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China Dota 2 SuperMajor: Loss vs Vici Gaming

05 Jun 2018 385
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A bitter loss.

The first match of the playoffs saw ua NAVI.GG.BET fight an elimination match against the Chinese team cn Vici Gaming. The heated fights saw the opponent get the better of us, as we lose the series 1:2.

Game 1 - Natus Vincere [0:1] Vici Gaming

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Team
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Bans

Vici Gaming
  • Fenrir
  • eLeVeN
  • LaNm
  • Paparazi
  • Ori

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

The first blood in the match was shed by the players of the Chinese team, they were also leading in the number of kills during the early game. At the 11th minute, opponents attacked the T1 tower on the bottom lane, making good use of Death Prophet's ultimate, but the Born to Win kept the tower, even if the fight wasn't the best one. Then cn Vici Gaming switched to other T1's on the map. "Yellow-black", in response to this, managed to score four kills in a row, tipping the scales in their favor.

While ua NAVI gathered near the first tower on the bottom lane, the opponents managed to get rid of the T2 tower and enter the Roshpit. Nevertheless, they did not rush to put the Aegis to use. Our players took the opportunity to pick up quite a few stacks of Ancient Creeps and caught Lycan off-guard. Soon, the Chinese five destroyed the mid T2, and ua NAVI rushed into a counterattack and managed to turn the fight, which initially seemed lost.

27 minutes in, "yellow-black" got Aegis of Immortality, but this did not become a significant advantage for them on the battlefield - our team lost to cn Vici Gaming in three mass fights. The battle for the next Roshan was avoided: ua NAVI killed the beast while the opponents were waiting for the key abilities to go off cooldown. Alas, even the second life did not help {:ua:] Natus Vincere defeat the Chinese team - the 45th minute saw the barracks on the midlane destroyed.

Up next, opponents again won the battle and without hindrance, dealt with Roshan - Aegis went to Lycan. At the 52nd minute, ua Vici Gaming sieged the Dire highground, and destroyed another lane, increasing its advantage to 22,000 gold. The guys gave battle for the last lane barracks, but a significant economic advantage was felt. The first map was claimed was cn Vici Gaming.

Game 2 - Natus Vincere [1:1] Vici Gaming

Picks and bans
Teams
Picks
Bans

Vici Gaming
  • LaNm
  • Paparazi
  • Fenrir
  • eLeVeN
  • Ori

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

The second game saw a 3-1-1, so most of the action unfolded on the top lane. There were quite a lot kills traded both ways, as teams had a very good offensive potential. Midlane was going reasonably well for ua Dendi, and the bottom lane was, perhaps, not the best, but still okay for ua GeneRaL. With level 6 coming in for the offlane and almost level 10 on Kunkka, the aggressive rotations started to bring the fruit - 17 kills by 12 minutes.

Around 20 minutes, ua NAVI were sitting at 2k net worth lead, and some good fights, where enemy TA would be caught out and killed without BKB solidified our position on the map. After a successful gank on 2 our core heroes, cn Vici Gaming tried to go for the first Roshan, but the vision from Rocket Flare denied the chance. A few minutes later, we went for the same target ourselves, getting the first Aegis of the game for Morphling.

The skirmishes continued, and what seemed to be an unfavorable beginning of the fight turned into a 2 for 5 trade our way. ua Crystallize was farming heavily, getting his core items up - Black King Bar, Linken's Sphere ensured he was nigh unkillable, even with a good initiation from the opponent. The last Roshan of the game was heavily contested, as both teams committed buybacks to seize the control. Ultimately, Rishan went our way, and ua NAVI rushed towards the enemy highground.

cn Vici Gaming, having used up some of the buybacks, were ready to repel the upcoming siege. However, the Cheese and Aegis advantage, coupled with BKBs, ensured another teamwipe, and cn Vici Gaming gave up the second map, as we move to the final, decider game!

Game 3 - Natus Vincere [1:2] Vici Gaming

Picks
Teams
Picks
Bans

Vici Gaming
  • Fenrir
  • LaNm
  • eLeVeN
  • Paparazi
  • Ori

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

The last game of the series saw ua GeneRaL and ua Dendi switch the lanes, with most action happening in the top lane yet again. However, as the rotations started coming in, the action shifted, spreading throughout the map. As the game hit 15 minutes, however, neither team had an overwhelming advantage. Our cores, still, were getting their itemsб and sieging towers.

A skirmish on the top lane saw Kunkka die back, and we used this opportunity to take the T2, and another pickoff on the same hero enabled us to take all but one T2 tower in the bottom lane. After the last outer tower fell, though, ua NAVI were rather reluctant to go high ground just yet, trying to finish up some items before the decisive strike.

27 minutes in ua NAVI went for the first Roshan of the game, but cn Vici Gaming contested it readily, and claimed the Roshan, while we lost 2 heroes. Right as the Aegis was about to expire, though, ua NAVI engaged, taking down 4 heroes and the Aegis, while we only lost 1 towards the very end. The game settled down again, and ua Crystallize was trying to get more items.

A bad engagement in the bottom lane allowed cn Vici Gaming to go down the middle lane, taking the Tier 2 and 3 very fast; the bottom lane fell as well. With all the ultimates committed, ua NAVI managed to repel the push and get rid of the threat of Mega Creeps. Around 50 minutes, the Radiant went for the third Rohan of the game, and even the Divine Rapier on Luna did not turn the game around - we drop the series 1:2.

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