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#30: 09-18-2014 @ 04:18:02 pm
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I know many of you don't watch these; but OMFG, *please* watch the clip just befour ~37:00 in the first vid (TSM vs. SK). This whole fight turned to teamfight is like something out of a dream in just how beautifully it all played out.


#31: 09-19-2014 @ 06:46:08 am
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NOTICE: THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY.  Further notice: I have added the TSM game, but I haven't watched it yet.  Commentary may come much later.

League of Legends Season 2 Worlds:  Group stages Day 2 - the continuing saga of Groups A & B.  I will post the live stream now but more games will get put in later.

American Fans

TSM only plays one game today against 1st place SEA team TPA.  I will post comments and the video once that game happens (as of this post it hasn't happened yet).  If TSM wants to get out of groups they will likely need to win this game. Take that back, apparently it's 6 total games per team in the group stages, so no one is out yet.

Great games to watch

TPA vs SK: The first game of the day today, can EU 3rd place redeem themselves after getting broken apart by TSM yesterday?  They are still forced to use their substitution jungler.  However, TPA too is looking for revenge after giving up their win against SHC yesterday as well.  Both teams are 0-1 in the group, the winner has a slightly better chance of getting out of groups.  The game will deceive you into thinking it will be a stomp, but both teams give a solid fight of back and forth in this match.

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#32: 09-22-2014 @ 08:19:23 am
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Due to having a wonderful weekend with friends, I have fallen behind on Worlds. I will try and share stuff for days 3 and 4 with this post.

As with before please check back to this post for updates regarding these days, I may have new games to share as I listen/watch them.

Day 3

American Fans

TSM goes up again TPA again.  After their long-range poke comp win in Day 2, can they beat TPA again to move further up in the group standings?

Games to Watch

AHQ vs SSW - the first 10 minutes of this game are INTENSE.  Watch for that alone!  Unfortunately once AHQ lets go of the game SSW takes every inch they give for a mile and the game turns pretty one-sided from that point.  Still pretty exciting.

Day 4

American Fans

TSM has two games today.  Their first is against Star Horn Royal Club, the Chinese team that wreaked them earlier. Their second is against SK Gaming, the EU 3rd place team that TSM tore apart, but this time, SK's Jungler is no longer suspended.  Can SK come back at TSM now that they have their normal team?

Games to Watch

Actually TSM vs SHR 2 is actually a really good game.  Intense from both sides.  Check it out.

EVEN MORE THAN THAT: AHQ v EDG - 2nd place SEA vs 1st place China, AHQ's attempt to keep in the group stages.  This is an INTENSE game, and a chance for us to see top lane Kayle return and mid-lane Jayce!

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#33: 09-30-2014 @ 06:53:46 am
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This is going to take me several posts.  During my absence last week, Groups C & D of the Worlds competition occurred, which are groups that mean a lot to North America fans since both 2nd place Cloud9 and 3rd place LMQ competed in.

I am going to start by posting the general videos for the four days of games, in case you want to experience it with no spoilers. Here is the break down of the groups.

Group C (aka "The Group of Death")

  • Samsung Blue (Korea 1st place)
  • OMG (China 3rd place)
  • Fnatic (Europe 2nd place)
  • LMQ (North America 3rd place)

Group D (aka "Triple Threat Blue Shell Kabum")

  • Alliance (Europe 1st place)
  • Cloud 9 (North America 2nd place)
  • Najin White Shield (Korea 3rd place)
  • Kabum E-Sports (International Wildcard: Brazil)

 

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#34: 09-30-2014 @ 07:06:32 am
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Group C for North America Fans

LMQ is your rising star in this group.  These Chinese players came over to North America at the beginning of the year and crashed through North America, at one point being tied for first, and finishing the playoffs in 3rd place, holding off a rampaging Curse gaming. LMQ's players were at best alternates in China, so there was a lot of doubt about their ability to play at this level.

Results: Despite a POWERFUL start taking down OMG and Fnatic, surprising everyone, the other teams figured LMQ out and in the end they were not able to make it out of the group.  They got close though, and that's better than I think anyone expected from them, especially in this group.  That said, if you're a fan of NA, their first matches against OMG and Fnatic should be a fun watch.

Group C Games to watch

While I was riding getting caught up on Friday I quickly learned from twitter of this very exciting, 71minute nailbitter from OMG and Fnatic.  People were freaking out about this game during and after.

 

 

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#35: 09-30-2014 @ 07:30:30 am
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Group D for American Fans

North America's Cloud9 goes into the Worlds tournament this year in 2nd place instead of 1st last year.  This puts them in a much harder group than TSM had, against Najin White Shield, Europe's first place Alliance, and Brazil's Kaabum.  This group was regarded as a toss up - it was assumed that Najin, as the Korean team, were good to get out, but second place could be either Alliance or Cloud9, and Kabum could easily ruin either team's Worlds hopes with an upset victory.

