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SK Gaming

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SK Gaming
SK Gaminglogo square.png
Team Information
LocationGermany
Manager(s)Alexander "TheSlasH" Müller
History
CreatedTemplate:Date of creation

SK Gaming has been part of the E-Sports community since 1997. The organization entered the League of Legends scene in September 2010.

History

Formation of SK Gaming

SK Gaming's foray into League of Legends began on September 16th, 2010, when SK acquired team I WEAR A CAPE IRL consisting of Osaft22, SleazyWeazy, Severus, Reyk, Zylor, Pylat, and Awe kek.[1]

Season 1

With this lineup, SK Gaming was able to take second place at the 2010 World Cyber Games. In the group stage, SK Gaming entered a three way match, tied for first. Going 2-1 by defeating AnotherStory and Counter Logic Gaming Prime, while falling to ChinaHero. In the playoffs, SK Gaming was able to defeat ChinaHero in their rematch 2-0, advancing to the finals. There, SK Gaming would fall to Counter Logic Gaming 1-2, taking home second place.[2]

On December 8th, 2010, SK Gaming expanded their roster by recruiting the members of Team Dimegio. With this pickup, SK acquired Araneae, nRated, Rashaasii, Wickd, ALth0r, and ocelote. [3]Araneae would leave SK Gaming on March 23 of the following year.[4]

Pre-Season 2

The SK lineup would undergo a few more changes in the coming months. One of the biggest roster changes in SK Gaming's history occurred on June of 2011, with ALth0r, Farfain, LimeLight, nRated, Severus, and SleazyWeazy leaving, and being replaced by Candy Panda, WetDreaM, and Nyph.[5]

With their new roster, SK Gaming participated in the 2011 IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne. SK was unable to pass the group stage, going 1-2 after defeating Frag Executors, then falling to Counter Logic Gaming Prime and FnaticRC. SK finished in 5th/6th place along with Team ALTERNATE. [6]

Shortly after the event, WetDreaM was replaced by Snoopeh. [7]

On October 5th, 2011, SK Gaming placed third in the IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Guangzhou. With a strong performance, SK Gaming won its group by going 2-1, defeating CrossGaming and Invictus Gaming and losing to eHome. In the semifinals, SK Gaming fell to Counter Logic Gaming Prime 1-2, but then defeated eHome 2-1 in the third place match to take third at the tournament.[8]

A few weeks later, SK Gaming qualified for the IEM Season VI - Global Challenge New York. In the group stage, SK Gaming placed first going 3-0, defeating Sypher, Curse Gaming, and v8 eSports. Continuing on their success, SK Gaming defeated Counter Logic Gaming Prime 2-0 in the semi-finals. However, SK fell in the grand finals 0-2 to FnaticRC.

Season 2

In the coming months, SK Gaming underwent several changes to their roster. On October 20th, long time top laner Wickd left SK to form Absolute Legends with WetdreaM. SK picked up MoMa for a short stint to replace Wickd, but MoMa left shortly after signing. Near the end of 2011, Snoopeh departed SK Gaming to join the new Counter Logic Gaming EU and Absolute Legends merger team. To fill the void, SK signed former against All authority top laner Kev1n.[9]

Ten days after SK's roster changes, they earned fourth at the IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev. SK Gaming placed second in the group stage, defeating Curse Gaming and White Lotus while falling to Team SoloMid. Despite this strong initial showing, SK was swept by the eventual winner Moscow Five in the semifinals 0-2, and then Dignitas 0-2 in the third place match.[10]

On February 12th, 2012, Dedrayon joined SK Gaming as their jungler.[11] SK Gaming had a dominant performance in the group stages of IEM Season VI - World Championship, going 4-1 and taking second place, defeating Curse Gaming, Team SoloMid, Sypher, and eHome, while losing their only game to Moscow Five. However, their success did not transfer over to the playoffs, as SK fell to against All authority in the quarterfinals. SK Gaming took 5th-6th place alongside Team Curse.

Longtime mid laner ocelote temporarily switched roles with top laner kev1n on May 20th, 2012.[12] On June 8th, ocelote returned to the mid lane, while kev1n became the AD Carry and Candy Panda moved to top lane. A month after these position changes, longtime SK member CandyPanda left the team along with jungler Dedrayon. To replace CandyPanda, SK brought on former Absolute Legends top lane player YoungBuck. Eleven days later, SK Gaming underwent yet another roster change, with Svenskeren and YoungBuck leaving and Kev1n moving back to the top lane.[13]

On July 29th, SK received third place at European Challenger Circuit: Poland with Araneae jungling and YellOwStaR playing the AD carry role. SK dropped its first set to CLG EU, 1-2, but was able to overcome Team Curse Europe 2-1. Two days later, ocelote announced that this roster would be permanent.

