The first match of the day was between non-other than Team Curse EU and Team Curse Academy. This was their first competitive match against each other and was eagerly awaited by the crowd. Both teams started off with a quick exchange of games, but the true excitement came with the deciding match. Despite the equal start, Brandon 'Saintvicious' DiMarco and co picked up the pace with a triple kill on Chenglong 'Nyjacky' Wang’s Katarina. This turned out to be the deciding factor as every single other engagement was dominated by Team Curse Academy which won them the final game.
On the other hand we had the south-asian clash of Singapore Sentinels against Azubu Taipei Assassins. The Season 2 champions had their confidence shaken by Fnatic yesterday as they dropped to the lower bracket. The Sentinels started off strong as they seemingly outplayed TPA in the early game, securing the gold lead and a couple of kills. Kurtis 'Toyz' Lau and the gang did step up and with some excellent decisions turned it around. The second game was an absolute stomp as the Assassins made quick work of their opponents.
Fnatic seemed unstoppable yesterday and came into their match with Counter Logic Gaming with a lot of confidence. Imagine the surprise of the audience when the Americans went on to absolutely dominate game one with Peter 'DoubleLift' Peng sealing it with a pentakill. The Europeans quickly equalized as this time they looked a lot more stable. With their newfound momentum, they devastated Counter Logic Gaming in a pretty one-sided third game.
CLG's brethren had a very rough start as they got demolished by World Elite in game one. Jingxi 'Misaya' Yu managed to shut down both Stephen 'Snoopeh' Ellis and Peter 'Yellowpete' Wüppen to bring it home. The second set between these contenders can safely be dubbed “The best League of Legends game ever”! 61 kills, over 200,000 gold, base-races are just some of the reasons this game is a MUST watch.
Russia versus Korea
Moscow Five versus Azubu Blaze. Ever since the Russians emerged onto the scene the Russia vs. South Korea match-up has been discussed thoroughly. Game one was a showcase of Moscow 5’s best qualities – excellent teamfights, counter-jungles and Alexey 'Alex Ich' Ichetovkin’s Evelyn who missed another pentakill by a hair. The second game was a whole different story as Azubu showed why the Koreans are to be feared. By playing an excellent game with zero to none mistakes, they outplayed Moscow Five and tied the series. Both teams did not disappoint in game 3. With slow and methodical game style, Moscow Five defeated their opponents and eliminated the last Korean team in the tournament. Meanwhile, Azubu Taipei Assassins quickly dispatched Team Curse Academy despite a valiant effort by the latter.
The last of the fallen
The last two matches of the day proved to be a tough challenge for the remaining contenders. Firstly, Moscow Five underestimated Counter Logic Gaming and the Americans did not hesitate to walk away with the victory thanks to the excellent synergy between Steve 'Chauster' Chau and Peter 'DoubleLift' Peng. After the unpleasant surprise, the Russian powerhouse took the initiative and lead by their AP dynamo Alexey 'Alex Ich' Ichetovkin, took two straight games to eliminate Counter Logic Gaming .
The final game of the day was between Azubu Taipei Assassins and Counter Logic Gaming EU. This time, however, the roles were switched completely. The Europeans applied early aggression which gave them a sufficient lead. Their opponents seemingly did not have an answer to Henrik 'Froggen' Hansen's Lux as they crumbled and lost game one. Game two started in the same manner, but this time Azubu Taipei Assassins not only let Henrik 'Froggen' Hansen pick Anivia, but also allowed him to get two early kills. Just when everyone thought that the match was over, brilliant plays by Cheng 'Bebeisadog' Bo Wei brought the game back in their favor. Everything started to "click" and the Assassins began outplaying their opponents hard. The third game was no different. Counter Logic Gaming EU got some early kills, but excellent moves by their opponents denied them the lead. Azubu Taipei Assassins continued to make all the right calls and obliterated their enemies in the final battle and thus made a step towards the crown of IPL5.
The only question that remains is will Alex's face be happy as in the picture above after he walks away from the battle with Moscow Five 's nightmare? The Russians are to meet the Assassins for the third time in the last two months and so far, their efforts have proved insufficient. Will Moscow Five once again show their incredible teamwork or will Azubu Taipei Assassins cement their title of "best team in the world"?
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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)
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