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The end of the EU Spring Split Highlights

The Spring Split has come to an end and it has probably been the closest split in the EU LCS where the best teams of Europe were not defeated without pulling up a fight. Overall, this past weekend had tons of great fights and upsets which means we have got some great highlights for you.

Source: LoL Esports

H2K vs Fnatic – 2-3

It was hard to picture who will win this series as both teams made sloppy mistakes. Though, H2K vs Fnatic will always be a fight between two of the best AD carries that have ever played in Europe. In the first two games, H2K seemed to not stand a chance against Fnatic’s late game control.

In the early, H2K was definitely stronger with the map control on their side, yet, Fnatic picked up the first blood on Yoo Ryu” Sang-ook. While Fnatic concentrated on pushing with their top laner, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson and Johan Klaj” Olsson have tended to play more of a farm game, making sure Rekkles will be relevant in the mid game without exposing him to risk since H2K was already putting too much pressure on the lane. Moreover, H2k focused on taking the objectives, such as securing the Baron twice, which lead to them having tons of map pressure, but all their vision got cleared up by Fnatic. The main reason why they have lost is probably Azir. It was very hard to deal with him as they could not shut him down in the early game. With this pick, Fnatic melted H2K’s carries, aced their opponent and picked up their first win of the series. The second game was definitely the same story, just a different game. Both teams opted for the same composition and game strategy. Yoo Ryu” Sang-ook has been successfully ganked in the second game as well. However, at the baron fight, H2k lost both the baron and the team fight in favor of Fnatic, thus putting Fnatic back on track. Moments later, Fnatic pushed themselves in their enemies’ base and took their second win.

Source: LoL Esports
Source: LoL Esports

The third game was the perfect time to switch the strategy; H2K went for a more aggressive composition and managed to put pressure much easily on Fnatic since Azir’s mid control was gone. The most exciting part was definitely the nexus fight where Fnatic, despite being so behind, scored an ace and bought them some more time to try to come back into the game. However, H2K won the game with a final push as Fnatic was not able to defend their base a second time. In the fourth game, H2K stroke back impressively and it was down to the final game to see who will win this battle. Game five was all about adaptation. Both teams tried to pick champions in order to counter their enemy. H2K looked like the winners in the early game as their team fights were executed perfectly due to their combo. They were clearly ahead of Fnatic thorough the match, but despite all of this, Fnatic punished H2K for their greediness and over extension, took the lead and finished off the series with a third place in the EU LCS. This time, H2K was unable to use their advantage and win the game.

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Source: LoL Esports

Origen vs G2 Esports – 1-3

Exciting games were played at the final of the EU LCS! Even though both teams showed a great performance, only one could get the victory. The first game started with first blood for Origen, after a missplay from a maybe overconfident G2. That did not stop them, though, and the team showed dominance on the rest of the match. We could see a fast paced game, with intense fights, and almost a comeback from Origen, but in the end G2 took the victory after taking Baron. The second game started the other way around, with first blood for Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek, G2’s toplaner and one of the most valuable players of the series.

Source: LoL Esports
Source: LoL Esports

Origen started to prove what were they made of, showing better macro play, good lane swaps and synergy between the team. Plays like a beautiful escape of Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre that allowed the team to increase the gold lead, an uncontested Baron… Even though Kikis started to become a problem for Origen, the team managed to take the victory thanks to Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage as Orianna making gamechanging ultimates and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen with his unstoppable Kalista. The third game started good for Origen too, but G2 would not let them breathe. Luka “PerkZ” Perkovic and his scary Zed started to dominate the game, taking kills and allowing his team to do better rotations that led to a better objective control for G2. Origen tried to make a comeback, but G2 was not going to let that happen. After one intense fight at Baron, G2 pushed their way to the victory. Things were not looking good for Origen, but they still had one game left. With Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño back for this game, Origen tried a different draft to face G2, taking Lissandra to counter Perkz’s Zed. It worked well at the beginning, with first blood for xPeke, showing great synergy with Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider. Teamfights were favorable for Origen, the team was ready to win the game and let us hear Silver Scrapes, but the MVP of the Spring split, Kang-yoon “Trick” Kim stepped up his game, stealing objectives and creating favorable situations for their team. In the end, G2 managed to get the victory, making it a 1-3 and becoming the split winners.

