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Olympus Champions Winter – Round of 4 Recap

By Irena 'curlychan' Pencheva
Jan 24, 2013 16:03

ImageThe third installment of the Korean tournament run by OnGameNet is getting close to the finish line, but who are the teams that managed to secure their place in the big final? Read on to find out.

Thanks to the 4 great teams that made it to the semifinals and to the unusual format of the tournament that made them play 2 Best of 5 sets in order to determine the finalists, we were able to witness a lot of great games that put fans on the edge of their seats.

First we had what turned out to be the biggest and most commonly occurring rivalry in "The Champions" - KR Azubu Blaze vs KR Azubu Frost, who met in the semifinal for a second season in a row. Both sets got to the 5th blind pick mode game and each and every one of these 10 games was beyond exciting. We saw unorthodox picks like Kayle mid, the favourite Korean combo of Amumu and Miss Fortune and more Warmog's Armor than we could ever count. Both times Blaze managed to take two games off their "brother" team, but that was as far as their skills could take them. Frost were merciless in the blind pick games and continued their winning streak in them, becoming the first team to qualify for this season's final.

The second semifinal was between the crowd's favourites KR NaJin Black Sword and this season's surprise KR KT Rolster Bullets. Many expected this to be a tight series of matches, but that wasn't exactly the case. KR Yoon 'MaKNooN' Ha-woon and his team showed how much they have grown since the Summer season of "The Champions". Sword is hardly relying only on him anymore, KR Kim 'SSONG' Sung-soo and KR Kim 'PraY' Jong-in have stepped up their game immensely and "carrying" just as their roles imply. KT Rolster B just didn't have enough experience playing under so much pressure at this stage of the tournament and lost both sets, the first with a 1-3 score and the second with 0-3.

With that the stage is set for the final - Azubu Frost vs NaJin Sword. Frost seemed like the favourite to defend their title from the Summer season but since their defeat by RU Gambit Gaming at IEM Katowice their confidence must have been shaken. That can be the perfect opportunity for MaKNooN and company to strike and claim the trophy for themselves. Will that happen though, we'll find out on 2nd February when the final takes place.

Before that though there's one more set to be played - the match for 3rd place. Azubu Blaze and KT Rolster B will go up against each other tomorrow, 25th January at 11:30 CET. Blaze have more experience, but they suffered an unexpected defeat in Katowice as well. Maybe KT Rolster B will prove that they are not to be taken lightly despite their losses to Sword. The match remains open for anyone to grab it.



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