After a marathon of a Grand Finals that ended up lasting over 8 hours Evil Geniuses conquered their OG demons for the second time at the DotaPit Season 5 LAN Finals to win 3-2. The tournament was plagued by delays on the opening two days but suffered the worst in the Grand Finals when server issues caused a 2 and a half hour delay between games 1 and 2. OG at that point had just claimed a strong first game thanks to Anathan 'ana' Pham's Alchemist enabled beautifully by the Atrophy Aura of Gustav 's4' Magnusson's Underlord.
Very exciting finals from OG & EG, and happy to be apart of & cast this event, but just hope to never work under such conditions ever again.— David Parker | Godz (@BTSGoDz) 23 January 2017
After an incredibly long delay while the organisers tried different servers at random in a hope of fixing the lag issues play eventually resumed, and the two teams managed to put on a show despite games 4 and 5 being played after midnight. The Grand Finals finally ended at 3:30am local time and as time went on Evil Geniuses were increasing in strength and came back from 1-2 down to win 3-2.
Shoutout to everyone who watched all of that finals— Cr1t- (@Cr1tdota) 23 January 2017
Although the conditions for the tournament were far from ideal in terms of gameplay the DotaPit Season 5 Grand Finals were highly entertaining and would be worth rewatching in your own time. The top 2 placement for both teams would almost certainly ensure a direct invite to the Kiev Major, and Evil Geniuses captain Andreas 'Cr1t-' Nielsen said the team plans to take a break for a month before their bootcamp in March for DAC and the Major.
The big surprises of DotaPit were Team Faceless* and Invictus Gaming, who both finished in the top 4. Invictus Gaming were on a 10 game unbeaten run prior to the tournament and their flexibility in the draft by using Weaver both as a support for Ye 'BoBoKa' Zhibiao or a carry for Xu 'BurNIng' Zhilei gave them an edge. Weaver was one of the most played heroes of the Dota Pit Season 5 LAN Finals, with 6 of the eight teams using him at least once.
For Team Faceless* their 3rd place in Croatia is their best LAN result to date after finishing outside of the top 6 at Summit 6 and the Boston Major last season. Their showing at DotaPit is a great start to the year and a huge step towards an invite to the Kiev Major if they can take the SEA qualifier slot and perform at the SL i-League StarSeries 3 LAN next month. Faceless were also responsible for eliminating Planet Odd* in the first round of the lower-bracket.
1. Evil Geniuses - $62,937
2. OG - $34,965
3. Team Faceless* - $25,174
4. Invictus Gaming - $16,783
5-6. Virtus.pro - none
5-6. Team Secret - none
7-8. NBA* - none
7-8. Planet Odd* - none