European Season Two Regional Finals
Challenger Circuit - Cologne, Germany - Website
Thursday, August 16, 2012 - Sunday, August 19, 2012
Heading into the Season Two European Regionals, favorites Moscow Five (M5) looked to extend their dominance over the European scene, having won the majority of the season two tournaments they had entered as well as having more than double the circuit points of their nearest competitor. Counter Logic Gaming Europe (CLG.eu), having spent the summer training and competing in South Korea hoped to repeat their success at Dreamhack earlier in the summer where they had defeated M5 for first place (including an epic, hour-long comeback in a group stage match despite a 25,000 gold deficit). Other strong contenders included SK Gaming, Fnatic, and Team Curse EU. Underdogs EloHell.net, Acer.PL, and Alternate rounded out the eight participants.
The first two days winnowed out the bottom four seeds, and day three began with Moscow Five against Fnatic. Despite an amazing performance by Fanatic's AD carry Lamia in their game two upset (K/D/A of 12/1/12), M5 turned things around in game three and qualified for the World Championships. In the second semi-final, SK surprisingly upset the number two seed CLG.eu, taking the set 2-0, and prompting tears of joy from team leader Ocelot after their win.
CLG.eu would bounce back the next day with a dominating performance over Fnatic, and were relieved to secure the final spot for the World Championships. The finals pitted M5 against their training partners SK Gaming. The favorites again took the set 2-0 in commanding fashion, securing themselves as the champions of Europe and $40,000 in prize money.
Besides qualifying for the World Championships, the top three teams, M5, SK Gaming, and CLG.eu, also assured themselves a spot in the Season Three Championship Series as salaried teams.