Shortly before the start of the Season Two European Regionals in Cologne, SK Gaming picked up AD carry YellOwStaR and jungler Araneae. After only two weeks of training, SK Gaming competed at the regionals on August 16, 2012. In their first round, SK Gaming overcame the Polish Team Acer.PL 2-0 to advance. In a huge upset, SK swept the heavily favored Counter Logic Gaming EU 2-0 to qualify for the Season 2 World Championship and advance to the grand finals of the tournament. In the finals, SK Gaming fell to the Russian Moscow Five 0-2 and took home second place. After strong performances by YellOwStaR and Araneae, SK Gaming recruited them to officially join the main roster.

On August 25th, during Campus Gaming Party: Berlin, Metalx of Western Wolves and Schabs of Team Acer substituted for YellOwstaR and Araneae, who were unable to attend due to personal reasons. SK took third place in group B with defeats by Eclypsia.Luna and Fnatic.

In early October, SK Gaming traveled to Los Angeles to play in the Season 2 World Championship. SK met an early exit, losing to CLG Prime, Azubu Frost, and Invictus Gaming in quick succession in the group stage. They left with an 11th-12th place result and $25,000.

On November 11th, SK Gaming participated in Tales of the Lane. After placing 3-1 in their group with victories over Tt Dragons, mousesports and Team ALTERNATE and a sole loss to Fnatic, SK received a bye into the semifinals of the bracket stage. They lost their semifinal match to Eclypsia 0-2, and lost the ensuing third place match to Moscow Five 0-2, placing them fourth in the seven overall, going home with € 2,500.

Pre-Season 3

The team traveled to Poland to compete at IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice in January, but were knocked out in the group stage, going 1-2 and coming in 6th, winning against Absolute Legends but losing sets to Azubu Frost and Fnatic. During their match against Fnatic, Fnatic mid laner xPeke broke open an extremely close game by backdooring the SK nexus. This play was received with widespread amazement and prompted the term "xPeke'd".[14]

Season 3

By finishing in the top three at the Season 2 EU regionals, SK had qualified to participate in Riot's new professional league, Season 3 EU League Championship Series, playing in a 10 week competition with the continent's best teams. During the spring season of 2013, the SK team played consistently well, finishing with a respectable 17-11 and claiming third place going into playoffs. The Season 3 LCS Spring Playoffs occurred in April, where SK was able to automatically secure their spot in the next LCS season in the first round when their opponent, sixth-seeded against All authority, was disqualified due to roster issues.[15] The team then faced Gambit Gaming, falling 2-0 to the Russians. In the third place match, SK faced Evil Geniuses and, despite having early leads in both games, were unable to close them out and lost 2-0, to finish fourth in the playoffs.

SK Gaming attended the IEM Season VII - World Championship in Hanover in March 2013. They were unable to make it to the bracket stage, placing 10th after winning only a single game against MeetYourMakers.

In the summer split of the European LCS, SK made consistently poor showings and held eighth place for most of the split, despite going 3-1 against the eventual champions Fnatic. After a brief resurgence in the last two weeks of the season, SK finished seventh and would face relegation in the 2014 Season Spring Promotion Tournament.

Kev1n and hyrqBot departed SK in September to join Ninjas in Pyjamas. In November, SK Gaming recruited LCS veterans fredy122 (previously of against All authority), Svenskeren (previously of Ninjas in Pyjamas), and challenger player Jesiz. After nearly three years as a starter, ocelote stepped down from mid lane to be a substitute, while Nyph took his spot as Team Captain.

In December 2013, SK Gaming faced SUPA HOT CREW XD in the Spring Promotion Tournament. After falling behind 0-2, SK Gaming won three games in a row to defeat SUPA HOT CREW XD and return to the LCS.

In the end of December 2013 Team Captain Nyph announced that he would be leaving SK Gaming to join Alliance.

2014 Season

After picking up new support nRated, SK Gaming competed in the Spring Split. After a few shaky weeks, is was clear that the changes to the roster had served the team well. As CandyPanda picked up the weekly MVP award for week three, SK's ascent of the rankings table began. By the penultimate week, SK had made it to 3rd place behind Alliance and Fnatic, but a perfect superweek saw SK claim 1st place. SK's performance in the spring split secured them a place in the Spring Playoffs. The playoffs saw the team beat Team ROCCAT in the semifinal, but following this, SK lost to Fnatic in the final, resulting in a 2nd place finish for the team.

SK started the Summer Split strong, Svenskeren picked up the weekly MVP award for week three, and SK stayed within the top 3 teams until the 9th week. Poor results toward the end of the split saw SK in 5th place after the penultimate week, but a late surge resulted in the team finishing in 4th place overall, with nRated picking up the weekly MVP award for the final week. Following this was the Summer Playoffs, a chance for the team to qualify for the World Championship. SK finished 3rd in the playoffs, losing to Alliance in the semifinal, but beating Team ROCCAT in the 3rd place match, securing themselves a place at the World Championship.

