A new lineup begins their momentous run, Swedish history is made, a legendary foursome adds to their haul and an all time great team's incredible run contains is marked by an impressive finale of greatness.
4. SK Gaming wins Dreamhack Summer 2011
When GeT_RiGhT and f0rest had left fnatic for SK Gaming at the end of 2010 the entire community seemed certain success for the new SK lineup was a sure thing. Phrases like "dream team" were thrown around and people generally had very high expectations for the new squad. After SK failed to get out of the group stage at the IEM V European Championship those expectations came under question. A solid 4th at the IEM V World Championship and runnersup finish at Xperia PLAY helped put the bad memories of Kiev behind the new Swedish team but made some wonder if SK would ever win big titles, even with their newly boosted talent level. The answer, it turned out, was only a couple of months away.
Picking up Delpan at the end of May SK added what would be the missing component to their lineup: a high level dedicated AWP user. From MYM in 2009 to SK at WEM in late 2010 to fnatic at the IEM V European Championship Delpan had proven his worth time and time again as a big time AWP player. Now he would provide SK with an extra weapon to use, and further solidify their CT side strength. The first test would be the Dreamhack Summer tournaments: the main tournament, the IOL FINAL 4 and WCG Sweden qualifier.
You got to be startin' somethin'
After romping through all of their Swedish competition in the latter two tournaments, including a number of big time wins over rivals fnatic, the final proving ground would be the main Dreamhack Summer tournament. It had been two and a half years since SK had won a Dreamhack tournament and with mTw and Na`Vi in attendance the new look Swedish side were certainly not the favourites going in. Thanks to skipping Xperia PLAY Na`Vi still seemed like the best team in the world, having won the IEM V World Championship to claim their fourth straight major title in the space of 13 months.
The tournament began ominously enough as SK once more faced a troublesome stylistic matchup in the form of aggressive Russian all-star lineup Moscow Five. The same team who had helped see SK eliminated from the IEM European Championship and then played them in a tight series at Xperia PLAY would make a fine first test for the new Delpan-powered lineup. The opener was on tuscan, the same map from the aforementioned Kiev-based event, and SK this time managed a tie with the Russians, coming back to put up a strong CT side and earn a point.
The rest of the group stage was all wins for the new SK Gaming lineup. Surprisingly it was the matches against x6 and TCM which were closest, while their match against fnatic was a brutal 16:6 stomping on mirage. SK exited the group stage in first place and moved directly to the semi-final. Thanks to Na`Vi having lost to ESC in the other group the Ukrainians were placed on the same side of the bracket and following a quarter-final win over fnatic would be SK's semi-final opponent.
2010's team of the year provide the first elite level test
With Na`Vi deciding to not to throw nuke from the map pool, being as they wanted to prove they could compete on it, SK took the opening map, nuke, with incredible ease. Na`Vi had only managed a measly three terrorist rounds against SK's rock solid defense and the Swedes swept them upon switching sides. The second map was Na`Vi ever steady home map of train. Despite only putting up eight CT rounds in the first half Na`Vi took eight T rounds, unusual against elite level teams, to tie the series. The decider would be inferno, a map Na`Vi had had their fair share of problems in the past but also some memorable victories on.
When Na`Vi managed 10 rounds as CT they put themselves in a great position to win the tournament. Six rounds as T had been a tough proposition for them in the past but they had managed it at crucial moments to take titles and beat some of the world's best teams in 2010. Now the new look SK side had to put up a big time defensive effort to stay in the tournament and hope to reach the final. SK did just that and managed to take the needed 11 CT rounds after 14 played. Things had gotten close late as ceh9 pulled off his incredible clutch round in B but SK had held on and shown what would become their patented strong defense. The team of 2010 had fallen to the new lineup from SK and now the Swedes would be facing mTw in the final.
The Danish reigning champions block the path to the title
With FX nowhere to be seen, skipping the Summer's events, mTw were the only elite level team left for SK to test themselves, and their new lineup, against. The final would be played on inferno and train, maps mTw had traditionally been strong on for a number of years. Nine CT rounds in the first half by the Danes set the bar but SK once more delivered a huge CT performance of their own in response, winning the map 16:12 overall. On train a 13 round CT first half seemed to all but write SK's name on the winners' cheque. Switching over though SK ran into their first real snag of the tournament, as they seemed unable to grind out the needed winning round. mTw racked up round after round as SK's offensive game looked completely off and suddenly the team lacked for confidence or aggressive offensive ferver.
