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Season 2 WC Quarterfinals: World Elite vs CLG.eu

By Krasimir 'fmde' Kolev
Oct 7, 2012 05:30


ImageSeason 2 World Championship is reaching it's final phases. Today, the last of the 4 semi-finalists will be known. Will the Asian teams continue their dominance in day 3? Or will CLG defend Europe's honor? SK-Gaming with full coverage of the event!

Day 3 of the Season 2 World Championships is about to kick off with some transcontinental action. The Chinese powerhouse World Elite will face the European division of CLG. Both teams have the ambition and the skill to continue in the semi-finals, but only one will carry on. Which team will it be?

CN World Elite vs EU Counter Logic Gaming EU

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GAME 1:

Bans
World Elite: Anivia, Alistar, Irelia
CLG.eu: Twisted Fate, Shen, Skarner


Picks
World Elite: Orianna, Maokai, Blitzcrank, Graves, Olaf
CLG.eu: Ezreal, Leona, Cho'Gath, Karthus, Malphite


Game Recap:

Game started off with a delayed invade attempt by the Chinese team, which backfired badly: Because CLG were expecting it and were right on spot, they managed to secure firstblood, secure their own blue buff and steal enemy's red buff afterwards.

At this point the game dramatically decreased on aggressive plays and both teams resumed farming. The laning phase, however didn't go as the European team wanted it to: they got outfarmed by their opponent in ALL lanes and after several attempts to prevent further deficit in gold, they quickly started losing tower after tower.

Team WE had their game plan set, their main focus was global objectives and teamfights. After 2 flawless teamfights and 2 consecutive Barons, in an final act of desperation CLG decided to go all-in. Their lack of damage however was a huge issue and they couldn't manage to eliminate priority targets. The Chinese team pushed in for the win, securing game 1 and only win away from making it to semi-finals!

WINNER: World Elite

Game 2:

Bans
World Elite: Anivia, Alistar, Irelia
CLG.eu: Twisted Fate, Orianna, Blitzcrank


Picks
World Elite: Ezreal, Nocturne, Shen, Leona, Vladimir
CLG.eu: Sona, Skarner, Jayce, Corki, Karthus


Game Recap:

After some technical problems, Game 2 had to be restarted. This time it was WE stepping on the throttle and securing firstblood, killing yellowpete bot lane.
For the next 20 minutes it was the Chinese team that was dictating the events in the game. Being up 2 kills, they secured the first Dragon and managed to push their gold lead even further.

Slowly, but surely however, CLG felt like they were in their own territory and decided in their standard style of playing, to stall the game and take it to really late. At the start it didn't seem quite like the case. Being 9 kills and almost 8k gold behind the chances of getting to that point were very slim, as both CLG's top lane and AD Carry were losing 1v1 trades. They were however keeping their farm up and slowing down the pace even more.

As the game entered it's late stages, the better team composition the European team had, started kicking in and they started winning more and more teamfights. They managed to secure a Baron, but WE were still in the game and they answered instantly by taking 3 inner turrets. At this point CLG clearly had one mission: "Get to lategame, where our teamcomp is better". After a 52 minutes, they were knocking on to WE's base and catching Nocturne 2 times in a row, secured them the win.

Winner: CLG.eu

GAME 3:

Bans
WE: Anivia, Irelia, Cho'Gath
CLG.EU: Twisted Fate, Blitzcrank, Orianna


Picks
WE: Corki, Maokai, Leona, Olaf, Vladimir
CLG.EU: Jayce, Kog'Maw, Skarner, Nunu, Karthus


Game Recap:

Probably the longest running series in E-sports history has finally come to a close. An amazing match between two titans of League of Legends, but only one can be declared the victor.

The game starts with the junglers trading blues and World Elite swapping their bot lane to top. It has become a common practice to do this but rarely does a team use this swap so effectively. After a couple minutes Maokai makes his way top and WE performs a 3 man dive to pick up first blood on Jayce. Snoopeh goes up to hold at tower, but is dove by WE in the same fashion and falls to the combined power of WE. Karthus fortunately picks up a kill on Leona off the back of this with his ult.

A little later Olaf finds himself too far out and is killed by Nunu/Kog'maw, with a dragon picked up off the back of it by CLG.eu. As CLG seems to be pulling ahead, WE swaps their lanes back and pick up a kill on to Kog'maw, followed by a kill on both Nunu and Kog'maw shortly after, mostly unanswered.

As the lanes begin to break WE and CLG brawl in the middle and trade 3 for 3, with really no objectives taken off of it, showing how even these teams are. Later, as WE swings top to make a move on the inner turret, CLG catches them in a bad spot and WE spends a lot of time in Karthus' Defile. This leads to WE getting aced and only killing Karthus and Nunu, which allows CLG to secure the first Baron.

CLG slowly begins to poke in to WE's base, and eventually picks up the mid inhib turret. As the second Baron spawns ClearLove begins attempting to go for a steal, but WE ends up getting poked out, with Maokai dying to Jayce poke. With the second Baron secured CLG begins dismantling WE's base, with two fights going 4 for 2 in CLG's favour, allowing them to push through for the win.

Winner: CLG.eu

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