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theScore eSports' IEM Katowice All-Star Teams

by theScore eSports Staff Mar 15 2015
Thumbnail image courtesy of Dennis Gonzales / theScore eSports

After two days of international play at IEM Katowice, theScore eSports team has put together their all-star rosters ahead of the tournament's Grand Finals match between Team WE and Team SoloMid.

So who did Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger, Kelsey Moser, Matt Demers and Nilu Kulasingham pick to represent their respective teams? 

Here are the players who made the cut. 

Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger

Top: Smeb, GE Tigers

His tournament didn't end the way he would have liked, but I think it's hard to argue that he wasn't the best top laner in this tournament. Unlike most of his peers, Smeb had little trouble in terms of versatility and fits into any role the Tigers needed him to fill. Too bad his monstrous Lulu was banned so many times.

Jungle: Spirit, Team WE 

Could this pick be anyone but Spirit? He was the 'janitor' on his old team, Samsung Blue, playing more of a side-role and cleaning up team fights for the main carries Deft and Dade. Now he's World Elite's ace player and has taken up the position as a leader while expanding the way he plays the game. Even with WE struggling in the LPL, he has been their sole bright spot with his strong play. 

Mid: Bjergsen, Team SoloMid

While it hasn't all been about the Solo Mid on TSM, Bjergsen has been far and away the best mid laner in Katowice this weekend. The other players on the team have stepped up, but there is no way TSM are three games away from the IEM world title without Bjergsen's carry performances.

AD Carry: WildTurtle, TeamSoloMid 

This is the hardest position for me to choose from. PraY looked to have it locked up before having a disastrous performance in the semis, so I'm going to give it to Turtle. TSM wouldn't have made the finals without Bjergsen, but they also wouldn't have gotten this far without Turtle's strong play in the semifinals against the yoe Flash Wolves.

Support: SwordArt, yoe Flash Wolves

NL owes SwordArt a nice dinner and then some after this weekend. SwordArt, along with his jungler Karsa, had breakout weekends for the yoe Flash Wolves and helped get them one game away from the finals. His Janna play was excellent all weekend and was a savior for their ADC who had trouble positioning himself throughout each game. 

Subs: Karsa, Jungle, yoe Flash Wolves; Lustboy, Support, Team SoloMid

Kelsey Moser

Top: Fredy122, SK Gaming

While a lot of top laners showed up to the Intel Extreme Masters, few found consistency. Despite SK's failure to make it out of groups, Fredy122 once again showed up on the world stage to an extent unexpected of him.

Jungle: Spirit, Team WE

After his destructive performances against the GE Tigers yesterday, there isn't another jungler to pick. Team SoloMid has advanced to the finals in part because they understood Spirit's power and that the key to defeating WE is in keeping him down. Ban Rek'Sai is a mantra for the ages.

Mid: Bjergsen, Team SoloMid

If Team WE made the finals on the performance of their jungler, then Team SoloMid arrived on the back of Bjergsen. While xiye's stellar play in their series against GE was a contributing factor to them beating the tournament favorites, Bjergsen as always is the shining light of Team SoloMid. His Zed play stopped xiye in his tracks and could do so again.

AD Carry: Mystic, Team WE

Most would have expected the answer to this question to be PraY, but PraY did not have a good tournament. He had one of his worst games against a Cloud9 team that GE soundly destroyed, and he lost his perfect Corki record against WE. Mystic didn't stand out but he's played admirably and his utility based picks let his mid laner and jungler go to town, and if we're choosing a roster for the mid lane and jungler, he's the AD carry we want.

Support: SwordArt, yoe Flash Wolves

The greatest surprise of the tournament and the gem of the Taiwanese scene, SwordArt really stood out with his clutch performances. If you pin yoe's unexpected success on one player, it has to be their support.

Subs: Lustboy, Support, Team SoloMid; GorillA, Support, GE Tigers

Matt Demers

Top: Smeb, GE Tigers

While he faltered against Team WE, I think Smeb is one of the best top laners in this tournament. He made teams pay when they didn't shut him down.

Jungle: Spirit, Team WE

Spirit is one of the best junglers in the world and if he can carry Team WE to the IEM World Championship finals, he deserves a spot on this roster. Cool, calm, doting and ban-worthy.

Mid: KurO, GE Tigers

Coming into the final day, KurO is the kill leader for the tournament with 35. Despite his team faltering, he made up for PraY having a lackluster tournament by taking some of the burden off his shoulders and slaughtering other teams.

AD Carry: WildTurtle, TeamSoloMid 

While I hate to have two TSM members on my all-tournament team, their bottom lane has shown up. With 33 kills in five games (the most for an ADC), Turtle's been taking some of the burden off Bjerg to carry the team. He has positive KDAs throughout the entire tournament, including three deathless games out of his last four.

Support: Lustboy, Team SoloMid

Lustboy's Lulu has been nothing short of amazing, breaking up many abilities with Wild Growth's knockup. Something about him just seems energized, so I can't hesitate to include two TSM members here. He also leads the tournament in assists with 68 over five games.

Subs: NL, AD Carry, yoe Flash Wolves; Bjergsen, Mid, Team SoloMid

Nilu Kulasingham

Top: Smeb, GE Tigers

Although GE did lose to World Elite, Smeb played pretty well in his games and his match versus SK Gaming is a prime example of what he can do. I still think that he is the best top laner in this tournament based on the quality of his play. 

Jungle: Spirit, Team WE

Spirit is a God. He not only looks like the best jungler in this tournament, but the best jungler in the world. His Rek'Sai was magnificent and the play he displayed yesterday was world class. After 1v9ing his entire LPL career, he has truly shown what he can do when he has a somewhat competent team behind him.

Mid: Bjergsen, Team SoloMid

Bjergsen has been the best mid laner in this tournament and is certainly making a case for being world class. He's been the consistent rock for TSM and the team has relied on him time and time again.

AD Carry: WildTurtle, TeamSoloMid 

WildTurtle has stepped it up in a big way this tournament. TSM has always relied on Bjergsen to carry WildTurtle's overly poor AD Carry, but man has Turtle stepped up a lot. He's been the best ADC throughout the tournament.

Support: Lustboy, Team SoloMid

If there is a reason why WildTurtle has stepped up, it's because of Lustboy. Simply put, Lustboy was a beast in TSM's match against CJ Entus.

Subs: SwordArt, Support, yoe Flash Wolves; Xiye, Mid, Team WE

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