The World Championship saw SK placed in Group B along with Star Horn Royal Club, Team SoloMid and Taipei Assassins. SK only managed 2 wins in the group, but notably beat TSM in their last match of the group stage. SK finished in 3rd place in their group, meaning that they would not go any further in the tournament.

2015 Season

On November 24th, 2014 SK Gaming announced that their lineup for the 2015 Season would consist of fredy122, Svenskeren, Fox, FORG1VEN, and nRated, with Fox and FORG1VEN newly joining the lineup.[16]

The Spring Split was a huge success for SK Gaming, finishing 1st in the regular season and losing only 3 games in the process.

Due to SK being in 1st place in the Spring Split at the specified cutoff date, the team were invited to compete at the IEM Season IX - World Championship. After a Round 1 win against the yoe Flash Wolves, SK Gaming lost to GE Tigers in Round 2 of the winners bracket, putting them into Round 2 of the losers bracket. SK Gaming were then knocked out by yoe Flash Wolves after losing to the Taiwanese team in their 2nd meeting at the tournament.

The team's regular season performance meant that SK Gaming would have a bye to the semifinals of the Spring Playoffs, where they would fall to Unicorns Of Love in a tight series, and become the first regular season 1st place finishers to fall in the semifinals of playoffs in LCS history. They went on to lose the 3rd place match to H2k-Gaming, securing themselves 30 Championship Points for the split.

After FORG1VEN's departure and CandyPanda's arrival, the Summer Season was far less successful for the team, ultimately finishing the regular season in 9th place. This meant that they would have to fight for their LCS status in the 2016 Spring Promotion, where they faced Gamers2. Now with NoXiAK in the place of nRated, a well-fought series eventually saw SK Gaming, who had been a part of the European LCS since it's conception, lose their place in the LCS.

Timeline

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Player Roster

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Temporary Subs

|- |Germany |SleazyWeazy |Benjamin Hiller |Jungle |Template:None |IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev |- |Netherlands |Metalx |Tom Latour |AD |France YellOwStaR |rowspan=2|Campus Gaming Party: Berlin |- |Germany |Schabs |Thomas Vogel |Top |Germany Kev1n |- |Germany |CandyPanda |Adrian Wübbelmann |AD |France YellOwStaR |Tales of the Lane


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Player LCS Participation

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Organization

Current

|- |Germany | TheSlasH |Alexander Müller |Managing Director

|- |Netherlands | Gevous |Fayan Pertijs |Coach



Former

|- |Germany | Material Boy |Lukas Schenke |Head Coach |Template:None |- |Germany | Wolle |Wolfgang Landes |Analyst |Template:None |- |Germany | Arvindir |Danusch Fischer |Analyst |Splycelogo std.png Splyce

|- |South Korea | reis |Ko Min-sik (코민植) |Head of Team and Player Management |Template:None


