24 minutes. Elements left the DotaPit lan without a win to their name, but with a lot of important experience in their hands.
The first game was an extremely close game that was decided by Ana’s Alchemist, not only because of his networth advantage, but also because he forced Zai to pick up an Aegis instead of Arteezy. With nothing going for them after that moment, EG tapped out of the game at the 33-minute mark.
Game 2 was almost as long but with a much clearer advantage to EG’s cores. A questionable draft from OG with N0tail on Brewmaster, Jerax on Weaver and s4 on Slardar left them with not enough firepower to deal with EG’s lineup.
In the following game – hours after the second one – OG punched back against EG with a very methodical approach, giving N0tail’s Slark an edge little by little. This was a long 50-minute game that could have gone very wrong for OG if they made any mistake, but in the end they took it and forced a game 4.
In the fourth game we saw the differences between Weaver and Sven. It’s almost impossible to kite a Weaver whereas is the contrary is true for Sven. N0tail’s Sven had a bad time dealing with EG’s lineup, especially Sumail’s Icewall and Arteezy’s mobility on Weaver. With a solid mid-game coming from the NA squad, game 4 ended at the 50-minute mark, mostly due to EG’s cautious approach.
Game 5 was the definitive proof that Lone Druid is the best sniper in the game. The game was quite balanced until Arteezy came online with his ranged-form build. Backed by a stellar performance of Sumail, EG won what is perhaps one of the longest Bo5 ever played.