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Source: LoL Esports

It was definitely a series worth watching, all teams performed great and left us many memorable moments. We are sure that the Summer split will be disputed for sure with these teams becoming better and better, but for now we want to wish the best of luck to G2 Esports on MSI! Make us proud!

Article by: Ioana Caraman and Maria Eijo

Cover image by: Skadi

Artwork Showcase No.4

 Welcome to the fourth Origen’s Artwork Showcase! Week after week, and you keep filling us with love. Thanks again for your submissions, you are all amazing! We decided to make this week an Orianna special post, a champion you often see in Origen matches and in your artwork. It’s nice to see different approaches of the same concept, and we have to say… we love them all!

So remember: if you want to be featured here on future posts, send us an e-mail with your fanart or cosplay to [email protected]

Origen Orianna, by Kyoffie:

@Kyoffie

Origen Orianna, by The Whitemare:

@The_Whitemare

Origen Orianna, by Misha Arts:

@xMishaArts_5

Origen Orianna, by Misha Arts:

@xMishaArts_4

PowerofEvil Orianna, by Misha Arts:

@xMishaArts_7

Which one is your favourite?

If you want to see your artwork featured here, send us an e-mail with your fanart or cosplay to [email protected]

Cover image by: Skadi

EU Semifinals Highlights

We can all agree that the most exciting games so far, were played this weekend. The semifinals of the LCS Spring Split brought together the best teams Europe has at the moment. It was definitely a weekend full of surprises, upsets and an overall great gameplay coming from the players.

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Source: Riot eSports

Origen vs H2K – 3-2

The first game started off strong for Origen. In this meta, Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider opted out for more aggressive champions that lead to them dominating the early game. Even though the first blood on Ryu “Ryu” Sang-ook came as a surprise, Origen managed to stack up kills and lead the first half of the game with a fantastic score of 7-0. Contrary to the previous games, Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider involved himself in the team’s kills and got his lanes rolling. However, the turret advantage was in H2k’s favor and a misplay made by Origen, around the baron, gave the opportunity to H2k to come back, defend against their opponent and pick up their first win of the series.

In the second game, Origen stepped up their game and earned themselves a win against H2k. Both teams were pretty evenly matched in terms of skill, but the team fights were definitely Origen’s strength. H2k seems to focus on taking the objectives whereas Origen likes to team fight and win their games by pushing together. Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez performed spectacularly well in this match up and proved their worth once again. The whole series was a roller-coaster with wins jumping from H2k to Origen and back. H2k picked up a dominant victory in the third game, finishing off their opponents’ Nexus with an incredible score of 12-0. With Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez back in the mid lane for game four, the team seemed more confident than ever.

The team has been practicing with both their mid laners, so they were ready to face H2k with a variety of team compositions. With Lulu on the mid lane and Braum as a support, H2k had no chance of stopping Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen from going on a rampage as he was constantly being protected by both his teammates. The last game of this series was the most intense game, until now. The Braum pick chosen by Origen shut down H2k’s LeBlanc and dominated the team fights easily as Braum’s shield was defending their team composition against LeBlanc’s burst.

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Source: Riot eSports

G2 Esports vs FNC – 3-1

The second semifinals were a little bit less intense than the day before, but there still were some memorable moments. Even though Fnatic is known for their skills on long series like the Best of 5, G2 showed that they still were as scarier as during the regular season of the Spring split. On the drafts, we could see the usual picks we have been seeing lately, like Ekko top, compositions around Sivir,  double teleport… On the first game G2 demonstrated that  they were not on the first place of the standings for nothing. From the draft, denying Thresh to the Fnatic support Johan “Klaj” Olsson, to the macro play, the team showed dominance all game, specially with the presence of Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek on the toplane, with an unstoppable Trundle. Not everything were done, though, since Fnatic managed to win the second match.

Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten looked more comfortable getting to pick Zed, making miraculous escapes and outperforming Luka “PerkZ” Perkovic, and the rest of the team played with better synergy, achieving the victory without much trouble. It was the moment of G2 to step up their game, and even though Fnatic played overall a better game on the third match of the series, PerkZ managed to pick Ryze and supported by Kikis’s Trundle and his good use of the teleport, allowed them to make a comeback and finally win the game. There was not too much left to do, and on the 4th game of the series, G2 made a draft to make sure that they would definitely not loose, picking Ryze again, but this time with an even better composition around the midlane with Kindred and Janna. Fnatic picking Thresh this time was not enough to make them shine, and G2 had no mercy with them, winning the game easily and crushing Fnatic’s dream of reaching the final.

