Veni vidi VICI!
Going in to the finals it quickly became clear this was who had been destined to be there. Both VG and iG have shown us impressive play, with very few dips.
The final series was technically a best of 5 affair, but since StarLadder uses the winner bracket advantage rule this meant VG only had to win 2 games while iG had to win 3 in order to claim the trophy. After the first game the outlooks for iG was bleak to say the least. After an impressive performance from fy- on Io VG was only one game away from sneaking out of Bucharest with the trophy.
But iG dug in deep and with a somewhat unorthodox draft, with a carry Sven and Puck, managed to dominate their way through the game. Noteworthy here is maybe not the Axe pickup from iG, but Luo's performance, which was nothing short but impressive. 14-3-21 speaks for itself. Well, that and that he also picked up a Refresher Orb. Refresher Orb on Axe has only been picked up in nine out of the 736 competitive games found on datdota—That is just above 1% of all Axe games in this patch.
One would think that VG might have been shaken after such a one-sided game, but, as they have done many times before, VG came back in the third and showed absolutely no mercy. After just over 30 minutes the dust settled on the battlefield, the scoreboard showed 31-8 in favor of VG and they could claim the StarLadder XII trophy as theirs.
As that marks the end of the tournament the question on everyone's mind is: when will the patch hit? It's been promised for the upcoming week and I, for one, cannot wait to not hear "HO HO HA HA" in every game.
In the spotlight: Tinker
"In the spotlight" will give a shorter review of one of the teams in the tournament, based on statistics. First out is Team Tinker who attended their first LAN with the new lineup.
Due to the recent addition of Black^ and PieLieDie to the roster, Tinker was one of the most interesting teams going into StarLadder XII. The players on the team have definitely all shown themselves to be high class players in the past. But for everyone, with the exception of Black^, the time since TI4 has been a disappointment. None of them have performed closely to what's expected of them. Since the roster change Tinker has shown proof of life though. The question is just if it's enough?
After this tournament we can give a definite "maybe". It all seems to be dependent on which version of TT that shows up. Tinker showed some great performances during this tournament and finishing 4th over teams like Secret, Alliance and Malaysia is nothing to be ashamed about. Although this performance probably came to too late for them to get a direct invite to TI5, Tinker showed that they will definitely be a strong contender in the qualifiers. The only question that remains now is: Which qualifier will they participate in?
|Avg. Kills:||28,5||Avg. Deaths:||28,4|
|Avg. Gametime:||42m 32s||Longest Game:||96m 20s|
(Loss vs. C9)
Tinker was dispatched into the lower brackets of the tournament after just the first round of the winners bracket, by none other than their final executioner Cloud 9. After sailing past London Conspiracy in the first round they had to face off with the SEA All-Stars in Team Malaysia. The general consensus seemed to be that this is where this StarLadder would end for TT. But instead they managed to come back from being down 1-0 to winning the series 2-1, much thanks to qojqva's play on Naga Siren in game 2. How about a GPM of 817 and a Radiance in just over 13m 30s? In the next round TT once again faced off with C9 and, unfortunately, the result was a copy of that from their first match in the tournament. Cloud 9 comfortably won 2-0 and that was the end of Tinkers tournament.
Indiviual Performances (top)
Qojqva SF vs. LC
Black^ AM vs. LC
Qojqva Naga vs. MY
Black^ TA vs. C9
Bulba Nyx vs. LC
PieLieDie Lion vs. C9
While the relevance of these stats can be discussed, the counter argument being that they are skewered towards 1st and 2nd position players, they are a way to give us a good overview of which games were most successful for the team. It quickly becomes clear that the real stomp here was versus London Conspiracy in the first round of the losers bracket. LC was a team who came to StarLadder without much hope of winning a single game, much less the tournament itself.
What does stand out is that the best KDA. Qojqva managed to get a KDA of 29(!) versus MY after his impressively quick radiance on Naga Siren. Definitely the game he will be taking with him home from Bucharest. Black^ also continues to perform on his favorite hero: Anti-Mage. While 886 XPM is nothing in Black^ville, it is still noteworthy for us mere mortals.
Recommended Game:This recommended game is a part of the spotlight on Team Tinker
Graphics: StarLadder Official
Graphics: StarLadder Official