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IEM Katowice Group A: Azubu Blaze vs Gambit Gaming

By Irena 'curlychan' Pencheva
Jan 18, 2013 15:39


ImageIEM Katowice opens up the eSports year of 2013 with a blast. Follow all of this weekend's matches live coverage here at SK-Gaming!

Only the first match and what teams do we have! Azubu Blaze coming all the way from Korea to Europe for the first time and former Moscow 5 sporting their new name, Gambit Gaming. Who's going to be one step ahead towards advancing from the group after this match? Let's find out!

KR Azubu Blaze vs RU

Bans
Azubu Blaze: Lee Sin, Evelynn

GG: Elise, Cho’Gath, Nunu


Picks
Azubu Blaze: Olaf, Lulu, Caitlyn, Kha’Zix, Dr. Mundo

GG: Amumu, Miss Fortune, Kayle, Sona, Renekton


As soon as the creeps spawned we saw Cpt Jack get the blue buff and go mid with Lustboy. Alex Ich and Edward followed them there, while Ambition and Genja were dueling in the bot lane. Helios managed to steal GG’s red buff and soon after he pulled off a successful gank bot which allowed Ambition to pick up first blood on Genja. Blaze started to put pressure on all lanes and it soon gave them the desired results. They took the mid turret and the first dragon, picked up a few more kills as well, and it seemed like GG had no answer for that.

The first team fight happened around the 25 minute mark in front of the dragon pit. Blaze were far ahead at that point and got an easy 4 for 1. Soon after they respawned, GG tried to go for a desperation baron, but got completely caught out and aced by the Korean team with Ambition being denied the penta kill by Flame. That allowed Blaze to take the baron themselves and go for a final push against the Russians’ base. After another ace on GG, there was nothing left for the Korean powerhouse to do but destroy the nexus and declare their first victory on European ground.

Winner: Azubu Blaze

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Picture courtesy of ESL.


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