MLG Day 2 Recap
MLG's day 2 was a day of upsets, with several favorites getting knocked out to leave us with a finals that involves two teams that won't be attending TI5. Read on to catch up on the games!
EG and VP eliminated:
- Two eliminations that came as a surprise to many, Evil Geniuses and Virtus.Pro were both knocked out in the group stage. EG experienced a loss versus London Conspiracy that could be attributed to hubris, while VP were run down by Fnatic's Death Prophet.
Alliance takes down Fnatic:
- [A]'s game 1 victory over Fnatic was classing Alliance: it was a game of rats where Loda's Naga was able to eventually cruise to victory with a cool 820 last hits. This game also marked Akke's 600th competitive Dota win: he's the 4th player to cross that line.
- Game 2 featured an incredible SF played by Mushi, whose 14-3 K/D probably doesn't do his plays justice. Fnatic also effectively executed the Drow/Visage combo, showing us that even with the nerf to Drow's aura the two hero pair is something to be feared. Bulldog did have some impressive moments on a Bristleback that at times looked unkillable (aided by extremely late MKBs on Fnatic's side) but in the end [A] had to GG out just past the 50 minute mark.
- Game 3 was a bit of a stomp, with an ending score of 20-6 in just over 30 minutes. There seemed to be some confusion on Fnatic's side as Mushi picked up a midas on WR while Kyxy went for a quick mek on Bristleback, sending mixed signals about the team's plans for the late game. Loda's slardar was impressive, but 7ckingmad's Bane was really the star of the show: he started off with a nice self-deny vs a 3 man smoke and effectively controlled Fnatic all game.
NiP vs LC: two stomps and a slugfest:
- The underdogs London Conspiracy started game 1 off with a huge shoutout from SsaSpartan. Enjoying perhaps his first time playing on this kind of stage, the support player seemed to get some serious enjoyment out of breaking up the typically boring first few seconds of a dota match. Unfortunately for LC that was just about the only enjoyable part about this game for them: it ended in a 3 - 30 stomp where LC's first kill came at the cost of a full five man wipe. Era had a grand old time farming: his 830 GPM is the fourth-highest on Antimage this patch.
- LC game firing back in game 2 to show that their win against EG wasn't a total fluke. The game lasted just a few minutes longer than game 1, but had twice as many kills with a final score of 53 - 15. Madara's Gyro was godlike at 15 minutes, killed off shortly after, and was godlike AGAIN only 8 minutes later. SsaSpartan's Tusk was also impressive, with many almost-deaths saved by clutch snowballs. On NiP's side, Sealkid's Witch Doctor struggled to break 1k networth: his struggles were chronicled in the LR thread, where there was much rejoicing every time he managed to cross the 1k line (he crossed it 3 separate times). Sealkid ended the game at level 8, with a score of 1 - 14.
- Game 3 was the most interesting of the 3, and featured back and forth dota for about 50 minutes. LC played aggressive, in your face dota with the help of a shadow bladed Spirit Breaker and the Shadow Demon/PotM combo. They were able to quickly take down towers with Clinkz, and their standin ThuG had a strong early start on Shadow Fiend. However, NiP managed to crawl their way back into the game with some serious farm (and only 1 death) on Era's PL and some massive plays from Jonassomfan on Earthshaker. ThuG's SF also fell behind significantly in farm, falling from #1 in networth to behind PL, Clinkz, and even Earthshaker at the 41 minute mark. NiP were wary of EG's mistakes and played extremely patient Dota, even using their Lion as a ward in the Rosh pit for a solid minute. Era appropriately closed out the game with a rampage to end 18-1-10.
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