There can only be one winner, but there can be some surprises along the way!
Liquid came fighting with their trio of European Zerg with Ret and Snute and TLO always aiming for a podium finish. But I shall get to that later….
Firstly, lets touch upon the bring your own computer (BYOC) qualifier held on the Friday before the event at insomnia 48. There were some great players in the mix, some of who had attempted to qualify during the online stages but were unable to do so. Notably TLO, JonnyREcco, Ourk and Ziktomini were looking to secure their place in the finals and indeed managed to do so alongside some very talented UK players from teams such as Infused, FM-eSports and Roar Gaming.
Moving onto the main tournament beginning with the group stages which were incredibly impressive with a few big shocks. It is worth highlighting that one of the favourites to take the whole event, ForGG, was caught in an awkward 3/4th place tie in a group where the top 3 advance. It started off well for him, but BabyKnight and JonnyREcco both managed to beat him 2:1. BabyKnight and ForGG were both tied with ForGG slightly better on map score. However, the tournament rules clearly stated that in a tie the head to head result would decide meaning ForGG was knocked out in the group stage!
Group stages saw all the Liquid players advance top of their group as well as two Germans in TLO and the up and coming HeRoMaRinE going 5-0.
While I could talk a lot about the games in the RO12 onwards I think it best to just highlight some key results and leave you to go watch the VODs! One of the most exciting games was the QF between JonnyREcco and HeRoMaRinE which went to the 5th and final map. As well as being exceptionally closely matched in skill, both players had a lot to prove. JonnyREcco, on the hunt for a new team after leaving Team Dignitas a few weeks ago was keen to impress potential scouts where as HeRoMaRinE was no doubt looking to make a shock as the youngest competitor at the event. Both had solid play but HeRoMaRinE eventually managed to take it and advanced to the semi-finals where he lost to Sting.
Our two finalists Snute and Sting
The finals were incredible intense, the map score of 3-0 to snute really does not give the full story. Each game was very close, both players putting on an amazing performance. The final engagement for Snute was great, flying overlords in ahead of his army to trigger widow mines that really summed up just how thought out all of his plays had been throughout the event.
The final results were as follows: 1st place: Liquid Snute 2nd place: Western Wolves Sting 3rd place: mousesports HeRoMaRinE
Sunday at Insomnia 48 brings the final of the League of Legends tournament with teams Animate eSports and ‘Eh Ehhhhhhh’ competing for the grand prize of £1500 or being left with the runner up prize of £625.
Coming in to the match the strong favourites ‘Eh Ehhhhhhh’ won all of their games leading to the final, knocking Animate eSports in to the loser bracket earlier on in the day. With this advantage they enter the finals with a one map advantage in a best of three.
Casting the match were @dignitasStress, @Pulsed and @spuddington, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the table.
Lineups for the teams are as follows:
Animate pick a strong push and disengage lineup with the following champions; Varus, Thresh, Elise, Vi and Twisted Fate. Countering this, Eh Ehhhhhhh chose a team fight oriented lineup with; Jarvan, Zyra, Caitlyn, Renekton and Orianna.
The first action of the game came from Animate eSports invading the lower tri-bush and catching Zyra out of position, first blood to Animate e-sports definitely gave them the confidence to push this game to a two game final.
Eh Ehhhhhhh spent a lot of the early game pushing Animate eSports back to their towers, keeping up the map control without much contest. A counter gank from Jarvan in top lane and a Twisted Fate ultimate gank in the bottom lane took this game to a 4-2 lead for Eh Ehhhhhhh at the 10 minute mark.
Eh Ehhhhhhh kept up the pressure and managed to take down all three outer towers of Animate e-sports, whilst Animate eSports concentrated on picking up the occasional kill. With a 4k gold lead for Eh Ehhhhhhh they looked for team fights where they could, Nitrix on Renekton was the player to watch keeping Animate eSports at bay. 25 minutes in, Eh Ehhhhhhh managed to take a good advantage and turn it in to both a dragon kill and 4 kills on Animate eSports. No more than 5 minutes later Animate eSports turn the tables and steal Baron Nashor from Eh Ehhhhhhh giving them the boost they desperately needed to stay in the game.
Eh Ehhhhhhh were still in a good position objective wise in the game, 34 minutes in they were 5 towers up to 2 and 7k ahead in gold. As a team, they made a push behind the creep waves to take down the last inner tower in top lane and give them the map control they wanted to close out the game.
At 40 minutes both teams were dancing around the centre of the map looking to pressure objectives as they spawn. Nitrix on Renekton made an ambitious initiation deep in to the team of Animate eSports, which Animate eSports managed to turn around and ace Eh Ehhhhhhh allowing them to not only push through the towers in the middle lane but take down the inhibitor also.
Not 3 minutes later Eh Ehhhhhhh are pushing through the middle to counteract the supercreeps coming toward their base when Animate eSports again catch them out of position. A second ace by Animate eSports allowed them to push to the nexus towers and win the map for a 1-1 result so far.
Animate this game aimed for a safer line up than before, with the confidence they received from winning the first finals map, they aimed for a more conservative team to have a better shot at taking the title.
Animate eSports pick; Varus, Lulu, Vi, Irelia, Twisted Fate versus the Eh Ehhhhhhh team of; Jarvan, Thresh, Ezreal, Jayce, Kassadin.
Eh Ehhhhhhh had appeared to be going for the early to mid game assassination lineup where they would aim to establish dominance and prevent Animate e-sports from gaining a foothold.
