With nRated looking better every game, the main focus, at least on paper, for our opponents would be the bottom lane and jungler. An ever-aggressive Svenskeren could certainly spell disaster for the enemy team while the German efficiency of our bot lane is unmatched once in the lead. Not to mention the fact that the Dane is a true terror in Solo Queue these days, consistently stealing the number once spot from nukeduck.
Fnatic: The El Classico continues
This game had quite an interesting back story to it. With SK's rise in Week 4 and Fnatic's repeated loss streak, many wondered whether either squad could prove that their current form is a fluke. Coming into the clash as favourites, Fnatic made the game interesting right from the get go!
SK immediately picked Thresh away from YellowStar which, in turn, locked Wukong and Lulu for the opposing side. Unsure where the little pixie is actually going, our boys smartly picked Vayne and Vi, in hope of receiving more information about the enemy composition. Fnatic were quick to respond with LeBlanc and Lucian being locked, revealing the Lulu to be a support. Jesiz chose Orianna while fredy122 stuck with Trundle, expecting his French counterpart to call and pick a tank. What followed was quite the surprise as sOAZ last picked the one and only Rumble and revealing his team's composition as a double AP.
Although his play was spot-on, the Swede could not help his team.
The game itself was a brilliant tactical play from SK. With Svenskeren being all over the map, our lanes got enough pressure to get them through the early game. Once that was done, CandyPanda started splitpushing the bottom lane in hopes of drawing as much attention as needed while the rest of the team took objectives. The teams traded equally in the mid game and despite Peke's LeBlanc getting a small lead, SK held their opponents at bay once it came to head-on engagements. Tower after tower, SK asserted dominance of the map with crisp rotations. The nail in the coffin was a 4-1 situation with CandyPanda bottom. He drew the whole Fnatic team to him and in the meantime, the rest of the team took baron without opposition. A couple of pushes later, Fnatic's losing streak continued while the German efficiency bot lane added another win to their record.
Gambit Gaming: The streak continues
Ever since Season 3, the Russians have this interesting tradition to always experiment against our squad. Whether it is new picks or crazy strategies, Gambit have fallen victim to this custom not once or twice. Last time, a Caitlyn from Genja and Rengar (who was not in the meta at the time) from Darien sealed a defeat in the final week of the Summer LCS. Obviously not taking that into consideration, the trend continued... and so did the result.
The pick and ban phase started with SK quickly locking Annie. On the other hand, the Russians responded with a Kayle and Lucian pick. Sven and Freddy picked accordingly, introducing Pantheon and Trundle to our composition. The Thresh Prince EdWard locked his trademark champion, while Diamond decided to showcase the newly reworked Skarner and continued the trend of experimenting against our team. Finishing with Vayne, Ziggs and Lord Darien's Warwick, the game was ready to begin.
Diamond's Skarner play was a disappointment.
The early game went in favour of SK as CandyPanda's Vayne was sitting on a 1-0-6 score line after the first couple of engagements. From that point onward, the game snowballed and our team never let the Russians a comeback window. Despite Alex Ich's best efforts the Kayle was shutdown after an impressive display of Ziggs by Jesiz who never made a wrong step and finished the game without dying. On the other hand, Diamond was rather unconvincing on his Skarner pick scoring a disappointing 1-6-3. SK made all the right choices and ended the game as soon as they could, finishing the week with a perfect 2-0 record against the favourites to win the whole split.
SK and Standings
The hard work and practice has definitely given results as the players can be more than proud of what they achieved during the week. However, the next challenge is just a few days away! While scoring two vital wins, the team did not climb up the rankings as Supa Hot Crew also had a very successful venture. If the team continues the excellent play a top 3 spot is definitely possible as two more wins could potentially spearhead SK in second place. Fingers crossed, lads!
Sven has all the reasons to smile.
Although each and every member put in a tremendous amount of effort, Svenskeren's control over the map was pivotal in both our victories. As Jesiz stated in an interview with Thorin after the matches, Sven's aggression and pressure in key points during the map swung the tides even harder in SK's favour, allowing the rest of the squad to do their job with ease.
Being one of the best junglers in EU LCS this week and holding the number one spot in the European Challenger tier Solo Queue, Sven has definitely proven to be SK's MVP for this week.
In just three days, our squad will face Alliance and the Polish dominators of Roccat. The matches start on Thursday, 20th February at 19:00 CET. Ave SK!
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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)
SK Prime vs Gambit Gaming: Preview
One last step: EU LCS playoffs
A song of Mechanics and Rotations: SK's LCS W11
SK Prime win the Challenger League #2 finals
A song of Mechanics and Rotations: SK in LCS W9
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