A reverse sweep is one of the most dramatic ways that a series or match of League of Legends can end, with one team ending up winning the game from match point.
These reverse sweep matches are mainly in competitive League of Legends esports matches, whether it be the LCS, LEC, LCK, or even at global tournaments, such as MSI and the Worlds Championships, but how does this happen?
What is a League of Legends Reverse Sweep?
A reverse sweep in a competitive League of Legends match is when one team loses the first game or two and is at match point. This means that the opposing team needs to win one more match to take the series and claim victory over their enemies.
That is not it, however, a reverse sweep requires the losing team to make an incredible comeback, winning every game that is possibly still playable in the series, and clinching victory from the claws of defeat!
When can a League of Legends Reverse Sweep Occur?
A reverse sweep is incredibly tough to pull off and can only happen in a series or match that has multiple games in it, usually a best-of-3 or a best-of-5 format, meaning the team who reverse sweeps would have to be losing by one game or losing by two games, based on the length of the series.
What is the most famous League of Legends Reverse Sweep?
Perhaps the most well-known reverse sweep in professional League of Legends history occurred between SK Telecom T1 and KT Bullets, in the final of the 2013 Summer Split playoffs over in South Korea.
KT Bullets went up 2-0 in the best-of-5, and as the best team in the region at the time, they were nailed on to not only win the series and the match but dominate and destroy their competition in the process.
Game three was an absolute domination by SK Telecom T1, forcing KT Bullets to surrender at 20 minutes, who had just four kills to the 24 of SK Telecom T1, but the battle was still uphill from there.
So for all of us who haven’t played League of Legends since 2013, here is some background context for the final game of the series. When the series is tied at 2-2, with both teams having won twice, the champions then become blind picked.
Yes, you read that right. Back in 2013, a fifth game of a best-of-5 meant that players would blind pick their champions, resulting in Faker and Ryu both picking Zed!
Now we are sure you have seen the clip of Faker and Ryu 1v1ing on Zed, where Faker pulls off possibly the best outplay in competitive League of Legends history, and this is the game it came from!
After a 37-minute final match, SK Telecom T1 took the match, the title, and then with the qualification they gained from beating KT Bullets, dominated the 2013 League of Legends Worlds Championships, taking home South Korea’s first-ever League of Legends Worlds title!