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Spreading their Wings
The Western Clash
The Eastern Demise
Old Foes Meet Again
Make CIS Dota Great Again
Get Caught Up
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After the dust of the "mini-major" settled, Virtus.pro were the last team standing. VP didn't just hold their own against the best teams in the world; they made winning look easy. They dispatched the pre-tournament favorites, Wings Gaming, 2-0, and they only dropped 2 maps all tournament. Will VP be able to ride their momentum into a high placement at Boston, or have they now painted a giant target on their backs? Only time will tell.
The day began with a clash between the CIS region and China, an uncommon occurance nowadays. With some great performances coming from Ramzes and Noone, especially in game 3, VP notched an unexpected victory for a team that qualified to Boston as second place in the EU qualifiers. Ehome dropped to the lower bracket to face the loser of day 1’s second series.
The most anticipated clash of the day featured a rematch between Wings and NP, who had just squared off in the grand finals of the Northern Arena BEAT Invitational. With some great picking from Wings in game 1, featuring a Brewmaster pick to counter Warlock, Wings forced NP to surrender after an hour-long game. In game 2, Aui’s Sven couldn’t sustain NP through the constant deaths of Envy’s Alchemist. The Wings Ancient Apparition pick proved to be the best counter to that hero by disabling his massive regeneration There are no similarities to an anime ark yet to be found in the Wings vs NP rivalry.
The final match between the winners destroyed many bracket predictions. In game 1, Wings tried to pull out a Tusk against a classic and well-rounded Bat + Lifestealer infest bomb. The idea didn’t work this time and VP took this game with a very convincing 31 – 9 kill advantage. For game 2, everyone expected Wings to bounce back, but the only thing that was back was the Sniper pick from VP. Proving their previous duel vs Ehome was no fluke, Noone had yet again a stellar performance in this hero. On day 1, it appeared that VP had the tools to shoot down the soaring Wings gaming squad.
Two teams that spawned uncertainty regarding their performance met at the beginning of the day, as OG and DC faced each other in a short and rather one sided series. With demolishing performances from Ana’s Invoker and Dragon Knight, helped by solid Notail play on both Juggernaut and Morphling, OG never really gave DC a chance. The TI6 runners up dropped to the LB to face the loser of the following game.
Match 2 had EG facing Faceless (pun intended) in what was a very interesting chance to see how the unbeaten SEA team would perform against top tier competition. In game 1, Sumail’s Mirana was back in some fashion, carrying EG to the victory over a rather poor showing from iceiceice and Jabz. For game 2, Black’s Overpowered Demoralizer helped by iceiceice’s polar opposite performance on the Nyx Asssassin allowed Faceless to take game 2 forcing EG to a third match. In anticlimactic fashion, game 3 was actually too easy for Arteezy’s Ursa, as he finished the match with a demolishing 18-2 forcing Faceless to tap out at the 44 minute mark.
The final contest of the day had EG vs OG in what was a very expected NA vs EU showdown. EG grabbed Sumail’s Invoker and Arteezy’s Drow Ranger, helping the boys in blue to cement a good early and mid-game. During a crucial teamfight at the mid lane however, EG disregarded Arteezy’s Drow Ranger and allowed OG to kill him swinging the fight in their favor. After that, the momentum switched to OG which they used to roll over EG and take the first match. For game 2, Sumail’s Tiny and Zai’s Warlock secured EG’s mid-game. Yet again, in a bad teamfight for EG at the Dire’s jungle, Notail’s Drow Ranger managed to grab an ultra-kill leading to a devastating push into EG’s base. With no buybacks, EG mounted a sterile defense and were forced to GG-out of the game. EG fell once again to the lower bracket.
This day began with another rematch from Northern BEAT as NP faced up against Ehome. NP defeated Ehome in game 1 with a convincing performance from Aui’s Sven as he finished 8 – 0 by the end of the match with the help from a particular Omniknight + Spirit Breaker support duo for MSS and 1437 respectively. Game 2 was way more one-sided with another uncommon pick from NP, Aui’s Centaur. The match ended at 29 mins as Ehome quit with a 3 – 22 kill disadvantage and is the first team out of the Summit.
Next up were DC vs Faceless in another NA vs East matchup. The first match had DC overrunning Faceless with w33’s 5th pick Meepo. This forced Faceless to surrender at the 20 minute mark with only 1 kill in their score. Game 2 however, was a different story as the trademark iceiceice’s Timbersaw demolished DC in a much longer match. With a 17-5 score at the end of the match, the Timbersaw created more than enough space for Jabz’s Tinker that completely dominated w33’s Ursa and Misery’s Io. This forced a game 3 which decided the next eliminated team from the Summit. A very messy and erratic game 3 from Faceless failed to allow Black’s trademark Anti-Mage to shine, despite being paired with Jabz’s Magnus. Resolution’s Jugg and w33’s Invoker supported by a great Misery’s Earth Spirit disabled iceiceice’s Batrider and eliminated the SEA representative from the Summit. Digital Chaos moved on to face their TI6 nemesis, Wings Gaming.
The final match of the day, considering the tournament’s build up, was the match to watch. The first game of OG vs VP was a nice reminder of s4’s trademark Batrider, as he dominated the very early stages forcing VP out of the game at 11 minutes. A flawless victory for OG. The next game had VP pulling a Wings, as they picked a very uncommon Bloodseeker for Ramzes. The pick proved fruitful overrunning Notail’s Drow Ranger and s4’s Puck. With no way to control the Bloodseeker, No[o]ne’s Dragon Knight and a stellar performance from Lil’s Chen took out OG from game 2. For the final game of the series, the trademark Jerax Earth Spirit couldn’t help Ana’s Dragon Knight against a great lineup from VP that had survivability, magical damage and physical damage. The icing in the cake was the Lil’s support Weaver that worked wonders with Ramzes’ Drow’s aura. OG fell down to the LB.