With regulation coming to a close SK finally find the needed round, as f0rest pulled some kills out of the bag near alley and crept across the finishing line to the Dreamhack Summer title on the second map of the final. Delpan's arrival had pushed SK over the hump and the first international tournament had yielded a title for them, as well as victories over fnatic, Na`Vi and mTw. With FX out of the picture for the time being SK could lay solid claim to being one of the best teams in the world and possibly even the best team. The following months would show the pedigree of the new team, with a number of event wins and top placings, but it all began with Dreamhack Summer.
3. SK Gaming wins the Esports World Cup (ESWC)
The majority of the Summer had belonged to SK, with wins at three tournaments in a row, but a loss in the final of e-Stars Seoul to FX and the Poles taking SEC had thrown the world #1 ranking over to the Poles for the first time in the year, leaving SK with work to do again. That they had lost to Na`Vi in the quarter-finals of SEC, this time with no nuke in sight, meant the Swedes even had something to prove against Na`Vi. ESWC would mark the perfect moment to answer all questions as all of those elite teams would be in attendance, along with the rest of the world's top sides. The second major of the year would decide who sat atop the CS world at that moment.
The potential for upsets lurked
Placed into a group with Moscow Five and DTS it looked as though fate wanted to provide the best possible chance of SK being upset. The Swedish team had looked so good against Nordic teams and yet now they faced dangerous dark horses from Eastern Europe to even get out of their group. With M5 as the best exemplars of that volatile aggressive style which had caused SK problems in the past SK knew the group stage wouldn't be an airy light-hearted going-through of the motions. Convincing wins over all of the other teams in the group, including DTS, ensured the Swedes would exit the group stage, as the top two teams progressed, but they needed to beat M5 to ensure they wouldn't face Na`Vi in the quarter-finals if the Ukrainians won their group.
The map was forge and little did the world really know it at the time but it would later prove to be one of Moscow Five's strong maps. The Russians kept the game intensely close and pushed the Swedish team to their limits but after a 13:13 deadlock SK ran away with the final stanza of the game to top the group. An early threat had been overcome and now SK knew they would face the second placed team from Group C. That ended up being WinFakt, the same team they had crushed in the IEM VI New York final a week before.
The path to the final
After running through the Finns for a second time SK met mouz in the semi-final. The series proved competitive, with SK losing the first map, nuke, 13:16 but dominating mirage with a 12 T round first half leading to a 16:5 victory. The decider was dust2 but SK put up another 12 T round first half and held on to win after mouz pushed them but relented a 16:13 win to the Swedes. The final of ESWC awaited and there they would face a Na`Vi team who had slain AGAiN in the other semi-final. SK faced not only the challenge of winning a major title but also of facing a Ukrainian team who were headed into their fifth straight major final, having won the previous four in a row.
Denying the weight of Na`Vi's major history
Choosing to throw train against Na`Vi, and thus eliminate the Ukrainians best map, the first two maps of the final would be played out on inferno and then dust2. When inferno saw Na`Vi steamrolling SK with a huge 12 T rounds in the first half it seemed as though history was repeating itself once more for Na`Vi and fate would again see them play their absolute best game on the biggest stage. At this level of CS teams simply don't come back from deficits like that, especially on inferno and playing T side second. That day would indeed prove a fateful one, but first a twist would be required to spin the thread of a new narrative.
Perhaps GeT_RiGhT and f0rest had in mind their incredible 14:1 T side run in the first half of the Arbalet Cup Europe final vs. Na`Vi from their time in fnatic as motivation. Whatever the factor preventing SK from falling apart mentally the Swedes somehow got on a roll and began to rack up terrorist round after terrorist round. SK in-game leader RobbaN would later say he had Na`Vi's CT round positions in his head the whole time.
