Following an incredible best-of-three set, SK Gaming Prime is the EU Challenger Series #2 champion! After a flurry of amazing performances across the board from our boys, the legendary Ninjas had no choice, but to fall victim to a visibly better prepared and mentally ready SK Prime. Huge congratulations from all of the SK crew!
The talented group under the guidance of Joe 'InnerFlame' Elouassi went through 4 opponents before landing in the Grand Finals of the European Challenger Series. Coming from the Play-in phase, SK Prime took two convincing victories over Gunwa and Invaders before entering the main event.
Once in the quarter-finals, GG Call Nash was the first opponent. Despite holding the number one spot on the 5v5 Challenger ladder, watdefox and the crew had no trouble whatsoever in tackling GG CN. Next up was the dominator of the European Challenger scene - H2k-Gaming which currently house the former Cloud9 Eclipse stars.
Regardless, an exemplary performance from Zyzz snatched game one for SKP. And while game two went in favour of the opposition, the team proved that was a fluke by convincingly closing the decider in order to move into the grand final with a 2-1 score line.
Now, the hungry for victories Ninjas in Pyjamas stand between SK Prime and the first place of the EU Challenger Series #2. Join me in sending the best of wishes to the boys! SK fighting!
SK Gaming Prime:
Lennart 'Smitty' Warkus - Top
Mateusz 'Kikis' Szkudlarek - Jungle
Hampus 'watdefox' Myhre - Mid lane
Haidar 'Zyzz' Mezidi - AD Carry
Niklas 'Zytan' Lakaniemi - Support
Former lead editor and interviewer for SK Gaming
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iNNERFiRE - multi-game journalist and Editor-in-Chief: 2012
onGamers - League of Legends Feature Producer: 01.2014 - 02.2015
SK-Gaming - League of Legends Lead Editor: 11.2012 - 08.2015
My journey into eSports started in 2004 when I accidentally caught a small video on TV from the WarCraft 3 WCG 2004 final. I opened up the SK Gaming website from my father's laptop and never stopped reading to this day. In early 2010 I started writing at a Bulgarian news website simply because I disliked how the current editor was handling his job and with time, I got to be Editor-In-Chief. My main writing interests back then were StarCraft 2, QuakeLive and League of Legends.
Fast-forward to 2012, after a small hiatus and moving to England to attend university, I decided to start writing news posts again, inspired by a couple of industry figures who have taken their turns taking eSports writing to a new level. With the beginning of IPL5, I was given a trial with SK Gaming which was successful and I never looked back.
In early 2014, onGamers presented me with an incredible opportunity to join their ranks which I took. Although I believe my 2014 was rather poor (in terms of work ethic and results), I have made changes during the winter break to ensure that sufficient effort will be made to repair that. Unfortunately, due to the collapse of the team, the project was at a stand still which marked the end of my stint with the oG crew.
I continued producing 1 on 1 interviews with SK members until July 2015. After that, other commitments arose and I figured I could not provide the flow of content I promised my superiors and took a step back, leaving SK.
If you are an eSports fan who is looking to get into writing or simply want to chat about eSports across the years, you can always find me on my twitter - @Adddler . Below you can find some trivia about me.
BroodWar / StarCraft 2
BW pro: sAvi0r and Flash (for different reasons)
BW race: Terran
BW series: Hana Daetoo MSL
SC2 pro: Creator and Stephano (different reasons)
SC2 race: Terran
SC2 series: ThorZain vs Polt at DreamHack Open 2012 and any big final played by King MvP
StarCraft related article: God of the Battlefield
Pro: Alexey 'Cypher' Yanushevski
Map: Aerowalk, BloodRun (100% Eastern European choices)
Series: Cooller vs Cypher. Especially the brilliant defensive Cypher game on Aero (game 4).
Rivalry: Rapha vs Cypher
Quake related articled: The Quadra Interview and the one and only Cypher PoV
League of Legends
Pro(s): FORG1VEN, Faker, WeiXiao, NaMei and Mata.
Position: AD Carry
Series: All the World Elite games at IPL5, KT Bullets versus SK Telecom T1 K OGN Summer 2013 Final and LPL Summer Final between StarHorn Royal Club and EDG (The perfect Jinx game by Namei).
League related article: Most of TeamLiquid.net's takes on the 2012 and 2013 OGN tournaments.
Team: Fnatic (2008-2009)
Series: AGAiN vs Fnatic at WCG 2009. Literally broke a cup after the game. One of the most emotional series for me as a spectator.
Gfinity League of Legends - August 2013 (SK Gaming)
EU LCS Week 5 London - June 2014 (SK Gaming / onGamers)
GamesCom 2014 Cologne - August 2014 (SK Gaming / onGamers)
EU LCS 2015 Week 7 Spring Split - March 2015 (SK Gaming)
Intel Extreme Masters Season IX Katowice - March 2015 (SK-Gaming)
SK Prime vs Gambit Gaming: Preview
One last step: EU LCS playoffs
A song of Mechanics and Rotations: SK's LCS W11
A song of Mechanics and Rotations: SK in LCS W9
A song of Mechanics and Rotations: SK in LCS W8
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