IPL 5 Day 4 Recap: A Champion is Crowned

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IPL 5 saw 16 of the best teams come from around the globe to compete over 4 grueling days in what turned out to be the best tournament of the year. The level of skill and strategy that was on display in Las Vegas over the last four days topped anything we saw at the world championships and gave us some truly thrilling games. The field was narrowed down to 4 teams heading into the last day of the event, and World Elite, Fnatic, Taipei Assassins, and Moscow 5 would have all been deserving champions. For the complete bracket and VoDs, check out Leaguepedia. Let's take a look at just how the last day of the tournament played out

There could be only one...

Moscow 5 and the Taipei Assassins met in the loser's semifinal, which itself was worthy of a finals. Moscow 5 looked to be regaining some of their mojo as day 3 came to a close, but their recent history against TPA was against them. Moscow 5 came into the tournament having dropped 3 of the 4 games they had ever played against TPA, and today didn't prove any different. Moscow 5 made the games and interesting, but TPA's solo lanes stepped up to the plate and just played flat better than Alex Ich and Darien especially. Stanley's Nidalee wreaked havoc on Moscow 5, and they found themselves coming up short again against the world champions.

The world champions had rebounded from their early winner's bracket humbling by Fnatic to beat the likes of Singapore Sentinels, Curse.NA, CLG.EU and Moscow 5 all in a row. They dropped only 1 game over those 4 sets and seemed to be rounding back into form. Toyz and Stanley had been playing much better, but they found themselves against the team that had knocked them to the loser's bracket in Fnatic. However, TPA tried to measure themselves against the Season 1 champions again, but couldn't compete. This tournament was surely a humbling experience for the reigning world champions, and just goes to show how competitive the League of Legends is truly becoming. Teams have to continuously practice and improve because being the best at one tournament will not last if they rest on their laurels.

Which brings us to our runner-ups in the tournament, Fnatic. They were coming off a win at Dreamhack just a week before IPL 5, but if you had asked almost anyone around the scene who would be the top placing European team Fnatic wouldn't have been their first answer. Fnatic lost 6 games in the tournament. Only one of those losses (against CLG.Prime) didn't come against the eventual champion World Elite. The entire team proved they could make plays and carry games. Soaz showed up to play today and was a force to be reckoned with particularly with his Lee Sin. Rekkles had his coming out party on the world stage with excellent play all around, even giving Weixiao a run for his money. This Fnatic team has been rebuilt and is back in a big way. They took the first game in both sets against World Elite, but they just couldn't quite close the games out.

On the biggest stage, the slightest missteps are the differences between first and second place. Fnatic found themselves just out of position in the latter portion of the decisive games and allowed World Elite to pick off a champion or just rush straight to Baron and snowball to victory. The lane phase and teamfighting of these two teams were at the highest level we've ever seen in competitive League of Legends, and the difference between the two teams was objective control. Fnatic has proven they've grown tremendously as a team, but won't be able to take Rekkles with them into Season 3 because he falls just under the 17 year age limit required by Riot. One thing is certain with them, if they find an AD Carry of Rekkles caliber or one that can improve to that level, they will be the top European team starting Season 3.

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WE are the champions...

World Elite began day 1 of IPL 5 by destroying the competition in the loaded Group A. They didn't lose a single game in the tournament until the final day, losing the first game of separate sets to Fnatic before proving their resiliency and coming back to win 2 straight. World Elite got superb play from everyone on their team, and each of their players stepped up at different times of the tournament when they needed to.

Weixiao was the early favorite for MVP of IPL 5, and Misaya certainly impressed on a number of different champions mid including Twisted Fate and Evelynn, but Caomei was the reason they won the tournament on the final day. Caomei's play top on Rengar was masterful in this tournament and forced teams to auto-ban an additional champion besides Misaya's TF. Not only was he great on Rengar, but his Irelia and Olaf play today was extremely disruptive against Fnatic in both the winner's and grand finals. He finished the tournament 40/20/73 despite having to 2v1 in most games and elevated his game when it mattered the most.

Caomei's play was certainly excellent, but truly all of World Elite had to be playing at the top of their games to come out with a victory at this event. They were coming off a frustrating loss in the world championships full of technical difficulties and long games against CLG.EU, but clearly learned a great deal from that crazy set. At IPL 5, World Elite knew how to close games out once they got ahead, and knew how to get around teams with a better late game composition them. They were put to the test when they met CLG.EU again in the winner's semifinals but conquered their nemesis 2-0 including a second game that was one of the best League of Legends matches ever played.

World Elite takes home the last major tournament of the year along with $50,000, and will wear the crown of best team going into 2013. After seeing them celebrate and some of their players in tears at the event you couldn't help but be excited for them. However they will soon learn, just like the Taipei Assassins did that uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. They should enjoy this victory while they can, and if they can continue to improve as they have since the world finals, the world might have to get use to seeing them finish in first place.

