The first match opened up perfectly for Fnatic as they managed to catch I Want Cookie in the mid brush. After an intense 5v5 fight, Rekkles' Vayne walked away with three kills and an assist giving them a beautiful head start. Seconds later a brilliant blue buff steal from nRated forced a fight which ended with Vayne scoring an additional double kill. Unfortunately for Shushei's team that was just the beginning. All of their lanes got severely outplayed as the score reached 10-1 kills on the 6th minute mark in favour of Fnatic. The domination extended to such a degree that I Want Cookie forfeited the match on the 12th minute. An absolutely explosive start of the final!
The second game was a whole different story. The synergy between Rekkles and nRated gave results as they managed to snatch an easy first blood. This time Shushei's lads fought valiantly and manged to equalize the game with some nice bot lane exchanges which toned down Fnatic's aggression. The full turnaround came on the 13th minute as I Want Cookie won a great engagement near dragon pit and after grabbing the kills managed to secure the extra gold by slaying the beast as Fnatic were in full retreat. Even though I Want Cookie had map control, both teams frequently exchanged kills. One of these lead to the destruction of Fnatic's mid inhibitor as it was already clear that it was their opponent's game to lose. In an act of desperation xPeke's team tried to force a fight near Nashor. Their efforts finally paid off with Cyanide stealing it with a beautiful Flash - Smite combo but unfortunately this exchange left only Vayne and Shen alive. With just two enemy champions left alive, Shushei and his Lux charged and took down the enemy Nexus.
The final game of the series started off rather calm. Both teams decided to opt for a more defensive approach. Despite that, Cyanide pulled a successful gank on top lane securing the first blood onto YoungBuck. Just as in the previous game, I Want Cookie displayed brilliant teamwork and managed to balance the game once again as their jungling Cho'Gath grabbed two kills. From this moment Fnatic decided to take the offensive approach and managed to come on top in an exchange near dragon and consequently also got the gold lead. As the game continued many fights were forced in order for Shushei and his lads to once again swing things in their favour but to no avail. Fnatic's impeccable exchanges and teamwork brought them gold lead, map control and soon - the final game and $1000.
With their heads high, Fnatic secured another tournament. Their next performance will be this weekend at Dreamhack Winter 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Former lead editor and interviewer for SK Gaming
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iNNERFiRE - multi-game journalist and Editor-in-Chief: 2012
onGamers - League of Legends Feature Producer: 01.2014 - 02.2015
SK-Gaming - League of Legends Lead Editor: 11.2012 - 08.2015
My journey into eSports started in 2004 when I accidentally caught a small video on TV from the WarCraft 3 WCG 2004 final. I opened up the SK Gaming website from my father's laptop and never stopped reading to this day. In early 2010 I started writing at a Bulgarian news website simply because I disliked how the current editor was handling his job and with time, I got to be Editor-In-Chief. My main writing interests back then were StarCraft 2, QuakeLive and League of Legends.
Fast-forward to 2012, after a small hiatus and moving to England to attend university, I decided to start writing news posts again, inspired by a couple of industry figures who have taken their turns taking eSports writing to a new level. With the beginning of IPL5, I was given a trial with SK Gaming which was successful and I never looked back.
In early 2014, onGamers presented me with an incredible opportunity to join their ranks which I took. Although I believe my 2014 was rather poor (in terms of work ethic and results), I have made changes during the winter break to ensure that sufficient effort will be made to repair that. Unfortunately, due to the collapse of the team, the project was at a stand still which marked the end of my stint with the oG crew.
I continued producing 1 on 1 interviews with SK members until July 2015. After that, other commitments arose and I figured I could not provide the flow of content I promised my superiors and took a step back, leaving SK.
If you are an eSports fan who is looking to get into writing or simply want to chat about eSports across the years, you can always find me on my twitter - @Adddler . Below you can find some trivia about me.
BroodWar / StarCraft 2
BW pro: sAvi0r and Flash (for different reasons)
BW race: Terran
BW series: Hana Daetoo MSL
SC2 pro: Creator and Stephano (different reasons)
SC2 race: Terran
SC2 series: ThorZain vs Polt at DreamHack Open 2012 and any big final played by King MvP
StarCraft related article: God of the Battlefield
Pro: Alexey 'Cypher' Yanushevski
Map: Aerowalk, BloodRun (100% Eastern European choices)
Series: Cooller vs Cypher. Especially the brilliant defensive Cypher game on Aero (game 4).
Rivalry: Rapha vs Cypher
Quake related articled: The Quadra Interview and the one and only Cypher PoV
League of Legends
Pro(s): FORG1VEN, Faker, WeiXiao, NaMei and Mata.
Position: AD Carry
Series: All the World Elite games at IPL5, KT Bullets versus SK Telecom T1 K OGN Summer 2013 Final and LPL Summer Final between StarHorn Royal Club and EDG (The perfect Jinx game by Namei).
League related article: Most of TeamLiquid.net's takes on the 2012 and 2013 OGN tournaments.
Team: Fnatic (2008-2009)
Series: AGAiN vs Fnatic at WCG 2009. Literally broke a cup after the game. One of the most emotional series for me as a spectator.
Gfinity League of Legends - August 2013 (SK Gaming)
EU LCS Week 5 London - June 2014 (SK Gaming / onGamers)
GamesCom 2014 Cologne - August 2014 (SK Gaming / onGamers)
EU LCS 2015 Week 7 Spring Split - March 2015 (SK Gaming)
Intel Extreme Masters Season IX Katowice - March 2015 (SK-Gaming)
Throwback Thursday: SK.LoL Qualifies for Season 2 Worlds
SK Gaming League of Legends Roster Update
Recap of the League - LPL playoffs
Recap of the League - EU LCS Playoff Preview
SK LoL line-up for LGX
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