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Recapitulating: SK Gaming's performance Week 3

By Philipp 'Phil403' Neubauer
Feb 1, 2014 15:45


ImageIn this series I’m recapitulating the performance of the SK Gaming LoL team in the EU LCS, starting with the matches versus the SUPA HOT CREW, Alliance and Roccat of Week 3.

SK Gaming vs. SUPA HOT CREW XD

The Bans

SK Gaming:
Vi - Elise - Annie

SUPA HOT CREW:
Kassadin - Ziggs - Wukong


The Picks

SK Gaming:
Dr.Mundo - Lee Sin - LeBlanc - Thresh - Sivir

SUPA HOT CREW:
Shyvana - Pantheon - Gragas - Sona - Caitlyn


The Game

SK did a lane swap, sending their duo lane to the top to get rid of the turret as soon as possible. This move failed due to Impaler helping out his duo early on, destroying SK’s outer bottom turret very fast and even getting some damage done on the inner one. By the time that happened, SK’s duo barely destroyed the outer top turret. The recent tower changes made SK’s move pretty hard to execute because the top towers now have increased defensive stats. Due to this fast push by SHC, they got their first dragon of the game. The only good thing that came out for SK was that Impaler took farm from MrRalleZ while they were pushing bottom. That led to a noticeable CS lead for CandyPanda right from the start. Even though Jesiz and CandyPanda earned some kills in early skirmishes, Jesiz couldn’t convert his lead over Moopz into more kills in team fights because SHC did a good job blowing him up before the fight would break out.

In the mid game dragon fights CandyPanda had a hard time kiting Mimer. Additionally, Fredy wasn’t tanky enough to be the huge threat a Mundo usually is in team fights. Furthermore, Jesiz' problem - not finding an angle in team fights to blow one member of SHC up, continued. This was pretty much the whole story of the midgame team fights. In consequence SK decided to farm up to close the gold gap a bit.

Going to late game, the combination of great mobility from CandyPanda and Jesiz, combined with nRated’s hooks got SK some more kills and good disengage when Impaler tried to engage on them with his Grand Skyfall. In minute 30, SK were able to get a good position around the dragon pit for the first time but unfortunately Moopz Q-R combo stole the drake over the wall. At the same time, CandyPanda's CS lead grew up to 130 over MrRalleZ. The downside of donating all the farm to CandyPanda was that Freddy and Jesiz fell about 90 CS behind their counterparts. After a good rotation by SK that saw them took both middle turrets after a baron attempt by SHC, SK lost the fight afterwards because Jesiz and Svenskeren split up and died literally in the middle of the whole team of SHC. This fight ended 3 for 1 in SHC’s favour. In the further course SHC looked like they couldn’t close out the game. Even though they were ahead when it comes to map control and gold, they hesitated going all in on SK. On the other hand you could say that SK teamfighted well enough that SHC were not able to get any objectives after those. The late game threat on SK’s side was the fed CandyPanda and Jesiz, who had huge pick potential on LeBlanc. Unfortunately Jesiz got blown up by Moopz's Gragas or the Ace in the Hole of MrRalleZ before any team fight started. You can say that his Zhonya's Hourglass was bought way too late.

Things went well for SK whilst picking up kill by kill in team fights almost going even in gold again. The later the game went, though, the factor of Jesiz having no item to negate the Ace in the Hole or Gragas combination got bigger and bigger. It was almost a 4v5 with CandyPanda getting dived on by Mimer and Impaler. SHC did a good job shutting those two damage threats. The deciding team fight started off in the baron pit. Fredy teleported behind SHC near the blue buff and engaged with Svenskeren towards SHC’s backline. This fight started way too early for CandyPanda who had kind of a long way down to the action and Jesiz dropped to 10% health before the fight even broke out. Svenskeren and Fredy died immediately after they went in and SHC ran over the rest of the team. After that team fight, SHC finished the game.



SK Gaming vs. Alliance

The Bans

SK Gaming:
Vi - Kassadin - Elise

Alliance:
Wukong - Ziggs - Annie


The Picks

SK Gaming:
Renekton - Pantheon - Kayle - Leona - Jinx

Alliance:
Trundle - Lee Sin - Orianna - Thresh - Caitlyn


The Game

The first game of Friday was between SK Gaming and Alliance. The fan vote was clearly in Alliance’s favour but they were proved wrong.