This day began with what we can call the “NA clasico” as NP faced EG in a match that was more interesting in the preview. The first game had a brutal performance from Sumail’s Outcasting Deterrent as he went 9-1 in 20 minutes, forcing NP out of the match with only 3 kills in their score. In the next game, Aui’s Juggernaut carried NP towards what looked like a victory, until a horrendous fight at Dire’s top tier 3 ended up with Aui dying back and turning the momentum to EG. This allowed Arteezy’s Morphling and – yet again – Sumail’s Outhouse Decorator to finish the match, eliminating the dreams of the anime lovers.
A rematch of the TI6 final ended just as many could have predicted. Game 1 proved to be another brutal demonstration of draft versatility. Wings picked a Luna and Nightstalker crushing DC who could only manage 3 kills during the 20 minutes of gameplay. Game 2 brought back a bit of the TI6 magic for both teams.. In what was one of the best matches of the tournament, DC held their own with Wings early and mid-game, farming up their 2 big cores which were Resolution’s Sven and w33’s Ursa. A match like this will usually end when the right-click carries with BKB can overrun the magic-damage centric lineup from Wings. With some amazing saves from Shadow’s Outclass Demolisher however, and help of the unkillable Blink’s Timbersaw, Wings got game 2 through sheer outplay during the late-game. There’s no shame in losing against Wings, but DC know it shouldn’t have ended that way.
Wings vs EG could have been the TI6 finale. With that in mind, a great series was in the forecast. Game 1 had a pretty one sided match, with a great Treant pick from Wings to counter Zai’s jungling Venomancer. This added to the strong performance from Blink’s Invoker and Faith_Bian’s Batrider was enough to force EG out of the game at 25 minute mark. The second match had the tables turned as EG slowly but steadily created enough space for Arteezy’s Anti-Mage, who finished the match 11-0. The offlane Elder Titan for Faith_Bian was a trick Wings couldn’t pull off. Finally, the decider game featured Blink’s Sniper that delivered quite a match, but it wasn’t enough to stop the EG squad who pulled out great performances from every single player, with none of them having a negative score. Arteezy was yet again the star of the match with an outsanding 12-0 on Morphling. Wings was out of the final day of the Summit, the last Eastern team to fall.
The first game of the final day had OG facing EG in a rematch. Often, a core Naga Siren vs Alchemist will force the match to go very late, but EG accelerated their tanky lineup and took advantage over their faster Radiance on Sumail’s Alchemist. This forced OG to defend earlier than expected without much firepower, since Ana had a pretty rough game on Juggernaut. With no way of killing EG, the boys in blue took game 1 at the 30 minute mark. In the next game, Sumail’s Original Devastator came in for EG, but was not enough to stop Ana’s Invoker and Notail’s Juggernaut. OG managed to turn around the game in a teamfight at Dire’s T2 bottom tower, which allowed OG to push into high ground and force Sumail’s buyback. After that, it was a pretty much straight forward for OG. Game 3 showed what looked like a greedy draft from OG with Ana’s Alchemist and Notail’s Terrorblade. Since OG managed to pick off Zai’s Warlock multiple times before he could use his crucial ultimate, EG was left with little to no answers during team fights. The match then progressed into an aggressive and quick push by OG, that hit EG’s T3 towers at 15 minutes. All this before Ana’s Radiance on the Alchemist. In the final defense of EG, OG managed to catch Zai yet again and with nothing to deal with the Notail’s Terrorblade illusions, EG had to surrender to the boys in green.
With this, Virtus Pro was set to face OG in the Summit 6 grand final.
The first game of the grand final showed a great deathball coming from VP with Ramzes’s Luna, Noone’s Dragon Knight, Pasha’s Dark Seer and Lil’s support Slardar. The match went according to VP’s plan as they repelled the aggression on Ramzes’s Luna and proceded into a disciplined push towards OG’s high ground. With a patient build up, some great combos and very well executed high ground pushes, VP took game 1. This trend was present again in game 2, as VP rolled over OG’s lanes and early game. VP got 4 kills before the minute mark and proceeded to apply pressure on Notail’s Drow Ranger, who died in multiple skirmishes and ganks from Lil’s Io and Pasha’s Sand King. OG called the GG at the 23 minute mark with some signals of tilting considering how the two matches went. The final game went as poorly for OG as the previous ones. With an outstanding performance from Lil’s Enchantress, No[o]ne’s Ember Spirit – who had matchup vs Ana’s Templar Assassin in the mid lane – and Ramzes Lifestealer, VP rolled over OG with a terrific 44-13 score by the end of the game.
It’s been awhile since we had a such a one-sided BO5 final. This shouldn’t be demoralizing for the OG squad however, since they took down incredibly strong opponents and performed better than even the most optimistic fan could have expected.
- Ogre Magi didn’t win a single match during the NA Beat Invitational, but was the most successful hero of the Summit 6 LAN with 21 matches and a 62% win rate.
- Ursa only won 1 of the 7 matches he played.
- Batrider was the second most contested hero after Warlock.
- After 3 VP’s players, Aui had the 4th highest KDA with 6.86. Universe follows him with 5.68 but has a way better win rate.
- VP scored the biggest difference in kills vs OG during the game 2 of the finale (26 kill of difference)
And, the uberxD "Useless Fact of the Tournament":
- From all the teams in the tournament, The Wings Gaming is the only team that has a name that is not abbreviated with a 2-letter tag (TWG).
Wings vs. DC - Losers Bracket Round 2, Game 2
EHOME vs. VP - Quarterfinals, Game 2
Wings vs. NP - Quarterfinals, Game 1