Although M5 bested SK and took first place in the bracket SK still managed to defeat Team SoloMid , eliminating TSM from the tournament completely.
Concluding the matches for the day, SK survived the Group B bracket and has a chance at playing M5 again if they defeat against All authority in the Quarter-Finals.
The match between SK and M5 was quite brief, and displayed M5’s triumphant momentum through the tournament. SK went for a heavy magic damage area-of-effect team composition with their picks, yet M5 responded with some tanky area-of-effect champions themselves.
The picks and bans are stated below:
SK -Gangplank, Shyvana and Irelia
Moscow Five - Rammus, Cassiopeia and Janna
M5 seemed to take the initiative in many of the plays during this match; SK seemed passive until they were almost unable to do anything once M5 snowballed after taking multiple kills in the top and bottom lanes, denying buffs, and receiving uncontested dragons. Eventually the fed and farmed M5 forced their way into SK’s base and finished the game with an ace and pushed onto the Nexus. Overall, M5 had very good coordination as their traditional style of aggressive play paid off for them.
SK may have been a bit discouraged from this loss, but they knew they still had a chance to make up for their loss by performing well against TSM. Stress was at a peak for TSM since losing this match meant being dropped from the entire tournament.
In champion select, some interesting bans and picks occurred. SK seemed to bait TSM into first picking Cassiopeia so they could easily counter pick with Galio, in addition they banned Sona while first picking Janna for themselves which left TSM with only Soraka as their support. The rest of the bans and picks are displayed below:
SK: Maokai, Sona and Rammus
TSM: Shyvana, Lee Sin and Morgana
As for in-game, SK managed to take the upper-hand in the early phase of the game by constantly pressuring top, stealing blue buffs, beating back TSM from the dragon, and quickly destroying several towers. Interestingly, SK almost seemed to parallel the aggressive play style that M5 used to beat them last game. We look forward to seeing this trend continue as SK advances to face aAa for a position in the Semi-Finals.
How do you think the quarter finals will play out?
Article written by Nicholas Ewing. Photos by AwesomeKubi
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