A Weekly Recap of Happenings in League of Legends (12/16/13-12/22/13)
Hello all, and happy holidays to everyone! This week’s recap may be a little shorter on the game play updates and heavier on the eSports news, as a lot has been happening within the international scene across this past week.
Today, I will be covering Snowdown 2013, re-capping OGN, NA and EU Spring Promotion matches, the second part of Battle of The Atlantic, and more!
Snowdown 2013 – Feed The Poros!
So the first and most important news within this recap is that the Snowdown is FINALLY here! Here is a rundown of the new content that you can partake in for a limited time (will not individually cover returning/legacy content):
New Featured Game Mode: Showdown
There is a Showdown this Snowdown: Find out who is the best in this limited time Howling Abyss 1v1 or 2v2 Blind Draft pick mode. Within this game mode, there are three ways to win:
- In a 1v1, first blood wins! In 2v2, the first team to get two kills wins. Suicides count as kills (albeit un-credited)
- The first team to kill a tower wins the game
- The first team to score a combined 100 CS wins the game
*Information originally featured on the PBE Forum here
You are allowed to shop, heal, and recall whenever you like in this mode, unlike a traditional match played on this map.
New Snowdown Skins
- Winter Wonderland Lulu: 1350 RP *on sale for 975 RP until December 23rd
- Snowstorm Sivir: 975 RP
- Snowday Singed: 975 RP
New Snowdown Ward Skin
- Candycane Ward: 640 RP
Mystery Gifting Returns
This season, for 490 RP, you can send your friends a skin for a champion they own or a new champion that they don’t own – Spread the holiday cheer and send a few friends some gifts!
For more information about the Snowdown, you can read everything on the official League of Legends Snowdown FAQ here!
OGN Champions Winter: Tie-Breakers
Due to the way the Group Stages ended, three tiebreaker games were necessary before OGN Champions Winter could proceed to the Quarterfinals.
CJ Entus Blaze vs. SK Telecom T1 S – Watch the game here!
The first match-up of the tiebreaker series was an incredibly crucial one, as only one of these teams could advance to the Quarterfinals.
This game was probably the most exciting one of the evening, with both teams staying incredibly close for the majority of the game in terms of gold. Things began to shift when CJ Blaze picked up Baron at the 38-minute mark. Snowballing this buff into finishing off the last remaining outer turrets, Blaze began to pull forward, gaining a small gold lead over SKT. However, SKT won the fight after the next Baron respawn, taking Baron at 45 minutes and moving to take out the bottom lane inhibitor.
Despite this successful move, SKT was unable to take out the mid lane inhibitor, and the game landslided to a quick end after Bang got himself sniped off during the inhibitor tower siege, thanks to a Nidalee spear to the face. CJ Blaze capitalized off of this moment, taking the final fight to SKT’s base and securing their position into the Quarterfinals.
NaJin White Shield vs. Samsung Galaxy Ozone – Watch the game here!
The action began to quickly unfold in bot lane around the 12 minute mark when both junglers made an appearance during the first real fight of the game. Mata’s Thresh play is a force to be reckoned with, and due to his great timing and positioning, he picked himself up first blood and a double kill as a result of this early fight. Ozone took command of the bot lane and did not let up the entire game.
Ozone’s power was clearly felt around the entire map – with the exception of top lane. Seraph was able to take control of top, pushing out Looper’s Dr. Mundo and threatening to take the inhibitor solo. However, when NoFe rotated top around the 30 minute mark to assist Seraph in his siege of the inhibitor tower, Ozone turned this disadvantage around into game-winning momentum. NoFe was picked off in a long chase to mid lane, and because of this, Ozone was able to secure a clean Baron buff and snowball this advantage into a decisive victory.
Xenics Storm vs. CJ Entus Frost – Watch the game here!
