SK: Karthus, Urgot, Alistar
SK: Ezreal, Maokai, Sona, Cassiopeia, Rumble
Curse.Eu Role swaps! A calm first few minutes is interrupted by an amazing play botlane by the Nunu Vayne combo as they get a quick kill on to Sona, and while Ezreal is trying to finish off a sub 10% health Vayne, Nunu blocks Q's with his body and slows Ezreal's attack speed for an early double kill. Later on Lee Sin comes in for a gank on bot, but with good ward coverage SK turns it around for an easy kill and Dragon pick up.
With SK feeling pretty confident about their strong early game, Rumble, Maokai and Cassiopeia make an over-aggressive play mid and dive Annie to second turret. Vayne runs up from base and picks up an easy double. Curse keep good pressure on all the lanes and manage to grab a few stray kills, with Vayne starting to look very terrifying.
The first big teamfight breaks out with a powerful Tibbers drop, splitting SK hard and everyone except Sona dies, with Curse taking bot inner turret. Vayne has been picking up many of these kills and is getting extremely scary. Curse goes in for a Baron and SK comes in to contest. Annie gets off an amazing Tibbers and with strong positioning Vayne gets a quadrakill. SK decides this is enough and surrenders.
SK: Karthus, Kayle, Alistar
SK: Nunu, Morgana, Yorick, Maokai, Kog'Maw
The action begins around the 5 minute mark this game with Maokai coming bot and enabling a kill trade of AD/Support for AD/Support. As the game goes on however it becomes clear that Ezreal is significantly ahead of Kog'Maw, and with some assistance from Orianna Curse's botlane starts to really run away with this lane. Meanwhile SK has been pressuring top and manages to knock down top inner fairly early, with Curse taking their bot inner turret.
Around the second Dragon that Curse takes uncontested it's beginning to look like SK is pretty much out of this game. However an overaggressive initiate from Amumu ends in a 2 for 3 kill trade for SK. As everyone respawns Amumu runs to clear bot and SK rushes for Baron, taking it mostly uncontested. After some poking back and forth mid SK manages to take mid inner turret and proceeds to back off, but Curse is not having any of it. Amumu, Sona and Orianna layer their ults perfectly and Curse pushes for mid inhibitor.
Curse keeps up the pressure botlane but is getting poked pretty hard, and while Akali is split mid, Amumu initiates in to a 4v5, losing badly and giving SK a free Baron. SK regroups and charges up mid, where outside of mid inhib turret Amumu and Akali dive deep in to SK for Kog'Maw. However the kite and Kog'Maw ghost prove too strong and SK takes mid and top inhibs. The Baron respawns and SK takes it again. They siege up bot and Kog'Maw proves to be too strong, taking the fight, the inhib and the win.
Winner: SK Gaming
SK: Karthus, Urgot, Malphite
SK: Janna, Shen, Gragas, Ashe, Irelia
The first 15 minutes of this incredibly tense 3rd game for third place are a complete farm-off. A couple of close calls do not result in kills as no one wants to make any mistakes and lose this game for their team. However around the 15 minute mark Irelia manages to dive Shyvana for a kill. Meanwhile the rest of both teams have been pressuring Dragon back and forth. Curse manages to poke out some key SK players and secures it.
Corki gets caught split-pushing top alone and is picked off. Meanwhile mid, Gragas gets engaged on, but manages to survive long enough and pulls curse towards his team for a kill on Ahri. This is all SK needs and they press for the Baron. Curse has to contest but it is 4v5 and they lose Shyvana, Corki, Alistar and the Baron to SK.
Both teams regroup and after a huge amount of pressure from SK on all the lanes for a solid 6 minutes, they make to leave without taking any base turrets. Alistar seizes this opportunity to engage in to them but misjudges where his team is, getting himself and Ahri killed and losing mid inhibitor. Curse counter-attacks when everyone has respawned and manages to ace SK, leaving only Ahri and a >5% health Alistar up. Curse rushes for Baron but they are doing it extremely slowly. A superb Ashe arrow stuns Ahri and slows Corki which allows SK to rush in to the Baron pit for an easy ace, the baron steal and the big W.
Winner: SK Gaming
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