TongFu heading to Seattle
posted by Roegnvaldr, 344 days agoTongFu battles against World Elite and in a very convincing fashion wins the east qualifiers for The International 2, getting themselves a slot on the main competition and winning a free trip to Seattle where the huge event will take place! In case you have missed the streams or want a quick recap, here are the summaries for today!
World Elite VS. TongFu
The first match was thoroughly balanced. TF picked Puck and Chen to help harass and push the bottom lane, but WE managed to stand their ground and even retaliate, which let WE's Nature Prophet plenty of time to farm. Overall through the first half of the game, almost no team fights occurred, instead, it was a constant battle of ganks.
The towers fell for each side as the game slowly progressed, still making it hard to see who was on an advantage. What allowed TF to steadily win territory were the team's survivability. Both sides had plenty of farm to their main carries, which turned the game into an intricate match of strategy, positioning, farming and several subtle things.
Placed in a situation with little room for errors, TF advanced on WE's Morphling which was solo and attacked full power. While they didn't immediately picked him off, it threw WE out of position and allowed TongFu to push with full power, winning the first game with a fantastic team fight.
In contrast to the first match, this one was much quicker and one-sided in comparison. TongFu had very strong pushing abilities and managed to quickly wear World Elite's defenses down, taking away the 1st tier bottom tower and heavily damaging the 2nd tier tower by the 10th minute mark. Three minutes later, all 1st tier towers as well as the previously damaged 2nd-tier tower were all down. World Elite lost territory fast.
This allowed for TF's Weaver to quickly farm and turn into a glass cannon. Overall a very fast paced game with many ganks. TongFu showed impressive aggressiveness and threw WE out of their rhythm. By the 25th minute mark, all towers outside of WE's base were down, including their top 3rd tier tower. With nothing else to lose, TongFu steamrolled over World Elite, winning the second match quickly.
World Elite tried to quickly gain ground in this match with a push-oriented line up. WE's Clinkz and Nature Prophet allowed them to constantly set up great ganks that allowed them to suppress TongFu's Queen of Pain, yet TF's Bounty Hunter allowed them to compensate the difference in gold with his ultimate, Track, which grants extra gold when the targeted hero is killed.
TF managed to hold WE's pushing power back for the majority of the early game, but lost all of their 1st tier towers in quick succession. This had put them in a complicated position and for quite a long while World Elite had the advantage over their opponents. Yet TF remained steadfast and protected their remaining towers diligently while slowly creeping forward and destroying WE's towers. This was possible due to TF's overall better mobility and ability to escape as well as Bounty Hunter constantly destroying WE's wards.
On the 38th minute mark, TongFu manages to gank WE's hard-hitting Clinkz and picks off the remaining heroes one by one, using that favorable position to advance in the middle lane. This sudden aggressive maneuver was what helped TF to turn the tables against World Elite. They took the risks and kept attacking WE out of position, securing the last win needed to be claimed the champions of the East Qualifiers.
Good luck in Seattle!
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