SK fought all the way back to a miraculous overtime session. If any bad memories of the e-Stars Seoul final map, played on inferno and lost in overtime, still lurked then surely the Swedes would crumble here. History itself seemed stacked against f0rest and company. Na`Vi always won when it mattered in major finals, had never lost map one of a major final and had won many significant overtime sessions in their brief history. Instead it was SK who kept pushing the pace, forcing the Ukrainians to bring it just to stay in the map. SK were the team always putting themselves in position to win and Na`Vi were winning rounds on the backend to tie it up.
Taking it in overtime
One overtime passed and the Swedes finally took the win on the second, sweeping the second half to take map one. A standout round was GeT_RiGhT's 1v3 win with the bomb planted, scoring headshots for all of the kills from his AK. The same player who had been humiliated with his 1v1 losses to loord in the WCG 2009 final on both nuke and train had come through in the clutch to give his team a one map lead in the ESWC final.
The second map, dust2, saw SK lockdown completely in the first half as CT, scoring 12 rounds against one of the best T side dust2 teams in the world. Swapping over SK swept the four rounds they needed to take the ESWC title. That marked the second time in history a Swedish team had ever won ESWC, following on from team9's victory at the inaugural ESWC in 2003. SK.swe had not managed it, NiP had never even made the final and fnatic could not accomplish the feat. For RobbaN it marked the first time in his career he had been in the big final with everything riding on the line and come up with the goods to put his team over the top. Two WCG and one ESWC final had been and gone but now he had won a major title and his team had established themselves as the world's best.
It was also the first ESWC CS title, female CS aside, for the SK Gaming organisation. Any way you sliced it ESWC 2011 was a huge moment for everyone involved from the SK side of things.
2. ESC wins the World Cyber Games
WCG was not the stacked tournament it had been in previous years when the 2011 edition finally arrived. Some of that was the tournament's fault, with key countries like Denmark, Finland, Germany and Norway having no representatives, but some of it was also bad breaks on the qualification end of things. Had Na`Vi won the Ukrainian qualifier, or even placed top two, the event would have had all three elite teams in attendance. Likewise mTw could theoretically have attended, the Danish qualifier apparently lacked funding in some regards but the team had also broken up by the final came around.
fnatic had finished second in the Swedish qualifier and initially the organisation had proclaimed they would attend the Grand Finals in Busan, South Korea, but recruiting Friis after dsn's retirement had made that a futile promise. So all in all not everything fell at the feet of WCG. None of that, however, could change the fact that of the world's top 10 teams only four were in attendance by my count: SK, ESC Gaming , M5 and DTS. Still, with SK and ESC the only teams left vying for the title of team of the year for 2011 the event still would mark the final battleground for those two elite sides, with much still to be won.
The easy side and the also easy, in the end, side
Mandic and M5 had chosen not to throw a game in the group stage and thus ESC amazingly ended up with an incredibly easy waltz to the final and a guaranteed silver medal finish at worst. On the other side of the bracket SK beat up on TyLoo, DTS and M5 to join them in the gold medal game. The two best teams of 2011 would fight in the final event of the year for the title of best team of the year, the first place in the prize money won by a single lineup that year and the last major title of the year.
If SK won they would repeat a theme from ESWC: giving Sweden's its second ever WCG title, again following from 2003, and GeT_RiGhT, f0rest and RobbaN would help put the healing balm of success onto the wounds of WCG finals past. If ESC could take the gold then four of their members would become the first competitors in WCG history to win three gold medals in the tournament's history. What's more they would push their total major count up to six, leaving them unparalleled at the top of the majors list. ESC had also never been the undisputed best team of the year, despite their success in the majors.
The leadup to the tournament gave no clear favourite for the gold, although SK came in with a slight edge in form. October had seen significant titles split by the two teams as ESC (as AGAiN) won SEC and SK won ESWC. At Dreamhack Winter both teams had been eliminated in 5th-8th but SK's coming in part thanks to an epic train war with Na`Vi and ESC placing outside of the top 4 at BEAT IT Russia seemed to put ESC on the backfoot going into WCG, and thus give SK the slight edge.
The script is set
When the maps were revealed for the final it seemed as though ESC had worked some kind of magic, as they had gotten dust2 and train, their two best chances at victory, as the first two maps. The concession was that they had their worst map, tuscan, as the decider. The script seemed set: if ESC could win the first two maps they'd take the gold, otherwise SK would win in three. As it would happen the final wouldn't play out in that manner at all, many surprises awaited all.