Next week, we will see on Saturday, in Rotterdam, Fnatic and H2k playing to decide the 3rd and 4th position and on Sunday, the final of the Spring split will be Origen vs G2, a match that we are so expecting to watch. It will definitely be worth to save the date, make sure you don’t miss it!

Article by: Ioana Caraman and María Eijo

Cover picture by: Josh Rigg

Artwork Showcase No.3

The third Origen’s Artwork Showcase is here! As always, we loved the submissions you send us, it’s difficult to choose only five each week! We are so thankful for everything and for your continuous support, keep stunning us! In today’s post, we have some awesome player’s artwork, two fan skins and even a real life handmade Origen jacket, that’s dedication!

So remember: if you want to be featured here on future posts, send us an e-mail with your fanart or cosplay to [email protected]

Zven and Mithy artwork, by HazazelCL:

@HazazelCL

Amazing and Soaz, chibi style, by Misha Arts:

@xMishaArts_2

Origen Kassadin, by Machus-san:

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Origen Syndra, by ShuMidzu:

ShuMidzu DA

Origen jacket, poro and tattoo, by Vriski Derp:

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Which one is your favourite?

If you want to see your artwork featured here, send us an e-mail with your fanart or cosplay to [email protected]

Cover image by: Skadi [1][2][3]

Spring Playoffs Predictions

After the promotion tournament, here comes the playoffs! Are you ready to watch exciting games this weekend? We absolutely are!

download (4)Origen: After finishing the split with a good streak, and placing 4th on the standings, Origen is in the right mood for playoffs. They also got the matchup they wanted, on Sunday against Unicorns of Love. If they manage to play like they did on the last games, showing the same synergy, they definitely have a chance to overcome quarterfinals. The team has been practicing with both midlaners, xPeke and PowerOfEvil, so they are ready to face this challenge with a variety of team compositions. Either way, now it is the time to show the world what they are made of, with the right mindset, Origen can become unstoppable.

download (2)Fnatic: The end of the spring split was not the best for Fnatic. After losing three games in a row, they had to settle for the 6th position of the standings, having to face Vitality on quarterfinals. Even though the team came motivated after their great performance on IEM Katowice, the hype quickly fell off, having them a few inconsistent games. If they want to do it well in playoffs, they need to step up their game and fix the mistakes of the end of the split. They sure had time enough to practice, so let’s see how they perform this Saturday against Vitality, one of the strongest teams of the EU LCS.

download (8)Team Vitality: Although Vitality ended 3rd on the standings, failing to achieve the first position after losing a few of the last games, they can still be proud of their performance this split. The team is on a good point right now, showing good synergy and letting kaSing shine. On this playoffs, they will face Fnatic on Saturday on a Bo5 that will surely be interesting to watch. Both teams played well all season, only to deflate at the end, so it all depends on which team has the best mindset, which one has practiced most efficiently and the team compositions. The other two times this teams faced each other resulted on two victories for Vitality: they will want the third for sure.

downloadUnicorns of Love: The end of the Spring split was not good for Unicorns of Love either, but they still ended on the 5th position as expected. They need to handle this playoffs with care. On Sunday, they will play against Origen for the quarterfinals, and they sure keep in mind that on the split they lost the two games against them. It’s not easy to plan compositions against a team with two midlaners, so Unicorns of Love need to organize their strategies thoroughly if they want to make a favorable draft. As always, anything can happen, but if they keep performing like on the last games of the split, it will definitely be hard for them to reach semifinals.

download (1)H2k Gaming: On the second position of the standings, H2k has a semifinals spot secured. Well deserved, for sure, after their great performance throughout the Spring split. On Saturday, H2k will face the winner of the matchup of Vitality vs Fnatic on a Bo5. Both teams have to be taken into consideration, since both have already won H2k at least once this season. Keeping FORG1VEN in the team was definitely a morale booster and H2k seems to be ready to give their best on this playoffs and the Summer split, but they should definitely try not to be overconfident. Either Vitality or Fnatic can crush their victory dreams easily.

download (9)G2 Esports: After an impeccable Spring split, G2 secured a well-deserved semifinals spot on playoffs thanks to being first on the standings. They surely are an enemy to fear, having lost only three games this season. They will play on Sunday against the winner of the Origen vs Unicorns of Love game. The last ones are one of the teams that achieved a victory against them on the split, but the irregular playstyle they are having lately targets them as an easier rival to defeat. Origen might have lost all previous games against G2, but right now, they are a strong team again, so it would be interesting to watch a semifinal facing them. Despite the fact that a surprise might happen, if G2 keeps their dominant playstyle, it would be hard for both teams to confront them. Let’s see if they can demonstrate once again that they deserve the first position.

