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Third Place, Game 1: Dignitas v. SK
Cassiopeia, Rammus, Graves
Lee Sin, Tristana, Leona, Pantheon, Jarvan IV
Karthus, Veigar, Kennen
Sona, Morgana, Caitlin, Maokai, Tryndamere
SK takes two of Scarra’s champions away with the Karthus and Veigar bans. Unfazed, Dignitas goes for AP Tristana at mid to go along with the Leona-Jarvan kill lane made famous by Goose.
SK invades sucessfully, stealing Dignitas’ blue. Lee Sin is almost caught out of position and is forced to burn flash. SK sends Morgana bot to deal with the kill lane, but Jarvan and Leona show exactly how potent that kill line is by taking her out before she hits level 2. Sona and Caitlin go mid to deal with Scarra’s AP Tristana.
Maokai ganks top and manages to even the score 1-1 with a kill on Lee Sin. Tristana tries to gank bot, but nothing comes of it. Caitlin and Sona push mid and take the tower at around 9 minutes, which helps them take dragon without much opposition from Dignitas.
Lee Sin dies once again as Caitlin and Sona go top. Top turret falls for Dignitas, giving SK about a 3k gold advantage. Meanwhile, in bot lane, Jarvan and Leona dive Maokai to get a kill and even the score 2-2.
Dignitas catches Sona out of position and takes her out very quickly. They then jump on SK (quite literally with Grand Skyfall and Rocket Jump), but come out of the fight down 2-4 as Maokai’s ult helps him tank a lot of the damage.
SK pushes mid, taking second turret and winning a team fight 4-0. They try to push inhibitor turret, but a Grand Skyfall from Pantheon and Tristana chaining Rocket Jumps helps Dignitas come out with two kills. They try to push this advantage to go to baron. Jarvan is able to get a double kill as Dignitas secures the baron buff, then moves on to take an easy dragon.
A fight near dragon drags on for a very long time, as people on both sides fall. In the end, it is the kill lane duo that comes out victorious, as they clean up with a kill on Maokai and Caitlin. Meanwhile, Tryndamere managed to backdoor the mid inhibitor.
The Leona-Jarvan pair continues to dominate past the lane phase, as they help Dignitas take the lead in kills with an excellent Leona ultimate and a well-timed Tristana Explosive Shot. Dignitas goes to baron, but a CV lets SK know. The ensuing fight ends up 3-1 in favor of SK to make the score 18-18 at 25 minutes in.
Dignitas tries to take baron again. Jarvan is doing well, but a late-game Tryndamere is starting to become an unstoppable force as he picks up all five kills for the ace. At this point, SK is about 5k gold ahead of Dignitas.
Candypanda gets caught and dies near Dignitas’ blue. This encourages Dignitas to try once again for baron. A fight breaks out, and a Morgana ult forces Dignitas to scatter while Tryndamere slices through the running team. SK gets the ace, losing only two in the trade, and take the baron.
Thirty-five minutes in, SK is ahead by 10k gold to go along with a 28-23 advantage in kills. They keep up the pressure against Dignitas by pushing lanes. Dignitas tries to initiate at top inhibitor turret, but Tryndamere deals far too much damage, and SK comes out with an ace. They then push into the nexus and take the first game in the best of three series.
Third Place, Game 2: Dignitas v. SK
Cassiopeia, Rammus, Tryndamere
Graves, Maokai, Ryze, Alistar, Irelia
Karthus, Kennen, Veigar
Sona, Sivir, Morgana, Gangplank, Riven
SK goes for the invade, moving around Dignitas’ red and towards wraiths. They are able to take Ryze down instantly for first blood, then the whole team flashes over the wall to follow Maokai for second blood.
Sivir and Sona are very aggressive in bot lane, taking Graves and Alistar fairly low. Dignitas is able to turn it around, though, and chase down Sona to get their first kill. Morgana comes down to gank and a perfect Dark Binding followed by a great Sivir Boomerang Blade is enough to finish off Graves.
A Gangplank ult helps Morgana kill Ryze, who now has a decent lead in mid. SK stay aggressive in bot lane, but that ends up hurting them as Ryze comes down to help pick up a couple kills on Sona and Gangplank.
The teams meet around dragon. Maokai initiates very well, and Dignitas manages to take down Riven. When they turn around to start dragon, though, SK is able to use Morgana and Sona ults to continue the fight and even the score at 7-7.
Seventeen minutes in, the teams are fairly even. The gold difference is negligible, as Dignitas leads in kills 9-8, but SK has the turret advantage 2-1.
SK pressures mid, but a snare by Ryze starts a fight in which Dignitas comes out ahead 4-1, capped by an Irelia dive under second mid turret.
Dignitas starts baron, but SK challenges it. The fight ends in an even 1-1 trade, with SK successfully preventing Dignitas from doing baron.
Irelia is able to chase down Sivir and take her down despite Sona and Sivir both ulting. Dignitas now has a 17-13 lead in kills, but only about a 1k lead in gold.
Dignitas is able to initiate on SK near dragon with a Maokai Twisted Advance on Sona. Sona ults to counter-initiate, but Dignitas comes out ahead 2-1 on the strength of Scarra’s Ryze.
