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Important: Roster Update

With the following brief communication, we would like to announce that due to lack of motivation, Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou will no longer be part of the starting lineup of Origen throughout the rest of the split.

Until we find a suitable replacement ADC, he will be replaced by Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño.

We expect FORG1VEN to find the necessary motivation to regain his passion for the game as soon as possible.

Also, we wish xPeke good luck in this new chapter. He will certainly give it his best as always and we hope for countless surprises and much joy.

Good luck xPeke.

 

Un breve comunicado para anunciar que por falta de motivación FORG1VEN no será titular de ORIGEN durante este split.

Mientras probamos nuevos AD Carry en esta línea jugará nuestro sub, xPeke.

Deseamos que FORG1VEN encuentre pronto la motivación necesaria para recuperar su pasión por el competitivo lo antes posible.

Y a xPeke le deseamos mucha suerte en esta nueva linea, estamos seguros que como siempre dará lo mejor de sí mismo, esperamos que nos sorprenda y  nos de muchas alegrías.

Buena Suerte xPeke!!

Cover image by: Dwight Casin

Deman will likely stop casting League of Legends

Leigh “Deman” Smith is not a stranger for anyone. With years of experience on his back, his career as a caster speaks for itself: amongst other games he started to cast League of Legends tournaments in 2011, becoming later a part of Riot Games, and leaving the company on 2014 to work on the Electronic Sports League. After that, we still were able to enjoy his casting on different events, but this will likely come to an end soon.

On his Twitter account, Deman stated that the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice will likely be his last League of Legends event as a caster, and that he will probably focus on other games for now on. This is truly a sad goodbye, and we wish him success wherever he decides to work.

Will IEM Katowice be the last event for Deman as a League of Legends caster? Only time will tell!

Cover image by: Josh Rigg

ESC Ever takes the title at Intel Extreme Masters Cologne

At this year’s IEM Cologne in Germany, six teams competed to be crowned the IEM champions of 2015. Two of these teams, ESC Ever and Fnatic, immediately moved on to the semi finals, while the other four teams had to win a best of three match to get to the semi finals to face the remaining teams. After many fabulous plays and a thrilling 5 game final against Qiao Gu Reapers, ESC Ever came out on top and walked away with the IEM trophy.

LPL’s Qiao Gu Reapers’ first opponent was Team Dignitas from North America, who they had to face on day 1 of the event. Dignitas showed their dominance in the first two games, winning the first one. The good positioning and shot calling wore off in game two. Many of their Baron calls made them vulnerable in a way they lost control over the map, while Qiao Gu Reapers are known for their very strong team fights and used this advantage to eventually win game two. In the third game, Qiao Gu showed their confident side. Swift – their jungler – showed his amazing mechanics on Nidalee, making sure the team was ready for the upcoming team fights to win the last game, which eventually, led them to the semi-finals.

cologne01ESC Ever were automatically qualified for the semi finals and met their opponent, H2K from the EU LCS, who defeated Cloud 9 in the quarter finals. Ever was the more dominant team during this match, with some power spikes of H2K. The team from Korea took the first game after some incredible team fights, good communication and smart outplays. In the second game, H2K showed they were worthy of the IEM title. Jankos had his presence felt all over the map, giving the team a lead in objectives, kills and gold. ESC Ever could not catch up to the pace that H2K was playing on and lost the game. After a short break they found their way back on the map and closed the game in 31 minutes.

In the second semi finals at IEM Qiao Gu took out on Fnatic, who appeared at an international tournament with the new roster for the first time. Noxiak, Gamsu and Spirit took place on the stage to fight their first battle for Fnatic. A massive early game tower dive from Qiao Gu, on top lane, put a lot of pressure on Fnatic. They did manage to get a lead from there and expanded that lead further into the game. With many team fights in favour of Fnatic, they eventually won game number 1. The second game built up really slowly. Fnatic had many chances to expand their lead again, but failed doing so. Febiven and Rekkles were isolated by members of Qiao Gu in many of their team fights, which resulted into losing them.

Qiao Gu Reapers fought the South Korean’s  Ever in the battle for the IEM title. With the Koreans as favourite, there was a big moment of pressure. The Chinese team managed to win the first game after a massive lead and great dominance. The kills were spread very well over the carries of the team, which made their team stronger in team fights. Something that was very noticeable at game number two, was that the QG’s jungler, Swift, had almost every kill on his name. This made the other members of the LPL’s region very weak compared to the opponent Ever. Team fights weren’t easy to win for QG when the jungler Swift died. They were vulnerable and couldn’t stop Ever from winning game two. Ever moved on playing a very even game against the Chinese team, both winning team fights. Twenty minutes into the game, ESC Ever managed to win an important team fight, which gained them access to the opponent’s base. The two AD Carries from middle (Athena) – and bottom lane (Loken) played an important role when they out manoeuvred QG, taking yet another game. Qiao Gu, now under pressure, were in need of a strategically good team composition. Swift went back to playing Nidalee and V (top lane) decided to take Nautilus with him. With Swift back to carrying, he worked his way to get V ahead in lane. Ever’s Crazy died many times early game, because of the Swift and V team work. This resulted into an incredible big lead for QG winning mid- aswell as late game.

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Both teams had one more chance to prove themselves in the final game of that match and the opportunity to walk away with the IEM’s 2015 trophy and title. Qiao Gu took the lead in the early game, aft
er some marvellous tower dives from Swift, DoinB, V and their support TcT. He placed Trundle’s pillar on the precise place, which cut off the route of the opponent. Not very much later the Chinese team tried to fight Ever with their lead, but lacked coordination. Their position on the map started to work against them. ESC Ever noticed this and adapted to the new situation, picking off their opponent QG one by one. After many objectives in favour of the Korean team, they moved their fight to QG’s base. With a precise head butt from Ever’s support Key (Alistar) the final battle begun. The Reapers retreated and Ever took game number five, winning the Intel Extreme Masters in Cologne. They are the new champions and went home with their well deserved prize!

 

Post by: Valerie Hoste