The best of five series started very good for the Koreans who had only one goal in mind - give Faker the necessary push so he can start doing his "thing". One Jarvan IV gank later, courtesy of bengi, the mid lane prodigy took first blood and quickly managed to eliminate Whitezz again just to solidify his dominance. All eyes were now on Uzi, as the AD Carry maestro picked Vayne, but was seemingly not giving the opposing bot lane a hard time.
As time passed there was no answer to the well-calculated damage and pressure that the Koreans were applying and a couple of aces later, Royal Club were a game down against SK Telecom T1.
Game number two saw Whitezz on Kassadin. In this clash, however, the star of Piglet lit the path to victory as with the help of his teammates, he dismantled Uzi with Ezreal and brought balance to the game after a good early game by the Chinese. Despite the countless attempts at returning their lead, Royal Club were always a step back. Momentum back and one incredibly fed AD Carry at their side, the Koreans made it 2-0.
Both matches were visibly taking their toll on the Chinese who seemed heavily on tilt. Mentally exhausted and their spirits broken, game three was a cakewalk for SK Telecom T1. Again Piglet was the star of the show as with his faithful Corki he obliterated the opposition while Faker and co. outclassed the rest of the lanes. No force of nature of miracle would save Royal from their fate as the Korean champions invaded their base and were besieging their nexus. Mere second later, SK Telecom T1 were crowned Season 3 World Champions!
Season 3 World Championship Final Standings:
2. Royal Club
3./4. Najin Black Sword
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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)
Team Curse announce new roster
Season 3 World Finals: Semifinals recap
Season 3 World Finals: Quarter-finals recap
Season 3 World Finals: Group stage recap
Countdown to the Finals: Korea
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