The first map, dust2, saw SK leap out to an 8:1 T side lead but a flustered Polish team's ineffective aggressive CT pushes suddenly became very effective as a few tweaks on their side and some building hesitation from the Swedes saw ESC pull back a string of rounds to end the half down only 6:9. Despite losing the pistol round they would storm to a 16:13 victory, taking 15 of the last 19 rounds of the map in total. Another major final had yielded a monster comeback the likes of which one simply doesn't see at the elite level in CS.
The swap over from playing in the tournament area to playing on stage for the second map seemed to do good for SK, settling their nerves and resetting them mentally. They came out with a fury on T side of train and put a ridiculous 13 round beating on the Poles. ESC have historically and in recent times been so good on train this came as a shock to everyone in the building, including SK, who have had their troubles on T side of train at times in 2011. After a 3:3 second half SK had pushed the series to a deciding map and now ESC would face their demons on tuscan for the last major title of 2011.
Digging for gold in the Polish graveyard
tuscan had been a graveyard for the Poles in 2011. Suffering a humiliating 0:16 loss to M5 earlier in the year they had also taken an underwhelming loss on it in the first map of the e-Stars Seoul final. Convinced they could get tuscan in their favour ESC had played it at ESWC in the semi-final, ending up humiliated by Na`Vi on it and eliminated. SK had also struggled at times with the map, and likewise tried to turn that around, but their troubles had not been to the same degree as ESC's. SK seemed favourites to win the gold both on the map and the fact they were fresh off that train rape.
After the first half SK had managed eight CT rounds, more than enough for a victory at the top level on perhaps the most T sided map in CS. SK had been leading 6:2 at one point but ESC had pulled out a five round string to give themselves a faint glimmer of hope switching over, assuming they could win the pistol round. The Poles did just that but four rounds later the score was tied at 10:10 and SK needed only to win 6 of the remaining ten rounds, on the dominant side, to win the gold. When SK reached 12:11 everything was stacked against ESC. Their chances to win the game in regulation were perhaps as low as 5%, especially with the possibility of having their money broken, and even reaching overtime was probably at something like a 10% probability, if that.
Somehow ESC dup deep just as SK showed a crack of weakness. Round after round began to go the way of the Polish team as they used M5-style CT aggression and clawed to map point at 15:12, having put four straight rounds on the board. SK still had a chance to make overtime and began their own counter run but on the last round of the game SK's resurgence ran out of steam, ESC overrunning them and snatching the gold medal in dramatic fashion.
For all the joy of the ESWC win SK had suffered the cruelest of losses in the WCG final. The only team who legitimately had chances to win all three of the maps played had ended up winning only one, and losing the last and the series on the very final round. NEO, TaZ, kuben and loord had somehow done it again and earned their third WCG gold medal. pasha's tenure with the team had seen them win big games and significant tournaments but now he finally was a part of a golden victory along with them. ESC was the team of 2011 and they had stacked another major on the mantlepiece.
1. Na`Vi wins the IEM V World Championship
Natus Vincere 's fourth place finish at the IEM V European Championship was far from the level expected of the team some considered the best of all time. That they had lost a deciding train game to fnatic in the semi-final and then been trounced in the third place decider by FX had bumped the Ukrainians down the CS totem pole a few spots. Suddenly the big tournaments seemed wide open for anyone to win, afterall a new look underdog fnatic team had just triumphed in Kiev!
A chance to turn it all around
The IEM V World Championship would Na`Vi's next chance to put things right. That they found themselves in the group of death, B, was not a good start to their campaign. Surrounded by Lions, fnatic and SK was bad enough, being as two of those teams had beaten them in Kiev, but that the 'lesser' teams on display were names like redCode (ex-WeMade FOX) and EG seemed overkill. When Na`Vi lost their third game of the group, to Lions on tuscan, they faced a battle to even secure the second spot in the group. Next up was SK and they managed a tie on train, fighting back with low money to secure it at the end of the game.