Team Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2016-02-24 CS EU logo.png A55th 2016 EUCS Spring Round Robin 1-0-4 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2015-09-05 LCS logo 25x25.png I1ZNQ 2016 EU LCS Spring Promotion 2 : 3 Gamers2logo std.png Gamers2
2015-07-24 LCS logo 25x25.png A99th 2015 EU LCS Summer Round Robin 6 : 12 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2015-04-18 LCS logo 25x25.png A44th 2015 EU LCS Spring Playoffs 2 : 3 H2klogo std.png H2k-Gaming $ 10,000
2015-03-27 LCS logo 25x25.png A11st 2015 EU LCS Spring Round Robin 15 : 3 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2015-03-14 Esltumbnail.png A55 - 6th IEM Season IX - World Championship 1 : 2 Blanklogo std.png Not found $ 5,000
2014-09-21 IWC logo small.png A99 - 11th 2014 Season World Championship 2 : 4 Blanklogo std.png Not found $ 45,000
2014-08-16 LCS logo 25x25.png A33rd 2014 EU LCS Summer Playoffs 3 : 0 ROCCATlogo std.png Team ROCCAT $ 15,000
2014-07-31 LCS logo 25x25.png A44th 2014 EU LCS Summer Round Robin 15 : 13 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2014-04-17 LCS logo 25x25.png A22nd 2014 EU LCS Spring Playoffs 1 : 3 Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic $ 25,000
2014-04-03 LCS logo 25x25.png A11st 2014 EU LCS Spring Round Robin 18 : 10 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2013-12-14 LCS logo 25x25.png I1Q 2014 EU LCS Spring Promotion 3 : 2 SHClogo std.png SUPA HOT CREW
2013-11-30 DH-star.png A11st DreamHack Winter 2013 2 : 1 KMTlogo std.png Kiedys Mialem Team kr 70,000
2013-11-23 Esltumbnail.png A33 - 4th IEM Season VIII - Cologne Amateur Tournament 0 : 2 CHWLogo std.png Copenhagen Wolves $ 2,500
2013-08-17 LCS logo 25x25.png A77th LCS EU Season 3 Summer Regular Season 13 : 15 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2013-04-28 LCS logo 25x25.png A44th LCS EU Season 3 Spring Playoffs 0 : 2 EGlogo std.png Evil Geniuses $ 10,000
2013-04-21 LCS logo 25x25.png A33rd LCS EU Season 3 Spring Regular Season 17 : 11 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2013-03-07 Esltumbnail.png A99 - 10th IEM Season VII - World Championship 1 : 4 Blanklogo std.png Not found $ 5,700
2013-01-19 Esltumbnail.png A55 - 6th IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice 1 : 2 Blanklogo std.png Not found $ 3,000
2012-10-04 RpPoints.png B111 - 12th Season 2 World Championship 0 : 3 Blanklogo std.png Not found $ 25,000
2012-08-19 Esltumbnail.png A22nd Season 2 Regional Finals 0 : 2 M5logo std.png Moscow Five $ 30,000
2012-07-29 Esltumbnail.png A33rd European Challenger Circuit: Poland 2 : 1 Crs EUlogo std.png Team Curse Europe $ 5,000
2012-03-10 Esltumbnail.png A55 - 6th IEM Season VI - World Championship 1 : 2 AAalogo std.png against All authority $ 2,800
2012-01-28 Esltumbnail.png A44th IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev 1 : 2 Dignitaslogo std.png Team Dignitas $ 2,400
2011-10-16 Esltumbnail.png A22nd IEM Season VI - Global Challenge New York 0 : 2 Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic $ 6,000
2011-10-05 Esltumbnail.png A33rd IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Guangzhou 2 : 1 EHOMElogo std.png EHOME $ 3,400
2011-08-21 Esltumbnail.png A55 - 6th IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne 1 : 2 Blanklogo std.png Not found $ 2,100
2010-10-03 WCGlogo small.png A22nd WCG 2010 - Grand Finals 1 : 2 CLGlogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming $ 3,000
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2016-05-27 I1ZNQ 2016 EUCS Summer Qualifier 1 : 3 Forgelogo std.png Team Forge
2012-11-11 A44th Tales of the Lane 0 : 2 M5logo std.png Moscow Five € 2,500
2012-08-23 A55 - 8th Campus Gaming Party: Berlin 1 : 2 Blanklogo std.png Not found $ 1,125
2011-08-20 A11st ESL Major Series VIII 2 : 0 TSMlogo std.png Team SoloMid € 2,500
2011-06-04 A11st ESL Pro Series Germany Summer 2011 2 : 0 Competologo std.png Competo Sports € 2,600
2010-12-16 A11st ESL Major Series VII 2 : 1 MyRlogo std.png myRevenge € 1,500
In Minor Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-12-22 A11st WePlay LoL Invitational 3 : 0 IPGlogo std.png Intellectual Playground $ 1,500
2013-11-25 A11st Black Monster Cup #4 2 : 0 Blanklogo std.png Not found $ 1,000
2013-11-17 A11st EUW Challenger Series #15 3 : 2 TCMlogo std.png TCM Gaming $ 400
2012-06-27 A33rd Absolute Arena Cup 0 : 1 M5logo std.png Moscow Five € 200
2012-04-13 A22nd DLCompare Pro Cup 1 0 : 2 ALlogo std.png Absolute Legends € 200
2012-02-14 A22nd CDiscount Cup 1 FFL AAalogo std.png against All authority € 250
2012-01-16 A22nd ClanBase EuroCup XXIV 1 : 2 ALSENlogo std.png ALSEN Team $ 700

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References

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  2. WCG 2010 Tournament Brackets wcg.com
  3. SK Gaming adds new League of Legends team sk-gaming.com
  4. A turbulent week for the SK LoL team sk-gaming.com
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  15. aAa Disqualified, SK LCS spot secured]
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  24. MoMa steps down from SK.LoL sk-gaming.com
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  40. Wrapping up 2013 sk-gaming.com
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  50. FORG1VEN joins Gambit gambit-gaming.com
  51. Lukas Schenke takes on LCS head coach position sk-gaming.com
  52. CandyPanda's Twitter Post twitter.com
  53. fredy122's Twitter Post twitter.com
  54. H2k and TSM Situation twitlonger.com
  55. Unicorns Of Love's Facebook Post facebook.com
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  57. Splyce agrees to terms with YamatoCannon to lead LCS coaching staff splyce.gg
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