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Azubu The Champions Summer 2012 - Group A, Day 1

By Talha 'Viru5z' Pirzada
Jul 4, 2012 23:44

ImageToday, a new season of the OGN Azubu LoL event started. Don't wanna miss any of it? We got you covered with everything you need to know.

After a very successful spring season, a lot of people have been waiting for the champions summer season. Group A kicked off yesterday for the first round 16 games. As group A has teams like World elite and Azubu Blaze, the games were sure to be entertaining. In case you missed them, make sure to read on.

Here is an overview of the four teams from group A currently participating in the Round of 16:

Group A
KR Azubu Blaze
CN World Elite
KR Najin Shield

KR Azubu Blaze vs KR GJR
Bans: AZUBU Blaze: Olaf, Shen, Nautilus - GJR: Twisted Fate, Urgot, Karthus

Picks AZUBU Blaze: Irelia, Vladimir, Nocture, Kog'Maw, Nunu

Picks GJR: Alistar, Ryze, Maokai, Graves, Taric

Winner: Azubu Blaze

AZUBU Blaze, one of the favorites for winning the League of Legends The Champions Summer 2012, had to face GJR. Even though GJR was the underdog, the surely surprised everyone with their unusual pick. They decided to send Alistar on top lane to fight Irelia.

The game started off rather bad for GJR, as Blaze disrupted Maokai, GJR's jungler, early on. This gave them an early advantage, which grew throughout the game. After this early aggression, Blaze concentrated on the mid lane: Because of a high amount of ganks, GJR's Ryze and Maokai were forced to port back a lot, which led to a high advantage for Blaze's Vladimir. As if Blaze had not crippled Maokai enough, they focused on counter jungling and especially stealing blue buffs.

Nocturne launched himself onto the bot-lane and helped killing GJR's bot lane, while Irelia died to Alistar due to a Maokai gank. After Kog'Maw got some more kills, Blaze decided to push towers – which they simultaneously did on every lane. Killing the first tower on every lane led to an even bigger advantage. At minute 17 the first team fight erupted, Blaze shred through the enemies with a tripple kill on Vladimir. As Blaze was very far ahead, they decided to dive for a final ace and a deserved win.


CN World Elite vs KR Najin Shield
Bans: World Elite: Vladimir, Nidalee, Alistar - Najin Shield: Twisted Fate, Shen, Urgot

Picks World Elite: Yorick, Ryze, Nocturne, Corki, Taric

Picks Najin Shield: Jax, Karthus, Dr. Mundo, Graves, Soraka

Winner: World Elite

This game might be seen as a clash of the titans. Both teams are very well known in their countries. This match was sure to be the best match of game one.

As the early game was a stalemate, we'll skip the careful farming and jump straight to the first little fight: It was a little back and forward at the dragon pit, but eventually World Elite was able to get dragon and a kill. From that point the advantage was in favor of World Elite. This advantage coined their decision to start another fight in which they really shined, due to their unique coordination and teamplay.

The next fight started at about 20 minutes and seemed rather perfect for World Elite. Another amazing fight from WE ended with a 4-1 exchange. Later on the poking game started and WE managed to shred through some towers. Eventually WE decided to go for a baron, which they got without any problems, as Shield did not want to risk anything. 30 minutes in the game, WE started pushing once again, but Shield proofed that the expression 'nomen est omen' is right and defended their base with all strength.
Even though Shield tried everything, they were not capable of beating a very strong World Elite.


CN World Elite vs KR GJR
Bans: World Elite: Olaf, Urgot, Nocturne - GJR: Twisted Fate, Xin Zhao

Picks GJR: Vladimir, Morgana, Nautilus, Corki, Taric

Picks World Elite: Shen, Karthus, Dr. Mundo, Graves, Soraka

Winner: World Elite

The third and final game on day one was China's finest versus group A's underdog. Most people would say it is a free win for WE, however, GJR turned out that they are an enemy.

Surprisingly enough, the game started off with a firstblood for GJR. The firstblood seemed to stress WE, as they tried to make it up by playing aggressively on all lane, which GJR could handle easily. World Elite recognized that they had to do something, in order to get back into their game and went for a straight dragon fight. This is where World Elite showed what they can do best: Thanks to an extraordinary team fight (that ended in a 4:2 and a dragon), they came back and started to dominate.

Thanks to the early 15 minutes Infinity Edge on Graves, World Elite simply shred through GJR in every team fight. As the 26th minute passed, WE ended the one-sided game with a 27:5 score.


Current Standings
1st World Elite [ 2W - 0 L]
2nd Azubu Blaze [1 W - 0 L]

3rd Najin Shield [0 W - 1 L]
3rd GJR [0 W - 2 L]

The games today were just a pretaste of what we are going to see in the next weeks and we are really looking forward to them. Make sure to don't miss any of those games, as you might regret it!




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