Let's get right to it; it's Game 1 of the tournament as we see Curse Gaming from NA take on Team Black from EU, somewhat of a stealth team that have been keeping a low profile.
* Curse Bans: Riven, Soraka, Lee Sin
* BLACK Bans: Ahri, Shen, Alistar
* Curse picks: Rumble, Ezrael, Morgana, Blitzcrank, Shyvana
* BLACK picks: Sona, Malphite, Corki, Karthus, Nocturne
A quick 5v5 engage at Black's bottom lane starts the game off as Curse hops out of the opponent's territory. Curse invades as Black gets first blood -- keep in mind at the recent tournament in Poland, there were no early invades. FatMamma slips a bit into the territory of Black's bottom lane as Elementz picks up the quick kill. 200 gold difference as the clocks hit 3:00 into Game 1. Elementz with a few grabs and hooks here and there as as wee Svenskeren peaks in and out of the grass, trying to land a kill onto Pobelter but can't connect.
FatMamma and Rekkles push bottom lane as they execute an early dragon ward. Elementz with a few grapples trying to scoop up his second kill, but no cigar. Curse aggressively pushes the bottom lane in hopes of poking up, as Svenskeren picks up a great kill in top lane onto Pobelter. Rekkles picks up the kill onto Elementz, acting as one hell of an annoying support as Blitzcrank. Curse picks off the blue dragon due to a counter gank as they get a double in top lane. Pobelter leading above anyone right now, 3/2/0 at the 11 minute mark.
Aggressive push by Curse at mid and bottom lane, as Elementz and SaintVicious attempts to take out the bottom turret of Black. Black counters and focuses the top turret, but Curse pushes to the interior turret of Black. A wave of counter-attacks go down as Curse retreats. Black loses some steam as they group near mid, expecting a counter-push after the bottom lane push, but no such push comes from Curse, as they continue to rotate around the map and focus on turrets and buffs. Rocket Grab goes down from Curse as SaintVicious gets a kill of his own. Black downs the dragon at 17 minutes as Elementz grabs Faceroller for a few quick jabs before returning him to his team.
Black don't give up yet; they act by taking a Dragon with Curse out of position, they all get low though, and lose a tower; end result is they lose up a 19 minute Baron. The gold difference is now 5K gold which is already quite extensive. Curse try and push towers, relocating from top to mid, eventually getting the low HP bottom tower which got pushed by the minions.
Black is defending really well, but that's all they can do, something which they neglected when they tried and take their own red without tower protection. The fight was over before it started, losing four for nothing now as well as another Baron bringing the gold lead for Curse towards 10K 25 minutes in. Black however catch Ezrael, but aren't able to burst him down quick enough, seeing Cop's teammates coming in for the rescue and easily winning another team fight.The gold cap just continues to increase to nearly 15k, just tipping over 14k 33 minutes in. 27:12, 9:2 in turrets as Curse takes Game 1 with ease. Incredible play out of curse.
Posted 9 months ago: Sat, 04 Aug 2012 00:32:40 +0100