This was a busy week in the world of e-Sports, and sometimes it's good to take a look back at the big events of the week to see just what we might have missed. The week began with IEM crowning a new champion, a first big victory for Reapered's new team SK Telecom T1. While the Koreans were still dominating, a new North American team was born as an old favorite shored up their roster. All this happened while another professional found himself on the wrong side of Santa's naughty list. Let's take a look back at the week that was in e-Sports.
No one can argue that Fnatic has rounded into form of late and has become a dominant force in the European scene again. They finished second place to World Elite at IPL 5 in Las Vegas, and looked very good throughout the tournament in Cologne. However, they couldn't stop an Asian team from ascending to the to spot on LAN once again as they dropped a very close set against SK Telecom 1 2 games to 1. In a tournament where CLG.EU failed to make it out of the group stages, Fnatic once again showed well though, and have made their claim to be the best team in Europe once again with their last 3 LAN finishes being 2nd, 2nd, 1st against some of the best competition the world has to offer.
Let's talk about the winner's of the tournament though. Reapered was Azubu Blaze's former top lane before they parted ways over shall we say creative differences but not because of his lack of talent. He is one of the premier top lanes in the competitive scene, and his new team is nothing to scoff at as some of the best teams in Europe quickly found out over the weekend. The other Korean team in attendance, CJ Entus also showed well earning a tied-for-3rd place finish knocking off CLG.EU in the group stages and pushing Fnatic to a third game in the semifinals. The rest of the world should be very fearful of not only the strength at the very top of the Korean scene, but the depth it is developing as well.
Reapered wasn't done making news out of IEM Cologne though, as he met up with everyone's favorite e-Sports reporter Uszat, better known as Carmac for a very fun troll interview. Carmac is better known for trolling Starcraft professionals, but his interview with Scarra last year was one for the ages. Here's his very fun interview with Reapered with guest appearances by CLG.EU:
Dignitas Decides on a Top Lane, a New Team Emerges in NA, Riot adds to their naughty list
Dignitas has been searching for a new player ever since IWillDominate was suspended from competitive League of Legends for 1 year because of repeated Tribunal infractions. Instead of finding a new jungle, Dignitas decided to move Crumbzz back into the jungle where use to play, and pick a new top. The name will be surprising for many League of Legends fans, but they were happy to welcome KiWiKiD to the team. KiWiKiD is a former professional DotA and HoN pro, and has played competitive LoL with the UT Austin team. They were in attendance at the Lone Star Clash 2, where they fell in the finals to UC Irvine.
FXOpen e-Sports, a multi-gaming competitive organization announced they would be throwing their hats into the ring with a North American team this week as well. They were happy to announce the acquisition of Team Clasik. Their starting lineup will consist of Navitar in the mid lane, 408 in the jungle, Entus in the top lane, JRTSeven and Daydream as AD Carry and Support respectively. The team is a brand new bunch to the the competitive scene, but they do have an online tournament to their name. As Team Clasik they won the Fall 2012 Alienware Arena tournament and will look to build on that to qualify for Season 3.
Finally, Riot showed they are definitely making a list, checking it twice, and you better be naughty instead of nice because they will ban you. In the wake of IWillDominate's ban and suspension from competitive play, players would think the pros would take notice that no one is immune to the almighty Tribunal and ban-hammer. However, Fnatic's sOAZ found himself on the wrong side of the tribunal, although only for a temporary ban. No professional repercussions are being enforced, but he will certainly have to watch himself going forward. He didn't believe he deserved the ban but you can review his case here and decide for yourself.
What do you think of all the happenings around the community this week RoG'ers? Will there be a stop to Korean dominance? Will KiWiKiD work out for Dignitas? Was sOAZ's temporary ban justified? Let us know your thoughts on all the news in the community and be sure to stay tuned to Reign of Gaming for all your League of Legends related needs.
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