DreamLeague Season 10: victory versus RNG

04 Nov 2018 33
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NAVI secure the spot in the grand finals!

The lower bracket finals had ua NAVI.GG.BET fight with cn Royal Never Give Up in a Bo3 series for the exit to the grand finals. The games were tough, but ultimately, ua NAVI make it forward!

Game 1 - Natus Vincere [1:0] Royal Never Give Up

Picks and bans
Teams
Picks
Bans

NAVI.GG.BET
  • Crystallize
  • MagicaL
  • Blizzy
  • Chuvash
  • SoNNeikO

Royal Never Give Up
  • Monet
  • xy
  • Srf
  • ah fu
  • 343

The first game started off rather even for both teams. ua NAVI tried to take the initiative into their own hands from the start, even scoring a kill on the enemy Crystal Maiden. Still, cn RNG were not sitting idly, hitting back. The game was still incredibly close. A fight in the Dire jungle was rather bad for us, as we lost a few heroes and the Aegis. By 20 minutes, the advantage was minimal; cn RNG went for a smoke and got a pickoff on Morphling. ua NAVI went for an objective play in return - since there was no Reverse Polarity, we took down the last outer tower. A little later, Enigma tried to get a kill on enemy Terrorblade through Black Hole, but the BKB denied him that opportunity, as there was no follow-up.

28 minutes in, ua NAVI went for a smoke to contest Roshan, but Enigma still lacked Black King Bar, which was quite a drawback - a buyback from enemy Magnus secured them the Roshan. However, that Aegis didn't stay for long - a fight near the bottom Power rune saw a great 3-man Black Hole, and we take down 3 heroes, and kill Terrorblade twice. This secured us a good gold boost, but still, we lacked a few items. The Aghanim's Scepter on enemy Weaver proved to be quite a nuisance - a fight 37 minutes in was taken by cn RNG.

ua NAVI tried to go for another Roshan, but the situation was incredibly dangerous., with Magnus alive. Meanwhile, Blizzy got his hands on Refresher Shard - even though the second Black Hole only got Crystal Maiden, the first one was spot-on. In addition, MagicaL snatched the Aegis. The fights continued - Crystallize morphed into Terrorblade, hitting mid T3 very hard. The fight broke out, and a couple of RNG heroes were lost without buyback. We tried to continue the pressure, and did so successfully - the entire midlane and top lane barrack was taken down. ua NAVI lost quite a bit of heroes, which allowed cn RNG to finish off mid barracks.

ua NAVI went for a smoke play in the middle - 2 precise Black Holes sealed the fight, covering key 3 heroes with the second one. No buybacks on the entirety of cn RNG and the first game went our way.

Game 2 - Natus Vincere [2:0] Royal Never Give Up

Picks and bans
Teams
Picks
Bans

NAVI.GG.BET
  • Crystallize
  • MagicaL
  • Blizzy
  • Chuvash
  • SoNNeikO

Royal Never Give Up
  • Monet
  • xy
  • Srf
  • ah fu
  • 343

The second game saw MagicaL playing Invoker, while cn RNG opted for Io-copter. The lanes were going very evenly - except for the First Blood, as SoNNeikO tried to contest the pool. However, as the enemy safe lane got a few levels and some items, they started going on the offensive. Blizzy had a very rough lane, as he was repeatedly assaulted, dying a few times. Nonetheless, as ua NAVI got the necessary items, we were looking to use our ultimates - 13 minutes in a big fight unraveled, with lots of ultimates used, but ua NAVI got the better ends of the trades.

As we took down mid T1, we went for the first Roshan of the game; cn RNG had no idea, so the first uncontested Aegis went to Invoker. The first Black Hole got canceled almost instantly. Soon enough, there were very few towers left on the Dire side, as ua NAVI continued to pressure the map. A good fight in the bottom lane ensured the deaths of the main Enigma counters - Vengeful Spirit and Necrophos. We went for the bottom T3 tower, and were able to take the first base tower of the game.

A little later, ua NAVI went for another high ground push - even though we only took the tower, it cost cn RNG 3 buybacks to defend. Having secured the tower, we went for the second Roshan of the game. From there onwards, the game was as good as sealed - cn RNG tried to engage us, but paid quite a price for it, losing many heroes without buyback. ua NAVI streamed towards the opponents' base, taking down the remaining buildings. The weak resistance from the Chinese team didn't stop us, as we take the second game and the series.

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