Fnatic MSI Wins IEM New York!

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This past weekend some of the best League of Legends teams convened at New York Comic Con for the 3rd installment of this season’s Intel Extreme Masters Series. On the line was a $32,000 prize pool along with the opportunity to qualify for the Intel Extreme Masters World Championships in Hannover, Germany.

Despite a rocky start in this IEM season, it was defending Season One Champions Fnatic MSI that wound up in the winner’s circle without dropping a single game all tournament. “We actually practiced more than before other tournaments,” said Fnatic solo-top player Shushei, “Before [Global Challenge] Gamescom we could hardly play together because of the split.”

With their practice issues resolved, the European powerhouse Fnatic MSI seems poised to reassert their dominance in the competitive scene. But they weren’t the only European team aggressively recapturing the limelight in the wake of the platform split. European runner up SK Gaming also performing perfectly during the group stage, while up and coming French team Sypher edged out perennial American championship contender Counter Logic Gaming for third place.

When we asked why he thought the Europeans fared so much better during this stop on the Intel Extreme Masters Series, Shushei replied, “After the group stage, we felt really confident playing against Americans… Not because they played badly, but because they underestimated our champions.” SK’s CandyPanda observed similar issues. “Cursed and v8 were too inexperienced to really pull ahead, I think,” he replied, “I didn’t notice any crazy meta-game changes from US apart from bot and top-lane swap.”

Commenting on his team’s dominant performance during this event, Shushei declared, “It feels pretty good. We would never expect to come with 7-0 score against the best of the US and EU teams during [IEM New York].” Ever gracious, CandyPanda also congratulated the victors, but also expressed his disappointment in the overall performance of his team. “We were happy [the final] was versus Fnatic since they’re good friends of us outside the game,” he said, “Sadly we all didn’t show our top performance.”

SK Gaming also left us with one final thought in the wake of their defeat at IEM New York. “Our goal is to change the meta game completely,” promised CandyPanda, “There’s coming a pretty big change into the team SK but can’t tell too much yet!” We’ll see if they can make good on those claims with the qualifiers for IEM Global Challenge Kiev fast approaching.

The next and final stop before the World Championships, Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge Kiev will feature five of the best teams from Europe, two from North America, and one from Asia. There, at the CyberSport Arena, one of the most advanced gaming clubs in Europe, the best League of Legends players in the world will once again convene to compete over a $32,000 prize purse. As the last opportunity to qualify for this year’s IEM World Championship, the competition is sure to be fierce!

Final Standings for Global Challenge New York!

1. Fnatic MSI (Europe)
2. SK Gaming (Europe)
3. Sypher (France)
4. Counter Logic Gaming (North America)
5. Curse Gaming (North America)
6. Dignitas (North America)
7. Team Solo Mid (North America)
8. v8 Gaming (North America)


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Durugon

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10-20-2011

Scumbagg Jatt.

Scumbagg Voyboy

Scumbagg DIGNITAS


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Furry Wolf

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10-20-2011

I love lamp


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975 RP

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10-20-2011

Late? But grats.



Feels good man, feels good.


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EternalResonance

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10-20-2011

Fnatic!


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ryswOw

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10-20-2011

old news


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DIG MakiahTime

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10-20-2011

I'm not surprised that Fnatic won they are amazing.

Also yeah this is late


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Emfanever

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10-20-2011

huh?


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RipeCoconut

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10-20-2011

I like how they felt confident not because we are bad players, but they felt they had knowledge of which champs were better.


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Vinnie

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10-20-2011

Right on time


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