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ESL One Birmingham 2018 qualifiers: an absolute triumph!

Dota 2 / News / 22 April 2018 — 13:01

3 in a row!

The final Bo5 featured ua NAVI.GG.BET playing against ru Team Empire for the slot at ESL One Birmingham 2018. In a clean fight, we took the series 3:0!

Game 1 - Natus Vincere [1:0] Team Empire

Picks and bans
Team
Pick
Ban

NAVI.GG.BET
  • Dendi
  • LeBron
  • Lil
  • GeneRaL
  • Crystallize

Team Empire
  • fn
  • yoky-
  • Miposhka
  • Naive-
  • Ghostik

The first game started off rather clam, with only a few kills made during the first 5 minutes of the game, as there were not too many rotations. However, as the levels started coming in for offlane and supports, we started going for the heroes and towers. ua NAVI got the kill lead, and by 10 minutes, had 1k net worth advantage, with 3 our heroes being in top 4, surpassed only by enemy Tiny.

ua NAVI were trying to deny the enemy Terrorblade and Nature's Prophet the opportunities to get the farm. We were applying pressure everywhere on the map, trying to get as many pickoffs as possible. Even if they were not always very successful, we maintained the advantage and started taking over the map. ua NAVI kept taking favorable trades, and our core heroes were feeling very well, while the same could not really be said about the opponent.

By 28 minutes, both teams lost their respective safe lane T3 towers, which made map control that much harder to claim for both teams. We then opted for a more push-oriented strategy, and took Roshan for ourselves, with the Aegis going to ua Crystallize. A couple of minutes later we went for the high ground, managing to take the whole lane, but losing ours in the process. 

However, that was not all we had. We've still held to the Aegis on Morphling, and decided to put it to good use. The final push came down the middle lane, and ru Team Empire had to throw in all their resources. Morphling did a lot of work in that fight, countering all the physical damage of the Dire with the Reflection by Terrorblade. Heroes were falling extremely fast, and so were building. With the buybacks expended on the side of ru Team Empire, they had nothing to defend with - ua NAVI take game 1!

Game 2 - Natus Vincere [2:0] Team Empire

Picks and bans
Team
Pick
Ban

Team Empire
  • Miposhka
  • fn
  • yoky-
  • Ghostik
  • Naive-

NAVI.GG.BET
  • LeBron
  • Lil
  • GeneRaL
  • Dendi
  • Crystallize

The second game saw more active rotations from the supports of ua NAVI, allowing ua Dendi to get a good start into the game with 2 kills on enemy mid. However, soon enough, a return rotation by the opponent allowed them to secure a kill on Shadow Fied, yet it did not go unresponded. The fact that Lion had no hex for a while allowed to us to get that much more aggressive, with less control on the side of ru Team Empire. By 10 minutes, we were 6 kills and 3k gold up.

We continued the snowball, in an attempt to deny Troll Warlord the space on the map. By 12-13 minutes we took a very good fight, not only killing off the enemy heroes, but also 2 towers, getting even stronger economic advantage. 14 minutes in we took the first Roshan of the game; unfortunately, the Aegis was stolen, but it did not help ru Empire too much. 

We carried on the momentum, and by 23 minutes, ru Team Empire lost their T3 in the middle lane, as well as the barracks. 3 minutes later, the same fate awaited the top lane. ua NAVI pressured the opponents very hard, and there was very little response in terms of either sustain or damage was not enough - 2:0!

Game 3 - Natus Vincere [3:0] Team Empire

Picks and bans
Teams
Pick
Ban

NAVI.GG.BET
  • Lil
  • GeneRaL
  • Dendi
  • LeBron
  • Crystallize

Team Empire
  • yoky-
  • fn
  • Naive-
  • Miposhka
  • Ghostik

The third game saw many active rotations on both sides as well, but those did not yield a kill all the way till 5 minutes in, where the teams traded kills; unfortunately, First Blood was claimed by ru Team Empire, but tthat was their only kill in a while. ua NAVI kept getting more and more kills. By 12 minutes we had a 2v3 trade in the middle lane, allowing us to get a T1 mid, T2 top followed the suit.

14 minites in the first Roshan of the game was taken down. After a fight near Radiant T1 , ua NAVI decided to go right for the jugular. T3 mid fell after a big fight, wth a couple of buybacks used. ru Team Empire used up a few buybacks, we retreated momentarily to get a few key items before re-engaging. Instead of going for the barracks, ua NAVI went for the T4s and the Ancient. GGWP!