With the League of Legends Season 2 World Championship just 4 weeks away, now is a perfect time to take a look at each of the participating teams and their journey to this momentous occasion.
The World Championships will consist of 4 regions: Europe, North America, China/Taiwan and Korea/Southeast Asia. Europe was the first region to qualify, so this article will give a bit of insight into the three teams hailing from Europe: Moscow 5, Counter Logic Gaming EU, and SK Gaming.
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Counter Logic Gaming EU
Counter Logic Gaming EU (CLG.EU) is the European branch of the NA team CLG Prime. Like M5, they are a fairly new team but they are also a favorite to take the finals by storm. CLG.EU consists of captain and Top Laner Mike “Wickd” Peterson, Mid Laner Henrik “Froggen” Hansen, Jungler Stephen “Snoopeh” Ellis, AD Carry Peter “Yellowpete” Wüppen, and Support Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels. They first hit the scene at the MLG Spring Championship where they lost to sister team CLG Prime. A week later they attended Dreamhack and won first place, beating out the Russian monster M5. Their next big achievement would be at the OGN Summer Championship where they were able to take 2 games off of the Korean terror Azubu Frost. Unfortunately for CLG.EU, Azubu Frost would win the series but they were able to take second place. CLG.EU may be a new team, but they have incredible synergy and each individual player is extremely talented. Being one of the few teams to beat M5 in a series, they are definitely on track to winning the finals.
SK Gaming is an old gaming organization with over 10 years under its belt. SK Gaming’s team is one of the oldest teams still playing. SK Gaming consists of leader and Mid Laner Carlos “Ocelote” Rodríguez, Jungler Alvar “Araneae” Martin, AD Carry Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim, Support Patrick “Nyph” Funke and Top Laner Kevin “Kev1n” Rubiszewski. SK Gaming has not won any major tournaments in recent time but they have consistently taken second, third and fourth place. They’ve been knocked out numerous times by both M5 and CLG.EU, so they’re certain to be out for blood. Undoubtedly, SK Gaming is the European underdog, but they may have a trick up their sleeve for Los Angeles. They may surprise us all and take the entire tournament.
Next week we’ll go over the 3 teams hailing from North America: Team Solomid, CLG Prime and Team Dignitas so stay tuned to Gaming Illustrated!