A force to be reckoned with
This is the first time the revamped DC matches up against Archon. The last time the two American powerhouse teams met was during the Shanghai Majors America Qualifiers in which the latter prevailed. This time however, DC's new mid player has shown that, although playing miles away from the team, is still no pushover.
The series began with Archon capitalising on their team-fight oriented draft. This allowed them to pull away with a massive lead on both David 'Moo' Hull's Legion Commander and Jaron 'Monkeys-Forever' Clinton's Templar Assassin. DC had to concede game 1 as their lineup clearly could not come back from their growing disadvantage.
Nonetheless, game 2 and 3 witnessed Roman 'Resolut1on' Fominok flexing his muscles as his aggression not only shut down Archon's mid player but kept the whole team at bay. Even when Archon had the Aegis, Resolut1on's bloodlust on his
Death Prophetallowed them to break a tier 3 tower and secure some kills at the same time.
Resolut1on's quick reactions on his
Linaalso proved vital in securing their victory over Archon as he constantly punished their mistakes, shutting down their players while extending his gold and experience lead. Even on the
Invoker, Resolut1on examplified his keen map awareness as his spot-on sunstrikes and quick reaction times secured kills as well as created space for their carry stand-in, Mason 'mason' Venne.
No man is an island
But DC's victory cannot be attributed to only one man. Sam 'Bulba' Sosale had an outstanding game as the offlaner,
catching multiple heroes in his Chronosphereand always ensuring that he was farmed. In fact, his last hits was many a times on par with Resolut1on's solo mid farm.
Kurtis 'Aui_2000' Ling too showed off his improvement on
Earth Spirit. Commentators KotLGuy and Maut noted that his last game on the hero was unimpressive. Even they were surprised at Aui_2000's improvement as his rotations and Rolling Boulder shut down Archon's heroes as he ensured kills after kills with each rotation.
Just a "glorified scrim"?
Captain Brian 'FLUFFNSTUFF' Lee possibly took the opportunity to try out new heroes and drafts in preparation for the upcoming Shanghai Majors, drafting
Lifestealer for Mooand
Pugna for Jeyo, both of which has not been played by them competitively yet in this patch. If this is the case then perhaps we might see some surprising and unexpected picks from Team Archon during the Majors.
Glorified scrims before Shanghai, gonna do our best to take the series but the result is the same we get good experience and practice— Brian Lee (@ArchonFluff) February 10, 2016