Cover image by: Dwight Casin

Artwork Showcase No.2

Welcome to the second Origen’s Artwork Showcase! We loved the submissions you send us, are you ready to see what are we featuring today? We are so thankful for everything and for your continuous support! In today’s post, we have a stunning portrait, a lovely chibi, more fan skins and even a real sword!

So remember: if you want to be featured here on future posts, send us an e-mail with your fanart or cosplay to [email protected]

Zven portrait, by Lior Beres:

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3D printed Fiora’s Baguette sword, by Simone Fontana:

Origen Twisted Fate, by Modesto Fernando Rodríguez Martin:

Modesto Fernando Rodríguez Martin

xPeke, chibi style, by Solax:

@xsolax5

Origen Hecarim, by Sergi Lorenzo:

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Which one is your favourite?

If you want to see your artwork featured here, send us an e-mail with your fanart or cosplay to [email protected]

Cover image by: Skadi [1][2][3]

10 Things Only Origen Fans Will Understand

Let me first say that there are some Origen fans that this does not apply to at all – but for most of us – this is reality. I’ve always been the annoying and obnoxious fan when it comes to TV shows, sports and game shows. If I commit to something, I stick with it and I’m sure there are many of you in the same situation.

Now that the LCS Spring Playoffs are coming up, it’s time for all of us fans to crawl out of the woodwork and turn into cheerleaders. So if you’re a fan, you’ll definitely relate to these 10 things only we can understand.

1. You watch their games as an anxious parent would watch their child playing sports or competing in a science fair. Cheering, loudly at your computer while praying that nobody get camped on or that Kalista doesn’t get banned. Zven is a God on Kalista. Duh.

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2. A large portion of your wardrobe contains the team colours. It’s perfect because black & blue look great on everyone, and it’s also the name of a Backstreet Boys album. So you cannot go wrong here.

3. Hearing unknowledgeable people say that Origen should change their rosters or that they aren’t skilled makes you cringe. Sure, that’s subjective, but how does a combination of the most CS (per minute) in EU LCS from Zven and several comeback games, make you come to that conclusion?

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Source: Riot eSports

4. Often times you find yourself wondering if you’re too emotionally invested in Origen’s success. Usually this ends with you settling on the notion that there’s no such thing as ‘too emotionally invested in this team and you move on.

5. You think that everyone else needs to step up their selfie game because the greatest selfies of all time have been taken by our squad already.

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If you’re an Origen fan, these are your favourite selfies ever taken.

6.  You will remember this forever because you love Origen’s owner xPekeeven if this happened before Origen’s time.

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Source: GameK

Because getting “Backdoored” took on a whole new meaning for you at Intel Extreme Masters Season VI. In this season, we saw a brief backdoor from Soaz as well – I guess xPeke taught him well.

7.  The worry of getting knocked out by our biggest friendly rival: FNATIC


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This result would be absolutely disastrous and leave Origen fans open to rants from Fnatic fans, and we just can’t have that.

8.  Complaining even when our team has the lead. You have to be a true fan to find something to pick at, even when your team is ahead. It’s not our best habit but frustration kicks in if our players aren’t executing the game plan. A win is a win, so they say, but we need a safety net just in case our team begins to blow the lead.

9.The constant unknown of who will be starting in the mid lane gives you nightmares. Alright, so maybe not nightmares but is it going to be xPeke or Power of Evil? Origen stop toying with our feelings!

10. In the true fans eyes, anyone with anything critical to say regarding Origen is a ‘hater’ and that’s final. They are the greatest team ever and any differing opinion is not so much an opinion as it is pure HATING.

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Thank you fans, for your continuous support.

If you have any requests for blogs or suggestions, e-mail the Origen Media team at [email protected]

Cover Photo by: Dwight Casin

Artwork Showcase No.1

The world is filled with amazing artists and we are lucky to have some of them amongst our fans. In Origen, we love creativity and we are amazed every time we see the wonderful artwork you send us to our Twitter account, or the ones we find on DeviantArt and other sources. We are so thankful for everything and for your continuous support!