Results: Cloud9 surprised everyone by actually taking a game from Najin White Shield.  In doing so, they put themselves on course for a tiebreaker against Alliance.  Then, as predicted, Kabum took their one win of the tournament from Alliance, kicking the 3rd and final European team from Worlds and giving Cloud9 a 1st place tie with Najin While Shield in the group.  Cloud9 ultimately lost the tiebreaker, but they still advance out of the group with a strong showing.  They are the first North American team to take a game of a Korean team since the LCS started last year.  The victory, if you wish to watch it, is the second Cloud 9 v Najin White Shield game, where C9 has blue-side advantage.

Group D Games to Watch

Turkey's Dark Passage wasn't able to win any games in their group - but Brazil's Kabum did!  This match between Brazil's wildcard team and the number one team from EU raises huge questions about just how strong Brazil could become as a region, or perhaps how weak Europe has become.

 

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#36: 10-02-2014 @ 02:03:45 pm
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The "Knockout Stage" (which is a weird name for it IMO - it's the quarter finals of a tournament for pete's sake) is coming up soon. For those of you just tuning in, here are your eight remaining teams, based on the bracket.  Each of these teams will face each other in a "best of 5" series to advance, loser is eliminated.

  • Samsung White (Korea 2nd place | Group A winners)
  • Team Solo Mid (NA 1st place | Group B runner-up)
  • Samsung Blue (Korea 1st place | Group C winners)
  • Cloud 9 (NA 2nd place | Group D runner-up)
  • Starhorn Royal Club (China 2nd place | Group B winners)
  • Edward Gaming (China 1st place | Group A runner-up)
  • Najin White Shield (Korea 3rd place | Group D winners)
  • OMG (China 3rd place | Group C runner-up)

Note that all 3 LCS Europe AND Garena Pro League (Southeast Asia) teams as well as both International Wildcard teams have been eliminated.  This is a big surprise as a lot of people had high hopes for Fnatic and TPA, and in general expected EU to do better than NA in the Worlds stage.  As you can see though, the NA teams are in a situation where both TSM and C9 have to beat the best teams for Korea to advance, so no one is expecting NA to get much further (word on the street is Samsung White is favored to take the whole thing).  Meanwhile China has to wipe each other out of the tournament to advance.

Want to hear what the LCS analyst think Worlds will go from here on out? You can watch the Knockout Stage preview show attached. 

Want to weigh in on how you think the bracket will go?  Fill out your bracket here!


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#37: 10-03-2014 @ 12:05:25 pm
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Today's series: Samsung White vs Team Solo Mid. I will update this post with results when I know them but right now I have been avoiding spoilers all day.  Series is best of 5. 

To skip the Preview Show rebroadcast, skip until about an hour in (I highly recommend you watch the Korean caster's HYPE SHOUTS to the teams it is entertaining). Picks/Bans for Game 1 start at 1 hour, 16 minutes in.

This could be TSM's last series of the championship.  We'll see.

If you do watch the series, keep an eye out for SSW Dandy's Rengar and SSW's Imp in general.  Imp has been the best ADC of the tournament so far, so if you want to see someone put on a clinic on that position, take note.

If there is one thing I will say, this series has taught me that the TSM chant IS in fact international, as it rings loud and clear in Busan Korea.

Results(Done):

Game 1: Victory SSW - TSM didn't stay too far behind until they made a couple of terrible calls that let SSW get an early win.
Game 2: Victory SSW - TSM just got rocked, no two ways about it.  At least SSW treated us to a super rare Singed pick.
Game 3: Victory TSM - TSM gets a COMMANDING 25 minute win, starting with some great level 1 play that gives them a leave they run away with.  Great game to watch for NA fans.
Game 4: Victory SSW - TSM made them work for it, but in the end SSW out picked and out fought TSM.  Still TSM showed some brilliant shot-calling that could have turned big if they had only executed better.

With that only 1 of 3 NA teams remain.  

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#38: 10-05-2014 @ 09:53:04 am
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I'm a couple days behind now because I didn't post yesterday and I'm not posting today's stuff yet.  Still I'm catching up so let me start bringing readers up to speed.

League of Legends Season 4 Worlds Quarterfinals Day 2: Samsung Blue vs Cloud9

This best of 5 series has:

  • Samsung Blue (South Korea: 1st place OGN, 1st place Group C)
  • Cloud 9 (North America: 2nd place NA LCS, 2nd place via tiebreaker Group D)

Day 2 is our second South Korea vs North America matchup after Samsung White vs TSM a day before, a match that ended in Samsung White's favor. Can Cloud 9 take their one win against Najin White Shield and somehow turn it into a series win against the number 1 team from South Korea? To make the match even more interesting, the analysts point out that both C9 and SSB are the best shot-calling teams of their respective regions.  C9 has an absurd win record when coming out of the early game on top, while SSB has an amazing comeback record when 10k behind at 20 minutes (going on to win 60% of their games when in that position!) Both teams feature mid-lane shot callers, so it is all about Hai vs Dade, and if Sneaky and LemonNation can keep up with Deft and Heart in the bot lane.

