​In the Rift Rivals finals between Europe and North America, Team SoloMid took down the Unicorns of Love 3-0 and secured NA with the first ever Rift Rivals victory over EU. Many consider this to be an end to the argument between the two as to who is the better region. Well, on the contrary, it doesn't.

NA vs. EU has been an argument that has existed since the start of League of Legends' competitive history and it will last until the end. Over the years, Europe and North America have each had their own respective success. Before we can jump to conclusions, we need to review the small victories each region has had in the past:


North America

EU and NA last clashed in a dedicated tournament at the 2013 Battle of the Atlantic, with North American walking away with a victory. Along with their 2016 IEM Katowice win, North America recently built upon its 9-5 series victory streak against EU by picking up the 2017 Rift Rivals tournament, taking down Fnatic, G2 Esports and the Unicorns of Love for the title.

Europe

Since Season 1, Europe has had at least one team in the semifinals of every year's World Championships: North America has only had one semifinalist with TSM in 2011. Along with being the only Western region to have won a World Championship, Europe also won IEM Oakland 2015 and reached the finals of the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational.

Europe and North America are both strong regions on their own and the teams will always be on an equal par of skill. When Europe wins, America bounces back. Just as America is celebrating, Europe performs an upset. With these fights happening for years, it'll be a long time until we can confidently say which region is better.


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