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Jan 22

RansomSummer

Coffee Stain Studios unleashes “A Story About My Uncle” on Steam!

Coffee Stain Studios, creators of the popular Sanctum Series, have teamed up with Gone North Games to bring you a new platforming title in 2014!  Cutting out the violence and explosive action and gore of most of today’s games, ASAMU creates a much more immersive experience by encouraging players to explore their environments and progress the story arc. Using the effects of the juggernaut of an engine that is Unreal, this games promises to satiate ANY and ALL of the players needs for amazing graphics, smooth gameplay, and unmatched responsiveness.

ASAMU is still in development, and so the company is very secretive about just how much of the game it reveals to the public. As of now, they’re telling of a story in which a young boy ventures forth to find his lost uncle, but in true Alice In Wonderland fashion, he stumbles into a world of pure imagination and wonder. Fantasy intertwines with reality to create an environment that only the most creative minds could muster up.

ASAMU is extremely motion-centric, encouraging the player to use the smooth and brisk movement to explore every nook and cranny of its fantastic maps.  A grappling-hook style of movement is going to be your greatest asset as you traverse the landscape like a modern day Spiderman in a world no less whimsical than Narnia itself!

“Concept Art of the Young Boy Protagonist”

Permanent link to this article: http://www.ariablarg.tv/2014/01/coffee-stain-studios-unleashes-story-uncle-steam/

Nov 12

KitsuneKyon

OGN Teases Next Season of Champions Winter

With SKT T1 being crowned Season 3 World Champions and taking the Summoner’s Cup home, the Korean scene is already gearing up for it’s annual season of Champions Winter. Fans of League won’t have to wait long for the next season of professional play (that being Season 4), Champions Winter as tradition is played within the same season. Of course, things will change when Champions Spring comes and the rest of the world officially begins Season 4 of League of Legends. That being said, OGN released a tease trailer to what looks like another of their highly anticipated openings!

 


Champions Winter will begin November 15th at the usual 3AM PDT starting time on OGN’s channel.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.ariablarg.tv/2013/11/ogn-teases-next-season-champions-winter/

Oct 28

KitsuneKyon

The Hype Begins With Champions Winter

With the hype officially over from Worlds, the entirety of the League of Legends scene is looking forward to what Season 4 has in store for us. Already we’ve been given glimpses to some of the changes, not only in how our favorite teams change, but within the game itself. While everyone else is preparing for said changes and even taking a much deserved vacation, Korea’s Champions will be holding its annual season of Champions Winter before moving onto the next season.

As you all know, the top eight teams that made it into the Round of 8 are locked in for this season while the other half will have to go through the qualifiers. After a rather exciting week of League in watching both Korean amateurs and former professional teams duke it out, we have our eight teams who’ll join the elite. They’ll battle not only to be crowned Winter Champions, but score some all important Circuit Points to determine who’ll get the first spot to represent Korea into Season 4′s Worlds. The teams and grouping are as followed:

 

Group A

SKT T1 #1

SKT T1 #2 (S3 World Champions)

CJ Entus Blaze

Team NB

 

Group B

KT Bullets

Samsung Blue

Najin Black Sword

Incredible Miracle #2

 

Group C

SamSung Galaxy Ozone

AlienWare Andromeda

Najin White Shield

Team Dark

 

Group D

CJ Entus Frost

Jin Air Stealths

Jin Air Falcons

Xenics Storm

 

 

With the 16 teams confirmed, the format as per usual will be four groups of four teams. They’ll compete in a Best of 2 where a 2-0 sweep rewards 3 points and if you split you get 1-1 in points. The top two teams in each group will move onto the Round of 8 and also secure their spot in Champions Spring. Get hyped as Champions Winter begins November 14th at the usual start time of 3AM PDT on OGN!

 

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.ariablarg.tv/2013/10/hype-begins-champions-winter/

Oct 09

KitsuneKyon

Square Enix Joins the CrowdFunding Craze

square_enix_poster_trial_by_saiyagina-d5ulwr7Color me surprised ladies and gentlemen. Video game industry giant Square-Enix has taken an interest in the crowd-funding craze that has helped many a game or project get started. My guess would be the whopping 4 million raised for Ex-Capcom employee Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No 9 that made a lot of heads turn in within the top offices of Square-Enix. That being said, the company wants to join in on the fun, but with their own tantalizing twist.

Announcing the program Collective, Square-Enix will be allowing people to pitch their game ideas. What comes to mind immediately is fanfic ideas being submitted at the speed of light and we all know the kind of ideas that are floating out there. Square’s response? Go ahead, you can use our characters. Of course, there will be a limit on what IPs can be used and it has to meet the submission guidelines. Once it meets the initial requirements, it’s then released into the wild to be approved by the republic of gamers before the idea can begin its crowd funding via a partnership with Indiegogo.

 

It honestly sounds too good to be true, but Square will further detail the program later on at Games Developer Conference (GDC) November 5-7th. For now, the idea is legit with it’s own website up and running to explain the basic overall goal of the program. This will no doubt help the video game industry as a whole as we’ll finally get some dream titles that we’ve imagined throughout the years. Whether it be original ideas or some wacky mixing of universes, Square-Enix has taken the next step to further crack open the creativity locked within gamers everywhere.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.ariablarg.tv/2013/10/square-enix-joins-crowdfunding-craze/

Oct 07

KitsuneKyon

(UPDATE) Curse Announces New Roster+ Sister Team

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With hype beginning to simmer from Worlds and SK Telecom T1 crowned Season 3 World Champions, many are looking forward to what Season 4 will bring us. Besides the announced Challenger Series and promised changes, many are salivating at the thought of the heavily rumored roster changes across the entire professional scene. Yesterday was the first of many to be sure with Maknoon announcing his departure from the KT Arrows.

Today, we can officially add Curse to the list as the first organization to announce not only a new sister team alongside Curse Academy, but major changes in their starting roster. To start, only Joedat “Voyboy” Esfahani will remain in his position as top laner. Fellow jungler and team captain Brandon “SaintVicious” Dimarco will sit out this split to try his hand at coaching the main team, most likely seeing what life will be like after playing professionally. From here, the new roster is as followed:

(UPDATE: Due to Pobelter currently going through school, the Curse Gaming organization had decided to kick him from the main team after trying to work around his schedule. The reason given was the organization was worried about the amount of practice/analysis they were able to fit in.

(UPDATE2: It was just confirmed that Aphromoo was also kicked by the Curse organization in voicing his displeasure in regards to the organization kicking Pobelter who wanted to finish his Senior year of highschool. It feels like Curse management is becoming the bad guy here in letting Pobelter go, especially with the knowledge that Coast’s ZionSpartan was in a similar position in finishing highschool in the Spring Split of the LCS. He was able to dedicate time to both and showed he could be consistent and work around his school schedule, thus proving it could be done.)

Top lane: Joedat “Voyboy” Esfahni

Jungle: Christian “IWillDominate” Rivera

Mid: Eugene “Pobelter” Park

ADC: Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black

Support: George “Zekent” Liu

 

Along with the new roster for the main team, the organization has also announced a brother team so to speak that will join Curse and Curse Academy. Leading the team will be the original member of Curse Chenglong “NyJacky” Wang and following him will be David “Cop” Roberson. The new roster is as followed:

 

Top lane: Cruz “Cruzerthebruzer” Ogden

Jungler: Brian “TrickZ” Ahn

Mid: Chenglong “NyJacky” Wang

ADC: David “Cop” Roberson

 

It is currently unknown who the support player will be for Curse LoLPro. However, the bigger story centers around support player Edward “Edward” Abgaryan whose situation is currently unknown with the organization. Curse picked him up for the second half of the LCS after he left Gambit Gaming and has seem some decent success with his pick up. However, it wasn’t enough to keep the team from falling into relegation with Edward returning to Europe in the meantime with the break.

That being said, fans can only hope that the new roster will keep Curse in the game as they head into Relegation to keep their spot in Season 4 of the LCS. You can learn more about the players of both teams here and here.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.ariablarg.tv/2013/10/curse-announces-new-roster-sister-team/

Oct 05

KitsuneKyon

Ladies and Gentlemen Your Season 3 World Champions!

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Today is the day you either put up or shut up. One team will go on to become the Best in the World with a cool sum of a million dollars. The other tasting bitter defeat knowing if they had just played a little better it’d be them in the spotlight. Fans have been hyped, moreso this year for this moment with the start of a professional league that feeds into Worlds. While it may not be the team they rooted/envisioned for, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the apex of our version of the Super Bowl is here!

 

Coming from Group Stage and representing Korea and it’s league Champions will be SK Telecom T1

300px-SKT1 Top: Jung “Impact” Eon-yeoung

Jungle: Bae “Bengi” Seong-ung

Mid: Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok

ADC: Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin

Support: Lee “Poohmandu” Jeong-hyeon

 

 

Coming from Quarterfinals and representing China and it’s league League Pro League will be Royal Club

 

300px-Royal_ClubTop: Xiao “Godlike” Wang

Jungle: Liu “Lucky” Jun-Jie

Mid: Pun “Wh1t3zz” Wai Lo

ADC: Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao

Support: Pak-Kan “Tabe” Wong

 

 

Before we head into tonight’s epic best of five series to crown the Season 3 World Champions, Riot had some big news to announce! Starting in 2014, Season 4 will feature the long requested Challenger Series, (name pending) that will strengthen not only the scene, but will feed into the NA and EU LCS respectively, much like Korea’s NLB. By partnering up with Coke Zero, 32 teams will participate in this new series which will feed into the LCS broadcasts. The top three teams that win in the Challenger Series will go on to face the LCS teams in Promotion/Relegation for their spot to go pro.

While we got a significant reason to be hyped for Season 4, Season 3 isn’t over just yet! With hyping of the match tonight from other professional players, video packages, music performances and what-have-you. With a full week of preparation for both teams and fans around the world, we can finally say let the games begin!

Game one will feature SKT T1 on the red side and Royal Club on blue after the Koreans won the coin toss. From there, Picks and Bans were fast and furious with SKT banning out Zed, Annie and Renekton. Royal Club in response would ban Vi, Shen and Lee Sin. The pick to watch here was Royal picking up White’s devastating Orianna in what many believed would be the deciding champion in this series. The rest of the team for game one would shape up to be and in order of being picked:

 Royal Club

Orianna

Elise

Sona

Vayne

Malphite

 

SKT T1 

Corki

Jarvan 4th

Jax

Thresh

Gragas

 

Unlike the semi final match of Royal and Fnatic, level 1 went relatively tame. SKT had a near scare of Impact face-checking the tri-brush of bot lane, but with nothing gained or spent. Royal enacted the strategy of keeping Impact down with his hyper scaling Jax taking first turret blood and drawing Bengi up to help support.

While the strategy did work for a while, with the turret down, Impact was free to freeze the lane and farm and allow Bengi to aid his fellow teammates. The perceived disadvantage of being down a turret turned into a gank on White and rewarding Faker with first blood. Bengi made another trip to mid, this time with an unexpected Flash+Cataclysm rewarding yet another kill. Godlike would respond with his teleport, only to wind up wasting it, but with all the attention at mid, Uzi was able to pick up two kills for nothing in bot lane.

If there anything SKT does well, it’s the fabled Korean vision control and lane rotation into objectives. With Impact defending mid, it allowed the rest of the team to four man dive Uzi and Tabe for a kill, the bot turret and the first dragon. It seemed like SKT did their homework on how to completely counter China’s famous aggressive meta and the team that performs it so well.

Desperate to get rolling and stop the snowball that is SKT, Royal made a choice to dive straight through mid after securing a kill on Faker. However, they crucially used nearly all their initiation ults to get him with the shutdown gold going to Tabe unfortunately. What resulted from that hastily crafted play was a massacre with SKT taking out nearly everyone while Impact was happily farming and taking the inner top turret.

From here, SKT took complete control of the map in their typical dominating fashion. The icing on the cake was a sneaky 25 minute Baron, but with the cost of Impact and Bengi after trying to bait them in with their facechecking. The Korean squad got a little too trigger happy, but they did crucially save Baron on the most important members evening out the kills with Lucky and Tabe in return. It didn’t take long for SKT to pick up the first game in 30 minutes after a deciding team fight in the bot lane.

If there was anything for Royal Club to learn from this game, it’s warding more and keeping in mind of the universal law: Show SKT something once, shame on you, show SKT something twice, they’ll beat you with it. Hopefully, with that in mind they came to play with more than one practiced strategy as we head into game two.

SKT stayed with the same banning strategy only swapping out Zed for Corki. Royal did essentially the same swapping out Lee Sin for Orianna. Thus, the world knew that Royal Club made the biggest mistake of their professional careers which was giving Faker Zed. Though, to be fair, they did have a strategy in mind with at least keeping up with Faker’s roaming with teleport Kassassin. The rest of the team for game two would shape up to be and in order of being picked:

 

SKT T1

Zed

Zyra

Jax

Ezreal

Lee Sin

 

Royal Club

Vayne

Jarvan 4th

Sona

Rumble

Kassadin

 

Once again we had a relatively safe level one, albeit with more wards being put down safely. With virtually no pressure on Impact, Bengi was free to jungle and aid anyone he pleased. Magic was going to happen with Faker having Zed and Impact Lee Sin, immediately picking up first blood on White. Not to be outdone, Royal answered with two kills in bot lane with that teleport Kassadin going to work after Uzi died to Piglet.

Time and again Impact would try to gank Godlike and each time he would live with barely a sliver of health. Even though it wasn’t a kill it forced him to go back and allowed two things to happen. The first being Impact’s Jax getting stronger and denying Godlike’s Rumble. And two, SKT turning it into first turret blood. From there, they snowballed it into another with mid lane and dragon once again reminiscent of their first game.

Again SKT exerted their dominance and kept the aggressive nature of Royal in check. With the Korean Squad roaming down to the extended pair of Uzi and Tabe, the pair realized what was coming and tried to back right away. A cheeky ult from Piglet would stop Uzi from backing successfully and allowed Bengi to pick up another kill.

The game seem perpetually over until Tabe man’d up so to speak with a Flash+Crescendo and get his team back in the game with an eventual ace. From there, SKT respected the disastrous team fight power of Royal and were content in farming up for the next big fight. While Royal tried to make plays happen in mid lane, they would hesitate every time they saw Impact’s Jax nearly whacking away at their inner turret. In uncharacteristic fashion, they would back off to deal with him only to try and go back to their aggressive nature effectively wasting time.

After a lull in the action, things picked up once again with the spawning of dragon. SKT lost the team fight at first, but Royal would chase and overextend. Piglet crucially was able to re-position himself behind the team for a two kill cleanup from a low health Royal squad.

The game seemed reminiscent for Royal in their series against Fnatic. For every kill Fnatic got, Royal would take an objective. In this series, the positions were reversed with Royal getting the kills, but SKT picking up the bounties and objectives. SKT would pick up a 32 minute Baron and Royal once again appearing caught with their pants down. The Korean Hype Train that is SKT cracked into Royal’s base and almost took game two if it wasn’t for the unfortunate fact of being low health. However, it didn’t take long for them to brute force their way in and scumbag Bengi denying Piglet his pentakill in securing game two.

While the first game is usually a feeling out process, the second game showed a much better adaption for the Chinese squad. However, Royal Club now found themselves with the hard climb of having to win the next three games consecutively. If Royal were to take anything from this game: Don’t. Give. Faker. Zed.

That being said, game was underway with its Pick and Ban phase. SKT kept the same strategy of banning Annie and Renekton and swapping out Corki for Zed. Royal kept the same strategy as well of Orianna, Shen and Vi. Once again, Impact was allowed to have Jax which has been a constant thorn in Royal’s side. While it was curious to not see them ban him, it did question if they had a solid plan after two games of being wrecked by him. The rest of the team for the potential final game three would shape up to be and in order of being picked:

 

SKT T1

Jax

Zyra

Corki

Gragas

Jarvan 4th

 

Royal Club

 Sona

Caitlyn

Lee Sin

Kennen

Fizz

 

Being the potential last game they play, Royal wasn’t going to chance a dangerous level one. However, because of what many felt like overly cautious behavior, Godlike nearly died to a surprise 2v1 by the Hundred Acre Lane. Exhaust for Flash which meant Piglet and Pooh had their way with the 2v1 scenario of just bullying out Godlike’s Kennen every chance they got.

This would force Royal to adapt and send the level 3 Kennen down to face what was a level 6 Jax while they tried to stop the bleeding by the Hundred Acre Lane. However, this proved to be a terrible strategy with Bengi and Impact waiting for Kennen to get down and secure an easy first blood.

The bleeding persisted for the Royal squad, once again desperate to make any sort of aggressive play. They would almost die to Impact’s Jax in a 3v1 dive on the outer bot turret wasting quite a lot of their time. It was enough for the rest of SKT to secure the outer top turret although Royal pushing just enough to secure the outer bot turret and turn it into a slight advantage.

Impact looked confident throughout his games with Jax and wandered alone into the enemy jungle to find White, Tabe and Godlike waiting for him. They would nearly secure the kill on him, but Impact simply outplayed each. He was able to pick up a kill on Tabe and get out with the help of his fellow teammates who turned it into more kills and another objective in the form of a turret.

Every time Royal tried to play their aggressive style, SKT would always be a step ahead waiting to secure another kill or two along with an objective if it was possible at the time. The Chinese squad just seemed lost throughout the game making mistakes they typically wouldn’t make. Their indecisiveness so to speak would come to haunt them with their inner mid turret gone and another kill after desperatly trying to make another move to get themselves back into the game.

Fastforward a minute or two, Faker went up to distract the team in top lane by shoving up the wave/poking them down while his team secured a sneaky 19 minute Baron. From here, it was only just a matter of time until SKT cracked open the base. It only took a minute for them to completely demolish Royal in a last team fight and become the Season 3 World Champions in just 20 minutes.

To put perspective on how huge this win is for SKT, they were a team where three of their members had no prior professional experience. Not only that, they’ve only been together for six months since April taking third place in Champions Spring in their debut and a few months later winning Champions Summer. Not to mention they did what Azubu Frost (now CJ Entus Frost) couldn’t do and bring the Summoner’s Cup to Korea.

Unfortunately for Royal Club, they were unable to overcome the mighty Korean Hype Train despite an impressive showing throughout their time in Worlds. Perhaps more disappointing is the retirement of Royal Club’s captain and support player Tabe win or lose. However, none of the team, especially Tabe should feel ashamed after their performance in getting to the finals. We do wish Tabe the best in his future endeavors and enjoys his retirement from professional League of Legends.

That being said, SK Telecom go home a million dollars richer and the right to call themselves the Best in the World. We also like to extend our congratulations to all of SK Telecom T1 for their amazing performance throughout Worlds. We can’t wait to see what they bring to Champions Winter in OGN as World Champions.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.ariablarg.tv/2013/10/ladies-gentlemen-season-3-world-champions/

Sep 29

KitsuneKyon

Season 3 League of Legends World Finals Confirmed

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After the intensive best of three series featured in the quarterfinals, the four teams had the next two and a half days to prepare for their semi-final showdown. Granted, I’m sure the final four took that one day of much needed rest after just going and going since the beginning of the World Championships. Hopefully, they used the following day to train their asses off and develop a strategy or two for their semi final opponent and moreso, mental fortitude required for a best of five series.

The first matchup featured an all Korean semi final in Champions Summer winner SK Telecom T1 and Champions Winter winner Najin BlackSword. Fans would get a healthy dose of the heavily favored Korean meta in a favorable time as well for those of us that watch OGN at 3AM PDT in the morning. That being said, both teams only had one encounter in Champions splitting the games to one apiece. Thus, the match today would not only be the rubber match, but also a guaranteed spot for a chance at a million dollars and the right to call themselves the Best in the World.

The first game featured a rather interesting pick and ban phase. SKT T1 would utilize KT Bullets’ strategy of targeting the play maker and banning out the potential game changer in Cain. Meanwhile, Black Sword did the standard banning of against Faker’s most dangerous champions. The surprise pick which would heavily impact the game would be the Jax, Expession’s most feared champion in the current patch, and the continued rise of Leona for Cain.

And in typical fashion for a best of series, SKT would lose the first match after an amazingly close game. Like many mentioned earlier, it would come down to the bot lane and allowing that Jax to go through. However, show SKT T1 something once, they’ll already have a counter ready for the second game. Black Sword didn’t seem to adhere to this rule and picked the same comp again, swapping out for Zyra instead of Leona.

The second game resulted in utter destruction of BlackSword proving that you better have another strategy for each game when you go up against them. BlackSword seemed to have gotten the hint, if only somewhat again picking near the same comp except with Lee and Sona. However, SKT doesn’t make the same mistake that their opponents make with Benji taking Korea’s “Teemo” of Aatrox which completely threw BlackSword for a loop. However, the changes were just enough and the Aatrox did not exactly work out for the meta they play in Korea with Black Sword taking the third game.

Once again, BlackSword failed to adhere to the rule of show SKT something once and they’ll beat you for it. And boy did they punish them hard for effectively using the same strategy once again. What resulted was a 20 minute stomp and SKT picking up the victory convincingly with a surrender coming out of BlackSword. But for fans of League of Legends, especially for those who paid for the tickets to see it live will be getting their money’s worth in seeing a full five game series.

This time, BlackSword would go with more of a high mobility global ult comp with Shen, Ahri and Nocturne. And with the poor results of Shen throughout this series, SKT’s Impact would go with Jax throwing down the gauntlet so to speak. At the very least, BlackSword changed their strategy in the final game, hopefully learning from this epic series that everyone expected to be a 3-0 stomp by SKT T1.

Proving true to history, SKT T1 would again take the series in a thrilling 3-2 and utterly stomping BlackSword with their own strategy. Korea will now be represented by SKT T1 in the finals and will make their challenge for the Summoner’s Cup.

 

The second series featured China’s Royal Club against Europe’s Season 1 Champions Fnatic. This match will no doubt prove to be one of the more exciting matches in the tournament with the steamroll Fnatic has been on since groups. Meanwhile, Royal Club got their bye and took out their rivals OMG yet again in a high stakes match making them look like chumps despite their dominating 7-1 in groups. Unlike the SKT T1 vs Najin Black Sword series, fans couldn’t predict a clear cut winner to move on into the finals.

Many could see the Pick and Ban phase would shape up to be against the opposing team’s regional meta: China’s hotly contested Annie and Renekton to Europe’s Lissandra and Kassadin. Of course, we had the typical ban of Zed and Shen as per the norm that we’ve experienced thus far in the tournament. There were no surprise picks from either team as they most likely used game one to scout their opponent as you would typically do in a best of five. And in accordance with that, Soaz and Xpeke had the perceived advantage in their respective lanes, and like yesterday’s games, it’d come down to each team’s bot lane.

Right from the get-go, both teams had some crazy level 1 shenanigans with nobody dying or losing out much on their summoner’s spells. However, anyone that plays League can tell you how a level 1 showdown can mentally affect the rest of your game. That being said, Royal Club shifted that momentum in their favor to win out every lane and use Fnatic’s vision control strategy against them.

Throughout the game, Fnatic struggled to surpass the aggressive Chinese meta feeling like they were always just a step or two behind. But in typical League fashion, they almost came back with the contest of Baron by Royal Club. It came down to Smite Wars and Royal picking up a twenty minute Baron. From there, Royal just snuffed any chance that Fnatic had in bringing the game back and forced them into a twenty nine minute surrender.

The second game went very much to the tune of second verse, same as the first with it’s Pick and Ban phase. Fnatic only switched out Renekton for Uzi’s terrifying Vayne that decimated them in the first game. It showed that they learned from their first game and now had a more accurate reading on Royal Club and built from that. They would go with Cloud 9′s popular combo of Ashe+Zyra, but with an EU flavor of Aatrox in the jungle with a much more cohesive team comp that played to their strengths.