A fight near mid breaks out. It seems SK has the early advantage, but Ryze is very tanky at this point and is able to even the score 4-4 in the fight before getting away with barely any life.
Thirty-six minutes in, the gold difference is still under 1k gold. Both teams are just farming up at this point, and there is very little action.
Dignitas begins dragon, but when SK comes to challenge, Alistar initiates with a Headbutt-Pulverize combo. SK initially does well in the team fight with good ults by Sona and Morgana, but Ryze is able to clean up to bring the fight to 3-3. Ryze take dragon by himself in the aftermath.
Dignitas manages to jump on Riven and take her down fairly quickly. They then go to baron, and when SK follows, turn to take down Sivir. Irelia keeps the rest of SK busy while Dignitas takes an uncontested baron.
Dignitas tries to press the baron advantage to push down mid, but great ults by Morgana, Sona, and Gangplank allow SK to instead take the fight 5-2.
Despite not having baron this time, Dignitas pushes mid again. This time, even though Gangplank and Sona ults go down, Morgana is late to the fight, and Dignitas is able to easily ace SK. SK surrenders to send the series to the third match.
Third Place, Game 3: Dignitas v. SK
Kennen, Karthus, Ryze
Irelia, Soraka, Skarner, Kassadin, Vayne
Cassiopeia, Rammus, Tryndamere
Graves, Maokai, Morgana, Nunu, Akali
The third game in the best-of-three starts off very passively as no invade goes on. Both junglers start their routes without a hitch. Maokai ganks mid, but not much comes of it as Kassadin walks away after dropping to about half health.
Morgana harasses Kassadin enough to force him to go back. This allows Dignitas to steal SK’s second blue without any trouble.
Voyboy dives Irelia under turret, drawing first blood and escaping with barely any health left despite being hit with an Ignite.
Dignitas takes an 11 minute dragon without any opposition. Voyboy jumps on top of Irelia once again to get yet another kill with Akali.
A pause is called as some technical difficulties with the computers arise. After a long delay, the play down at bot finishes as Nunu finishes his ult. Vayne manages to tumble out, but a Graves ult finishes her off, making it 3-0 for Dignitas. Voyboy once again chases down Irelia and picks up his third kill.
A fight breaks out at bot as Skarner tries to find someone to pull. A Morgana Black Shield is able to prevent this, and after she follows up with an ult and a snare, Skarner finds himself dead. Dignitas presses on, diving turret to ace SK and come ahead 9-0 in kills.
Another team fight at bot starts with a Nunu ult in the brush. Dignitas wins this fight handily as well, and after another ace, is able to push to an overwhelming win and take third place.
Championship, Game 1: Team Solomid v. Moscow Five
Ryze, Gangplank, Nunu
Sona, Irelia, Graves, Cassiopeia, Skarner
Rammus, LeBlanc, Karthus
Shyvana, Taric, Kog’Maw, Lee Sin, Galio
In a twist, Moscow Five takes Shyvana for lane and send Lee Sin into the jungle. No real invade happens early game as M5 heads into Team Solomid’s blue, but simply recalls after they are noticed by a CV. Skarner starts at wolves then red, going with a non-standard jungle route as perhaps a response to M5’s counterjungling. This also allows Cassiopeia to take first blue at four minutes in.
Reginald’s aggressive play almost takes down Galio as Ignite goes down, but has to content himself with stealing wraiths. Lee Sin ganks bot, diving Xpecial to try to get first blood. Xpecial pops heal, and Lee Sin barely escapes with his life as Skarner comes to help out.
M5 takes TSM’s second blue, and a fight breaks out as Galio tries to escape with the newly stolen buff. Shyvana manages to turn on them, and she takes down Cassiopeia in her dragon form for first blood. The Rain Man manages to take down Galio to take blue buff, but dies soon afterwards, giving M5 a 2-1 advantage.
Galio teleports in to gank bot, using his ult on Graves to take him down fairly easily. Without Chaox, M5 is able to take the first dragon 11 minutes into the game.
M5 shows that they are able to counterjungle effectively against even TSM, with Lee Sin taking red by himself. He draws Cassiopeia to him, allowing Galio and Shyvana to take TSM’s blue as he escapes using Flash and a ward. Shyvana starts fighting Irelia, and a team fight erupts as Lee Sin and Galio come up to help out Shyvana while Cassiopeia, Skarner, and Sona come up behind Irelia. TSM manages to take down Lee Sin to make the score 3-2 in favor of M5.
The two teams prepare for the second dragon. M5 starts the dragon and pulls it out, but Skarner is able to go in and steal it. M5 takes Skarner down very quickly though before turning on the rest of TSM to take the ensuing fight 3-0. Kog’Maw manages to take down Graves soon after. M5, despite being ahead 7-2 in kills, is only 2k gold ahead 21 minutes into the game.
M5 keeps up the pressure, taking down top and bottom turrets. Soon after top turret falls, Lee Sin and Shyvana take down Irelia to make it 8-2 in favor of M5. Lee Sin and Shyvana don’t let up the pressure, pushing all the way to the second turret at top.