What did you think of the event RoG'ers? What teams surprised you and who fell short of expectations? Let us know in the comment section and be sure to stay tuned to Reign of Gaming for more e-Sports coverage, news, and all your theorycrafting League of Legends needs!


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  • #7 Starfols

    I think the MVP of Fnatic was actually nrated. I have no idea why TPA let Fnatic pick Leona against Sona twice, the games would have been much closer otherwise. TPA and WE severely underestimate the value of a proactive aggressive support, imo. I don't know, they seem to love sona, zyra and other squishy supports when a bigger tankier one would have been a stronger choice.

    Last edited by Starfols: 12/3/2012 2:13:56 AM
  • #9 Tuck359

    I think you make a very strong point about Fnatic. Actually watching in lane you could see that Nrated set up a majority of the kills for Rekkles and really helped him snowball and carry the games late.

  • #11 K0stra

    Quote from Tuck359 »

    I think you make a very strong point about Fnatic. Actually watching in lane you could see that Nrated set up a majority of the kills for Rekkles and really helped him snowball and carry the games late.


    That is kinda your job when you are support

  • #13 Tuck359

    It is but that doesn't mean everyone does it well ;)

     

  • #6 exacerberus

    I could name some players that have -unsurprisingly- shown impressive skills (xPeke, Froggen, Stanley, Alex_Ich, Lustboy, Soaz, Toyz, DiamondProx, etc), but really, WE won because they all played very well and consistently during the whole tournament, both taken individually and as a team.

    Caomei has really been outstanding in days 3 and 4, and Misaya is always a beast. I'd say Weixiao has been incredibly consistent during the tournament, and has outclassed every opposing bottom lane, but I guess Fzzf too should be credited a lot for that, he's been almost flawless.

  • #4 rivercrab

    The win from World Elite was really expected. No other team in the entire tournament did better than they did, as they only lost 2 games in the entire event, and those only 2 games were from none other than the second place team Fnatic (props to them), but in separate sets of 3. Coming into this tourney, Azubu Blaze looked extremely strong, after performance at MLG, and so did TPA after spectacular play at Worlds. But there were multiple x-factors like Fnatic's play style, the amount of improvement  of World Elite and teams like CLG Prime gained, but WE's improvement shocked me the most by steamrolling CLG.eu 20 to 1 in the first game, as well as beating a late game composition the second. Congratulations to them, a win well deserved.

  • #3 cottonycloud

    I was surprised mainly with the dominant Season 2 Championship teams ending up in bottom bracket, with CLG NA, Curse, and Fnatic doing better than expected, as both haven't really dominated the scene.

    NA was disappointing overall.

  • #8 Grimezs

    I think CLG.Prime looked the strongest I've ever seen them look but they have a long way to go before they can properly compete on the world stage.

    Curse NA did well? Sorry what? The only teams they won rounds against was Curse EU (by far the weakest European team) and Team Dynamic (I'm amazed they get invited to LANs at all). When they come up against TPA or Moscow 5 they didn't just get beat, they were downright destroyed.

    Don't even put fNatic's amazing performance in the same sentence as anything Curse NA did.

  • #12 rivercrab

    Weakest EU team? I don't think the weakest EU team can 2-0 Moscow 5

    (Tales of the Lane)

    There's a lot of other low tier EU teams like Warsaw 5 and Tt Dragons. But even in the tier 1 tier 2 teams, Curse EU is definitely up there. At least higher than SK

  • #14 FatsXL

    They were ahead and close to beating TPA and M5 in one game each. The other two games they were stomped though, yes.

    The largest flaw I see with Curse NA is that when they manage to get ahead or at least stay about par with their opponents, they don't know where to go with it. I don't know if it's miscommunication, indecision or just generally not having a clear idea of their goals, but the lack of direction results in a lot of wasted time and lost ground. Then they get behind and collapse under their own weight. Until they fix that Curse NA won't be winning any tournaments.

    Last edited by FatsXL: 12/3/2012 11:58:17 AM
  • #15 Grimezs

    Weakest EU team at the event I mean, obviously Curse EU are probably better than my 4manfailmade.

     

  • #16 cottonycloud

    I thought TSM would at least beat Curse EU, but apparently the #1 NA team couldn't pull it, despite Patoy subbing. Not that he's a bad player, but a sub usually means less practice and synergy. I really hope NA can have stronger showings.

     

  • #2 Celeritous

    Really disappointed M5 can't beat TPA. I wish they could play them a lot until they worked out how to defeat them (Like they got to do with CLG.EU) Will they be playing each other more with the new S3 league?

  • #10 Grimezs

    I know that fNatic, Curse EU, SK Gaming, Eclypsia and Moscow 5 all scrim against each other a lot so I imagine that Moscow 5 will work it out soon.

    You have to wonder what the future of Moscow 5 is though with Genja playing so badly as of late. Darien's inconsistency leaves much to be desired.

     

  • #1 Miyukifei

    Cant they look more nerdy? ._.

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