Premier Season II Results
Congratulations to the top 8 teams for getting as far as they did this weekend.
Top 8 Teams
1. Counter Logic Gaming
2. Team Curse
3. Team SoloMid
4. Team Dignitas
5. v8 eSports
Doublelift proved to be a worthy addition to the matured team and did extremely well in and of himself, such as taking advantage of hitting turrets when his team used defensive ults and an extremely impressive 1v2 play in the finals game against Team Curse. For a short while, many in the LoL community considered bigfatlp as someone who lost his original touch with the game, but this weekend's matches showed that he still has what it takes to be his best: jiji.
I feel bad for predicting a 7th place finish for these guys. Had I known that their ban/pick process was so strong, I would have placed them higher. Formerly played on CLG, Elementz partly gave us more of a reason to utilize Yorick support bottom as an alternative to other popular support roles. Besides their picking skills throughout this weekend, bottom line was that they were just outplayed by CLG.
It was sort of a close call foreseeing these guys to 2nd place instead of 3rd, but it's close enough, right? TheRainMan had too many difficulties in top lane and the team picked very oddly against their opponents in the latter half of the tournament. Perhaps if they won the ban/pick phase in most of their games, they would have been more successful.
Imaqtpie had bursts, both literal and metaphorical, of success in Dignitas' matches, but their team composition for many games was very plastic, and not as flexible. I questioned their early Veigar pick before their opposition even picked a mid champion. During one of his games against Crs, scarra nearly broke his back carrying with Veigar and ending up with 11 kills and 2 deaths.
Unfortunately I did not have the chance to observe their games, but from glances every now and then, I saw that TreeEskimo was doing very well and TakashiX played a very mean Fizz. In the games I did get to watch, I did not see Fizz picked at all. As far as I know, they put up a good fight getting to where they are now.
At the time of writing the preview for this weekend's games and predicting top 8, Toveri's roster did not include Dan Dinh. For those that have not heard, EpikGamer did not sign up for Premier and therefore did not know about this tournament in general. It's the reason for EG member Dyrus casting this weekend. Having Dan on the team means an incredibly strong jungle. I was a bit skeptical on their play when there were some sloppy flashes and failed initiations, but they picked up on their mistakes and moved up from that point.
They started off really strong. Near the end of the tournament, they sort of waned and lost very badly in the second half of the match against Toveri. It almost felt as if they were too tired to try. For example, Atlanta was on Tryndamere and was at a really low HP count without his ultimate. In bottom lane he anticipated a Kennen shuriken too late and died instantly. If these guys can keep pulling off the great bans/picks they did in the first half of the tournament along with focusing during the latter half, they will end up being one of the teams to look out for at Kiev.
I remember when many people made fun of these guys and said that they shouldn't be playing with the "big boys." Well, here's their response, and it says that they're in it to win. They fell short, but we should be seeing much more of them in the future.
Orcasm, Monday, 12/19/11 18:06
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