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IPL 5 - Day 3 Recap

By Daniel 'DanielPY' Yordanov
Dec 2, 2012 01:33

ImageDay three is upon us and the IGN Pro League does not fail to deliver great games and lots of emotions as titans clashed!

Brothers against brothers

The first match of the day was between non-other than EU Team Curse EU and US Team Curse Academy. This was their first competitive match against each other and was eagerly awaited by the crowd. Both teams started off with a quick exchange of games, but the true excitement came with the deciding match. Despite the equal start, US Brandon 'Saintvicious' DiMarco and co picked up the pace with a triple kill on CN Chenglong 'Nyjacky' Wang’s Katarina. This turned out to be the deciding factor as every single other engagement was dominated by US Team Curse Academy which won them the final game.


On the other hand we had the south-asian clash of SG Singapore Sentinels against TW Azubu Taipei Assassins. The Season 2 champions had their confidence shaken by EU Fnatic yesterday as they dropped to the lower bracket. The Sentinels started off strong as they seemingly outplayed TPA in the early game, securing the gold lead and a couple of kills. HK Kurtis 'Toyz' Lau and the gang did step up and with some excellent decisions turned it around. The second game was an absolute stomp as the Assassins made quick work of their opponents.

CounterLogic match-ups

EU Fnatic seemed unstoppable yesterday and came into their match with US Counter Logic Gaming with a lot of confidence. Imagine the surprise of the audience when the Americans went on to absolutely dominate game one with US Peter 'DoubleLift' Peng sealing it with a pentakill. The Europeans quickly equalized as this time they looked a lot more stable. With their newfound momentum, they devastated US Counter Logic Gaming in a pretty one-sided third game.


CLG's brethren had a very rough start as they got demolished by CN World Elite in game one. CN Jingxi 'Misaya' Yu managed to shut down both UK Stephen 'Snoopeh' Ellis and DE Peter 'Yellowpete' Wüppen to bring it home. The second set between these contenders can safely be dubbed “The best League of Legends game ever”! 61 kills, over 200,000 gold, base-races are just some of the reasons this game is a MUST watch.

Russia versus Korea

RU Moscow Five versus KR Azubu Blaze. Ever since the Russians emerged onto the scene the Russia vs. South Korea match-up has been discussed thoroughly. Game one was a showcase of Moscow 5’s best qualities – excellent teamfights, counter-jungles and RU Alexey 'Alex Ich' Ichetovkin’s Evelyn who missed another pentakill by a hair. The second game was a whole different story as Azubu showed why the Koreans are to be feared. By playing an excellent game with zero to none mistakes, they outplayed RU Moscow Five and tied the series. Both teams did not disappoint in game 3. With slow and methodical game style, RU Moscow Five defeated their opponents and eliminated the last Korean team in the tournament. Meanwhile, TW Azubu Taipei Assassins quickly dispatched US Team Curse Academy despite a valiant effort by the latter.


The last of the fallen

The last two matches of the day proved to be a tough challenge for the remaining contenders. Firstly, RU Moscow Five underestimated US Counter Logic Gaming and the Americans did not hesitate to walk away with the victory thanks to the excellent synergy between US Steve 'Chauster' Chau and US Peter 'DoubleLift' Peng. After the unpleasant surprise, the Russian powerhouse took the initiative and lead by their AP dynamo RU Alexey 'Alex Ich' Ichetovkin, took two straight games to eliminate US Counter Logic Gaming .

The final game of the day was between TW Azubu Taipei Assassins and EU Counter Logic Gaming EU. This time, however, the roles were switched completely. The Europeans applied early aggression which gave them a sufficient lead. Their opponents seemingly did not have an answer to DK Henrik 'Froggen' Hansen's Lux as they crumbled and lost game one. Game two started in the same manner, but this time TW Azubu Taipei Assassins not only let DK Henrik 'Froggen' Hansen pick Anivia, but also allowed him to get two early kills. Just when everyone thought that the match was over, brilliant plays by TW Cheng 'Bebeisadog' Bo Wei brought the game back in their favor. Everything started to "click" and the Assassins began outplaying their opponents hard. The third game was no different. EU Counter Logic Gaming EU got some early kills, but excellent moves by their opponents denied them the lead. TW Azubu Taipei Assassins continued to make all the right calls and obliterated their enemies in the final battle and thus made a step towards the crown of IPL5.


The only question that remains is will Alex's face be happy as in the picture above after he walks away from the battle with RU Moscow Five 's nightmare? The Russians are to meet the Assassins for the third time in the last two months and so far, their efforts have proved insufficient. Will RU Moscow Five once again show their incredible teamwork or will TW Azubu Taipei Assassins cement their title of "best team in the world"?

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