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As the panel predicted, Mirana was a highly prioritized hero for these teams. Mineski picked her up in the first phase for Kam 'Moon' Boon Seng. It's been one of his most played heroes this event, playing it in five out of their eight games before the Grand Final.
Anucha 'Jabz' Jirawong and Daryl Koh 'iceiceice' Pei Xiange both also played some of their more common picks from this event in the first game of the final. Monkey King went to iceiceice and Jabz had his Earth Spirit. Chai 'Mushi' Yee Fung's hero, Phantom Assassin, seemed to take a page out of the playbook of Immortals*, their semifinal opponent.
On the PSG.LGD side, Yao 'Yao' Zhengzheng had his Sand King, which had helped LGD take down Evil Geniuses in the other semifinal match earlier today. Unfortunately for the Chinese squad, he wasn't able to land the kind of game-winning epicenters he pulled off against EG.
Mineski knew that LGD would be looking to Roshan with their Ursa, so they kept a very watchful eye over the pit. Even when LGD managed to sneak the Aegis, Mineski punished them by rushing the pit and killing Ursa twice while his team looked on helplessly.
Phantom Assassin's strengths were maximized, with Mineski grouping up to fight together in the midgame. This eliminated any chance of LGD taking a lead. Multiple times, Mushi would jump an LGD hero and they'd simply disappear thanks to his early Desolator purchase.
Mushi's Vengeful Spirit owned Immortals earlier today, and Mineski picked it up again against LGD, along with a fourth-pick Broodmother for iceiceice. The two teams played musical lanes to ensure that Xu 'Fy' Linsen's Underlord would be matched up against the spider, hurting the early levels and farm for both teams' midlaners and offlaners.
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Meanwhile, Mushi and his trilane took four kills in the first four minutes. As with the previous game, Mushi prioritized maxing Vengeance Aura first for optimal physical damage output early on.
LGD looked frustrated facing up against this draft. They'd traded the frustration of dealing with Monkey King for the insanity of dealing with Broodmother. Mineski's lead snowballed incredibly far ahead early on, though they didn't crack highground until the 26 minute mark after winning a fight around LGD's bottom Shrine.
When LGD tried to contest Roshan around the 30 minute mark they lost four heroes and were forced to call GG.
This is the first time that Mineski or any of the members of the roster have won a Valve event. After a dominant streak in online qualifiers and a 2nd place finish at their first LAN of the season, it looks like Mineski are the undisputable kings of SEA.
Header photo: PGL