IWCI Istanbul 2015 – Recap

IWCI 2015 Istanbul - LogoDrama unfolds as we reach at the end of the IWCI tournament. We have news about the results, match stats and some serious rule violation happened in one of the games, which you will read below in the article. But first things first: 7 teams were invited to fight in the single round robin group stage with the best 4 teams advancing to the playoffs of the IWCI. The International Wild Card Invitational 2015 (IWCI) tournament underwent in Istanbul, Turkey with the grand prize of the tournament beeing a ticket to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational in Florida where the winner of the IWCI will get the chance to show their skill against international teams like Fnatic, TSM, Edward Gaming and Ahq e-Sports Club. Let’s take a look at the teams:

IWCI 2015: Teams and Results

  • 1st place:    Besiktas e-Sports Club |  Region: Turkey | Prize: Ticket to MSI 2015
  • 2nd place:   INTZ e-Sports | Region: Brazil
  • 3rd / 4th:    Bangkok Titans | Region: Southeast Asia
  • 3rd / 4th:    Hard Random | Region: Commonwealth of Independent States
  • 5th place:   Chiefs eSports Club | Region: Oceania
  • 6th place:   DetonatioN FocusMe | Region: Japan
  • 7th place:    Kaos Latin Gamers | Region: Latin America

Recap of the tournament

After the Group Stage 4 teams made it into the Playoff-Stage of the tournaemnt. Semi-finals were set as follows: Hard Random vs. INTZ e-sports and Bangkok Titans vs. Beşiktaş e-Sports Club. All matches in the Playoff Stage were best of 5.

Semi-Final #1: Hard Random vs. INTZ e-Sports    1   :   3  

Game 1

Match 1 between these two teams lasted for about 38 minutes. Hecarim, Vladimir and Sivir were banned from INTZ’s side and from the Hard Random’s side Lee Sin and LeBlanc were banned, and INTZ managed to grab the victory.

Game 2

The second match of the semi-finals between these two teams ended in 24th minute. This time Vladmiri, Rek’Sai and Gragas faced the ban from INTZ side and Lee Sin, Janna, and Hecarim Faced the ban from Hard Random’s side. This game also finished with INTZ emerging victorious.

Game 3

If ITNZ had won this game too, then there wouldn’t be any need for the fourth game, but things ended differently in game 3. Hard Random, in this 32 minute long game came out as winners.

Game 4

This was the deciding game of the first semi-finals and INTZ e-Sports won this. With this victory, they proceeded towards the finals where they have to face one out of Bangkok Titans and Beşiktaş e-Sports Club.

Semi-Final #1: Bangkok Titans vs. Beşiktaş e-Sports Club    0   :   3  

Game 1

In the first battle between these two, Beşiktaş e-Sports Club defeated Bangkok Titans, taking the lead in this 4 game format.

Game 2

The second game finished in 35th Minute. Bangkok Titans did put a good fight but could match the previous game winners. Their efforts weren’t enough, and they lost again to Beşiktaş e-Sports Club.

Game 3

This was the last chance or Bangkok Titans to fight back if they wanted to stay in the competition. Beşiktaş e-Sports Club had the ball in the court. They made a clean sweep to the finals after winning this 45-minute long game. They will go one on one against INTZ e-Sports in the finals.

IWCI Grand Finals: INTZ e-Sports vs. Beşiktaş e-Sports Club   1   :   3  

Game 1

The first game in the finals resulted with the victory of INTZ e-Sports. They truly played like champions in their first match. Beşiktaş e-Sports Club didn’t lose hope as they knew that there were still 3 games left in which they can turn the tables.

Game 2

Beşiktaş e-Sports Club were able to pull the Game 2 in their favour. This victory levelled the score to 1-1, and the competition got tougher.

Game 3

After Game 1’s defeat, everybody thought it would be hard for Beşiktaş e-Sports Club to bring them up, but they fired back with a bang. They won Game 3 also with two wins in a row.

Now before proceeding to Game 4, let us tell you what happened in the interval of Game 3 and Game 4. All of those, who follow the game, know that players aren’t allowed to carry any kind of gadget, mobile phone, and other voice-enabled devices with them during the game. But this protocol got broken as BJK’s each player was found with their cell phone. Later, Riot staff took those phones from them. See the image below.

INTZ esports having mobile phones taken away during finals at IWCI Istanbul

Those who are unaware of this rule and don’t know what happens when a player carries such a device with them.

For instance: When an enemy jungler tries to gank, the mobile phone of the player (who is in danger of ganking) vibrates one. Every mobile phone vibrates twice when the enemy team heads towards the baron. This gives an extra advantage to the team.

However, INTZ on their Facebook cleared this. They wrote, and we quote “We don’t know anything about that (the cell phones), but even if it happened, we lost for other reasons.”

Game 4

Coming down to Game 4, after all, the mess up that happened that day. Even after this controversy of having an advantage, INTZ didn’t win their last game. They lost the finals to 3-1 against Beşiktaş e-Sports Club. The last and final match of the grand finals lasted for about 37 minutes. Beşiktaş e-Sports Club won the tournament and are now heading to the MSI 2015 which is on May 7th. That’s all folks from our side about The IWCI Tournament. Even after a little controversy, the tournament ended smoothly and Beşiktaş e-Sports Club went home with the winning caps on their heads.