The upper bracket final sees World Elite and Fnatic face-off against each other. The Europeans seek revenge for the loss in the group phase and will definitely not underestimate their opponents. The game started perfectly for Fnatic as Martin 'Rekkles' Larsson picked up 2 kills on his Ezreal. With this advantage, they continued to force exchanges which always went their way. Despite a couple of slip-ups Fnatic dominated their opponents who crumbled and surrendered game one.
Game two started in the same perfect manner for the Europeans. Enrique Javier 'xPeke' Cedeño Martinez's Diana was unstoppable in the early game as she quickly racked three kills. The Chinese, however, refused to give up and managed to capitalize on an overextended engage near their top tower and crushed Fnatic in the next two fights. Accumulating a large lead, they managed to close the game and equalize the score.
Fnatic started well once again as they picked up a quick first blood. Unfortunately, World Elite 's momentum was too big and they managed to turn things around by acing their opponents without losing a single man. From that point on, the Chinese solidified their lead and aced Fnatic twice more to earn their place in the IPL 5 League of Legends Grand Finals!
The grudge continues
Despite being in the lower bracket - Moscow Five and Azubu Taipei Assassins always promise a spectacle of skill and teamwork. The early stages were dominated by the Russians, but the Assassins needed simply one fight to take the lead and from then on, snowball with the help of the baron buff. Game one goes to Azubu Taipei Assassins.
The second game left no doubts as to who the better team is. The assassins came strong and pushed Moscow Five around throughout the game. The Russians had a couple of good plays here and there, but Azubu Taipei Assassins were merciless in the last two team fights and consequently eliminated the Russians from IPL 5. The Taiwanese team will now face Fnatic in the lower bracket final.
Last chance for the crown
The key word during the first match was aggression as Fnatic bullied their opponents from the start. Once again, Enrique Javier 'xPeke' Cedeño Martinez and Martin 'Rekkles' Larsson were the central figures in this dominant display. Victory was just a matter of time as the Europeans continued to pick off the scattered champions of Azubu Taipei Assassins.
The second game started good for the Asian team as they picked off two kills. Fnatic immediately equalized and got back in their aggressive rhythm as strong ganks, invades and tower dives never failed to bring kills into their account. With this advantage, the Europeans forced the Assassins into unfavorable trades which only brought them closer to defeat. Fnatic ended the game with an excellent split push and now await to exact their revenge on World Elite in the grand finals of IPL 5!
The final joust
World Elite started with a 1 game lead due to defeating Fnatic earlier today. Unfortunately, their opponents were hungry for blood and immediately started looking for gank or dive opportunities. An absolutely inhuman performance by Paul 'sOAZ' Boyer on Lee Sin was the icing on the cake for Fnatic as they demolished the composition of World Elite . Leading with more than 10 kills on the 21st minute mark, the Europeans dispatched Baron Nashor, forced another engagement, decimated their enemies and equalized the series.
Game two had a rocky start for Fnatic as they lost the first blood, but managed to get ahead after snatching some kills themselves. From that point on, they were the dominant team on the map by forcing exchanges and taking towers. Their opponents had the perfect response and slowed down the game, allowing Handong 'Caomei' Wei's Irelia to farm-up. This would later pay dividends as the same Irelia, with the help of the baron buff, decimated the Fnatic line-up. Mentally crushed, the Europeans succumbed to the overwhelming pressure from World Elite and gave them the win in game 2.
After losing the last game Fnatic 's mental strength was in shambles as they made mistake after mistake. This resulted in quite the number of early kills for their opponents who comfortably capitalized on the circumstance and pulled even further ahead. Fnatic never really seemed to find their way back into the match as all their efforts got completely shut down. The final fight on bottom lane sealed the deal for the Chinese as World Elite were crowned champions of the IGN Pro League League of Legends tournament.
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)
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