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PAX Prime Semi-finals: TSM vs Curse

By Irena 'curlychan' Pencheva
Sep 1, 2012 23:02


Image3rd day of the North American Regionals and this means it's time for the semi-finals. The rivalry between TSM and Curse has never been so tense and the series between them will be anything but boring. Read on for our full coverage of the matches!

US Team SoloMid have been on top of their game for months and they came into the Regionals with only one thing on their minds - the first place. Their opponents, US Team Curse , are coming from a win at MLG Raleigh, who was taken away from them, and that certainly makes them even more eager to show us their best performance and proof how serious they are towards the game. The winner of this game qualifies for Season 2 Championship and Season 3 Championship Series, so the stakes have never been so high for these teams. Who will take the win?

US Team SoloMid vs US Team Curse

Game 1

Bans
TSM: Alistar, Fiddlesticks, Yorick
Curse: Karthus, Malphite, Rumble


Picks
TSM: Shen, Nunu, Maokai, Ryze, Graves
Curse: Vladimir, Blitzcrank, Corki, Morgana, Shyvana


The first game started with Curse sending Cop and Elementz in top lane. Soon after that TheOddOne ganked them and Dyrus picked up first blood on Curse's support. That made Curse swap their lanes to the usual ones. OddOne tried another gank in top lane, which didn't succeed, but that allowed Curse to take the first dragon of the game. This didn't make OddOne give up and his third gank top was again successful. It was time for Curse to respond and they did so with a kill on Chaox at bot lane. Seconds later Jacky managed to 1v1 Regi. Chaox quickly came back for revenge in bot lane and scored a double kill.

A double gank in top lane ended with 3 clean kills for Curse and soon after the first teamfight took place as well - it was in mid lane and Curse won it 2-1. Then they went for baron and got the kill on it but lost the fight after it and all of the following ones with two of them even being aces for TSM, thanks to Chaox' amazing positioning. With the second ace the NA powerhouse went for the final push and finished the first game.

Winner: TSM
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Game 2

Bans
Curse: Karthus, Malphite, Shen
TSM: Alistar, Yorick, Fiddlesticks


Picks
Curse: Vladimir, Corki, Nunu, Shyvana, Morgana
TSM: Blitzcrank, Maokai, Rumble, Graves, Ryze


In game 2 both teams' AD carries and supports went to top lane. After hitting level 6 Jacky went for a gank top and got first blood on Chaox. SaintVicious went for a gank bot but thanks to TheOddOne's fast response it was Westrice who fell victim to it. Curse took the first dragon but TSM responded with a 3-man gank in top lane and Westrice who had went there died for a second time. Few minutes later again in top lane we saw a double gank from both junglers. The engage was 1 for 1, but Jacky came from both lane and took a kill on Dyrus, turning it into Curse's favour.

The first team fight happened in front of the baron pit - Curse won it 4-2 and took the dragon as well. Soon after that Curse managed to catch two TSM players in their jungle and after killing them, they immediately turned towards baron. The remaining players from TSM succeeded in stopping them though paying with 2 more deaths for it but taking 2 kills themselves.

The next teamfight was a huge success for Curse - Cop scored a quadrakill and only one of his teammates died. They immediately went for baron but were too ahead of themselves - SaintVicious didn't use his smite, but TheOddOne did and an amazing steal was witnessed. That made Curse go on the defensive for a while, but not for too long - after the baron buff expired it was time for the last teamfight and Curse cleaned it up nicely picking up the ace without anyone of them dying and pushing for the win, tieing up the series.

Winner: Curse
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Game 3

Bans
TSM: Alistar, Yorick, Fiddlesticks
Curse: Shen, Karthus, Vladimir


Picks
TSM: Nunu, Sona, Morgana, Graves, Jayce
Curse: Corki, Shyvana, Ahri, Blitzcrank, Darius


The MVP from the previous game, Curse's Cop took first blood on Xpecial in this last map of the series. TSM responded with a gank at top lane which resulted in Westrice dying. For a third game in a row Curse got the first dragon, but TSM got the first turret plus another kill on Westrice. Soon after both teams found themselves near the dragon pit and Elementz landed a perfect hook on Chaox resulting in his death. Curse didn't commit in taking the dragon though, not until Chaox was back there and that turned against them - TSM initiated onto them and took 2 clean kills and the dragon after that.

What followed was a couple of minutes of TSM farming and taking turrets until they managed to start another fight in which they scored an ace and took baron after that. Powered with the buff they pushed hard onto Curse's inner turrets. After baron respawned both teams were lurking around it, when Westrice was caught out of position and Chaox scored a quick triplekill. TSM immediately went for the still standing nexus turrets and finished the game, securing their place in the final of the Regionals, Season 2 Championship and Season 3.

Winner: TSM
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