Now, it’s time for the rest of the world to see your work, so welcome to the first Origen’s Artwork Showcase! If you want to be featured here on future posts, send us an e-mail with your fanart or cosplay to [email protected]

Origen Fiora (baguette sword included!), by Dotswap:

Dotswap DA

Origen team, chibi style, by Misha Arts:

@xMishaArts_7

Origen Elise, by Asuchan13:

@asuchan13_3

PowerOfEvil, chibi style, by Danidinger:

@Danidinger

Origen Annie and Tibbers, by Machus-san:

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Which one is your favourite? We love them all, so we can’t choose!

If you want to see your artwork featured here, send us an e-mail with your fanart or cosplay to [email protected]

Cover image by: Skadi [1][2][3]

IEM Katowice Coverage – Group A

Nowadays, Katowice means gaming, passion, fights and commited crowds. Another edition of the Intel Extreme Masters invitational started and we were so ready not to miss a thing. On friday, the games from Group A were scheduled, which included Origen and the former champions Team Solo Mid, Royal Never Give Up and ESC Ever. If you missed the games, get ready to know everything that happened.

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Source: IEM Katowice

ESC Ever vs TSM: ESC Ever WIN

The promising challenger team ESC Ever came from Korea ready to put up a fight. They recently changed their midlane, but their aggresive playstyle did not vary. On the other hand, TSM was trying to take another time the Katowice cup, with a different roster and significantly less synergy.

On picks and bans, they tried to avoid the hypercarry comp, and Ever picked Twisted Fate with two teleports on the team, trying to have more map control for teamfights and objectives. Little did they know, that TSM would not let them do that: the game started with a first blood for Doublelift at the very beginning, also taking most of the spells of the korean botlane. That allowed the NA team to dominate the early game, avoiding ganks, making picks and having an increasing gold lead. The aggressive playstyle of TSM taking objectives and splitpushing with Hauntzer’s Quinn, was the reason why Ever could not use their map control strategy, leaving them almost without options. Slowly but steady, the Korean team started to make better teamfights, but the dream started to fade again with Doublelift’s pentakill. They did not give up, and they patiently waited for a mistake from TSM. Sometimes, you get what you ask for  and after a Baron try, Ever deleted the NA team on an epic teamfight, making an ace and rushing all the mid towers from the first one to the nexus. Against all odds, ESC Ever had won the game.

RNGU vs OG: RNGU WIN

After the ESC Ever susprise, it was time to watch the next game of Group A: Royal Never Give Up against Origen. Coming strong from the LPL, Royal strengths are their jungler mlxg and their support Mata. To contrarrest the synergy between them, Amazing should step up his game as a jungler, and Origen needed to make a good draft. But RNGU made their homework too, and banned Lulu and Alistar, forcing Origen to pick Nautilus and Thresh to protect Zven’s Kog’Maw and to have a decent frontlane.

The game began with an invade from RNGU without casualties, and both teams farming and avoiding engages. The first blood for RNGU came on minute 9, followed by a bully strategy against Soaz, trying to destabilize Origen’s playstyle. The chinese team started to feel more confident, taking dragon, Rift’s Herald and trying to pick the europeans. After an engage from Origen and killing Looper, PowerofEvil tried to escape and get and execute, almost achieving it. After another teamfight, RNGU got their second dragon, and everything started to look way worse for Origen. The composition they planned didn’t worked as well as they thought, and RNGU is not a team to have mistakes against. Even though their only hard engage was mlxg’s Gragas, they picked Zven a few times out of position, giving them more advantage and allowing them to take Baron and ending the game right after.

ESC Ever vs RNGU: RNGU WIN

Even though ESC Ever is known for their good drafts, that did not show on this game. They both started the game calmly. RNGU took first blood after a perfect timed teleport from Xiaohu, snaring three people at the top lane with Lissandra. They started to have all the map control, with Mata as Bard roaming, and mlxg ganking and securing dragon. Ever kept making bad decisions, such as picking teamfights and letting RNGU keep their objectives control. Apart from the jungler and the support, the highlight of the midgame was Xiaohu’s Lissandra, dominating the lane and engages. On the top lane, the matchup of Vladimir against Quinn ended to be a bad thing for Ever having a difference of almost a hundred minions. The chinese team kept winning the teamfights, increasing the gold lead and eventually winning the game after a incredible performance on the last fights of their jungler mlxg.

OG vs TSM: TSM WIN (2-1)

Back on the losers bracket, Origen faced TSM, their last chance to stay on the competition. You can never know what TSM will do. They have been playing inconsistenly for a while, but they still were an enemy to fear. The North Americans banned again the Lulu composition on the three games, whilst Origen opted for taking away some of the TSM comfort picks, like Fiora on the first game, or Bjergsen’s picks on the other two.

On the first game, we could see how Origen managed to have the gold lead on the early game. They also took first blood killing Yellowstar after an outstanding hook from Mithy’s Thresh, one of his stronger picks. Slow and steady, Bjergsen started to feel more confident with his LeBlanc, and TSM gained more map control, despite Origen having two teleports to contrarrest the splitpush. After a bad teamfight for Origen, TSM took the gold lead, the first mid tower and their first dragon. Even though Origen was making a good game, with good disengages from Soaz‘s PoppyNautilus as a frontline and the fact that they did not had a chance to take Bjergsen’s shutdown, lead to a win for the North American team.

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Source: IEM Katowice

On the second game things looked better for Origen, starting with the two teams tied on gold, and with Zven as Kalista dominating against Doublelift. The game passed by calmly, with both teams trying to avoid fatal mistakes. Everything changed when Zven finally got enough kills to be a threat, giving Soaz the possibility of making splitpush. After a dragon steal by PowerofEvil with Twisted Fate and a bad teamfight for Origen, TSM took Baron, sieged the mid lane and tried to take the inhibitor and the game, but Mithy managed to make a play with Thresh’s lantern that ended up with PowerofEvil killing Svenskeren, winning the teamfight, avoiding the fall of the inhibitor, and gave them time to push mid too and take the rival’s inhibitor. The game was almost done, Origen took Baron, having a teamifight where Zven’s kiting skills with Kalista were the most important part, giving them a 4k gold lead, and allowing them to finish the game and take the victory.

The game started great for Origen, getting first blood on the mid lane, but TSM soon started to have more objective control, taking the gold lead. Despite of that, Origen started to recover. The mid game was intense, it was all reduced to which team made the better picks, and Amazing seemed to be unstoppable with Elise, landing all the cocoons. After picking Zven, TSM made Baron and took one inhibitor, starting after that to splitpush with Bjergsen’s Twisted Fate, taking that way one nexus tower after a good teamfight for Origen. After an uncontested Baron and a final push, TSM won the game.

ESC Ever vs TSM: TSM WIN (2-0)

TSM was determined not to allow anyone to play Lulu this weekend. It also looked like Ever watched carefully the previous Bo3 and decided to try to ban all the Bjergsen‘s picks they could, which lead to an open Fiora for the toplaner Hauntzer. The thing about Bjergsen is that his champion pool is large, so this time he took Zilean against Tempt’s Lux.

The early game was Hauntzer’s time to shine, starting with first blood and a double kill, followed by a dive on the bot lane that increased the gold lead for TSM. The North American team started to dominate every teamfight, increasing more and more the gold lead, picking Ever players, and letting Doublelift do whatever he wanted with his Kog’Maw. After three dragons, and having all the objectives control, TSM took Baron and pushed through the bot lane inhibitor, finishing the game.

There’s a thing pretty important: if you are going to take Fiora from Hauntzer, make sure that he will not get the first blood anyway, and that’s not what happened. With his Quinn, the toplaner started to dominate the game, getting more kills and towers. TSM started to be unstoppable, with Svenskeren’s Elise becoming unkillable, focusing on making the bot lane a living hell, and not allowing Ever to keep up. After taking Baron with three players, having Bjergsen and Hauntzer stopping the korean team, TSM made the final push and claimed the victory.

After an intense competition day, the Group A semifinals spot is now covered by Royal Never Give Up and Team Solo Mid. What will Group B bring today?

Cover image by: Josh Rigg

“I think Fnatic have a chance to make it to the world finals” interview with Soaz by Origen

Following a busy year starting in the challenger series, reaching a dream play-off finals against Fnatic and ending in a gruelling gauntlet, we caught up with our toplaner, Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, to discuss both his and Origen’s year so far.

Thinking back to when you left Fnatic, how easy or hard was it to move to Origen?

It wasn’t actually that difficult. The new season was very close to starting after I left Fnatic so I didn’t have that many choices. Also, I pretty much knew the Origen team. We weren’t sure who the ADC was going to be, either Tabzz or Niels, but I knew it was going to be a good team, so I had the choice between finding a new organization and probably missing the spring split or joining Origen.

