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IEM Katowice Group B: SK Gaming vs Azubu Frost

By Michael 'Wtblife' Ardelean
Jan 19, 2013 14:58

ImageDay 2 of IEM kicks off, therefore Group B is about to start. With Azubu Blaze dominating their group, Azubu Frost, the arguably 'better' Azubu team, are expected to have no problems whatsoever. But who do you think is gonna qualify?

Group B seems very interesting. As stated before, most people count on Frost stomping through the tournament and advancing with a 3-0. So how is the second place going to turn out?

Let's take a quick look at it. Fnatic has showed off quite a lot recently. They play on a very high level and are probably the best European team at the moment. However, they had to drop young Rekkles and picked up Yellowstar, due to law restrictions in Season 3. is a rather new and unknown team. They might pull out an upset due to home advantage. Only time will tell.

And last but not least we've got SK. Some months ago, they have pulled quite a surprise with getting second place at the Season 2 EU Regionals. Similar to the Regionals, they went through an intense 1 week boot camp, so the question is: Can they do it again?
We will be able to take a peak at the new SK early on, as they play in the first game against Azubu Frost.

EU SK Gaming vs KR Azubu Frost

SK-Gaming: Malphite, Blitzcrank, Evelynn

Azubu Frost: Orianna, Cho'Gath, Nunu

SK-Gaming: Olaf, Amumu, Nidalee, Ezreal, Zyra

Azubu Frost: Shen, Miss Fortune, Twisted Fate, Sona, Kha'Zix

A rather surprising first blood happens at 3 minute, as Sona gets caught by a Zyra root. Kev1n on Olaf struggles early on against Kha'Zix, dying at 4:30 and already getting out farmed badly .
As expected, Twisted Fate is doing work, as he helps out their bot lane several times. The Shen + Twisted Fate ult combo sets SK's bot lane back after an early advantage.

18 minutes in the game, AZF have a solid 4k gold lead with a tower and a kill ahead. They engange the first team fight, catching SK completely off guard with a perfectly coordinated cc-chain. They got 3 kills and 2 mid turrets for nothing.
A couple of minutes later Candy Panda manages to steal the dragon with an amazingly timed Trueshot Barrage, however SK eventually sacrifice 2 of their members for it nearby the dragon pit.

As expected, Shen is going for the infamous split push strat. Nidalee follows up to counter push. Due to an Oracle on Sona a ward-slaughter happens in the baron pit. Even tho AZF is 7k gold ahead, they decide not to fight, but rather to catch people off guard and take objectives.

At 29 minutes it shows why AZF holds back: SK engages on them and kills 2 for 1. This somewhat looks like a turning point or a comeback, however SK decides to chase the surviving enemies and overextend, which backfires heavily: SK gets finished off easily by a red buffed MF and AZF go for an easy baron. This move build up the advantage even more to 12k gold.

Shen and Twisted Fate catch Nidalee by surprise, with Shen pushing into TF's ult and manage to kill him. This opens up the free-push for the bottom inhibitor turret, which gets destroyed rather quickly. After letting SK bleed out for a long time, they decide to engage on them with a huge lead. Without any chance, SK gets destroyed in this team fight.

Winner: Azubu Frost



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