Instead of a laneswap, the players went in the usual lane matchups. Alliance is known for their individual play, getting ahead in the early game and trying to snowball that through the match. However, SK managed to keep level in farm, excluding the midlane where Jesiz faced off Froggen.

The deciding factor in the early game was Svenskeren on Pantheon. In combination with nRated they blew so many summoner spells on the bottom lane which forced Tabzz and Nyph to hug the tower. SK kept on pressuring that bottom lane getting CandyPanda pretty fed and gaining dragon control early on. nRated stepped up his game in this match. He set up so many kills for his team and really snowballed the match in SK’s favour. Even though Jesiz got picked in the midlane from time to time, the Intervention stalled enough time for the rest of the team to join the fight and clean up the members of Alliance. In addition, SK had good river control throughout the whole match due to their early pink wards.

SK took tower after tower thanks to the fast tower destroying ability of Jinx and Kayle. After every good team fight SK was able to get at least 1 turret right away. The huge lead that was built up by SK gave them a huge confident boost and after some dancing around the bottom inhibitor turret, Svenskeren jumped right on Froggen with his Grand Skyfall and because the mid laner hasn’t bought a Zhonya's at that point, he simply got blown up and the team fight went in SK’s favour. After that Alliance surrendered and SK took the first win of the day.



SK Gaming vs. ROCCAT

The Bans

SK Gaming:
Caitlyn - Lucian - Vi

Roccat:
Kassadin - Kayle - (lost 1 ban due to an unallowed pause vs. Fnatic)


The Picks

SK Gaming:
Renekton - Elise - Ziggs - Annie - Vayne

Roccat:
Trundle - Lee Sin - Gragas - Thresh - Jinx


The Game

SK's botlane created some great plays with the help of Svenskeren who looked like he stepped up his game this week. With a great flash-2-man-stun by nRated's Annie, SK grabbed the first kill of the game. In consequence, both junglers desperately tried to get their duo lane snowballing. They pretty much camped the bottom lane to counter the gank of their opponent. Some minutes in the game a clash on bot lane wasn’t rewarded by a kill but due to Roccat's players being too low to contest a dragon, SK picked it up. The midgame dragon control of SK was so much better than in the game versus SHC. Especially with Svenskeren on Elise, the rest of the team was able to zone Roccat's players while SK's jungler was able to solo the dragon.

Svenskeren came out big out of all those little skirmishes. That showed again why Elise is a must ban in the current meta. With a 2vs3 top lane fight, SK came out even in kills, even though they got outnumbered. Furthermore, the synergy of nRated and CandyPanda grew over the last days. nRated made some very good engages and CandyPanda was able to execute these excellently. SK continued to have a great Dragon control as in the game against Alliance and picked up almost every drake.

Coming to the late game, SK had a huge gold lead over Roccat. Whilst pushing all three lanes, they decided to do a 50/50 Baron that went quite unfortunate. Svenskeren prepared his Q-Smite combo but Overpow's ultimate got the baron low and kicked Svenskeren away so he wasn’t able to Q Nashor. He smited, got the Baron low and Overpow's Q picked it up. After that, SK tried to let the buff run out and then continued to siege. In the 33th minute a fight near the top red buff broke out. Fredy got blown up pretty fast but Roccat were low enough so that SK and especially CandyPanda on Vayne were free to clean up the rest of the team.



Week 3 conclusion

CandyPanda and Jesiz massively stepped up their game this week. You could see that Jesiz changed his mindset and now tries to think more positive before the game starts. SK really made a huge step forward. Fredy wins almost every lane matchup, nRated and CandyPanda gain more and more synergy and Jesiz's performance improves from week to week. Also Svenskeren showed against Alliance that even if you try to outban him, he pulls out another champion and carries with him.

SK went 2-1 this week and earned the fourth place. Next week they will play against the Copenhagen Wolves on Friday, the 7th of February.

Any feedback is appreciated and you can sound off your thoughts on SK's performance this week in the comment section below!


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