Singsing left speechless after game one
Get off my lawn!
Burden knew that they had to bring out something truly special in order to slay the mighty beast that is Vici Gaming. There is no room for caution when facing them, as proved by Team Empire when they dethroned the "unbeatable" Vici last night with endless aggression and perfectly executed teamfights. Burden's first attempt at a solution was to run a high risk, high reward strategy built around three ranged heroes empowered by Drow Ranger's Precision Aura and a solid teamfight with Naga Siren and Tidehunter. If they would manage to survive the laning phase, they would have a decent chance against Vici Gaming's line-up. If they on the other hand were to give up early kills, the outcome would be a lot less preferable.
It took no more than ten seconds after the horn blew for Vici to destroy the momentum Burden had gained from their series versus NiP. A fight for the bottom rune ended horribly for the Drow player Selim 'Neqroman' Oynar, who after getting disrupted by Lu 'Fenrir' Chao's Shadow Demon got stuck between illusions of himself and ultimately spilt first blood. With two additional kills going Vici's way after the Drow's death, the Chinese squad took immediate control of the game. The aggressive supporting duo of Shadow Demon and Xu 'Fy' Linsen's Lina proved to be the key to their success. Disruption into Light Strike Array was the perfect setup for Chen 'Hao' Zhihao's Gyrocopter and his hazardous Rocket Barrage, who got served kill after kill on a silver platter.
Neqroman stuck between a rock and a hard place
To describe the first game as an utter slaughter is no exaggeration whatsoever. VG had 15 kills and a 10,000 lead in net worth to their name before the ten minute mark! While Burden were able to get a few pick-offs around the map from over aggressive VG plays, with lacking map control they had no chance to contest the farm of VG's cores. Free reign for Daryl Koh 'iceiceice' Pei Xiang's Broodmother in the toplane allowed him to rock an incredible 600 gold per minute after merely 16 minutes. Facing Vici's immense damage output, Neqroman had no way of staying safe in engagements and as Burden lost their key component, they were doomed. The outcome of the game was clear despite some small victories in fights for Burden as Vici seemed to be playing on an entirely different level.
There was no way the Chinese squad would let this one slip out of their hands and they controlled the pace of the game with a firm hand from beginning to Burden's gg-call. They knew exactly how to deal with their opponents and executed their gameplan with deadly accuracy. They did not even need the aid of iceiceice's Broodmother, who without complaints single-handedly pushed the toplane barracks by himself, reaching over 700 gpm by the end of the game. Wehsing 'SingSing' Yuen clearly was furstrated by his lack of impact on the game:
GG CLOSE GAMES 1 OF BEST POTM GAME OF LIFE— Sing (@Sing2X) May 10, 2015
Lunar beams galore
Burden brought a better plan to the table in game two as they drafted in a more reliable and less risky manner. They held on tightly during the first ten minutes of the game and did not let Vici run them over again. Alex. 'ComeWithMe' Craciunescu stood for some impressive rotations around the map and always kept Vici's heroes on the tip of their toes, giving Neqroman's Gyrocopter some space to farm. Nevertheless, we know not to underestimate Xie 'Super!' Junhao's Queen of Pain, as it is one of the best in the scene. He knows how to exploit the tiniest of opportunity and turn it into an advantage. When Super gets his space, the machine that is Vici Gaming functions at it's best and this game it ran as smoothly as ever.
fy with the body blocks
Even though VG did not manage to snowball out of control this game, it was still a one-sided affair as they possessed the superior teamwork and execution. Brilliant five man rotations resulted in easy pick-offs that allowed their pushing oriented line-up to shine at it's brightest. iceiceice got to play a more key role for his team this time around as he set up numerous kills with his Beastmaster's Primal Roar and brought more edge to Luna's (played by Hao) heavy pushing.
There was no halting Vici's demolition of Burden's structures as they finally marched down the botlane towards their goal. Fenrir's Lion, equipped with a Blink Dagger, led the way as he fearlessly jumped into the fray around Burden's bottom barracks and was shortly followed by his teammates. Among them Hao's Luna, who was equipped with the first Aghanim's Scepter purchased in 6.84, and used it to great effect to put the final nail in BU's coffin and subsequently demolish all of their barracks in one go.
Vici advance from a deserved win to the Grand finals where they will once more face up against Team Empire and get a shot at redemption.