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Azubu The Champions Summer 2012 – Semi-final #2

By Irena 'curlychan' Pencheva
Aug 24, 2012 17:28

ImageThe second semi-final of the massive Korean tournament was played today and the two finalists are known now. In case you missed the matches or don’t even know who won, that’s the place where you will find answers to all of your questions.

EU Counter Logic Gaming EU have just returned from Gamescom where they won a spot for the Season 2 Championship, but they didn't have the luxury to rest upon their victory - the second semi-final of Azubu The Champions Summer had to be played today and they had to give their best once again. Their enemy was KR NaJin Black Sword, who desperately wanted the win so they can get enough circuit points and qualify for the Korean Regionals. Who came on top? Read all the details below.

EU Counter Logic Gaming EU vs KR NaJin Black Sword

Game 1

Bans: Ryze, Nocturne, Diana - NaJin Sword: Anivia, Gragas, Alistar

Picks Malphite, Nunu, Kog’Maw, Karthus, Irelia

Picks NaJin Sword: Shen, Leona, Graves, Maokai, Ahri

The game started with NaJin Sword stealing’s blue buff and sending KR Yoon 'MaKNooN' Ha-woon on Shen in the bot lane. First blood was taken on DK Henrik 'Froggen' Hansen after a 3-man gank in mid. Soon after that 3 people from Sword went for the enemy blue buff and responded with an attempt for the dragon. The Korean team didn’t want that to happen though – Shen and Ahri went against the 4 players, got two kills, then chased DE Peter 'Yellowpete' Wüppen and killed him under tower. BE Mitch 'Krepo' Voorspoels was killed two times in a row in the bot lane and Sword got the first dragon as well after one of those kills. on the other hand managed to get their first kill with a 2-man dive on Ahri and a Karthus ult.

The European powerhouse started getting back in the game when they managed to catch and kill Maokai, taking away his oracle as well. They went for the dragon immediately after and killed it, but lost the following battle 1-2. The fights continued in mid lane with one going 2-1 for the Europeans, with DK Mike 'Wickd' Petersen killing Graves 1v1 in bot lane as well, and the next one ending in 2 for 2. The teams then switched to another fight for dragon and got it and took 4 kills in addition, losing only two. After a bit of passive farming the next dragon fight turned out horribly for Sword – they got aced without killing anyone and got the dragon and Baron.

Despite the massive buff to’s strength the next fight ended in a 2-2 draw, but Sword’s revived hope didn’t last for long. The Europeans' massive late game comp was unstoppable at that point and after convincingly winning the next 2 teamfights, they managed to take down the nexus and the first game of the series.

MVP: Yellowpete – 9/2/15

Game 2

Bans: NaJin Sword: Anivia, Gragas, Malphite - Diana, Ryze, Shen

Picks NaJin Sword: Alistar, Corki, Shyvana, Cassiopeia, Yorick

Picks Nunu, Ezreal, Irelia, Maokai, Ahri started game 2 with a blue buff invade and they also managed to get first blood on Shyvana. The European team sent Wickd in bot lane, while Sword’s Alistar was roaming along with their jungler. Thanks to that roaming the Korean team picked up a kill on Wickd on bot lane. Soon after Ahri and Cass 1v1-ed each other in mid, while at the top lane MakNooN died, but so did Krepo after taking too much tower shots. Both teams got one more kill each in the next few minutes, but managed to take the first dragon as well.

Soon after that Froggen managed to 1v1 Corki in bot lane, while at the top Wickd teleported and helped his teammates take another kill on MakNooN. Sword responded with a kill on Froggen in bot lane, but the first team fight went really bad for them. Shyvana managed to steal the dragon for which they were fighting over, but all of her teammates died for it, while on's side only Maokai fell. The next team fight was even worse for Sword – the European team got the ace and the Baron buff after that and started pushing hard towards the enemy base. Sword decided to engage under their second top turret, but got aced again and pushed all their way to the second win of the series.

MVP: Wickd - 7/1/6

Game 3

Bans: Diana, Nocturne, Ryze - NaJin Sword: Anivia, Gragas, Karthus

Picks Malphite, Kog’Maw, Nunu, Kennen, Irelia

Picks NaJin Sword: Shen, Alistar, Shyvana, Ahri, Sivir got first blood on MaKNooN in the top lane thanks to a gank from UK Stephen 'Snoopeh' Ellis. A 5-man gank from Sword on bot lane though gave them two kills and the first dragon. They continued with the aggressive plays with another gank on bot – this time with 4 people, but they were enough for another two kills. At mid lane Froggen managed to kill Ahri 1v1 but Sivir came and picked him up. immediately after Sword got the second dragon completely uncontested. Next they picked up two more kills under the second top’s turret and soon after - one more plus the third dragon.

The first serious team fight happened at the 27 minute and Sword picked up 4 kills, losing only one, and went and took Baron as well. The Koreans started pushing towers with MaKNooN splitpushing bot, but he was killed by Wickd 1v1. Sword still picked up another dragon before their buff ran out though. A few minutes later Ahri was caught in’s jungle but thanks to her and Shen ults she managed to survive long enough so her team would come and get 3 kills for her death and the Baron buff once again. Sword immediately pushed their advantage to the fullest, got 4 more kills and made the series go to a 1-2 score.

Winner: NaJin Sword
MVP: PraY – 8/0/10

Game 4

Bans: NaJin Sword: Anivia, Gragas, Karthus - Diana, Shen, Malphite

Picks NaJin Sword: Alistar, Ahri, Nocturne, Corki, Jax

Picks Shyvana, Ezreal, Morgana, Leona, Cho’Gath

Similar story once again - stole the enemy blue buff and sent Wickd in bot lane. Nocturne managed to get their blue buff in response and dived Wickd behind the turret, getting first blood. Soon after a 4-man gank on top lane allowed to take a kill on MaKNooN between his two top towers. Sword managed to pick up two more kills on Wickd at bot lane, but the Europeans responded with a 1v1 kill for Froggen against Ahri and a kill on Alistar. CLG caught MaKNooN near the dragon and then went for it, Sword initiated 4v5 and all 4 of them died for only 1 kill and no dragon.

In the teamfight for the next dragon came out on top once more – 3 kills and the dragon without losing anyone even though half of them were pretty low after the skirmish. The Europeans started camping the second mid turret of Sword and after a great dark binding from Froggen on MaKNooN, they managed to ace them, get the middle inhibitor and pick Baron a few minutes later. With the buff and the super minions going for Sword's nexus turrets, only had to initiate one more time in order to win the game and the series and that's exactly what they did, picking 3 more kills plus one on the fountain and advancing to the finals.

MVP: Froggen 6/0/2

After last week's amazing 5 games long set between KR Azubu Blaze and KR Azubu Frost, where Frost surprisingly for most people managed to win in the last blind pick mode game, will have to face them in the finals on 8th September. Next Friday though will be the match for the 3rd place between NaJin Sword and Blaze, so don't miss that either.




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