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SK HoN #1: Playoff results & Finals info

By Mario 'Kolapz' Mađer
Apr 8, 2011 02:05

ImageThe SK Gaming HoN Tournament #1 sponsored by Steelseries and Bigfoot Networks is coming to an end this weekend!

The playoff stage of the SK Gaming HoN Tournament #1 powered by Steelseries and Bigfoot Networks has been wrapped up and now it's time for the two remaining contestants, RU Team Empire and CA Jokes on you , to battle it out and determine the winner of our first Heroes of Newerth tournament!

After the conclusion of the group stage, not many would have predicted these two teams to make it all the way to the finals, but they both managed to string a couple of excellent matches to do so!

Quarterfinal results

US Evil Geniuses 0-2 SE Reason Gaming
EU Dirty Minds 0-2 RU Team Empire
PH DuskBin 0-2 US SK Gaming
CA Jokes on you 2-1 EU Infused Gaming

Two major upsets happened already in the first round as the up and coming Reason Gaming dismantled the heavily favored Evil Geniuses, wowing the crowd with another impressive performance after they already eliminated fnatic from the tournament during the group stage.

The Russians of Empire Gaming defeated Dirty Minds fairly convincingly, as they were obviously boosted by their group stage tiebreaker victory over Online Kingdom which meant they'll participate in the playoffs.

SK Gaming was probably more confident than some expected in their match-up against DuskBin as well, as they 2-0'd them to proceed to the semis.

The infamous Jokes on you team managed to come out on top of Infused in the only match of this round that had to go to a three game series.

Semifinal results

SE Reason Gaming 0-2 RU Team Empire
US SK Gaming 0-2 CA Jokes on you

Reason Gaming's Cindarella story came to an abrupt halt as they smashed head first into the Russian iron courtain. Empire Gaming performed phenomenally in both matches, as they did throughout the tournament, and the Swedes had to go home. Still, their run was very impressive indeed and is an announcement of what we can expect from them in the future.

The North American duke out went into the hands of the Canadians, as they absolutely embarrassed SK Gaming with two easy 20 minute stomps and they certainly deserved their first appearance in a tournament final with this reformed roster. SK Gaming on the other hand will certainly be disappointed with this performance, especially considering they were dubbed one of the favorites to win the first tournament hosted by their organization.

3rd place match

SE Reason Gaming vs US SK Gaming

The match will be played this Saturday (9th April 2011.) at 18:00 CET / noon EST. Make sure to tune in to the livestream by either or to find out who'll take home the consolation prize!


RU Team Empire vs CA Jokes on you

The match will be played this Sunday (10th April 2011.) at 16:00 CET / 10AM EST.

Livestream will, as always, be provided by our coverage partners and!

Prize pool

1st place: $700, 5 Steelseries SK Gaming Edition QcK+ Mousepads, 5 Bigfoot Killer 2100 network cards
2nd place: $200, 5 Bigfoot Killer 2100 Shirts
3rd place: $100, 5 Bigfoot Killer 2100 Shirts

About Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100:
Killer™ 2100 is the only gigabit network card designed from the ground up for online games. And because it’s an add-in card, Killer™ 2100 is the perfect upgrade option for existing gaming rigs and brand new, multi-core rigs alike.

The Killer™ 2100 Gaming Network Card delivers maximum networking performance for online games, whether you’re playing MMOs or first-person shooters. Featuring Advanced Game Detect™, Killer™ 2100 automatically classifies and accelerates traffic to your game ahead of other network traffic for maximum Performance, Intelligence and Control and a competitive edge.

About Steelseries SK Gaming Edition QcK+:
SteelSeries QcK+ Limited Edition (SK Gaming) is a limited edition super-sized mouse pad made of a high quality cloth material, featuring an eye-catching design created in cooperation with SK Gaming. It features a specially designed non-slip rubber base (which prevents the mouse pad from sliding) and a height of 4 mm (twice as thick as standard QcK+ pads).



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