Skarner and Sona ults help take down Kog’Maw, giving TSM a free dragon.
M5 converges at baron. TSM comes to challenge it, but a quick galio ult takes down Skarner. M5 turns back to baron, but TSM keeps up the pressure despite being 4v5. M5 manages to take baron, but loses Taric and Galio in the process. Cassiopeia takes down Kog’Maw, but dies from Kog’Maw’s passive. Skarner drags Shyvana back into Graves, but Shyvana is too strong as she simply kills Graves before getting away.
M5 puts pressure on bottom. Skarner and Sona ults go down to take out Taric, but a Galio ult goes down, and Shyvana dragons into the fight, dealing massive damage while tanking all the damage. M5 comes out with an ace, then pushes bot inhibitor down. They then take another dragon to put them ahead of TSM by about 10k gold.
Thirty-two minutes in, M5 takes a free baron as all the lanes are pushed and TSM isn’t close to being in position to challenging it. Using the free baron, M5 pushes top, flashing into turret as Skarner tries to initiate a fight. M5 wins the fight 5-1 and takes down the nexus to take the first game in the championship series.
Championship, Game 2: Team Solomid v. Moscow Five
Ryze, Gangplank, Galio
Sona, Lee Sin, Cassiopeia, Sivir, Tryndamere
Rammus, LeBlanc, Karthus
Shyvana, Nunu, Mordekaiser, Irelia, Kog’Maw
Reginald doesn’t go with a “secret AP” champion as he simply goes with Cassiopeia again in the second game. Also notably, Team Solomid bans out Galio, keeping Shyvana available for Moscow Five to take again.
An M5 invade goes awry as Irelia gets caught and feeds Sivir first blood. Nunu also gets caught and dies to Tryndamere.
Shyvana tries a gank at mid, but Reginald, who once again has the first blue, puts out a lot of damage, forcing them to retreat. Reginald chases, flashing into wraiths to take down Mordekaiser and give TSM an early 3-0 lead.
Chaox uses his early lead to keep up the pressure on Kog’maw and Nunu. Meanwhile, Shyvana tries another gank on Cassiopeia, who falls dangerously low before Lee Sin comes in support and allows him to escape with barely any health left.
Tryndamere is top as M5 moves toward dragon. Seeing a 5v4 situation, M5 starts the dragon, then turns on TSM when they try to stop it. Despite having numbers on TSM, M5 loses the fight 1-0. Soon afterwards, TSM takes the dragon without much resistance, killing Shyvana as soon as they finish it. TSM is now ahead 5-0 in kills, with a 5k lead in gold 14 minutes into the game.
M5 tries to start dragon with a 5v4 advantage in numbers. Once again, TSM is able to fight despite being down in numbers, and win the exchange 4-1. TSM then moves on to take a free baron, pushing their gold advantage to over 10k.
TSM uses the baron buff to push, taking second bot turret while winning a team fight 2-1. TSM keeps up the pressure even after baron buff runs out, taking down turrets in all three lanes as they keep taking kills. Twenty-eight minutes in, they are ahead 17-3 in kills. It doesn’t take long for them to grab a few kills then push down mid to hand M5 its first loss of the tournament.
Championship Game 3: Team Solomid v. Moscow Five
Rammus, Cassiopeia, LeBlanc
Sona, Mordekaiser, Kennen, Shyvana, Skarner
Ryze, Gangplank, Galio
Lee Sin, Karthus, Alistar, Sivir, Irelia
Team Solomid starts off the game by invading while Moscow Five plays rather passively. TSM manages to steal red and wraiths with their invade. Later, Lee Sin picks up first blood by taking down Skarner trying to counter-jungle.
Kennen keeps up an advantage over Sivir, leading in cs early in the game. Shyvana at top lane steals TSM’s red while keeping up good pressure on Irelia.
Skarner starts dragon, and Lee Sin comes over to check. Sona flash-ults to take help take down Lee Sin, allowing M5 to take dragon for free. Shyvana continues to take TSM’s red buff as she continues the counter-jungling.
TSM tries to catch Shyvana taking small golems, but help from Skarner and Mordekaiser gives M5 three kills as Shyvana manages to escape.
TSM and M5 trade top turrets. At mid, Mordekaiser and Skarner dive deep and manage to take him out, barely escaping with their lives as the rest of TSM comes to help out. Not long after, M5 takes dragon without any opposition as TSM is not in position to challenge it. Eighteen minutes in, M5 is ahead 4k in gold and has a 5-2 advantage in kills.
Shyvana gets caught inside TSM’s jungle, but essentially walks out as Sivir is too low on health to give chase. Shyvana stays in TSM’s jungle and helps steal blue.
Twenty-two minutes in, M5 starts baron. TSM flashes in to try to steal it, but fails. Sona ult and Kennen ult are far too powerful in the confined space, and M5 aces TSM 5-0. The baron buff helps M5 push straight down mid to take the inhibitor. After backing off momentarily, they push bot as well, melting the towers and taking down the inhibitor before winning a team fight 4-0. With TSM completely dispatched, M5 easily takes down the last two turrets and destroys the nexus to take the IEM Kiev Championship.