It was that time of the year again, where six regions fight with and against each other to be crowned the All-Star champion(s) of 2015. The regions
were divided in two teams: Ice and Fire. Team Ice consisted of the LPL, EU LCS and IWC. LCK, NA LCS and LMS would form Team Fire. What happened at this event and who made the big plays?
The EU LCS, with Origen’s very own Amazing, had to fight NA LCS in the first game of day 1. NA took the lead after an incredible gank from Meteos, joined by Aphromoo. Not only was the American All-Stars’ positioning very exciting to see, their good team communication paid off early- and mid game. At late game NA fell back, lacking good calls. Team EU kept on pushing after destroying the inner turret and with Huni, who kept on pushing on Jax, Team Ice was sure of a win in the first game of the day.
Day one’s fun mode involved the League of Legends’ fans. They voted for the champions that the All-Star warriors had to play. LCK and the LPL were the regions loading on to The Rift. With some unusual player picks, such as Alistar AD Carry and Graves in the jungle, the game was fun to watch. After many more successful and incredible plays, Team Ice secured 50 points for winning the ‘Pick 10’ game.
In between the regional and fun modes, Riot would go over to the 1v1 Arena, where all the star players would fight for victory and be crowned the Duelist Champion. Some unexpected results came back from The Arena. Faker lost in the first round and KaSing moved on to the second round after a victory over Ziv.
In the second regional game of the day, LPL took on the players from the LMS. In this game Clearlove (Rengar) and Rookie (Kassadin) were dominating The Rift with some mind blowing take downs. Together with good involvement from Uzi (Miss Fortune), they took the game in their own
hand and won after 29 minutes of epic fighting and team work.
Lastly the LCK- and the IWC All-Stars were off to The Rift with Korea as fan favourite. IWC’s bottom lane couldn’t get into their element, losing the lane early. All of the other lanes were struggling as well, which resulted into a big loss for the wildcard qualifiers.
After day 1, Team Ice led with 250 points to 100 for Team Fire.
Day 2 started off with IWC challenging the All-Star team from North America on Summoner’s Rift. In the end, the NA LCS won the game by good positioning, which made them dominate the map. Team Fire earned 100 points for this victory.
That day’s fun mode was all about marksmen. The defensive items were banned, which resulted into ten glass canons fighting in two teams on The Rift. Team Fire’s Bebe and PraY had a good synergy all over the map, catching members of Team Ice over and over again and setting up kills for other team mates. Team Fire rushed through their base, with the nexus as target, winning the game.
Over at the 1v1 Arena KaSing defeated AD Carry main Uzi, which came to him as a surprise. Later KaSing stated that he had no idea what he was doing at yesterday- and today’s match. Despite being unsure about his tactics he moved on to the next round. He was not the only one. The other players that were qualified for the next round were: Clearlove, Bjergsen, PraY, LeX, Doublelift, Froggen and Aphromoo.
The next region game was between the EU LCS and the All-Stars from Taiwan (LMS). Origen’s Amazing was making unbelievably good plays. From a
Sonic Wave over the wall at the raptors camp onto Westdoor to ganking bottom lane, using his legendary Q. There was literally no escaping from Amazing. Together with Huni (Fiora), the EU team created a big lead over their Taiwanese opponents, winning the game in 31 minutes.
The Korean and Chinese players made their way to the stage for the last game of the day. After acing them in their final fight they fought their way through the base, with the Nexus as destination. This was the Koreans getting revenge on the Chinese team after losing the ‘Pick 10’ game on day 1.
After day 2, Team Fire and Team Ice are tied 350 to 350.
Day 3 in the All-Stars event started with a regional match between the LCK vs EU All Star where Europe dominated and won the match with 3 victories.
It was followed by a One for All type of match, between Team Fire and Team Ice. Blitzcrank had his moment in the spotlight as players hooked each
other, showing off their skills on the Great Steam Golem. Ultimately, Team Fire secured the victory and won their team points. Later on, we saw the quarterfinals of the 1 v 1 tournament, where Bjergsen, Doublelift, Froggen and Pray won their spots to the semifinal.
Following the 1 v 1, we saw a great win of LMS over IWC, with one of the best plays at this years’ All-Stars, where Westdoor scored an incredible pentakill.Another surprise for the fans was the Assassins mode between Fire and Ice. The match was a blind pick, where players had to pick from a
restricted champion pool of only assassins. They also had limited items, such as potions, boots and AP/AD items. Team Fire was comprised of great midlaners such as Faker, WestDoor, Bjergsen while in the Ice Team, we had Froggen, Rookie and Kira. We saw unexpected picks in this mode, such as Rengar, Nidalee or Shaco. At last, after killing sprees during the entire game, Team Fire took the victory and gained 50 points.
Last game of the day was a regional between the NA and LPL. The Chinese team had such an aggresive gameplay, with Clearlove and Rookie roaming on the entire map, bringing the element of surprise for the solo laners and securing their victory. This match showed us the underestimated power of
the Chinese and came as a come-back after great players such as Uzi, who did not qualify for the Worlds Championship still represent a threat.
Day 4 started with a fan match called ‘Tandem mode’, where each champion was controlled by two players: one on the mouse and the other the keyboard. Teams were picked of 20 players who were not voted into the All-Star All-Stars. For this game, player’s names were mashed together and fun combinations came out, such as Kashuni (Kasing and Huni), Rekklex (Rekkles and LeX) or Bjergus (Bjergsen and Dyrus). Ultimately, Team Ice secured the victory of this mode, gaining their team 100 points.
The semifinals of the 1v1 tournament were Best of 3, with unpredictable picks and plays from each player. Bjergsen had to take down Pray and even though he lost the first match, he went on to win and advance to the final. The Froggen vs Doublelift match, Froggen was too confident that he would win, but Doublelift proved his skill winning against him with 4 matches out of 3. The moment Doublelift was going back to base and Froggen snowballed him, he carried him straight to the base winning with this strategy 2 times in a row. Coincidence or not? In the end, the great 1 v 1 final was between TSM teammates Bjergsen and Doublelift, where they played 2 midlaners and 1 adc (at which point you know Bjergsen was meant to win).
Next, an All-Star All-Stars game took place, where Team Ice got the victory. The decisive match of the All-Stars event was a Best of 3 between the LCK All-Stars and the EU LCS All-Stars, with LCK winning the match and securing the cup to Team Fire.
Team Fire won the 2015 All-Stars with over 1075 points. The All-Stars event was a great way of showing each player’s skill and ability as an individual. Moreover, it was about having fun and knowing other players better, a great reward for the fans for the end of the year. See you in 2016!
Post by: Ioana Popa and Valerie Hoste