To start the game, Animate invaded again to secure first blood to their jungler Vi. This allowed them to switch top and bottom lanes secure in the knowledge that Irelia can handle any lane thrown at her. This proved more than successful, with Irelia escaping Eh Ehhhhhhh’s various attempts to keep her in check, leaving her at tiny fractions of health and staying ahead of her competition, Jarvan.
A series of ganks at the top lane, involving AD Carries and Supports for both teams, brought Animate eSports to a 4-3 lead in kills. The pressure then let them take down the middle turret, a key objective in the early-game plan.
In an attempt to regain control of the games momentum, Eh Ehhhhhhh made a show of attempting the dragon objective in order to bait out Twisted Fate’s ultimate, successfully catching him in a trap.
Mere minutes later, Animate eSports pulled off the same strategy and caught Eh Ehhhhhhh in an off-balance team fight, where they managed to ace the team, taking the dragon and pushing themselves to a 36k to 29k gold advantage and 9-7 kill lead.
Next Animate eSports again put pressure on the dragon objective, forcing Eh Ehhhhhhh to initiate a fight in an attempt to stay in the game. Animate eSports won the fight with an ace and the majority of their team still standing, allowing them to push through the middle and take down the inhibitor. Using the pressure of the supercreeps, Animate eSports methodically take down a second inhibitor to grant them map superiority.
Finally Animate eSports feigned an attempt on the Baron Nashor objective forcing Eh Ehhhhhhh to respond. Animate eSports switched to the top lane and the remaining inhibitor, steadily pushing until taking the nexus and the game, finishing with 22 kills to 13 in favour of Animate eSports.
Impressive teamwork from both teams in an amazingly close final here at i48 and hopefully we’ll see more of these teams at future Multiplay events and also online in the RIOT League of Legends series. A very well done to Animate eSports coming through as the underdogs to take the title and the prize money.
The judging for the Creative Minecraft Build Competition is going to take place soon over on the Minecraft stand. 24 players in 9 separate teams spent 48 hours creating Minecraft masterpieces carving their very own place in the Minecraft Hall of fame! (The prizes are a bonus of course) Up for grabs are the following:
1st – £200 + £50 server voucher 2nd – £100 + £25 server Voucher 3rd – £50 + £25 server Voucher
After a hectic two days of almost non-stop FIFA 13 action, the FIFA 13 tournament sponsored by Mad Catz and hosted by the brilliant Sweetpatch TV has come to a close. There have been some brilliant games in the run up to the Grand Final, and you can catch up with highlighted games from throughout the tournament over at the the Sweetpatch TV stream.
Following a thundering victory from Ty Walton representing dignitas over TCM Gaming’s Olly Shaw (0-1, 3-1, 6-1) Ty progressed to the grand finale to face the winner of the losers bracket to face off against winner of the loser’s bracket Tass. To reiterate earlier information: The format of the tournament is best of three; however, Tass needs to win two best-out-of-threes due to him coming from the loser’s bracket. Both players opted to play as Real Madrid. Here’s how it all played out.
Ty and Tass both trade attacks viciously throughout the first half, with each reading the other incredibly well. Ty had a brilliant shot from just inside the box off the post by Ronaldo. The second-half followed this course, with an 85′ minute penalty to Ty being blocked by some skill and a lot of luck by Tass’ Casillas. Extra time commenced, and Tass took it down off a long ball into a skill dribble off a spin-collect to make the score 1-0. In the 2nd half of extra time, Ty planted a beautiful floating ball from inside the box to the far post for a swish diving header from his Ronaldo to equalise just before the end. Tass won the game 3-2 on penalties.
Ty shot out of the gate, poking around Tass tight defence, until a 15′ break resulted in an absolute blooter off the volley for Ty’s ronaldo. Continuing this positive trend Ty whacked out skill after skill, but couldn’t seem to break through the final defences. Ty furthered the distance with a 71′ header off a corner, but Tass twisted things further by planting a Sergio Ramos header off a corner, followed by a 90′ goal to equalise. A 118′ header in extra time to Tass swung him the game, and the first best-of-three.
An early on target free kick resulted in a corner for Ty was knocked out by Tass’ Casillas to become a corner which Ty easily scored, making it a swift 1-0. A defensive mistake resulted in a converted penalty to Tass in the mid-game. Ty kept possession, but nothing came of it throughout extra time, ending the game in penalties. Tass wins 5-4.
An unbelievable early miss from Tass opens the game as Ronaldo pounds the ball off the left post during a one-on-one. A mid-game corner turns into a cool scissor kick from Ronaldo making it 1-0 for Tass. Ty couldn’t keep up under the pressure, switching to a 424 all-out attacking formation, that resulted in a 75′ corner-to-header goal for Tass.
Having one both best-of-three rounds, Tass takes home the £400 first place prize, leaving defending champion Ty with the £200 second-place prize. All-in-all there were some absolutely cracking games, and the stage is set for an incredible follow-up at i49. Thanks to Mad Catz for their prize sponsorship, and Sweetpatch TV for their hosting and enabling this fantastic tournament to happen.
The Razer League of Legends Cup begins at 17:00 on the main stage, with Eh Ehhhhhhh clashing throwing creeps at the towers of Animate eSports. You can also catch all the ganks you can shake a ruby sightstone at on our official Multiplay iSeries Stream.
With a minimum prize pool of £2500 this isn’t one you’ll want to miss.