CJ Entus Frost vs. Millenium
Millenium: Xin Zhao, Singed, Thresh
Millenium: Renekton, Miss Fortune, Sona, Amumu, Diana
The game started perfectly for the Europeans as they not only picked up first blood, but also racked up two more kills to extend their lead to a quick 3-0! Everyone at this point thought that Frost had their backs against the wall, but the Koreans were having none of it.
The retaliation was swift and we were once against showcased the trademark Korean consistency and sharp team play. Thanks to a piece of brilliance by Jung 'RapidStar' Min-sung, Millenium were denied further extension of their lead. Thanks to his faithful Kha'Zix, the Europeans gave the kill and gold lead back. Things got so bad, Frost was able to double the kill score of their opponents.
We had another gem at the end as the infamous Jang 'Woong' Gun-woong scored the second pentakill of the tournament. The contrast was unbelievable as Creaton's Miss Fortune was sitting on 0 kills. CJ Entus Frost simply pushed and took the first game of the series.
Winner: CJ Entus Frost
Millenium: Xin Zhao, Singed, Renekton
Millenium: Thresh, Tryndamere, Varus, Lee Sin, Ezreal
The game had an explosive start as CJ Entus baited Millenium near the blue buff and despite the Europeans smartly poking, MadLife's Lulu picked up first blood and the total exchange ended in both teams trading two kills. The game returned to the "normal" rhythm as the lane switch for Frost happened. It is interesting to note that Tabzz picked Varus against Lux which definitely promised interesting plays on mid.
Creaton's kill advantage and aggressive laning against Elise was fruitful as Millenium took the first turret of the game. The counter-switch came next when the AP Tryndamere faced Elise on bottom lane as the others went top. Despite failed gank attempts from both junglers, they efficiently traded blue and red buffs. While Frost pushed top, Millenium took the first dragon of the game to spearhead into the gold lead. The Europeans took the mid turret and won a skirmish in the enemy jungle by killing Shen, but Shy returned the favour by eliminating Tryndamere on bot lane.
The Koreans got back in the driving seat after a skirmish on bot lane, taking two kills in the process. However, the gold lead still favoured Millenium. Tabzz and his lads managed to sneak a very key Baron and with the help of the menace that is Tryndamere - split push and took two inhibitor turrets and an inhibitor. They did overstay their welcome though as Frost took two kills.
Crazy exchanges ensued as Millenium were trading kills for inhibitors which opened a window for Frost to return one. Millenium kept pushing but the kill trade made these exchanges their doom. Despite the Europeans taking their third baron buff, Frost were too strong and confronted the split push composition of Millenium, obliterating them in mere seconds. After a crazy defense, the Koreans took game two and proceeded to the semi-finals!
Winner: CJ Entus Frost
CJ Entus Blaze vs. Anexis
Anexis: Nidalee, Singed, Kayle
Anexis: Rumble, Xin'Zhao, Ryze, Soraka, Urgot
This game marks the return of Soraka to competitive play. Overall, both teams opted for some very unorthodox picks. Ambition took a page from Shushei's book as he picked Jarvan mid. Caitlyn and Thresh immediately went mid to crash the party for Ryze while Jarvan was up against the sustain lane of Soraka and Urgot. Cpt. Jack showed us why he is considered one of the best AD Carries as he made quick work of both Ryze and Soraka to put Blaze in front. Anexis tried to retaliate, but in the end they gave up 4 kills just to take two.
Blaze continued with the strong performance as a gank by Anexis turned into an AD mechanics lecture by Cpt. Jack who managed to eliminate Xin'Zhao and Rumble only with auto-attacks while retreating. The poles desperately tried to somehow equalise the game, but what started as a siege on the Korean mid tower ended as a quadra kill for Ambition's Jarvan.
From that point on the game just steamrolled in favour of CJ Entus Blaze who won two more skirmishes and proceeded to end a very one-sided game.
Winner: CJ Entus Blaze
Anexis: Nidalee, Singed, Kayle
Anexis: Darius, Xin'Zhao, Lux, Varus, Lulu
This time Anexis bet on a safe composition while Blaze opted for a teleport Ezreal mid lane, starting with a Doran's Blade. After a rather quiet start, Flame got the first blood on Darius and mere second later, took another kill onto Overpow. The Poles responded with two kills but their opponents still had full control over the match.
The continuous trading of kills equalised the game and despite the score being even, the gold lead was still in favour of the Koreans. Two more teamfights were dominated by Blaze as they capitalised on every small mistake their opponents did. At the 20 minute mark the kill score was doubled in favour of the Koreans as they dictated the tempo of the match.
Consequently, Baron buff was secured and the siege of the Polish base commenced. A quadra kill on Cpt. Jack led to an additional mid turret and inhibitor for Blaze as they came closer and closer to victory. The very last skirmish was simply a deja-vu as Anexis were devastated in a matter of seconds before their nexus fell.
Winner: CJ Entus Blaze
This concludes the quarter-finals and we will now jump onto the semi-finals which include: Gambit Gaming vs. CJ Entus Frost and CJ Entus Blaze vs. SK Telecom T1 S. For more live coverage stay tuned to 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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