Intel Extreme Masters results for League of Legends, StarCraft II, and Hearthstone finals
The eighth season of the Intel Extreme Masters e-sports tournament came to a close Sunday with champions crowned in three popular games: League of Legends, StarCraft 2, and Hearthstone. The ESL-sanctioned tournament took from March 13-16 in Spodek Arena, Katowice, Poland.
League of Legends
The League of Legends crown was taken by KT Rolster Bullets, the Korean representatives at the tournament. They swept Europe’s Fnatic (who had been voted as the crowd favorite to win due to a home-continent advantage and KT Rolster’s apparent struggles as of late) 3-0. Fnatic had beaten American hopefuls Cloud 9 HyperX in the semi-finals, while KT Rolster Bullets had swept Russian veterans Gambit Gaming.
Fnatic got out to an early lead in game one, but eventually lost it after a 2-1 trade netted KT Rolster a middle inhibitor. KT Rolster took control and finished the game after a clever 2-man Baron call gave them the buff and a kill on Fnatic’s Yellowstar.
KT Rolster firmly secured game two with great jungling by Insec and an insane late-game surge behind Leopard’s fed Ryze. Game three was even more of a rout, with Insec finally getting to play his deadly Lee Sin and making Fnatic pay for it.
The final prize money tally is as follows:
1st KT Rolster Bullets $60,000
2nd Fnatic $30,000
3rd-4th Cloud 9 and Gambit $14,000 each
5th-6th Azubu Taipai and Invictus $8,500 each
7th-8th Millenium and Team WE $7,500 each
The $100,000 winner-take-all final took place between two Korean Protoss players: Kim “herO” Joon Ho (favorite) and Kim “sOs” Yoo Jin (underdog). However, it was sOs who took the title in convincing fashion 4-1.
SOs used The Trickster Proxy Gate on herO to take games one and two in minutes. HerO took game three with the help of his Dark Templars, but sOs clamped down to take the next two games in convincing fashion.
The final was over after only about 35 minutes of gameplay. Some disgruntled gamers took to NeoGAF to voice their frustrations here.
The little brother of the tournament, Blizzard’s fresh-out-of-beta card game Hearthstone, saw its final taken by Poland’s own Gnimsh.
Gnimsh took the $2,000 final over the tournament’s other invited player, the United States’ Artosis, who took home $1,000. These players beat the players who qualified via tournament: Germany’s SineX and Poland’s Lothar.
Artosis took game one with a Shaman deck vs Gnimsh’s Warrior deck. However, Gnimsh switched to a Mage deck and took the final three matches.
Check out replays from the tournament on ESL’s YouTube channel.
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