Results (Done):

Game1: Victory Cloud9!  SSB tries a poke comp that has been popular in Worlds but unfamiliar for them and C9 gets some serious early game advantages which they use to take control of the game.  This wasn't their miracle win against NWS, they CRUSH SSB in this game.
Game2: Victory Samsung Blue! C9 and SSB were very close for much of the early games, but some questionable teamfights put them in a despirate situation.  Still this game was a fun watch when Hai tries to go full ninja to sneak into the SSB base.  Sadly it doesn't pan out, but it is an exciting moment all the same.
Game3: Victory Samsung Blue!  SSB breaks out a build similar to their one in Game 1, but this time C9 makes the early game mistakes and can't crawl their way back into the game.
Game 4: Victory Samsung Blue, but sweet jesus did Cloud9 make an exciting and daring play at the end.

With that, North America has been eliminated from Worlds. Top 8 is the best we managed this year.  I think Cloud9 put on a good show though, spent more of those games looking like they had a chance against SSB than TSM did against White.

Next up, the two teams from China fight for the rights to final four.

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#39: 10-06-2014 @ 06:58:51 am
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League of Legends Worlds Quarterfinals Day 3: Edward Gaming vs Star Horn Royal Club

First, I want to lead this series with a cool video that Riot put together about the shoutcasters.  I appreciate their energy and dedication.

Alright, for day 3 we take our attention away from Korea vs NA to China.  All 3 Chinese teams made it out of the group stages, and they will have to fight their way through each other to get to the finals.  Day 3 (originally played what was super-late Saturday Night/Sunday Morning for us) was an all China brawl between:

  • Star Horn Royal Club (China LPL 2nd place | Group B 1st place)
  • Edward Gaming (China LPL 1st place | Group A 2nd place)

This is our first same-region battle of worlds, and this best of 5 should be a repeat of the end of the season for the Chinese teams. EDG has not be performing up to their normal standard so far at Worlds, so things look good for SHR, but then again, EDG beat SHR to get here, so why couldn't they do it again?  This has the potential to be a blood bath.

Keep an eye on InSec, a Korean jungler for Royal Club - he is world famous already, and if EDG lets him get on Rengar, you may get to see a masterclass on how to play the bola slinging predator.  He is most famous for his Lee Sin however, where the technique of flashing into a foe and instantly kicking so the foe cannot defend against it, has been named after him by the casters.

Another curious match point: Royal Club is a mix of Chinese and Korean players and as a result they have communication issues.  They speak only in simple English and simple Chinese and rely heavily on the "Smart Ping" system.  Keep that in mind as you watch SHR play.

Game 1 Pick/Ban starts at about 1hour 18min in. In case you're wondering I've not been attaching videos to the individual matches because showing how many games the series goes is a spoiler.  If you want I can start linking those videos in the spoiler text.

Another thing to keep in mind: if TSM hadn't let SK gaming beat them in the last game of Group B, they would have played a tie-breaker against Royal Club, which if they had won, they'd be playing EDG in the Quarterfinals instead of Samsung White.

Results(done) - this is the best series of the Quarterfinals so far.  So exciting, so much back and forth.

Game1:Victory SHR!  Royal Club gets a big early lead off of a terrible mistake by EDG.  SHR then gives back a bunch of gold to EDG by a terrible mistake at Baron.  In the end though, SHR got their lead and kept it large enough that EDG could not hold out.
Game2: Victory SHR! This is the bloodbath we were promised by this China vs China series with over 30 kills in 35 minutes.  Ultimately despite some nice fights by EDG, they let InSec get on his LeeSin, the champ that made him famous, and Uzi brought some serious Twitch carry as well.
Game3: Victory EDG.  An even bigger bloodbath with over 50 combined kills over 38 minutes.  EDG has SHR around the throat but just can't get the killing blow for quite a while.
Game4: Victory EDG! SHR takes a cocky team comp and EDG just punishes it with a stronger comp and a better played comp.  In under 30 minutes EDG hands SHR a on-sided victory.  We're going into a game 5, and who knows which EDG or SHR is going to show up to the next match.
Game5: IF YOU WATCH ONE GAME FROM THIS SERIES WATCH THIS ONE.  HOLY CRAP.  41 minutes.  Victory SHR. What a back and forth match, but in the end SHR makes the bigger plays thanks to Cola showing up with his top-lane Ryze, InSec's unexpected Jarvin pick paying off, and most importantly, UZI getting his play back.  An exciting game.  With this, Royal Club beats EDG in a best of five ever, and move on to the semi-finals. 

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