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Last split at Fnatic before joining Origen

Did you ever doubt your decision or even start thinking that you might not qualify for LCS before the spring split started?

No I never really thought about it. I was just concentrated on the games, same as if it was the LCS. You think about qualifying, but otherwise you try not to think about doubting or questioning yourself as much as possible. You just focus on the games and try to practice.

So you then end up in the challenger series. How was the transition from playing with the best in Europe to emerging teams?

There wasn’t actually a huge difference. As we were a new team, even if we had good players, our level like all other new teams started from scratch. We had different individual levels, but as the meta back then was also very much focused on teamplay, there wasn’t actually a huge difference.

And how did you find the formation of Origen as a team, such as putting in a new structure?

It was a bit hard to being with as with a new team and a new structure, there weren’t necessarily the same resources as in a more stable organization. Therefore it required a lot of patience. At the start, xPeke looked after quite a bit of the company structure, as he still does so if we’ve got any concerns we can always ask him, but still as a small organisation it’s a case of being more patient if we need anything.

So you join Origen and end up in Tenerife. What was the lifestyle like compared to Berlin and the LCS?

It wasn’t necessarily more relaxing, we were quite far away from everything around us, similar to now in Berlin, but life wasn’t that much more different apart from there as more sun!

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Origen’s early days, under the baking sun

Looking back at the challenger series finals, did it feel as important and as nerve racking as other finals?

It was more stressful to qualify for LCS than anything else! During the series, we had some matches that were honestly more stressful than it was playing against Fnatic in the play-off finals. Against, Fnatic, we were the underdogs and nobody really expected us to perform, whereas in challenger everyone expected us to win which adds more pressure.

How was it getting back into the LCS?

We call came into the season with different goals, and obviously the team’s objective was to try to qualify for the play-offs. My personal objective was to play in the finals which we ended up doing vs Fnatic which made it even better. We lost but it was very close. I was kind of happy. We were happy that it was so close vs Fnatic but as it 3-2 we were still a bit upset that we didn’t win. But getting back into the LCS was fine, no problems.

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Standing proud and ready for Fnatic

And how do you feel that Origen performed throughout the season?

We performed well. When we started the split, the community, be it on Twitter or Reddit didn’t necessarily think that we’d finish top two. People had us down as a top four or top five team. Basically more of a middle team than a top one. So overall I’m happy that we exceeded expectations.

How did it feel then being back in the LCS but with a different team?

It was actually really pleasant to play in a new team as you get to meet new people and learn how to play and live with them. I really enjoy that side of things, learning how they play, the different styles and mentalities they bring to the team, making the whole environment very refreshing. So to begin with it’s really pleasant and then eventually once you know how everyone works then five or six months later it became the norm for me. I learnt a lot from playing with new players.

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New team, new mentality, new style

What are your thoughts on Fnatic? 

They are a better team since getting Rekkles back. I think they are a really good team, they also have difficulties like every other team, their strength is that that they don’t need to win a certain lane like TSM. So if Bjergsen has an off day, as the play-maker and shot caller, if he falls behind, the whole team does. However looking at Fnatic, they have a really strong top, mid and bot lane so they have a much easier time

Do you think Fnatic have a good chance at worlds?

They will pass groups and then it depends. I think Fnatic have a chance to make it to the world finals , 50/50 in semis but I don’t think they will win the tournament. It’s a bit like before worlds every team is starting from scratch and then it’s the team that can adapt the most to the new meta and patches.

With the new patch 5.16, how do you think this will affect the game during worlds?

Top lane won’t change much, we might see a bit of Fiora. The bot lane will change with Mordekaiser. Jungle might change a bit but otherwise not too much.

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Soaz planning ahead (art by Sandpenguin)

Do you think we will see Mordekaiser at worlds?

I think he will be OP if he isn’t nerfed beforehand.

How optimistic are you going into worlds?

Again, it depends, really depends on the group stages. With our seed, we’re probably going to end up against two huge teams so it will be really hard as we need a top two finish.

What do you plan on doing  for your break after worlds?

I’m not really sure what I’m going to be doing as I don’t know what our schedule is, but I want to go back and spend time with my family in France.

Any messages for the fans?

Thank you for all your support once again throughout the season.

 

Posted by Will Kelly – @willokelly. Images from flickr – Riot Esports. Art by Sandpenguin.