 0-5 kill lead against team Thailand, Mineski lost the first two games off of good starts but bad ends through questionable Baron calls. Winning games 3 and 4 made fans hope for a reverse sweep but ultimately Ascension Gaming proved the better team for now.

The same was true for the other side of the bracket where the Kuala Lumpur Hunters fought tooth and nail against last year's GPL Summer champions, GIGABYTE Marines. They, too, took their opponents to a game 5 but this time the Marines fought their way up from an 0-2 deficit. In the end, the Hunters fell short tantalizingly close to a spot in the grand finals.

The finals begins tomorrow at 5pm, live at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura Premier, Taguig. It will be against last year's bitter GPL rivals GIGABYTE Marins and Ascension Gaming, and the victor will qualify for the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational.