Moscow Five move on despite getting destroyed by new team
by Alan LaFleur October 27, 2012 @ 12:10pm
The tournament exists in two phases: Group phase and an offline playoff between the last 4 teams. The group phase consists of two groups of 5, the top 3 teams move on. The top team in the group goes straight to the offline event while the 2nd and 3rd team go on to the quarterfinal.
Competition kicked off on Friday with Group A, be sure to check out our recap of Group A. On Saturday, the biggest name in the tournament got their chance to play: Moscow Five.
The teams in Group B include:
- Moscow Five
- Curse EU
- I Want Cookie (Shushei's new team)
JUMP TO SECTION
- MYM vs Curse EU
- Curse EU vs I Want Cookie
- Moscow Five vs I Want Cookie
- MYM vs Eclypsia
- Moscow Five vs Eclypsia
- Quarterfinals and Onward
MYM vs Curse EU
The game started out strong for Curse EU as got a double kill early on in the game. However, he decided to go double gp10 ( Kage's Lucky Pick and Heart of Gold) while his lane opponent, MYM Kubon, decided to go Doran's Blade. Kubon did more damage early on than Shen and was able to tower dive and get ahead in creeps but the advantage Angush built in the early game kept him ahead in gold the whole game.
The real story of the game was with the junglers. Mokatte on Cho'Gath had a terrible time, his ganks weren't nearly as effective as Malunoo on Skarner. Malunoo was involved in 15 of 19 kills for his team and was able to build a Frozen Heart quite early to counter Vayne/ Nunu.
The team-fight that sealed the deal was a incredibly long fight in the top lane near the MYM base. Curse went on the aggression but was parlayed by MYM. Makler came in with Vayne and started what seemed like a good chase but Curse turned it around through Crs extinkt's Javelin Throw and SuperAZE's Wild Growth and Glitterlance. Curse ended up winning the fight by a large margin, took a tower, took dragon, and eventually took a baron.
Curse just outclassed MYM in the team-fights and won the game with a 19 to 7 score.
Curse EU vs I Want Cookie
Shushei and company from I Want Cookie (IWC) start out the game fast with great ganks from ShookL2 on Shen. The team controlled the middle lane until extinkt hit level 6. Once Zilean gets Chronoshift he can completely control a fight and that is what he did to ShookL2 and the rest of IWC about 10 times throughout the game.
Malunoo on Maokai had a tough early game because his lizard buff was stolen by ShookL2 and he died early to Shushei and Shook. Any other game he would have been really behind in levels but the Zilean passive, Heightened Learning, kept him in the game. He farmed up, got items, and became a terror in the late game.
What you really want to see with the Curse EU team composition is a perfect team-fight with Zilean and Jax but it took all game for it to happen. In the deciding fight, extinkt was able to Chronoshift on Malunoo, use Time Warp to control the fight, while bombing everyone around him. This allowed Jax to wreck havoc on all of IWC.
The win gave Curse EU a 2-0 advantage in the group but they still hadn't played Moscow Five, which was going to be the last game of the day and probably the 1st place deciding match.
Moscow Five vs I Want Cookie
ShookL2 is for real, especially on Maokai. The game started out fast, very fast, for I Want Cookie. Two straight kills for Shook on which just snowballed out quickly as he went down to the bottom lane and helped pick up a double kill on Genja and GoSu Pepper, who started with Clairvoyance instead of ward coverage. Now, GoSu Pepper takes clairvoyance a lot, so that isn't a new strategy but I Want Cookie poked a massive hole in the strategy. Shook ended up going 8 for 8 in ganks, probably more because I lost count.
IWC got three dragons before the 20 minute mark. The underdogs were up over 10k gold by the 20 minute mark also but even with baron and an inhibitor down they couldn't close out the game. Diamondprox built a Spirit Visage, Aegis of the Legion and attempted to keep his team in the game by picking off a very fed, 12/3/5, IcePhantasy that had a The Bloodthirster by the 10:30 mark.
Unfortunately for Moscow Five fans, IWC was finally able to finish it off after a fantastic Light Binding and Final Spark on Alex Ich and Genja that melted them to like 5 hp.
An amazing game by ShookL2 and the rest of I Want Cookie that gave them a win to take them to 1-2 and give them some hope of advancing by taking 2nd or 3rd in the group. However, they needed to win against MYM to keep that hope.
MYM vs Eclypsia
Eclypsia came into this game sitting on top of the group with 2 wins and 0 losses. MYM had yet to win a game. However, MYM was determined to take down Eclypsia and keep an outside chance of advancing.
Eclypsia's team competition was interesting because it consisted of four potential junglers. Tabzz had Cho'Gath in mid, ImSoFresh had Rengar in the jungle, enemyz had Olaf in the top lane, Kujaa had Nunu, and Haydal had Ezreal. Unfortunately, the team composition did not play out as they had planned. Kubon destroyed enemyz in the top lane, racking up three kills in lane and a creep advantage. The bottom lane of Graves/ Sona pushed hard on Eclypsia and took down the tower at around 5 minutes which lead directly to a dragon pick up.
MYM did a great job of controlling objectives and snowballing their early advantage. Czaru on Katarina became the destroyer of worlds in team fights that lead to a ton of resets and double/triple kills. The only time that Eclypsia looked like they were going to get back into the game was when Haydal got two shutdowns within a minute. However, the MYM snowball had turned into an avalanche through pushing down inhibitors and taking down baron that there was no way Eclypsia would come back.
MYM Czaru - - 9/2/5
MYM Kubon - - 7/1/6
Moscow Five vs Eclypsia
This game decided who would be going straight to Paris in November. However, this game was like David versus Goliath. In this game, David played very well.
The game was very passive for both teams because of everything that was on the line for them. The ganks were focused on mid lane but none of them were very successful. First blood happened with a brilliant Blitzcrank pull to the tower through minions from GoSu Pepper. The passivity of the game and the dragon control gave Moscow Five the advantage throughout the game.
ImSoFresh's Rengar never got the gank he was looking for and overall his effect on the game was very minimal. On the opposite side, Diamondprox wasn't racking up kills on Lee Sin but he was controlling the map very well basically allowing all the lanes to free farm.
The extended laning phase played into Moscow Five's favor. I'm going to call this farming endurance and it is something that top, top teams have more of than up and coming teams. If given the chance, a top team will out farm you. Moscow Five by the 25 minute mark had about a 100 overall creep score lead on Eclypsia and that advantage was enough for them to get to Guardian Angels enough for a power spike that the underdog could not handle.
Quarterfinals and Onward
The qualifiers for Group B are:
- Moscow Five wins the group
- Eclypsia gets 2nd because of their wins over Curse EU and I Want Cookie
- Curse EU gets 3rd because of their wins over MYM and I Want Cookie
Despite their great performances, MYM and I Want Cookie fail to move on.
The online portion of this tournament continues with the quarterfinals on Sunday. All games from here on will be a best of three.
Sunday, October 28th (Subject to Change)
Mouz vs Eclypsia
ALTERNATE vs Curse EU
The teams that have already qualified for Paris are: SK Gaming and Moscow Five.
Tune in tomorrow for the quarterfinals and deciding games of who will go to Paris, France for the chance to win the money provided by the fans on November 11th.