League of Legends Season 2 World Championship Playoffs Results
Alec Levine / Oct 15th, 2012 No Comments
What an interesting week for the League of Legends Season 2 World Championship.
The group stage, quarter finals, and semifinals were set to be played on the 4th, 5th and 6th of this month. However, due to technical issues the final quarterfinal and the semifinals could not be played until the 10th. Without further ado, here is a quick recap of what happened in the playoffs and what to expect in the finals on the 13th.
Group A: Azubu Frost 3-0, Invictus Gaming 2-1, CLG Prime 1-2, SK Gaming 0-3
Group B: NaJin Sword 3-0, CLG EU 2-1, Saigon Jokers 1-2, Team Dignitas 0-3
The group stage was filled with upsets. Everyone expected CLG Prime to perform better than they did. While they may have had an amazing game against SK Gaming, CLG Prime was knocked out after a poor showing against Frost and Invictus. In Group B, everybody expected the no-name NaJin to get knocked out and the NA powerhouse Team Dignitas to advance to the quarterfinals. However, Team Dignitas was 0-3 in a massive upset while NaJin Sword swept the competition 3-0.
Moscow 5 vs Invictus Gaming 2-0(Moscow 5)
Taipei Assassins vs NaJin Sword 2-0(Taipei Assassins)
Team Solomid vs Azubu Frost 2-0(Azubu Frost)
Team WorldElite vs CLG EU 2-1(CLG EU)
The Quarterfinals were filled with several upsets as well. After the strong showing from NaJin sword in the Group Stage, NaJin was expected to be a challenging force. Surprisingly, they were disposed of very easily by Taipei Assassins. The biggest upset was Team Solomid losing both of its games by a large margin. Team Solomid was the American team that was expected to reach the finals, but Azubu Frost made incredibly quick work of them. Though Frost was ruled to have cheated during Game 1, Riot decided that the advantage they got from cheating wasn’t enough to win.
The set between Team WorldElite and CLG EU was the subject of a lot of drama. In total, there were 3 game restarts due to technical difficulties. The problems were so severe that they had to postpone game 3 until Wednesday, October 10th. Ultimately CLG EU was able to beat WorldElite but this was after 8 hours of turmoil.
Moscow 5 vs Taipei Assassins 2-1(Taipei Assassins)
Azubu Frost vs CLG EU 2-1(Azubu Frost)
In the first set of the finals Moscow 5 was expected to dominate Taipei Assassins and win it quickly 2-0. After the first game it looked as though that was going to happen. However, Game 2 and Game 3 did not go in Moscow 5′s favor. After Taipei Assassins learned of Alex Ich’s Eve pick, they banned Eve in game 2 and 3. This caused Moscow 5 to resort to a heavy late game strategy centering around Genja playing Kog’maw, with Yorick and Zilean giving him eternal life. Unfortunately for them, Taipei Assassins were able to easily deal with this strategy sending Moscow 5 back to Russia.
The second set of the finals was a much closer game. CLG EU seemed poised to take it all, but Azubu Frost had a very deadly reputation. The series was back and forth, with CLG EU easily taking game 1 and Azubu Frost taking game 2. Game 3 was an incredibly close game with several turnarounds and throws by both teams. Ultimately, CLG EU could not stand up to the might of Shy’s Singed and they were knocked out after an amazing set.
Now only two teams remain: Taipei Assassins and Azubu Frost. Both teams are incredibly strong and either team could take finals. My vote goes to Taipei Assassins but we won’t know for sure until Saturday. Catch the League of Legends Season 2 World Championship Finals at 7pm PST on Saturday, October 13th.
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