This match was always going to be dangerous, the Unicorns had displayed excellent early game coordination and had managed to beat Fnatic a couple of week previously. A win here would be very tough, with the Unicorns wanting to show they are a top tier LCS team.
No Horsing Around
The early game revolved around the UOL jungler, Mateusz "Kikis" Szkudlarek and his Nidalee. Consistent early pressure allowed the Unicorns to claim first blood, after a gank top caught out Forg1ven. But SK wizened up to Kikis's game, catching him numerous times in the jungle and taking a small gold advantage. A catch onto Power of Evil looked to have turned the game in our favor, but some great dragon and objective control meant Uol were always ahead.
The turning point came after a sneaky 21 minute baron by Uol, they used this to secure 4 kills in a bot lane skirmish while their ADC took our top inhibitor. A superior team fight meant there was no way back for us and although we tried to defend, Uol proved too strong and took the game in only 29 minutes.
With a revamped Elements roster, this game looked as if it could go either way. We were on a 3 game losing streak, and Elements had just broken theirs against Meet your Makers. This game would either send us down to second place, or allow us to share the top spot along with Fnatic, it was a must win.
Forg1ven started as he meant to continue, building up an immediate cs advantage over Rekkles. The early game skirmishes went slightly in our favor, Forg1ven getting rolling on his favored Graves. As per usual, our dragon control was excellent, and this supplemented our mid game power spike. A flank engage by Svenskeren and a great dark binding onto Shook allowed us to pick up baron at 23 minutes.
Further dragons meant we were able to zone Elements off their turrets, taking numerous objectives and creating an 8k gold advantage. A large team fight in the mid lane let us take our first inhibitor, and then at 31 minutes an Elements trap backfired horribly, giving us a clean ace and a 32 minute victory.
SK Player of the week: Konstantinos "FORG1VEN" Tzortziou
Leading the way in team KDA and in overall gold, Forg1ven showed why he is 'by far' the best ADC in Europe, putting in 2 excellent performances. Even in the defeat to Unicorns of Love, he was never out of position and was a constant threat.
His gold Week 6 was nearly 3k more than his nearest teammate (Fox), his overall GPM of 448 is the highest of any player in the EU LCS and his KDA of 13.6 also leads the way for all players in EU.
When interviewed after the Elements game, Forg1ven shared his thoughts:
1. SK Gaming- 9:3
1. Fnatic - 9:3
3. H2k - 8:4
4. Gambit Gaming - 7:5
5. Copenhagen Wolves - 6:6
5. Unicorns Of Love - 6:6
7. Elements - 5:7
8. ROCCAT - 4:8
8. GIANTS! GAMING - 4:8
10. MeetYourMakers - 2:10
Week 7 is Round 2 of the 'El Classico' between SK and Fnatic, don't miss the second installment of the biggest match in EU!
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