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Experience Shines as TSM Wins IPL4 [E]

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# 1Schmieds Apr 8 2012, 01:55 AM
Intro

Day 1

Day 2

Finals

Surprise of the Tourney - Monomaniac eSports

Postmortem

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# 2Schmieds Apr 8 2012, 23:29 PM
What the fuck Dignitas sleep.gif making me look bad

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# 3Schmieds Apr 9 2012, 02:07 AM
Las Vegas is perhaps the perfect place to hold an eSports event, where taking the right amount of chances and keeping cool are the keys to victory. These skills both come with experience, and experience certainly shone through at IPL4.

Day 1


The first two rounds of the eight-team winner's bracket were played out on Friday, with only two teams remaining at the top at the end of the day. A theme in several early games was the inability of less LAN-experienced teams to close out games. In game 1 of CLG vs. aAa [VoD] and game 2 of TSM vs. v8, for example, the underdog team arguably won the laning phase, but could not capitalize on their leads.

In a less predictable series, Curse beat Epik 2-0. Eighth seed and relatively unknown Monomaniac eSports surprisingly took a game off IPL3 champs Dignitas, and though they lost the series, it was a sign of things to come.

In the second round, Dignitas edged out CLG 2-1 and TSM blanked Curse. Also making an appearance on the first day was K-pop, or Korean pop, a genre more popular among Starcraft fans due to the game's popularity in South Korea. The music, which was played often in between games, provoked different reactions from fans.

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One could make an oblique Banshee's Veil reference here, but it probably wouldn't be that good

In what could be called the most ballsy play of the tournament, Dignitas played a three support champion-composition, intended as an extreme "protect the carry" strategy. Heals from Lulu (top), Soraka (mid), and Taric/Soraka (support) made Imaqtpie's Kog'Maw nearly invincible. They employed this strategy twice against CLG in the second round, winning both times [Game 3 VoD] to take the series 2-1.

Day 2


Saturday saw most of the loser's bracket played out. The first streamed series, aAa vs. Mm, surprisingly went to Mm 2-0. v8 bounced Epik out of the tournament by a score of 2-0, making it evident that Epik was still adjusting to its Dan/Dyrus-less lineup.

In the second round of the loser's bracket, Mm edged out Curse 2-1 [Game 3 VoD]. Mm would lose to CLG in the next round, but became the Cinderella story of IPL with a total record of 5-4-- fairly impressive for a team that few fans had heard of before the event.

En route to Mm, CLG had a close call against v8. As CLG was pushing bot, v8 raced to CLG's base and took down both Nexus turrets before a clutch Janna ult from Chauster dispersed the team and allowed CLG to regroup. v8 were aced soon after, an CLG took the game safely [VoD].

By the time Dignitas reached the winner's bracket finals, TSM had caught on to their triple-support antics. And despite banning several of the support champions, the baylifers barely edged Dignitas 2-1.

Day 3


It only got worse for the IPL3 champions from there; CLG would not be beat by the same strategy again, and Dignitas fell 0-2 without their invincible Kog'Maw [Game 2 VoD]. This left the tournament down to the oldest rivalry in the game: CLG vs. TSM. Due to the extended championship rule, lower-bracket team CLG would have to win two best-of-threes to win the tournament, where TSM would only have to win one. Led by Saintvicious' Udyr and Shyvana, CLG snatched the first series 2-0 before TSM could blink.

Game one of the second series was notable for Reginald's roaming Ryze, which netted eight kills. Play like this perhaps marks a shift from passive, farming mids to aggressive, lane-ganking ones. The lane matchups in game 2 were rather one-sided; Dyrus' Vladimir owned HotshotGG's Olaf, a champion who had been on a hot streak in the tourney, and early pressure on Chaox' Ashe gave him a slow start. The game started to turn in TSM's favor, however, when TSM stopped CLG from disengaging at the river near baron, netting them baron and two kills. CLG's tried split-pushing strategy failed, as Saintvicious was caught out and killed by Ashe twice. The result was more or less imminent from there, and TSM became IPL4 champions.

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Dyrus, ditching his pillow in exchange for a trophy, tasted prime-time victory for the first time

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Maybe Dyrus' strength was exaggerated by his out-laning of Olaf in the final game, but his performance as above average when it counted. In the final two games, he had 414 and 415 CS respectively; you just don't beat that. While we'll never know for sure how this tournament would have turned out with TheRainMan top, I'm willing to bet that Dyrus was the deciding factor in Team SoloMid's breakthrough. Just look at the picture above. While the rest of TSM must be pumped by their win, they've been champions before. This was Dyrus' first big win, and his excitement shows in his triumphant hoisting of the trophy. Congratulations TSM, and congratulations Dyrus.

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And thus ends the first League of Legends tournament in Sin City. With the success of this edition of IPL stakes will undoubtedly be raised for IPL5! TL;DR: Kpop and Baylife.

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# 4Eph2.8-9 Apr 10 2012, 04:23 AM
We're inconsistent on who counters who on top lane. Our 8 things learned in Vegas says Olaf counters Vlad. This piece says otherwise. Let's get our stories straight, folks!

BUBBLE BUBBLE BUBBLE POP.

MAKE IT STOP!

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# 5NadeDawg Apr 10 2012, 12:14 PM
They don't really counter each other, but Vlad beats Olaf.

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# 6Schmieds Apr 10 2012, 13:32 PM
Ok yeah I fucked something up, I fixed some things.

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# 7Schmieds Apr 10 2012, 13:51 PM
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# 8Andybear Apr 10 2012, 15:26 PM
QUOTE(NadeDawg @ Apr 10 2012, 08:14 AM) *

They don't really counter each other, but Vlad beats Olaf.

Yeaaaaa

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