The last game of the group was against fnatic and on dust2 Na`Vi could once more unload on the Swedes, beating them in the final game to, thanks to redCode's win over Lions, book Na`Vi a second place spot in the group. That lined them up with coL.br in the quarter-finals. That first playoff series was no sweat as Na`Vi disco-danced over the Brazilians to reach an ever-familiar matchup with mTw in the semi-final. Na`Vi had never lost a Bo3 to mTw and had a ridiculous 12:2 edge in maps going into that semi-final. Nevertheless mTw came in as slight favourites by virtue of their huge performances in Kiev, and having stomped FX in the group stage in Hannover. Even an upset loss to coL.br on nuke couldn't change that.
The semi-final of destiny for one team
Na`Vi continued their 100% winrate on train with a 16:12 win and moved to the second map, inferno. mTw were unshaken by map one's result, perhaps expecting it at this point on train, and took 10 CT rounds to give themselves a decent chance to tie the series. They did just that as they took their six within 12 played. At one map apiece the series would come down to a decider on tuscan. tuscan had been one of the few bright spots for mTw in their matchup vs. Na`Vi as the Danes had won an overtime game on it at ESWC 2010, narrowly lost on it at Arbalet Cup Dallas and won it 16:14 in the WCG gold medal game. If mTw was ever going to beat Na`Vi now was their chance, they finally had their best map in the matchup as the decider to win the series.
Any such thoughts were immediately disspelled from Danish brains as Na`Vi reminded mTw that they were one of the world's best tuscan teams too, and had only lost in close affairs with mTw in the past as it was. Na`Vi's 12 round T first half was dominant and then the Ukrainians moved close to series point. mTw began to fight back and string rounds together but it was too late and Na`Vi closed them out to once more deliver heartbreak for the Danes and move into the final for a chance to defend their IEM World Championship crown.
The first two time IEM finals champions will be crowned
Reaching the final Na`Vi found FX across from them on the stage. History would be made that day as one of the two teams would become the first in history to win two IEM finals titles, albeit only four of the FX players had won one of those titles. NEO, TaZ, kuben and loord had won the first IEM final in 2007 and Na`Vi were, of course, the defending champions from 2010. If Na`Vi won they could also become the first team to ever go back-to-back, setting up an even more difficult task for future champions. Na`Vi were also in their fourth straight major final, while FX were in their first with pasha and for just under a year and a half since LUq had been removed.
With the maps as train and dust2 for the first two FX had their chance before them to reclaim the top spot in the world of CS. At the IEM V European Championship they had been in sparkling form and only an even more epic performance from mTw had denied them a spot in the final. Having them beaten up Na`Vi in the third place decider they had to feel like now was their chance to win it all. That they had beaten Na`Vi on train at WEM to eliminate the Ukrainians in late 2010 was another reason to feel confident going into the final.
FX would soon feel a sickly feeling familiar to teams who had faced Na`Vi in finals though. Things began well for the Poles as CT on train as they won 11 rounds. With their strong T side aptitude they would be a lock to win the map against any other team in the world. This was Na`Vi though and it was a major final. The Ukrainian masters put on a defensive clinic to the tune of 12:1 and won the first map. On dust2 FX again brought heat with nine T rounds in the first half, only for Na`Vi to again outdo them with sustained excellence in the second half. markeloff and company won their 10 rounds after only 11 had been played in the second half, winning the IEM V World Championship and going back-to-back.
The most exceptional moment of 2011
With all the goings on in the esports world it's easy for memories to fade in time, and especially in contrast to the freshest memories of only a month or two ago. Nevertheless Na`Vi's victory at the IEM V World Championship marked the biggest win of 2011 by anyone. Na`Vi had come in seeming to be on the way down and somehow left Hannover the world's best team once more. The storyline had already been written that Na`Vi had been the team of 2010 but now it was 2011, only for that to be scribbled out, for the time being, and another major title slapped onto Na`Vi's resume.
The team which had broken records and rewritten history in 2010 were at it again in 2011. Four straight major finals and four straight major titles for the men from the Ukraine. Prior to the IEM IV Global Finals no Ukrainian team had ever even made it to the final of major, now Na`Vi had done it in all four opportunities available during their existence. They had also beaten out the two best teams in the world to that point in the year: FX and mTw. Four major titles in less than 13 months was a feat nobody else in history came close to.
Na`Vi's success would not continue further into the year in terms of international tournaments but that one week in March shined the brightest of all in 2011.
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