“Work hard until your idols become your rivals.” This quote, printed on one of the canvases displayed at our gaming house, in Berlin, fits our League of Legends team like a glove. Just months ago, we were fighting to get out of the Challenger Series. Now, we are LCS champions and we will represent Europe proudly at the upcoming Mid-Season Invitational, in Shanghai.
To secure the trophy, our boys had to work extremely hard as they were up against Origen, none other than the 2015 Summer Split runners-up and the IEM X San Jose champions. Game 1 was highly contested in the early stages, but around the 12-minute mark we took the gold lead, which we would hold on to. With Kikis using his Teleport on Maokai, we played our traditional high-tempo game, with successful ganks in the bottom lane, like the one below:
Game 2 was a completely different story: PerkZ saw LeBlanc and Ryze receive bans from Origen, so he went for an unconventional Twisted Fate pick. The move did not work out as he would have liked, however, and was caught out of position very often, allowing Origen to destroy four towers and an inhibitor even before the 20-minute mark. Our team still managed to find a lifeline when they picked up three kills as Origen attempted to go for core, but they lost the following team fight, which paved the way for Origen to seal the win.
For Game 3, Perkovic went with Zed, which proved to be a very effective pick against Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage’s Azir, allowing our team to get objectives in the mid lane almost uncontested. After winning a team fight 3 for 1, however, Origen looked to be in a great position to take the lead, only to have their Baron stolen by Kim “Trick” Gang-yun.
— G2.Kinguin (@G2esports) 17 April 2016
And then came Enrique “xPeke” Cedeno Martinez. The Spanish veteran jumped into the mid lane for what could be the final game, and he gave PerkZ hell in the opening 15 minutes. As the game wore on, our team grew in confidence, and we gave ourselves a fighting chance in the 30th minute with a risky-yet-successful Baron play. Playing a high-risk, high-reward is what we are known for, and just minutes later we rushed to the pit and stole a Baron from under Origen’s nose.
— lolesports (@lolesports) 17 April 2016
You can find the VODs from the match by following the links below: