This past week, eight teams from around the globe faced off in Katowice, Poland for the IEM championship. They were Cloud 9 and Team SoloMid from North America, SK Gaming, GE Tigers and CJ Entus from Korea, Team WE from China, Gambit Gaming from Russia and yoe Flash Wolves from Taiwan.
The games kicked off on Friday, March 13th and went on all weekend. Sunday, March 15th was the finale. All of the teams performed honorably, but only two teams made it through. WE are notably the lowest team in the Chinese league on the professional tier and they were using some substitute players. They went up against TSM, a fan favorite. The two teams faced off in a best of five competition earlier today infront of thousands of spectators in the Katowice arena, and hundreds of thousands on websites such as Twitch and AlphaDraft.
TSM made an incredible turnaround during their first match against the Chinese team, after a very close call at about the 30 minute mark. They landed themselves a sly victory with a quick push up mid lane. GG TSM. Game two was highly in their favor, with WE surrendering with honor. Both teams played very well. Match three was one for the books. The heat was on; if TSM won this game, they won the championship.
When the match started, WE was on the blue side, which can give them a slight advantage due to where certain jungle camps are. Santorin, TSM’s jungler, landed a first blood on WE’s Hecarim at only 5:33 into the match. Wildturtle proceeded to get the first turret only 20 seconds afterwards. It was a good bot lane. TSM seemed to play really well that game; their synergy was on par, and Lustboy’s Annie was perfect as usual.
All in all, a very entertaining best of 5. So without further ado, the winners for IEM Katowice 2015 for League of Legends are…
Team SoloMid from North America! GGWP to Team WE from China! Very well played from both of these teams.
The 2015 mid-season invitational will take place in Tallahassee, Florida May 7-10 and the teams competing will be those who win their split playoffs from the EU LCS, LCK, LMS, LPL, and NA LCS. The sixth and final spot will go to the winner of the International Wild Card Invitational (IWCI), another new event to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in late April. The community hopes to see both teams there.
If you would like to set up your own fantasy league team for free for the tournament, head over to AlphaDraft’s website and create an account! The chat is kept to a limited amount of users, so there is no spam and the streams don’t lag, so you never miss a moment of your favorite League of Legends games! You can also discuss this match on Reddit.