The lower bracket kicked off bright and early Saturday morning with both MRN and vVv Gaming searching for redemption as well after being knocked to the loser's bracket, the tried and tested SK Gaming had a lot to prove in one of the opening matches of the MLG Spring Championships... Check out below for their match results!
SK vs WP Game 1
The game opened with each team stealing their opponents’ blue buff. Aggressive plays by Dedrayon4T’s on Nautilus set the pace for the remainder of Game 1 right out of the gates, as his ganks left Wolf Pack immediately on the ropes in all lanes.
Lead by this early aggression, SK began to push their opponents all over the map, often claiming kills under their opponents’ turrets and even in the opponents’ base. Turrets began crumbling all across the map, as SK forced team fight after team fight seemingly wherever they wanted. As the 20 minute mark passed, Wolf Pack promptly conceded the game.
SK vs WP Game 2
The match opened with Dedrayon4T once again leading the way, shutting down Wolf’s jungler through aggressive invades and setting up many of the early ganks. Great ganks and a dominant performance at mid lane by kev1n also put SK in a commanding early lead.
For a moment it looked as though Wolf Pack might rally, as they began stubbornly converting SK’s hyper-aggressive plays into even trades. A moment later, however, SK adjusted, picking up a 5 – 2 team near Dragon. Back against the ropes, Wolf Pack once again found themselves hopelessly outgunned, losing team fight after team fight to SK’s audacious attacks. Ultimately, it was a simple process for SK to simply push down mid for the victory.
vVv vs MRN Game 1
Early action centered on the bot lane, with three champions from each side jockeying for position. vVv broke the stalemate at the 10-mintue mark, scoring a double kill and drawing even with their opponents in both the kill ratio and the gold count. Some sharp kills from Altec put them in the lead, and a bit of nifty jungling netted vVv the dragon.
The pressure didn't let up. SKiLLY took MRN's NaRN in the mid-lane, then followed it up with an encore as soon as NaRN respawned. With a hefty edge, ganking became the order of the day, with 2-on-1 and 3-on-1 match-ups that gave vVv ready control of the field. MRN's towers began falling soon thereafter. SKiLLY seemed to be everywhere, leading a set of vicious jungle ambushes that ended only when MRN combined to take him down. vVv administered a 4-0 smackdown at the 24-minute mark, then followed it up by claiming the Baron and teleporting back to base for some cherry boosts. MRN gathered in the center lane to rally a defense: desperately jungling to bridge the gap and digging in for vVv's eventual assault. It came in the bot lane, with a throwdown that left 4 MRN champions dead and an equal number of vVv champions ready for the final push. Victory came at 27 minutes.
Player of the Game: SKiLLY handled the mid-lane masterfully, scoring 12 kills and paving the way for his team's victory.
vVv vs MRN Game 2
The second match kicked off with MRN going all-out to avoid elimination. As the teams settled into their lanes, MRN's Clakey attempt a quick gank in the bottom lane that amounted to nothing. Meanwhile, MRN's me emo deftly avoided becoming the game's first casualty in the top, with a nifty move to escape vVv's iDream. Despite that, vVv still drew first blood, taking down MaRn's Ahri just off of the center lane. A second kill followed, and vVv once again began grinding out an advantage.
vVv iDream drew out MRN on the top lane, a cunning ruse that cost him his life, but allowed his teammates to claim the dragon. (He would repeat the tactic multiple times in the course of the match.) With that advantage in hand, vVv sought out every ganking opportunity they could, creating a 7-4 advantage in kills and slowly winning the gold farming war. They took a second dragon at 15 minutes. MRN's Clakey attempted to take down SKiLLY with a little help from TooPro's Gangplank, but SKiLLY rapidly turned the tables and scored a kill against Clakey instead. With the odds clearly in their favor, vVv made a move for the Baron. MRN tried to stop them, resulting in a 2-1 loss, but keeping the Baron out of vVv's hands. It was only a temporary reprieve, however. vVv's Tsunami scored a triple kill, wiping the board and giving vVv uncontested access to the Baron. MRN could see the writing on the wall and immediately surrendered, ending their tournament and conceding the game to vVv.