G-League Finals Recap
posted by Sun_Tzu, 1 year ago
If there ever was a final series worthy of the tournament, this was it. The winners of The International 2012, Invictus Gaming going up against the young team of LGD.Int to decided who would be the victors of the biggest online event in Dota 2 history, the G-League finals!
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TobiWan & syndereN casting Game 1
iG got a strong trade right off the Bat, as they traded a Batrider pick for LGD.Int in order to pick up Keeper of the Light and Nyx Assassin for themselves. The big surprise of the draft coming out of Rasmus 'Misery' Fillipsen was a Crystal Maiden secondary support.
While iG settled in for very safe lanes, LGD.Int put Per Anders 'Pajkatt' Olsson Lille up top as a surprising offlane Lifestealer, giving Braxton 'Brax' Paulson the solo safelane with Batrider as both of the LGD.Int supports set out for their customary roam.
While it seemed at first as if Misery and Theeban '1437' Siva would not find anything, as their attempted ganks on Luo 'Ferrari_430' Feichi's Queen of Pain in middle lane failed to connect, they ultimately ended up scoring the first blood on a rotation into the top lane jungle.
However as Misery gave up some deaths in the jungle, the balanced started to tip, as iG took on a more aggressor role between the two. While some kills were scored going back and forth, generally for the first 20 minutes both teams showed great map awareness, avoiding unfavourable fights.
The turning point came at 22 minutes, as LGD.Int got a bit too aggressive under the sight of iG's well placed ward, which ended up resulting in a 4-0 fight going the way of iG at bottom lane. As Chen 'Zhou' Yao on Phantom Lancer also lead the way in
From this point on, momentum shifted more and more in favour of iG, who pressued LGD.Int back into their base. At 33 minutes iG picked up an Aegis of Immortality for Zhou, and as they were moving through their own jungle they managed to find 3 kills, forcing LGD.Int to admit that the game was out of their reach and their base would soon fall, prompting them to call the 'GG' at 34 minutes.
You can find the post-game analysis for Game 1 here.
TobiWan & syndereN casting Game 2
LGD.Int looked to reverse their fortunes in the second game, wanting to shut down the safelane carry of iG by sending Brax on Sven along with Keeper of the Light and Rubick to the long lane to face off with the iG trilane. However what they found there was not Zhou's Lone Druid, but the Lifestealer of Jiang 'YYF' Cen along with his supporting Lion and Jakiro.
The Lifestealer ended up hurting LGD.Int greatly, as his Rage effectively crushed all hopes of the offensive trilane getting meaningful kills. In addition, Zhou was farming his mind out, destroying Pajkatts Weaver up top. Seeing the writing on the wall, 1437 started the rotation up top, but a lucky entangle by the Spirit Bear on Weaver allowed what LGD.Int needed to be a kill on Zhou to turn around, instead donating the first blood to the Lone Druid.
Trying their hand at bot instead, LGD.Int got caught out by iG's counter-initiation, giving up 3 deaths for claiming only 1 kill. Worsening the situation Zhou soloed up 1437 at the top lane. Once they respawned LGD.Int were however able to redeem themselves a little bit, claiming a 2 for 1 trade as well as the first Tower of the game at bottom lane.
Ferrari making the big plays at 14 minutes in, managing to hit a 3 hero Reverse Polarity on top lane, punishing LGD.Int for their 4 man push down to the tier 2 Tower. In the following pursuit iG claimed a further Keeper of the Light as well.
Not even two minutes later Ferrari hit another 4 man Reverse Polarity in mid lane, as he looked to stake his claim to secure his second MVP in two games.
As things started looking too far gone in favour of iG, LGD.Int showed some signs of life with a clutch stun by Brax on Ferrari after yet another Reverse Polarity initiation. On the back of a good fight LGD.Int tried to take Roshan, but were forced to back off before finishing him off, with neither team wanting to take a fight in the Roshan Pit.
After picking up an Aegis of Immortality on YYF, iG pushed down mid lane, and Ferrari was able to find the by now expected big Reverse Polarity at 28 minutes, claiming 4 lives and setting iG in front by 20 to 7 kills. As iG continued to push they ultimately claimed the Melee Barracks in mid before backing off.
But the respite was only an illusion, as they returned shortly and did not hold up this time until the throne went down at 33 minutes of play. iG were looking unstoppable with a 2-0 lead.
You can find the post-game analysis for Game 2 here.
TobiWan & syndereN casting Game 3
Slightly unconventionally it was iG and not LGD.Int who claimed the early Chen pick-up, which promped the response Enchantress from LGD.Int. This meant that