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2014 Spring Promotion Matchup Preview - Kiedyś Miałem Team vs Ninjas in Pyjamas

The last day of the 2014 Season Spring Promotion Tournament promises action all over the place, as early-game juggernauts Kiedyś Miałem Team and Ninjas in Pyjamas collide for the last remaining spot in the 2014 EU LCS.

So far, the score between the Challengers and LCS Summer teams is 1-1. Will this game turn the overall score in favor of the feisty Challengers, or will NiP firmly hold their spot? Let us have a look at both teams and the highlighted match-ups.

Ninjas in Pyjamaslogo std.pngNinjas in Pyjamas

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ID Name Role
Zorozero Morten Rosenquist 11Top Laner
hyrqBot John Velly 12Jungler
Nukeduck Erlend Holm 13Mid Laner
Freeze Aleš Kněžínek 14Bot Laner
Mithy Alfonso Aguirre Rodriguez 15Support

Ninjas in Pyjamas' current roster is completely different from its PanDan iteration early in the S3 Summer Split, as none of the original PanDans remain in the starting lineup. Instead, the Ninjas added a bit of the citric canine spirit imbued in the former Lemondogs mithy, Nukeduck, and Zorozero.

The team's past performances do not apply to the current roster, as NiP played its first and only major tournament in Cologne: the Intel Extreme Masters, featuring the 3.13 patch. The team performed well, considering how little time passed between the massive roster overhaul and the competition.

On top of the ex-Lemondogs, Ninjas in Pyjamas feature some of Europe's best at two positions: the AD carry, Freeze, and the jungler, hyrqBot. Since then, they have induced a fear in the European scene as a result of intense scrimmages. But how will they fare against an opponent who knows a thing or two about snowballing a game in a make-or-break best of five?

Kiedys Mialem Teamlogo std.pngKiedys Mialem Team

ID Name Role
Xaxus Marcin Mączka 11Top Laner
Jankos Marcin Jankowski 12Jungler
Overpow Remigiusz Pusch 13Mid Laner
Celaver Paweł Koprianiuk 14Bot Laner
VandeRnoob Oskar Bogdan 15Support

Since December 2012, Kiedyś Miałem Team has been one of the top Challenger teams in the European circuit. Overpow, Celaver, and Xaxus represent the core of a roster that traveled numerous times to Germany under different names (AnexisLogo std.pngAnexis eSports and H2k-Gaminglogo std.pngH2k-Gaming).

In addition to the core, KMT rounds out their roster with Jankos and VandeR. The acquisition of the two players allowed the team to grab two Top 2 finishes in the DreamHack competitions. Their relative lack of preparation for patch 3.14 (due to DreamHack Winter 2013) had no negative impact come the 2014 Season Spring Promotion Tournament, and they edged out wins against TCM-Gaming on the way to the offline tournament.

Just like Ninjas in Pyjamas at IEM Cologne, KMT's strength lies in their early game, as they snowball ganks into map control (and typically, an overwhelming gold lead at the 20 minute mark). If things don't go well, they can stall a game until they find an opportunity to engage, but will that be enough against NiP's current roster?


Top Lane: Xaxus vs. Zorozero

Zorozero is one of the best top laners in Europe. The expansion of his champion pool during the S3 Summer Split allowed him to pick what was needed for Lemondogs, and his synergy with Nukeduck is on point.

Xaxus thrived in 1v2 situations, and KMT used that to their advantage during the group stages. A 1v1 situation would heavily depend on jungle pressure from both teams.

Jungle: Jankos vs. hyrqBot

In SK's heart-wrenching S3 summer campaign, hyrqBot was a shining light, something his S3 KDA could easily prove. The French player's game sense allows him to act in a way that is most optimal for his team's chances.

On the other side, Jankos prioritizes volatile objectives over permanent ones, and he forces outcomes. KMT improved outright upon adding him, but he may have to surprise his match-up to thrive against the French jungler.

Mid Lane: Overpow vs. Nukeduck

This duel in the mid lane is must-see League action. Both players are mechanically accomplished, and they are both deadly assassin players and solid "all-arounders." Whether claw or spear, heart-shaped projectiles or shadow ninjas are involved, be prepared for some very exciting highlights!

Bot Lane (ADC/Support): Celaver/VandeR vs. Freeze/mithy

The AD carries are both mechanically skilled and they rarely commit positioning mistakes. In addition, both itemize for raw power, whereas other AD carries would get a defensive item over the course of the game.

This lane will be decided by the contrasting style of the two supports. NiP's floor general, mithy, is known for his calm and collected demeanor, but VandeR's highly aggressive style may very well throw mithy's calculations off in lane.

Who will win and why? You can tune in on the game on on Sunday, right after Battle of the Atlantic. Additionally, you can let us know who you think will win in the comment section down below.

Written by Adel "Hype Algerian" Chouadria - @HypeAlgerian
Edited by Alex Magdaleno - @amagzz

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