Remember how I said how level 1 shenanigans can affect you mentally for the rest of the game? Well, both teams found each other again and turned into a complete disaster for Fnatic. The silver lining was getting first blood on Uzi, but Royal would effectively negate it by picking off 3/5′s of the team. While this is quite the detriment as any player will tell you, it isn’t all fate sealing.

Fnatic would go on to prove that point with a much needed early kill on Lucky which negated his two kills and transferred double buffs to Cyanide. The momentum swung into Fnatic’s favor and they rolled with it. However, everyone was still down considerably on CS showing the mechanical strength of Royal in the laning phase. Fnatic would dangerously answer back with kill after kill after kill and continuing to play to their style of picking off one by one. While this isn’t optimal with the threat of providing shutdown gold to Royal, it kept Fnatic in the game.

Whenever it comes to an EU game, the deciding factor always seems to be around Baron. Once again, it was another exciting edition of Smite Wars with Lucky once again outsmiting the usual outsmiter of Cyanide. Royal took that and steamrolled the rest of the game for the second win in a row. And sadly, EU’s curse of game being over/thrown by Baron continues.

Game three would either make of break Fnatic. If Fnatic wished to meet SKT T1 in the finals, they would have to win consecutively and force the full series which is a daunting task for any team no matter how good you are. While the second game was a major improvement, they still haven’t quite figured out how to beat Royal Club and their aggressive Chinese meta. However, Fnatic has been known to play consistently without going too much on tilt, if at all which would bode well for the European Assassination Squad.

Both teams stuck to their guns in the Pick and Ban phase, but Fnatic crucially got Orianna for Xpeke after White has been decimating the past two games with her. With a little tweak here and there, both teams effectively stayed with the same comp, but with no immediate danger of being outplayed in terms of their comps like SKT T1 are known for.

In what seems to be a common theme for this series, crazy level one shenanigans which resulted in no kills and a whole lotta flashes blown for Royal. After being on the heels of Royal for so long, Fnatic took that momentum and finally made them play their game in a dominating fashion. Unlike the previous two games, Royal Club seemed lost once they were aggressed on and being denied at every corner on the map. And for the first time in the series, Fnatic would secure a Baron after a decisive team fight. Following after as Fnatic stormed their base, Royal Club would be forced into a surrender and started Fnatic on the uphill climb of having to go 3-2 if they wish to go to the finals.

Game four still featured Fnatic in dire straights, but with the shaky performance of Royal Club last game, things were definitely looking up for EU’s last hope. Teams once again kept to the same ban strategy, only changing the Shen to Aatrox and Annie to Orianna. If there was any surprise pick to be had, it would have to be now for either team. Royal definitely didn’t want to have a deciding fifth game and came with Kayle and the hotly anticipated of Tabe’s support Annie.

For the first time in the series, no crazy level one shenanigans, YellowStar’s Leona almost being caught though and forcing a flash. The four game continued with another common theme of Royal’s farm vs. Fnatic’s kills. By now, Fnatic had learned to counter Royal Club’s aggression with their own and made them match move for move. Fnatic once again was playing a dangerous game of only picking up kills and no objectives and one lost team fight would cash in their bounties and most likely the game itself.

As luck would have it, that’s exactly what happened. From there, Royal Club would take another risky, yet calculating move at Baron which seemed to be the Kryptonite for EU teams. They were able to secure the Baron, but never the game it seemed. Fnatic would continued to hold on despite having their two inhibitors down and even another Baron for Royal Club. However, Fnatic was unable to keep up with everything that was storming their base and being outplayed in the last fight losing 3-1 to Royal Club. If there was a lesson to take from this series for the players at home or professional teams themselves, Objectives>Kills.

 

Thus, we had our final match set for League of Legends Season 3 World Championship. The final best of five game series will take place on October 4th at 8PM PDT in the iconic Staples Center. It’ll be between Korea’s terrifying SK Telecom T1 against the aggressive take no prisoners of China’s Royal Club! As always, you can learn more about the teams, stats and more over here.

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