The game quickly began in favor of Xenics Storm, with Coco netting first blood around the nine-minute mark. The rest of the team quickly took control of their lanes, and used this momentum to snowball out of control. This in turn left no room for CJ Entus Frost to pull one of their infamous late-game turn-arounds. By 21 minutes into the game, Xenics Storm was up 9 kills to Frost’s 3, and up 5 turrets to Frost’s 1. By 30 minutes into the game, Xenics Storm was knocking on CJ Entus Frost’s bot lane inhibitor door, casually cleaned up Frost due to the massive power discrepancy and claimed the victory.
OGN Infograph Time!
2014 Spring Promotion Matches
Along with Battle of The Atlantic, this past weekend included games between 12 teams within both the NA and EU scene – All teams putting forth their best for their chance to be in the 2014 LCS.
All eyes have been on the recently created NA team, Evil Geniuses, due to the crossover of well-known veteran EU players Krepo, Snoopeh, and Yellowpete to NA. With a new team and a new location, EG had a lot of preparation to do in order to ready themselves for LCS level play. Be sure to take a look at their games vs. Determined Gaming; EG did not disappoint. They may be new, but they can put up a fight.
Evil Geniuses vs. Determined Gaming – Played on Friday, December 20
Team Coast vs. The Walking Zed – Played on Saturday, December 21
Curse vs. COGnitive Gaming – Played on Sunday, December 22
Across the globe this weekend, EU teams were simultaneously fighting it out for LCS spots. If you missed any of these games, you can check them out at the links below:
Meet Your Makers vs. Copenhagen Wolves – Played on Friday, December 13
SK Gaming vs. SUPA HOT CREW – Played on Saturday, December 14
Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Kiedyś Miałem Team – Played on Sunday, December 15
Battle of The Atlantic: Los Angeles
Battle of the Atlantic continued this past weekend with three final showdowns taking place in Los Angeles. One of the most highly anticipated match-ups took place this Sunday, when Cloud9 met again against Fnatic to see who would take home three regional points and $5,000. Ever since Cloud9’s unfortunate games against Fnatic in the Season 3 World Championship, fans have been itching to see how Cloud9 would fare against Fnatic in a later match up. Well, Cloud9 stepped up this weekend, sweeping two straight games against Fnatic and bringing NA’s regional points up to 5 in comparison to EU’s 4.
Who is ready for LCS?
Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Alternate – Played on Friday, December 20
XDG vs. Gambit Gaming – Played on Saturday, December 21
Cloud9 vs. Fnatic – Played on Sunday, December 22
Coming Soon in eSports
OGN Champions Winter Quarterfinals
This Christmas, a heated battle will take place between SK Telecom T1 K and Samsung Galaxy Blue, one of the only teams to beat SKT within a multiple game series since World’s. PawN is also one of the few mid-laners to completely shut down the god-like Faker. This will be night to remember as Faker attempts to take back the mid lane from PawN and help lead his team to take home another trophy for SKT, as well as become the first team to win back-to-back titles in OGN Champions. You can watch the games live on the OGN Twitch Channel here.
The rest of the quarterfinals are scheduled as follows:
- SKT Telecom T1 K vs. Samsung Galaxy Blue: December 25, 2013
- KT Rolster Bullets vs. CJ Entus Blaze: December 27, 2013
- Xenics Storm vs. NaJin White Shield: January 1, 2014
- Samsung Galaxy Ozone vs. CJ Entus Frost: January 3, 2014
As usual, these games will be broadcasted live at 1:30 AM PST / 4:30 AM EST.
If you missed any articles we published, here are links to them so you can check them all out and stay up-to-date on Cloth5 content:
- 2013 Galaxy eSports Carnival Recap
- Jungling 301: Disaster Prevention and Relief
- Blade & Spell Weaving: The Best Spell Weavers on The Rift
- A View on Yasuo: How to Utilize The Kit of The Unforgiven
This Week in League will be back in 2014:
Due to the holidays, This Week in League will pick up again on January 6th, 2014, with a two-week recap. Enjoy the holidays, have some good games, and see you out on the Rift in 2014!
Special Thanks To:
Mark Cupp: My main graphics man who puts up with all my random last minute changes.