Day 1 - Saturday, 11 March 2017SK Gaming vs Fnatic
SK Gaming played against Fnatic, which was touted by the analyst(s) as a KValafar vs. Palmatoro match-up.
SK Gaming: jetpacks (Ardan), KValafar (Vox), Tyruzz (Blackfeather)
Fnatic: nettetoilette (Lance), TetnoJJ (Petal), Palmatoro (Joule)
Game 1 was a display of SKG's impressive draft and strategy with first blood happening at the 2:16 minute mark courtesy of the "wild card" Tyruzz. There was an unusual amount of early damage coming through with KValafar's very strong and mobile weapon power Vox, even managing to dodge a lot of Impales coming from nettetoilette, but it was not enough to stop Fnatic’s early game composition from securing the first ace of the match at 13:15 minutes.
They have early game so let’s chill, sustain as much as possible on lane. - jetpacks
This upset did not put a dent on SKG's confidence and they proceeded with a lot of poking and baiting. As soon as KValafar fully committed to a team fight and found an optimal position, with the massive amount of damage coming from his Breaking Point-Double Tyrrant Monocle Vox, a retaliation ace for the team was carried out at 14:36 mins and another one at 16:18 mins. What do you do when your team has an ace past 15:00 minutes into the game? Tickle that Kraken and take her out for a walk, baby!
With the Kraken marching on to the enemy’s base with our SKG boys, it did not take long until the Vain Crystal finally got shattered and SKG took game 1 off Fnatic.
SK Gaming: jetpacks (Fortress), KValafar (Rona), Tyruzz (Adagio)
Fnatic: nettetoilette (Lyra), TetnoJJ (Vox), Palmatoro (Samuel)
Game 2 started with an early counter-jungling by SKG nabbing the enemy's healer treant, the front minions, and the elder treant on top of that. As if that was not enough, KValafar went ahead and followed through with a first blood at 4:05 mins into the game... and a second blood [Does that even exist in-game? No, but I'm going to pretend it does. My article, my rule. ] at 7:39 mins.
The strength of their comp is sustain on lane, catch them when they’re shopping [...] stay calm and play normal, like a normal ranked game. - jetpacks
A few aborted team fights came about that did not give good results for SKG. By the 14:40 mark the team kill tally was even at 2:2 and then SKG lost a turret by 15:11 mins. As if that turret uttered "Avenge me!" with its last breath, next thing you know KValafar Red Misted himself to death into a team fight to shred a chunk of health from the entire Fnatic team, with Tyruzz wiping both Palmatoro and nettetoilette out and jetpacks taking a deadly bite on TetnoJJ. Yes, that was an ace and naturally Kraken was unleashed at 17:19.
The excitement did not stop there as the fight for the Kraken ensued with nettetoilette very skillfully robbing SKG of the Kraken. As the Kraken advanced towards their lane, SKG opted for another team fight which paid off with 2 kills but cost them a turret.
During the what-feels-like-the-150th team fight of the match, an ace for Fnatic came through at 27:43 mins. With the entire SKG team and his two allies on respawn, TetnoJJ solo captured the Kraken at 28:38. SKG did not let this act frazzle them a bit and went for a final showdown while the Kraken was destroying their remaining turrets. With an ace in their pockets, they rushed to destroy the enemy's Vain Crystal and secured SKG a 2:0 win.
Day 2 - Sunday, 12 March 2017SK Gaming vs. Team Secret
SK Gaming: jetpacks (Lance), KValafar (Vox), Tyruzz (Koshka)
Team Secret: Mowglie (Phinn), L3oN (Ringo), justman00 (Glaive)
With Team Secret's eagerness to finish the match, they wasted no time and engaged into another team fight. SKG triumphed over L3oN and Mowglie but justmann00 was left unscathed. SKG very swiftly unleashed the Kraken at 19:56 allowing them to destroy 1 turret.
(on a missed team fight opportunity) It could have been good, but I’m not confident to do it. - jetpacks
At this point, it was a do or die situation for SKG and the decider team fight burst forth at 21:50 and sealed the win for Team Secret.
SK Gaming: jetpacks (Ardan), KValafar (Glaive), Tyruzz (Kestrel)
Team Secret: Mowglie (Adagio), L3oN (Reim), justman00 (Gwen)
At around 10:30 mins, SKG got caught in Team Secret's perfectly choreographed pas de trois, with justmann00's Aces High connecting with Tyruzz, followed by Mowglie's Verse of Judgment stunning KValafar and Tyruzz, and then L3oN's Valkyrie finishing Tyruzz off. With the exception of jetpacks activating his Reflex Block against Verse of Judgement, none of these ultimates were blocked by KValafar and Tyruzz because, well, they did not have much gold to afford enough defence. A clear indication of the huge gap between how ahead Team Secret and how behind SKG were in terms of gold. In other words, Team Secret's very aggressive strategy stalled the builds for the entire SKG team.
Much poking and baiting took place at the centre of the jungle at around 15:00 mins. When a team fight finally erupted, Team Secret snagged an ace and captured the Kraken. Ultimately, Team Secret took the match 2:0.
SK Gaming vs. Denial Esports (formerly Beyond Horizon)
SKG quickly recovered from their loss against Team Secret and bagged the 3rd Place with a 2:1 win.
Unfortunately, these matches were not streamed but are now available as VODs. Here are the VOD links and the current point standings for Split 1.
Bayu: What are you eating, jet?
Bayu: It’s a good dinner actually, lots of vitamins.
This week the team is facing Mousesports in the round of 8 at 17:00 CET, Saturday, 18 March. Don't miss it out!
Written by teepee
Lover of all things esports since 2011. Enjoys Blizzard games, fantasy books and superhero movies and TV shows.
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