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2012 MLG Summer Championship

Challenger Circuit - Raleigh, North Carolina - Website

Friday, August 24, 2012 - Sunday, August 26, 2012

Summary

The Major League Gaming (MLG) Summer Championships was the final major tournament before the Season Two North American Region Finals, and the final chance for teams on the bubble to earn circuit points to qualify. Its close proximity to regionals, however, (only one week before) came under criticism from some teams who were already qualified, and preferred to practice strategies and scrimmage in private. Indeed, both Team SoloMid and CounterLogic Gaming NA declined invitations to participate to focus on preparing for regionals.

Two brackets, "Red" and "Blue", with 6 teams each would determine the participants in the grand finals and 3rd place matches. In the Red bracket, Dignitas continued their good form since their return from Korea, beating CLG Black 2-0. Next up, they faced Team Dynamic (TD), who had just welcomed back their jungler NintendudeX, having been dramatically replaced for a month by Atlanta. The young guns of TD pushed Dignitas to their limits over three sets, with Dignitas ultimately prevailing 2-0 in the final set of the Red bracket finals.

In the Blue bracket, dark horse Orbit made a surprising and impressive run, convincingly beating 2-0 a host of challengers (unRestricted, Monomaniac Imperius, TSM Evo, and Monomaniac Ferus) before meeting Curse, to whom they had lost in the 2nd round. Orbit, like TD, took the first set 2-0 over the favorites to force a second and deciding set. Curse came out on top 2-1 to advance to the grand finals.

In the third place clash of dark horses, TD took out Orbit 2-1. The final, however, was marred by controversy. The first game saw the first ever ARAM played in a competitive tournament setting, delighting some fans, and angering others. Although Dignitas won the ARAM and the next (standard) game, they would lose 3 in a row and hand Curse their first major tournament victory. The victory would be short-lived however, as both Riot and MLG investigated both teams following the ARAM controversy. After determining that "there was collusion between the two final teams", MLG and Riot stripped both teams of their results, circuit point winnings, and earnings for the tournament. Although both teams publicly apologized for agreeing to an ARAM, they adamantly denied any other wrongdoing.

Participants and Standings
Team Record Prize Money World Rank KDA
3 Team Coast
9 - 6
$20,000 48
4 Cloud 9
13 - 6
$12,000 2
6 Counter Logic Gaming Black
6 - 5
$4,000 25
6 XDG Gaming
4 - 4
$4,000 15
8 Team Legion
5 - 4
8 Team SoloMid Evo
2 - 4
12 Curse NA
9 - 6
36
12 Dignitas
8 - 6
27
12 Team4Not
1 - 4
12 Meat Playground
0 - 4
62
12 Monomaniac Imperium
0 - 4
12 unRestricted
0 - 4
82
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