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IEM Katowice Grand Finals: Gambit Gaming vs Azubu Blaze

By Michael 'Wtblife' Ardelean
Jan 20, 2013 20:23


ImageFinally the time has come: The IEM Katowice Grand Finals for League of Legends are here. The Semi-Finals had a quite surprising winner with an underdog winning. Will Gambit Gaming be able to use their momentum and pull a similar dominant performance as they did in the Semis?

To say that no one expected Gambit Gaming to get to the final after their performance in the group stage would be an understatement. Blaze, on the other hand, was an expected finalist by the most. Can the Russian team take out the second of the Korea's best teams? Let's find out.

RU Gambit Gaming vs KR Azubu Blaze

Game 1

Bans
Gambit Gaming: Olaf, Caitlyn, Miss Fortune
Azubu Blaze Lee Sin, Kha'Zix, Xin Zhao


Picks
Gambit Gaming: Evelyn, Dr. Mundo, Ezreal, Renekton, Sona
Azubu Blaze Ryze, Shen, Nunu, Kog'Maw, Vladimir


After it seemed like both teams would play very careful, as no one risked anything, Azubu made the first move with a TP gank. This gank backfired heavily, as Mundo and Evelyn saw it coming and got a 2-0 out of it. Right after the respawned Kog'Maw and Nunu come back to their lane they get dived again for a Sona double kill. Additionally Gambit are able to pick up a 7 minute dragon and a 3k gold advantage. Perfect start for the russians.

Throughout the next minutes Gambit are completely dominant, pushing every lane, denying vision with pink wards and getting kills by catching people.

By the time minute 21 passed Gambit have slain baron and lead by a huge amount of gold and 10 kills. As Gambit simply destroyed Azubu in the next team fight they decided to surrender.

Winner: RU Gambit Gaming

Game 2

Bans
Gambit Gaming: Olaf, Caitlyn, Miss Fortune

Azubu Blaze: Evelynn, Kha'Zix, Lee Sin


Picks
Gambit Gaming: Shen, Ezreal, Xin Zhao, Taric

Azubu Blaze: Shen, Sona, Kayle, Vayne, Dr. Mundo


Unlike game 1 this one starts off very exciting with AZB invading Gambit's red buff. Unfortunately for AZB, Gambit knew this and once again managed to pull an early advantage with first blood and 3-1 overall starts. Similar to the last game Gambit push their advantage with an early dragon, this one gets slain at 5 minutes though.

After a crushing start AZB have managed to get back up and equal the the kills out to a 4-4. Despite the kills being equal, Gambit outshines AZB with a gold advantage due to higher creep scores. Right after AZB got confident again and start pushing Gambit engage an amazing fight and kill 2 for nothing in addition to another free dragon.

Gambit literally steamroll over AZB in this game. They engage a chaotic fight and gain several kills with no losses, which once again leads to a free baron. With baron buff on them they go for an easy tower dive on the mid lane. The 3-0 allows them to simply finish of Azubu Blaze's base at 28 minutes. Extremely well played, one might say this reminds you of the “old” M5 in terms of play style.

Winner: RU Gambit Gaming

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Pictures courtesy to ESL.


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