Our second match for the week was against a poor Copenahagen Wolves team which still can't find its identity after being torn apart during the small break. Key figures within the Wolves are the steadily improving CowTard and AD Carry Woolite who always puts up good numbers, regardless of how dire the situation could be.
The El Classico continues
The pick and ban phase went alright for both squads as SK snatched their strategical picks in Ziggs for Jesiz and Thresh for nRated, while Fnatic were content with a strong bot lane presence in the face of Morgana and Twitch. Unfortunately, Fnatic played the map way better than our lads, thus earning the first blood near SK wraiths after a brawl in the jungle.
The double invisibility composition worked wonders as SK got outplayed in the small skirmishes. Flank after flank, kill after kill, the disparity between the two became so large that no objective, rotation or play would prove sufficient to turn the tides of the game. The moment came and SK took a critical blow in their LCS campaign by their signature opponent.
Against the pack
Seeking redemption and trying to keep their pace against Alliance, the boys had to go big or go home against the Wolves. As Alliance slipped in their battle with Gambit Gaming, a perfect opportunity to keep the one game deficit presented itself. The only price we had to pay was a sound victory in this match.
Airwaks continued playing his strange jungle picks as Jax was his choice. On our side, nRated quickly grabbed Braum, allowing CandyPanda to sit back and dish out as much damage as he can with Twitch. Finally, Svenskeren chose his signature Jarvan IV, a champion which brought him into the scene in Season 3. Despite a quick lead by the Wolves, SK remained calm and slowly reduced the deficit, ensuring objectives and picks where they could. For some reason, the Wolves could not retaliate and simply tried to unsuccessfully counter-act the SK team, hoping for a mistake in execution. That mistake never came and the boys walked away with a vital victory, thus keeping their chances for first place alive.
As week 5 draws near, so do Fnatic. A tough road lies ahead for SK Gaming with a strong Alliance still reigning supreme over the throne of Europe. Will the lads manage to overcome their foes? Find out in the upcoming week 5 when we face Alliance and Supa Hot Crew in the Wembley Arena in London, England.
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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