The Go4LoL #28 was a week after the IEM championships, of course SK were disappointed not to emerge victorious however there was no point crying over spilt milk so our team was back and ready to prove the doubters wrong.
The first rounds were relatively easy; SK defeated the following to reach the latter stages:
Round 1: Bye
Round 2: SK defeated MeTooStrongForU
Round 3: SK defeated Slide Away
Round 4: SK defeated a link to the past
Round 5: SK defeated Juggernaut.lol
Round 6: SK defeated Tunnel Vision
Round 7: SK defeated Peculiar Gaming
Go4LoL #28 final
SK Gaming vs Fnatic
It seemed inevitable that the final was to feature Fnatic after their 6-0 victory at the IEM.
SK were without usual players Mike 'Wickd' Petersen and Alvar 'Araneae' Martin Alenar however they did have a trialist in the form of Thomas 'Stryke' Höllich.
SK: Amumu, Zilean, Annie, Miss Fortune, Morgana
Fnatic: Soraka, Swain, Pantheon, Ashe, Nunu
A heavy Magic damage line-up from SK with their only form of AD coming from Thomas 'Stryke' Höllich on Miss Fortune (who also does some Magic damage).
No 'true' tank as such though from Fnatic. I'd have personally liked to have seen a Galio to combat SK's magic damage but Galio remains out of love at the moment.
The game lasted a fairly average 34 minutes and the scores were heavily one-sided being 22-5. Those who wrote SK off after the IEM did so at their peril as SK won the match in convincing fashion to once again prove why they were/are? rated #1 for so long.
Trialist Thomas 'Stryke' Höllich showed a lot of promise by having an outstanding Go4LoL. He went 10 kills and 14 kills in the Quarter/Semi finals, although he only picked up 6 in the final, his score was a nice 6-1-5.
Great performances were also put in by Franzetti 'Alth0r' Romain and Johannes 'Severus' Lüder on Morgana and Zilean who went 5-1-10 and 6-1-10 respectively.
A good start to the week and nice revenge over the IEM Winners.
Go4LoL #28 Winners: SK Gaming
ESL Pro Series group stage, match 1
After a successful Go4LoL, SK were straight back in action the following night. It was the first match of the EPS and our team went against Team SPEED-LINK .
The match will have been a disappointment for Team SPEED-LINK as SK won it convincingly, with it barely making it passed the 20 minute mark.
A positive start in the competition for us none the less.
Streams/VODs of future matches are coming up soon!
The departure of Araneae
As many of you who follow League of Legends will know, the IEM Championships were a big disappointment for SK Gaming .
The team went into the competition as the favourites but didn't do themselves justice. Fnatic outplayed everybody at the IEM and were deserving winners, however SK finished a lacklustre 3rd, behind against All authority who we would have expected to finish ahead of.
Various reasons have been stated ranging from lack of practice to overconfidence. Whatever the reason may be, things went a little sour within the camp.
A few minor disagreements went around and in the end it came around that Alvar 'Araneae' Martin Alenar left the organisation.
While many have been speculating in the community as to what has happened, most of the rumours are untrue, it was mainly due to a disagreement between members and a vote was cast.
Alvar 'Araneae' Martin Alenar originally founded the team before it was picked up by Dimegio and then of course SK Gaming. It is sad to lose a guy like Araneae as he is a genuinely nice guy and we wish him the best of luck for his LoL future.
Although we the SK side have lost a valuable member, the future is still bright and the current SK lineup will continue to be at the very top of the scene, which is critical considering that there are some big tournaments on the way.
SK Gaming League of Legends squad
Christoph 'nRated' Seitz
Johannes 'Severus' Lüder
Benjamin 'SleazyWeazy' Hiller
Franzetti 'Alth0r' Romain
Carlos 'ocelote' Rodríguez Santiago
Mike 'Wickd' Petersen
Adam 'rashaasii' Olofsson
As a farewell, here is the second highlight video which Ara created.
eSports coordinator at Riot Games
SK Gaming - League of Legends Team Manager + Editor
SK Gaming Nov '10 - May 2012.
IEM Global Challenge Gamescom, Cologne 2011
IEM Global Challenge Kiev
DreamHack Summer '12
ECC Poland, Warsaw
Season 2 Regionals, Gamescom
Season 2 World Championships, Los Angeles
Tales of the Lane, Paris
DreamHack Winter '12
IEM Cologne '12
S3 EU Qualifiers, Warsaw
IEM World Championship '13, CeBIT
EU LCS road trip: Lille
Riot S3 EU Summer Promotion
All-Star Shanghai 2013
OGN OLYMPUS Champions Spring
S3 World Championships, L.A
LEC Week 6: SK vs Misfits and SK vs Schalke 04
Get to Know: Crownshot
LEC Week 5: SK vs Vitality and SK vs Fnatic
Brokenshard Takes on LEC Head Coach Role
LEC Week 4: SK vs Splyce and SK vs Rogue
THE NEW JERSEY